Fellowships
RCAC Residential and Non-Residential Fellowships

Koç University invites applications from junior and senior scholars specializing in the archaeology, art history, history, and allied disciplines of Turkey from the Neolithic through the Ottoman eras. Fellowships, which include accommodation, travel, and stipend, will be given to approximately 10 Ph.D candidates and 10 scholars with Ph.D to spend one academic year in Istanbul at Koç University's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations. Successful candidates will be required to be resident in Istanbul during the 9-month academic year (September 15-June 15). Some senior fellowships may be granted on a semester basis (September 15-January 31 or February 1-June 15). A small number of Non-Residential fellowships is also available for those already resident in Istanbul and/or with families.

Located in the Beyo─člu district of Istanbul, the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations offers housing, study, and computer facilities to its fellows. It is near the libraries of the French, German, Swedish, and Dutch Institutes and other scholarly facilities in Istanbul. RCAC fellows are expected to devote themselves full time to their research projects. Fellows will also be asked to give 2 lectures on their work during the course of the year. Fellows must be proficient in English, which is the language of instruction at Koç University. Applications from scholars of all nationalities are encouraged.

APPLICATION DEADLINE : DECEMBER 15 
 

I Tatti-RCAC Joint Fellowship

Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (VIT, in Florence) and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University (RCAC, in Istanbul) offer a joint, one-year fellowship. Scholars will spend the Fall semester at one center, and the Spring semester at the other. Here they will carry out projects that represent advanced research in any aspect of the interaction between Italy and the Byzantine or the Ottoman Empire (ca. 1300 to ca. 1700). Subjects covered include art, architecture, archaeology, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, and science.

The “I Tatti – RCAC Joint Fellowship” will be awarded at one of two levels: one junior fellowship, for advanced doctoral candidates who are writing their PhD dissertation; or one senior fellowship, for candidates who have received a PhD within a decade of the year of application. (For senior fellowships, PhD certificates must bear a date between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2012, inclusive.) Candidates must be conversant in English and have at least a reading knowledge of Italian. They must have a solid background in Italian Renaissance and Byzantine or Ottoman Studies. Fellows may not take on any other obligations such as teaching positions, even part-time ones, during any part of their Fellowship term. Each successful candidate must be approved by both RCAC and VIT. Priority will be given to applicants with no previous association with VIT or RCAC.  Renewals, repeats, or deferments of this Fellowship are not granted.

The Fellowship period will be one academic year, which will be spent as one term at VIT and one term at RCAC. The dates of the Fall and Spring semesters differ at the two institutions (see below), and successful candidates can express a preference for spending the Fall semester in Florence or Istanbul. During both semesters, it must be possible for Fellows to carry out most of their research with the resources available in the city where they are resident.

Details relating to I Tatti:

  • The dates of the Fall semester are July 1 - December 31 (Fellows required to begin work by September 1), and the dates of the Spring semester are February 1 - June 30.
  • Fellows are expected to spend at least three days a week at the Villa and are required to live in Florence or the surrounding area, but are welcome to take occasional research trips to other cities.
  • Fellows are offered a reserved carrel in the Biblioteca Berenson, or, when available, a study, lunch on weekdays (not extended to spouses), and various other privileges.
  • The stipend is USD 4,000 per month for senior Fellows, and USD 3000 for junior Fellows, plus a one-time supplement (maximum, USD 1,500) towards relocation expenses. When possible, a one-bedroom apartment will be set aside for the Fellow’s use, rent free, but with charges for utilities. If an apartment is not available, USD 1000 per month will be offered to help offset rental costs.
  • The Fellow is responsible for obtaining a visa, permesso di soggiorno, and health coverage (and, if appropriate, for accompanying family members).  The Fellow must determine if a visa is required and, if necessary, obtain one before travel.
  • Scholars awarded this Fellowship can apply for other I Tatti fellowships only after a year has passed from the end of their sojourn.

Details relating to the RCAC can be found under the Fellowships/Terms link.

APPLICATION DEADLINE : JANUARY 15
 

KHI-RCAC Joint Fellowship

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut (KHI) and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University (RCAC, in Istanbul) offer a joint, one-year fellowship. The successful candidate will spend the fall semester at one institution, and the spring semester at the other. She/he will carry out projects that represent advanced research on any aspect of the study of visual culture from antiquity to early 20th century.

