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Fellowship Program for Palestinians

2020–2021 Fellowships for Palestinian Scholars
Conducting Field-Based Research on Palestine

Pre-proposal APPLICATION

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This year’s competition is now closed. Please be sure to check back in September 2020 when we will open our 2021 competition. The listing below has been left on the website for informational purposes.

Pre-proposal applications due October 8, 2019 (no proposals accepted after the deadline)

Notification of invitation to submit a full proposal November 13, 2019

Full proposals due December 16, 2019
(only people invited to submit are eligible)

Awards announced April 1, 2020

Fellowship awards from $4,000 - $6,000

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 21st annual Palestinian research fellowship competition for Palestinian doctoral students and Palestinian scholars who have earned their PhD. Proposed research must contribute to Palestinian Studies.

Information about the fellowship competition:

  • Research must contribute to Palestinian Studies. Research can be in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and inter-disciplinary studies in public health, the environment, and other aspects of science directly related to Palestinian Studies. Purely scientific research is not eligible for this fellowship competition.
  • Research must take place in Palestine, Jordan, or Lebanon.
  • Field research must be for a minimum of two months and a maximum of one year.
  • Applicants must be scholars who have earned their PhD, established researchers, or full-time doctoral students enrolled in a recognized degree program.
  • Doctoral students must have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for the doctorate degree except the dissertation by the time research commences. The fellowship will not cover tuition fees.
  • Researchers without a doctorate but with a record of academic publication are eligible (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.
  • Individual and joint research projects are eligible, i.e. research can be done by a group of researchers.
  • 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 must choose to 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.

Pre-proposals must be in English and include the following:

  1. A 600-900 word summary including the following:
    • Your research topic and research problem
    • Short literature review
    • Specific objectives and description of your research
    • The significance of your study and how it advances what we know on this topic in a Palestinian context
    • Your specific methodology and time-frame for completion
    • List of references.
  2. Curriculum vitae (not more than 5 pages).
  3. A detailed line item budget indicating the amount requested (not to exceed $6,000).
  4. For doctoral students only, a copy of master's and PhD transcripts, or a letter from the head of the department if there are no transcripts, and a list of chapters for your dissertation project.
  5. A completed pre-proposal application form.

For more information, contact:

P.O. Box 549, Emil Habibi St., 4th floor Al Nahdah Bldg., Almasyoon,
Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine
Tel (02) 2974240

*Palestinians who are U.S. citizens should also visit the U.S. Fellowships page and the NEH/FPIRI Fellowships page and contact the U.S. office at with any questions.


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