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The U.S. Scholars Research Fellowship

The American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS) holds an annual fellowship competition supporting research on Yemen and Yemeni Studies for U.S. citizens funded by grants from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The U.S. Scholars Fellowship supports advanced research on Yemeni Studies for U.S. citizens to conduct research outside of the U.S. and Yemen.


Program Information

Proposals are invited from graduate and post-graduate scholars in all disciplines. Collaborative or group projects, including collaborations with Yemeni researchers, are also invited. Although there is currently a travel ban for using AIYS fellowships for funds within Yemen, a project related to Yemen involving research outside of Yemen or the United States can be funded. For example, it would be possible access documents on Yemen in the archives of Great Britain or Yemeni manuscripts in a European library, interview members of the Yemeni diaspora, etc..

Projects are not normally funded above $5,000. Applicants may need to secure additional funding for other expenses or for extended research periods, but in the case of multiple awards AIYS reserves the right to modify or cancel its fellowship offer. Researchers whose projects will take them to more than one country are advised to consider applying to CAORC’s Multi-Country Research Fellowship as well as to AIYS.


Guidelines and Requirements

  1. Applicants should provide a detailed project budget justifying the amount requested. Preference will be given to applications which explain clearly how AIYS funding will be used for research purposes. If the proposed project includes more than one researcher, the budget allocation to specific individuals for specific components of the proposed work must be clearly explained.

  2. The level of funding will be decided by the AIYS fellowship committee, pursuant to the rules of the Council on American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), of which AIYS is a member.

  3. Within six months of the completion of the project, the applicant must provide a final report (3 to 5 pages) to

  4. Upon completion the researcher must submit a financial accounting of how the research funds provided by AIYS were spent.

  5. Publications and/or public presentations resulting from this project should acknowledge the support of AIYS.

  6. Researchers are responsible for obtaining necessary research permits to conduct research in the proposed area(s)



  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Must be a full-time graduate student in recognized degree programs or a postgraduate professional (group projects are permitted)

  • Must complete your research in a country outside of the U.S. and Yemen



How to Apply:

Non-AIYS members are encouraged to become an AIYS member, click here to become a member.

Once the fellowship is open for applications, click the 'Apply Here' button to be taken directly to the online application. The documents listed below are required to be submitted along with your application in order for your application to be considered eligible for review.​

  1. Application Form

  2. A Research Proposal (not more than 2,000 words)

  3. Detailed Budget Proposal

  4. Current CV or Resume

  5. Two letters of support

  6. Graduate students must submit a copy of their transcripts.

It is advisable to enter your recommender's contact details into the recommendation letter section of the application as soon as possible (and click 'mark as complete') so that they have sufficient time to complete and upload their letter. Note that the applicant is responsible for checking in with their recommender to ensure the letter is submitted by the recommender deadline

Application deadline: February 13th, 2024 at 5:00PM ET

Recommendation letter deadline: February 15th, 2024 at 5:00PM ET

Notification of award decisions: Mid April, 2024

​​If you have questions, please email



Funding for this fellowship is provided by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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