Koç University Fellowships in Anatolian Civilization Studies
Koç University invites applications for PhD, Post-Doctoral, and Senior Fellowships at Koç University's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED). Additionally, several Joint Fellowships with specific application criteria are available as well.
All ANAMED fellows are expected to devote themselves full time to their research projects, to be active members of Koç University’s academic community, and, for full-year fellowships, to give two lectures on their work during the course of the year.
AWARDED FELLOWS WILL RECEIVE:
- A monthly stipend calculated by Koç University each year to cover most local expenses not covered by the fellowship
- Accommodation at ANAMED’s residential facility in the center of Beyoğlu, Istanbul / Residential facilities consist of studio apartments that can accommodate a spouse/partner if necessary. Each apartment has a private bathroom, cold-kitchen area with mini-refrigerator, and apartment-specific heating, cooling, and ventilation system, and is furnished with a bed, closet, desk, chair, telephone, and TV. ANAMED custodial staff provide apartment cleaning services at no extra charge twice a week, including a change of sheets and towels. Laundry facilities for personal use are available within the residential complex. ANAMED terraces have plentiful seating, lighting, and fine views of the Golden Horn and Sea of Marmara. In addition to the apartment, each fellow is assigned a study carrel in a study room accessible from within the facility, reserved for fellows, and open 24/7. During office hours, tea, coffee, and water are available outside the study room.
- Five meals per week / ANAMED provides fellows five meals per week. These include two in-house dinners a week during the academic year (excepting national and university holidays) and a meal card for three meals a week at rates set by Koç University.
- Transportation to and from Turkey / One lowest-possible cost, economy class, round-trip airfare will be reimbursed upon the beginning of the fellowship based on a region of origin.
- A modest research budget / Expenses may include books, research materials, research-related travel expenses within Turkey, and/or travel expenses for the presentation of papers at academic conferences during the period of the fellow’s appointment.
- Health insurance / Currently available health insurance plans cover general in-patient and limited outpatient treatments, including medicines and advanced diagnostic methods.
- Residence permit / Application for the official residence permit required for foreign fellows to spend nine months in Turkey will be facilitated by ANAMED in collaboration with Koç University’s International Community Office. All associated costs are included in the fellowship.
- Full access to the ANAMED Library, its library services, affiliates (via BiblioPera), and online resources / ccess includes borrowing privileges from the main campus library and inter-library loan within the network of participating institutions in Turkey. In addition, residential fellows can use library spaces 24/7.
- Full access to lectures, symposia, and other activities at ANAMED and on the main Koç University campus / ANAMED and Koç University organize and host a variety of scholarly activities and exhibits throughout the year, most of which are open to the public. ANAMED fellows have additional opportunities to interact with colleagues sharing interests in Anatolian civilizations at weekly “Friday Teas,” which sometimes feature short academic talks and always feature good conversation.
- Museum cards / A Museum Pass is provided that allows free entrance to museums and archeological/historical sites.
Applications must be completed at the latest by DECEMBER 15.
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Who can apply
- Applications focusing on the archaeology, art history, heritage, and history of Anatolia from the Neolithic through the Ottoman eras are welcome from scholars of these and allied disciplines, including those that focus on the management, conservation, and presentation of the past.
- PhD candidates who have completed the doctoral qualification stage and post-doctoral and senior scholars in relevant fields can apply for fellowships.
- An applicant who has completed or expects to complete her/his PhD (including the defense, viva voce, and/or final public examination) before the fellowship term begins should apply for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship. In cases where the PhD degree is granted after the application has been submitted but before the fellowship term begins, the applicant is required to submit a copy of the doctoral diploma (and/or final transcript) to the Fellowship Coordinator before the fellowship term begins. If the applicant fails to complete the PhD before the fellowship term begins, the Post-Doctoral Fellowship will be cancelled.
- An applicant who has applied for and is awarded a PhD Fellowship and who successfully completes her/his PhD during the ANAMED fellowship year will be allowed to complete the full term of the fellowship but will not be eligible for an upgrade to a Post-Doctoral Fellowship.
- Koç University PhD students are not eligible for ANAMED PhD Fellowships. Graduates of Koç University PhD programs, however, may apply for Post-Doctoral and/or Senior Fellowships.
- Applicants may not apply for both Regular/Joint Fellowships and Short-Term Fellowships in the same year.
- Applications from scholars of all nationalities are encouraged, yet fellows must be proficient in English, the language of instruction at Koç University.
How to apply
- Before applying please refer to ANAMED’s Frequently Asked Questions concerning the application process.
- All applicants should complete the application form. Please click here: ONLINE APPLICATION FORM
- Owing to the functionality of the online form, the application must be completed and submitted in one session without closing the browser window. We recommend, therefore, that application information be gathered and prepared in a different document or place first and then entered into the form and submitted in one session.
- Regular and Joint Fellowships are available for the 9-month academic year. PhD Fellowships are full 9-month fellowships, while Post-Doctoral and Senior Fellowships can be limited to either 9-month or 4.5 month terms (fall or spring semesters).
- Applicants who apply for a Joint Fellowship and who would like to be considered for a Regular Fellowship also should indicate this by selecting the appropriate checkbox in the Joint Fellowship application form. In such cases, the primary application should always be submitted to the Joint Fellowship.
- Non-residential fellowships are reserved for those precluded from staying at ANAMED for personal reasons (including those already resident in Istanbul). Housing support is unfortunately unavailable for fellows who desire to reside outside ANAMED.
- Residential and Non-Residential fellowship statuses cannot be changed after fellowships are granted.
- For those who want to apply as residential together with their family should note that, unfortunately, building regulations prevent us from welcoming children under the age of 16 to reside full-time at ANAMED.