The fellowship will be awarded, at one of two levels: one junior fellowship for advanced doctoral candidates who are writing their PhD dissertation, or one senior fellowship for candidates who have received a PhD within a decade of the year of application (PhD certificates not earlier than January 1, 2003). Candidates must be conversant in English. Fellows may not take on any other obligations such as teaching positions, even part-time ones, during any part of their Fellowship term.
The fellowship period will be one academic year, which will be spent as one term at KHI and one term at RCAC (fall semester: September 15 to January 31; spring semester: February 01 to June 15). The successful candidates can express a preference for spending the fall semester in Florence or Istanbul. During both semesters, it must be possible for fellows to carry out most of their research with the resources available in the city where they are resident.

Details relating to KHI:

  • The KHI can offer for junior fellowships (PhD Students) a monthly net basic amount of minimum EUR 1.365,00 and for senior fellowships (postdoctoral fellows) a monthly net basic amount of EUR 2.100,00.
  • KHI fellowships (including additional allowances and reimbursements) have to follow the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society (in their current version) to promote scientific cooperation with foreign countries.
  • KHI does not offer accommodation.

Details relating to the RCAC can be found under the Fellowships/Terms link.

APPLICATION DEADLINE : JANUARY 15
 

BIAA-RCAC Fellowship in Cultural Heritage Management

The RCAC and the BIAA are offering a new joint fellowship in cultural heritage, concerned with the understanding, promotion, and preservation of the historical and archaeological material culture of Turkey and the Black sea region with particular reference to specific sites, monuments, or regions. Successful applicants should have an MA or PhD qualification in museology, heritage management, or a related specialization, or have appropriate and comparable professional experience in these fields.

Depending on the strength of applications, either one junior fellowship, for advanced doctoral candidates, for 9 months (Sept 15, 2014 - June 15, 2015) or one senior fellowship, for holders of PhD or equivalent, for one term, either September 15 to February 1 or February 1 to June 15 will be granted. For terms of RCAC residential fellowships, please see the regular fellowship announcement on the RCAC website. Application deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is December 15, 2013.

The successful candidate will be resident in Istanbul for most of the time of the fellowship, but might spend up to two months elsewhere in Turkey carrying out field work or on-site research relating to his or her cultural heritage projects. The BIAA/RCAC fellow must visit the BIAA and give a public lecture in Ankara during the tenure of the fellowship, and is strongly encouraged to establish close relations with the BIAA. Some preference may be given to applicants whose Cultural heritage proposals relate to past or current British research projects in Turkey or the Black Sea region. This fellowship is open to all nationalities.

RCAC Visiting Senior Fellowships
 
A limited number of short-term fellowships at RCAC for a period of either one or two months.
 
This fellowship will permit senior scholars with very busy schedules to spend up to two months at the RCAC, undertake projects involving the cultural resources of Istanbul while residing at the RCAC and participating in the intellectual community of RCAC fellows and Koç University. Successful candidates will be offered the following:
·          Round-trip economy airfare to and from Istanbul.
A net monthly stipend of up to USD 1600 for the period of their stay.
Free accommodation and free dinners 5 nights a week at the RCAC.
 
In return, the RCAC requests that all Visiting Senior Fellows give one presentation on their research on the main campus of Koç University. Application deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is December 15, 2013.
 
Kaplan Fellowships in Archaeological Site Management
These fellowships will be awarded at the senior or junior level. Depending on the applications received, one or two 4,5 month (fall or spring semester) senior fellowships (for those with a PhD or equivalent work experience) or one 9 month junior fellowship (for a PhD candidate or candidate with less work experience) will be awarded.
 
Kaplan fellowships will be used for the development of an archaeological management plan or plans with a conservation component for a site in Turkey.
 
Kaplan fellowships are restricted to Turkish nationals. Applicants must have a demonstrated fluency in English, which is the language of instruction at Koç University, of which the RCAC is a part.
 
Like all RCAC fellows, Kaplan fellows will be given accommodation, travel costs, health insurance, research budget and evening meals five nights a week at the RCAC. Junior fellows will be granted a monthly stipend of the Turkish lira equivalent of USD 800. Senior fellows will be granted a monthly stipend of the Turkish lira equivalent of USD 1100-1600 depending on work experience.
Fellowship holders must be resident at the RCAC in Istanbul except for a period of up to two months spent on research, either on site, or elsewhere. At the RCAC they will be members of a wider community of scholars researching the past of Turkey. More information about the RCAC, as well as application forms can be obtained at the RCAC website under Fellowships. Application deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is December 15, 2013.