Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)



Katie Jost

PO Box 37012, MRC 178 Washington DC
United States


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Founded in 1981, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) is a private nonprofit consortium of independent overseas research centers (ORCs) that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. CAORC also has its own programming including an annual fellowship and international faculty development seminars.

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship will soon be accepting applications. The fellowship will launch on August 10 and it enables US scholars to carry out trans-regional and comparative research in countries across the network of Overseas Research Centers as well as other countries. The fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities, social sciences, and allied natural sciences for US doctoral candidates, who are ‘all but dissertation’, and scholars who have earned their PhD. Approximately nine awards of $11,500 each will be awarded. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The CAORC – NEH Research Fellowship provides the opportunity for scholars to spend significant time in one country with an Overseas Research Center as a research base. This fellowship will be accepting applications starting September 6 and it supports advanced research in the humanities for US scholars who hold a PhD (and also foreign national scholars who have been resident in the US for at least three years). Approximately three awards will be granted and fellowship stipends are $5,000 per month. This program is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) under the Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI).

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CAORC is currently accepting applications for Faculty Development Seminars to Mexico and Senegal, which are fully funded and open to faculty and administrators at US community colleges and minority-serving institutions. The Faculty Development Seminar to India will be accepting applications on August 2. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with additional support from National Resource Centers. Learn more:

Additionally, CAORC’s network of Overseas Research Centers have numerous fellowships and other opportunities. They also periodically have job or internship positions which require less commonly taught languages. Many of the centers provide classes and/or workshops involving less commonly taught languages. Learn more about the centers here: