Grants Program

Since 1983, the Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) has sponsored an annual grant program that offers a variety of awards to scholars, colleges and universities in the United States. The principal purpose of the grant program is to support and encourage the development of research, scholarship, and learning in the field of Turkish Studies in the U.S. All grant applications submitted to the Institute are evaluated by committees comprised of the academic members of the Board of Governors and Associate Members of the ITS. These standing committees present their recommendations to the Board of Governors for approval.

The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) will offer grants and fellowships in the field of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies to graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, universities, and other educational institutions through its Grants Program for the 2019-2020 academic year. The annual budget for the Grants Program has been significantly expanded and ITS encourages qualified applicants to apply for its grants. For detailed application guidelines and downloadable application forms, please click on the grant category of your choice. Please note the new application guidelines for each grant category.

Please Take Careful Note of Application Procedures

Read and sign the Instructions to Grantees 2019-2020. You will need to submit it along with your completed application.

All applications must be received as a single, complete package by 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time on March 29, 2019. Application packages must be sent via United Parcel Service (UPS) secure courier to:

  • Dr. Sinan Ciddi
    Institute of Turkish Studies
    Georgetown University
    3300 Whitehaven St. NW
    Suite 3100
    Washington DC,  20007
    United States

Incomplete and/or late applications WILL NOT be considered.

2019-2020 Grants Competition

The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 grant competition in the field of Turkish Studies. The following grant opportunities are available only for United States citizens (or those who have acquired permanent resident status in the U.S.) who are currently affiliated with a university in the U.S. The institutional grants are available only for educational institutions located in the United States.

ITS-Koç Holding Fellowship in Turkish Studies

The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) is pleased to announce the ITS- Koç Holding Fellowship in Turkish Studies that is being established with the generous support of Koç Holding and Koç University. The Fellowship constitutes a new, dedicated line of ITS research awards to be affiliated with Koç University for American academics engaged in Turkish and Ottoman Studies in the social sciences and humanities. For the 2019-20 academic year, up to two ITS-Koç Holding Fellowship in Turkish Studies awards for dissertation writing will be available within the broader line of ITS dissertation writing grants, and they will aim to support advanced students who are at the research and/or writing stage of their doctoral dissertations and while they complete the research and writing necessary to finish those dissertations.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2019.

Dissertation Writing Grants

Dissertation Writing Grants for graduate students in the social sciences or the humanities who have completed all the requirements for the Ph.D. except their dissertation by June 2020. These grants are for advanced students who have finished the research stage of their dissertation. Stipends range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Application Deadline: March 29, 2019.

Summer Language Study Grants

Summer Language Study Grants for graduate students in the social sciences or humanities for summer travel to Turkey OR to an accredited intensive summer language training program in modern Turkish, or Ottoman language in the United States (or elsewhere). Normally, the recipients of these grants are expected to spend a minimum of six weeks in their chosen program. Stipends generally range from $1,000 to $3,000.

Application Deadline: March 29, 2019.

Post-Doctoral Summer Travel-Research Grants

Post-Doctoral Summer Travel Grants to scholars in the social sciences and humanities for travel to Turkey to carry out research projects. Normally, the recipients of these grants are expected to spend a minimum of four weeks in Turkey. Maximum award is round-trip airfare to Turkey. Only applicants who have completed their Ph.D.'s in the last five years will be considered as 'post-doctoral' fellows.

Application Deadline: March 29, 2019.

Mark Pinson Grant for Graduate Research on the Ottoman Balkans

ITS invites grant applications from graduate students enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States, whose research is specifically focused on the Ottoman Balkans. The Mark Pinson Grant provides up to $2000 per applicant, seeking to broaden existing knowledge and research on any aspect of the Ottoman Balkans, within the social sciences and/or humanities.

Application Deadline: March 29, 2019.

Grants for the Publication of Scholarly Books and Journals

Grants for the Publication of Scholarly Books and Journals to cover part of the publication costs of scholarly books and journals in the field of Turkish Studies to be published in the U.S.

Application Deadline: March 29, 2019.

Teaching Aids Grants

Teaching Aids Grants for the development of instructional materials in the field of Turkish Studies, such as language teaching materials, maps, slides, etc.

Application Deadline: March 29, 2019.

Turkish Studies Academic Conference Grant

The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) invites scholars with research interests in Turkey currently employed by institutes of higher education in the United States to submit proposals to host an academic conference in conjunction with ITS. The main aim of conducting such a joint venture is to raise awareness of Turkish Studies in the applicant's home institution by focusing on a conference theme within the humanities or social sciences, in addition to contributing to current academic debates..

Application Deadline: March 29, 2019.


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