The RCAC announces new fellowships

By Victoria Khroundina | December 12, 2014


Earlier this week, the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations (RCAC) has announced a fresh batch of fellowship opportunities for the 2015–16 academic year. The overall aim of these fellowships is to develop and facilitate research projects that are concerned with the art, history, architecture and archaeology of civilisations of Turkey. All fellowships include accommodation, travel and stipend making them very attractive programmes indeed. Here are the options:

The Residential and Non–Residential Fellowships are offering around 10 PhD candidates and 10 PhD scholars to spend the 2015–16 academic year at the RCAC in Istanbul. Applications are welcome from scholars specialising in Turkish archaeology, art history, history and related disciplines, from the Neolithic through to the Ottoman era.

The British Institute at Ankara (BIAA)–RCAC Fellowship in Cultural Heritage Management is 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, monument or regions. One junior scholar and one senior scholar with an MA or PhD qualification, respectively, in museology, heritage management or a related specialisation, or those with appropriate professional experience in these fields, can apply. The successful candidates will reside in Istanbul for the majority of the time but will also spend two months elsewhere in Turkey carrying out fieldwork or onsite research.

The Kaplan Fellowships in Archaeological Site Management will be granted to one junior and one senior scholar to develop an archaeological management plan with a conservation component for a site in Turkey.

Deadline for applications for these fellowships is Monday, December 15, giving you the weekend to apply.

There are also three joint, one-year fellowship programmes available. The RCAC has paired up with the Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies to offer one junior and one senior scholar the chance to spend the autumn semester at one centre and the spring semester at the other. They will undertake advanced research projects concerned with any aspect of interaction between Italy and the Byzantine or Ottoman Empires (c. 1300–1700). Subjects covered can include art, architecture, archaeology, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion and science.

The RCAC also paired up with the Kunsthistorische Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut (KHI), also in Italy. Again, one junior and one senior scholar will have the chance to spend the autumn semester at one institution and the spring semester at the other undertaking research projects on any aspect of study of visual culture from antiquity to the early 20th century.

The brand-new Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi RCAC Fellowship in Ottoman Architectural Culture and History is offering a new joint fellowship to MA or PhD graduates in the archaeology, art history, history or allied disciplines relating to Turkey in the Ottoman era. One successful candidate will not only get his/her travel expenses and accommodation covered and be given a stipdent, but he/she will also receive a $800 research budget.

You have a bit more time to apply for these fellowships; the deadline is January 15, 2015. For more information and to apply, please visit the RCAC website

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