Guidelines for ARCE Short-Term Research Grant for Postdoctoral, Adjunct Faculty and Independent Scholars

Faculty Short-Term Travel Grant

In recognition of the need to support the research of scholars who, for a variety of reasons, may not be able or have the need to remain in Egypt for an extended period, ARCE proposes to fund one short-term travel grant to conduct research in Egypt for a   3-6 week period. ARCE will prioritize postdoctoral, adjunct, visiting, community college and HBCU/MSI faculty and independent scholars for this grant. During this period the grantee may conduct research pertaining to a new or ongoing research project.

Field of Study: Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Comparative Literature, Coptic Studies, Economics, Egyptology, Ethnomusicology, Gender Studies, History, Humanistic Social Sciences, Islamic Studies, Literature, Music, Political Science, and Religious Studies.


  • Applicants must be postdoctoral, adjunct, visiting, community college or HBCU/MSI faculty or independent scholars*
  • An American citizen
  • Applicant must remain in Egypt a minimum of three (3) weeks,
  • Applicant must submit an article summarizing his/her research for publication on ARCE’s social media platforms and the ARCE Scribe.

Award amount: The award is $2640 plus round-trip economy airfare, not to exceed $1500. The award will additionally include $300 for excess baggage to cover the costs of shipping books purchased in Egypt.

The Application: 

A completed Faculty Short-Term Travel Grant application consists of the following components:

  • An online application form
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. All applicants will be best served by referrers who are fully aware of your knowledge, experience, and capacity to successfully engage in research in Egypt.

Statement of purpose (1200 words) that:

  • Describes the goals and objectives of the proposed research travel
  • Demonstrates the need to consult sources in Egypt
  • Explains the scholarly significance of your research and your qualifications to undertake the research
  • Assesses the feasibility of completing your research within the proposed timeframe
  • Describes the final publication format of your research and timeline to publication

Ministry Security Forms:

  • Antiquities applicants:
  • Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities security form
  • Passport style photograph with white background
  • One-page CV

Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) All other applicants:

  • Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) security form (Arabic)
  • Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) application form (English)
  • 100–200-word Arabic abstract describing the proposed research (uploaded as a PDF document). Keep the language simple and do not use academic jargon.

An independent scholar is defined as someone holding a PhD or another terminal degree who may not be affiliated with an academic or other institution on a temporary or permanent basis.

Applications due: January 15, 2023 11:5 PM PST.

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