The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of graduate/postdoctoral fellowships in support of research in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia). Awards will be made for a maximum of $1500 each. Projects in all fields in the social sciences, humanities, and related sciences are eligible. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel and/or living expenses in the South Caucasus. During their stay in the South Caucasus, the fellow is expected to give an ARISC-sponsored presentation on a subject related to their research. The fellow will acknowledge ARISC in any publication that emerges from the research carried out during the fellowship.
Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form*, a project statement of not more than 3 pages, work schedule, itemized budget (see sample here), and curriculum vitae, by Friday, December 18, 2020, to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject, “ARISC Graduate/Postdoctoral Fellowship.” Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted directly to ARISC from the recommenders. All information must be received by Friday, December 18, 2020, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship.
Special notes during Coronavirus pandemic:
Applicants are encouraged to submit two research design and methodologies sections with matching budgets for each:
- Scenario A: scenario with travel to the South Caucasus; and
- Scenario B: scenario with work from home or within the US. Scenario B allows for research to be conducted in the case that travel to the South Caucasus cannot be carried out during the project timeline due to the pandemic. In this scenario, consider the following questions: How can you address your research question if you cannot travel to the South Caucasus? What methods, tools, and analyses can you conduct from home or in the US? Please be certain to adhere to appropriate safety protocols.
For Scenario B, instead of funding travel costs (transportation, lodging, M&IE), the budget may cover costs such as rent, childcare, etc. so that the fellow may focus on their research during the time period of their fellowship. The Scenario B option budget may include translation costs, hiring a research assistant in the South Caucasus to do archival research if the fellow cannot travel, digital research projects, or publication fees for research. Publication fees could include website registration/server fees, or open access fees. Think of this the same way you would think about the costs of research in another country: What are the costs that would allow you to focus on and conduct research in the context of the pandemic? Attach a separate sheet to address Scenario B.
If awarded and fellows may to travel to the South Caucasus, then Scenario A will be in effect. If not, then Scenario B comes into effect.
Note that due to the current COVID-19 crisis as well as the military confrontations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, fellowship travel will resume when travel restrictions are lifted. Please list a tentative travel plan and dates in your application. ARISC will continue to monitor the situation and will work with fellows to confirm travel plans when the fellowships are awarded.
Additional Terms and Conditions
- The ARISC Graduate/Postdoctoral Fellowship is limited to ARISC members: student, individual, or institutional members. If your current institution is not a member (see https://arisc.org/aboutus/membership/institutional-members/), you can sign up for an annual student membership for $10, or individual membership for $40. Information on membership is available at https://arisc.org/aboutus/membership/.
- Fellows must complete their fellowships by August 31, 2021. Any unused portion of the stipend must be returned to ARISC by this date.
- A report is required to be submitted to ARISC within 30 days of fellowship completion and no later than September 30, 2021.
- All applicants must be either graduate students enrolled in accredited degree-granting programs in the U.S. or Canada, or postdoctoral scholars or junior scholars, who have received their PhD since 2016. Students graduating in spring 2021 are eligible to apply.
- Fellowships will be awarded to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, Canadian citizens, or Canadian permanent residents only. Proof of citizenship or permanent resident status (i.e. photocopy of passport, etc.) must be shown upon award notification.
- A portion of the fellowship stipend will be withheld until the recipient submits their Final Report on their fellowship.
- Fellows are expected to make contact with the ARISC country representative in each country or countries where they will be traveling as soon as possible upon arrival.
- Given changing travel restrictions and/or travel warnings to many countries, fellows should contact ARISC prior to purchasing airfare. Fellows are encouraged to use https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html.
- Proof of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval must be provided, if relevant, upon receipt of fellowship.
- While ARISC encourages scholars to apply to other federal and private sources in addition to the ARISC graduate/postdoctoral fellowships, ARISC fellows who receive additional awards must contact ARISC immediately to discuss possible date and stipend adjustments.
- ARISC is unable to provide health or other insurance to its fellows. Fellows are required to supply ARISC with proof of health insurance as well as emergency evacuation and repatriation of remains insurance before leaving the United States or Canada.
- Fellowship recipients are eligible to reapply for a second Graduate/Postdoctoral Fellowship three years after completion of their most recent award.
- ARISC does not advise fellows on tax questions concerning their stipend.
- Award recipients are responsible for paying all taxes related to their awards. The fellowship funds awarded are generally considered income in the United States, and therefore must be reported to the tax authorities. ARISC bears no responsibility for withholding or remitting taxes related to these awards.
ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran.
Fellows will be selected by the ARISC grants panel made up of scholars with experience conducting regional and trans-regional research. Please note that readers may not be specialists in your field. Applicants will be judged according to the following criteria:
- Merits of the proposal for significance, relevance, and potential contribution to regional and/or trans-regional scholarly research;
- Applicant qualifications;
- Research design and methodology;
- Significance to the applicant’s field;
- Significance to needs and interests of host country and ARISC;
- Feasibility in terms of resources and amount of time allocated to the project;
- Need for residence in host country to accomplish the project;
- Proficiency in language required to complete research project, if applicable.
Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email inFebruary 2021. If you would like to receive any updates to this funding call, please email email@example.com with your name, contact information, and the subject “Updates to Grad/Postdoctoral Fellowships 2020-21.”
Important Notes Regarding Applications
- The applicant is responsible for notifying referees of their request for letters and for ensuring those letters are submitted to ARISC by the deadline.
- All references must be in English.
- Applicants may submit one of the letters from their academic advisor.
- ARISC’s method of submission is via email. Once an application is submitted it cannot be resubmitted or edited. This also applies to letters of recommendation.
- Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email in February 2021. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain the necessary research clearance and should plan accordingly.
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