- PhD Fellowship applicants should upload their graduate school transcript(s). If a university does not have transcripts, the applicant should upload an official letter from the university or advisor indicating her/his status as a registered PhD student there.
- Two recommendation letters are required for applicants for PhD and Post-Doctoral Fellowships. Recommendation letters are optional for applicants for Senior Fellowships. (Please check PhD, Post-Doc, and Senior definitions in below this page)
- Recommendation letters should be submitted directly by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Recommendation letters should comment directly on the proposed fellowship project and the ability of the applicant to undertake it. For this reason, ANAMED recommends that applicants share project proposals with recommenders in advance.
- One of the two recommendation letters required for PhD Fellowship applicants must come from the applicant's PhD thesis advisor and should comment directly on the status of the thesis and the applicant’s proposed schedule of completion.
- Applicants are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of all application information. ANAMED reserves the right to withhold applications from full review owing to incompleteness and/or inaccuracy.
- Regular/Joint Fellowships cannot be converted into Short-Term Fellowships and vice versa.
- Unsuccessful applicants and applicants who decline Regular/Joint Fellowship offers can reapply the following year, but should provide an appropriately updated application, including updated recommendation letters.
- Unsuccessful applicants who have not been awarded fellowships two years in a row should wait five years before applying again.
- Former holders of Regular/Joint Fellowships can re-apply for a fellowship after five years have passed since their previous fellowship year. For example, if an applicant applied in December 2012 and held a 2013–2014 academic year fellowship, that applicant is ineligible to apply again before December 2018 for a 2019–2020 academic year fellowship.
- Scholars who have held two ANAMED fellowships are ineligible to apply again.
Applicants for Regular, Joint and Short-term fellowships, collaborative or not, are encouraged to consider their applications within one or more of ANAMED’s research themes.
The goal of the themes is to foster constructive dialogues and collaborations between scholars working within the scope of ANAMED’s periods and fields of interests. The themes are non-exclusive and overlapping, each meant to attract a variety of approaches (e.g., material, historical, iconographical) from varying fields (e.g., archaeology, art history, heritage, and history). Applying under one or more theme is encouraged but not required. Projects unrelated to these highlighted themes will be given full and impartial consideration in the review process. Theme selection(s) are made within the online application system.
1) Environment and Society
ANAMED solicits applications that investigate the rich and complex trajectory of interactions between human societies and their natural environments, including landscapes. Quantitative studies that uncover data and register change over time as well as qualitative studies that critically re-think interactions between urban and rural spaces, spatial transformations, architecture and the built environment, subsistence economies, infrastructure, and contemporary approaches to cultural heritage fall within the scope of this theme. Projects exploring economic relations, labor, climate, political power and nature, technology and production, and encounters including human and non-human interactions are welcome. Additionally, studies devoted to the sensory past that uncover personally experienced environment through memory, perception, imagination, and the senses (visual, auditory, olfactory) will be positively considered.
2) The Digital Past
“Digital humanities” is a growing field of study. As one of the pioneering institutions of this field in Turkey, ANAMED strongly supports and encourages research not only in digital humanities but also in the “digital past,” broadly defined. Proposals that leverage digital technologies in the study of any ANAMED subject are encouraged. Spatially significant 2D analyses involving GIS, network analyses, 3D modeling and analyses of objects, features, sites, or landscapes, and analyses of “big data” deriving from the “mining” of textual, visual, or archival sources are examples of possible approaches to elucidating cultural heritage and deciphering socio-economic structures and relations. The development or highlighting of new digitally-enabled methods, such as quantitative and qualitative data visualization, can also be considered. Particularly welcome are innovative and multidisciplinary projects that taking advantage of, if not develop, digital approaches that aim to achieve new understandings of the Anatolian past.
3) Mobility and Connectivity
ANAMED solicits proposals that take the circulation, encounter, and exchange of objects and subjects, human and non-human, material and non-material at their core and investigate them in relation to physical, cultural, economic, and political dynamics within their spatiotemporal contexts. In dialogue with recent scholarship on global history, environmental studies, archaeology and architecture, this theme invites studies on physical nature, agriculture, economy, travel, trade, transportation, and technology as well as political systems, identities, religions, languages, cultural interactions, literary traditions, knowledge, and ideas that situate themselves at zones of contact with an emphasis on movement, connectivity and transfer. Applications on patterns of mobility (including urban mobility) such as migration, nomadism-transhumance, and settlement, as well as war and displacement are also within the scope of this theme.
4) Diversity and Coexistence
ANAMED welcomes applications that are devoted to questions of ‘identity’ in any epoch of Anatolia’s past. Projects that explore ‘difference,’ including but not limited to ethnic, religious, and gender identities, in relation to each other as well as in conjunction with class, power, the state, and spatiotemporal configurations would be welcomed. Applicants are expected to go beyond compartmentalized, anachronistic or primordialist understandings of identity. Instead, they are encouraged to critically re-think how diversity was defined, and how coexistence was experienced, negotiated and contested in multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and multilingual settings, especially with respect to everyday practices. Projects tackling assimilation and acculturation as well as cultural transfers and hybridization would fall within the scope of this theme. Studies that are devoted to shared sites and practices, cultural heritage, and memory would also be received positively.
Definition of Fellows
- PhD Fellowships are for advanced PhD students who have completed all coursework and examinations and are working on their dissertations.
- Post-Doc Fellowships are for scholars with PhD degrees granted after 15 September 2013. Applicants must possess the PhD degree by the time the fellowship period commences.
- Senior Fellowships are for scholars with PhD degrees granted on or before 15 September 2013.