Fellowships for Palestinians

2024–2025 Fellowships for Palestinian Scholars Conducting Humanities
and Social Science Field-Based Research on Palestine

Extended Deadline: December 10, 2023
Awards announced April 3, 2024

Fellowship awards up to a maximum of $6,000
Awardees will have until December 31, 2025 to complete their research 

In addition, sometime in 2024, PARC will open a new competition dedicated to Gaza. The competition will be exclusively for scholars living in and from Gaza. (Scholars living in or from Gaza are still welcome to apply by the December 10, 2023 deadline if they choose to do so.)

On October 24, PARC held an informational webinar for interested applicants. To view the recording, click here.

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces PARC’s 25th annual Palestinian research fellowship competition for research in the humanities and social sciences that will contribute to Palestinian Studies. Applicants must be Palestinian doctoral students or Palestinian scholars who have earned their PhD. Palestinians may apply regardless of their country of residence or ID.

Information about the fellowship competition:

  • Research must contribute to Palestinian Studies. Research must be in the humanities or social sciences and can include interdisciplinary studies. Scientific research is not eligible for this competition. Scientific proposals will not be evaluated.
  • Research must take place in Palestine, Jordan, or Lebanon. Research proposals on the occupied Golan Heights are welcome if in a comparative framework with Palestine.
  • Field research must be for a minimum of two months up to a maximum of one year.
  • Individual and joint research projects are eligible for this competition, i.e. research can be done by a group of researchers.
  • Applicants must be scholars who have earned their PhD, established researchers, or full-time doctoral students enrolled in a recognized degree program. 
  • By the time research commences, doctoral students must have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for their degree except the dissertation. First and second year PhD students are not eligible. Only PhD students who have defended their dissertation proposal are eligible. The fellowship will not cover tuition. 
  • Researchers without a doctorate but with a record of academic publication are eligible to apply (not less than 10 refereed articles).
  • Master’s degree holders without a record of academic publication are only eligible to apply for a joint research project with a lead researcher who holds a PhD.
  • Applications are especially encouraged from and about the Gaza Strip and from PhD students and junior faculty.
  • Scholars who received a PARC fellowship in the last three years as well as scholars who received two PARC fellowships are not eligible to apply.
  • Palestinians who are also U.S. citizens may apply either to the Palestinian Research Fellowship competition or the U.S. Research Fellowship competition. They may not apply to both competitions in the same year.
  • Proposals that do not meet minimum standards or are incomplete will not be considered.

Applications must be in English and include the following:  

  • Application form
  • Abstract (max 350 words)
  • Service component
  • Research proposal (max 2,000 words)
  • Budget
  • CV
  • Transcripts for PhD students only
  • ID and passport information
  • Two letters of recommendation (for PhD students only)

Evaluation criteria:

  • Research topic significant, under-researched, original, or new perspective
  • Contribution to your field of studies and Palestinian Studies
  • Appropriateness of methodology
  • Feasibility of research design
  • Your qualifications, including the requisite knowledge, experience, and skills to complete the project
  • Quality of service component
  • Reasonable and appropriate budget
  • Quality of application and writing
  • Two letters of recommendation (for PhD students only)

For more information, contact the PARC Palestine Office at [email protected]

*Palestinians who are U.S. citizens should also visit the U.S. Fellowships page and the NEH Fellowships page and contact the U.S. office at [email protected] with any questions.