Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)



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Founded in 1981, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) is a private nonprofit federation of independent overseas research centers (ORCs) that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences.

CAORC offers two fellowship programs annually, the CAORC – NEH Senior Research Fellowship and the Multi-Country Research Fellowship, which allow fellows to visit and carry out research within the network of overseas research centers.

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship is for U.S. scholars who either hold a PhD or are doctoral candidates with ‘all but dissertation’ status. This fellowship allows scholars to travel to multiple countries (one country must have a participating overseas research center). Approximately nine awards of $11,500 will be granted in the next competition.

The CAORC – NEH Senior Research Fellowship is for U.S. scholars (or scholars who have resided in the U.S. for at least three years) who hold a PhD to carry out research in one country with a participating overseas research center. Fellowship stipends are $5,000 per month for four to six consecutive months.

To learn more about the fellowships, please visit: The next round of fellowships will open in September 2020 with a deadline in January 2021. Updated guidelines will be released in early September.

CAORC offers other opportunities such as faculty development seminars and occasionally internship opportunities. Please visit for more information.

Additionally, each overseas research center offers fellowships, grants, and language and cultural programs specific to its region. Please see the list of centers here: