US Citizen Fellowships

 AIBS supports three types of US Citizens Fellowships:

All Applicants Must Be:

  1. Enrolled/employed/affiliated with a US or non-US academic institution (independent scholars are also welcome to apply)
  2. US Citizens (Unfortunately, US Permanent Residents are not eligible)

Please visit specific fellowship web pages above for additional fellowship-specific requirements

All fellowships are for research involving Bangladesh and must be a minimum of two months, but no longer than twelve months pending available funding. These grants are supported by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Scholars from all academic disciplines are eligible.

All fellowship travel is subject to State Department travel restrictions. Due to potential security concerns in Bangladesh, all scholars must plan to carry out research in a country other than Bangladesh or the US at this time. You may include a secondary plan for research in Bangladesh, on the chance the travel advisory changes by the time you conduct your research (include the secondary plan in the narrative of your proposal).  Please contact us if you are interested in conducting your fellowship in a country with travel advisories between levels 2-4.  Additionally, fellows must propose research in a country other than the one they are currently residing or working in (for example, if a US scholar resides in the United Kingdom, he/she cannot submit a proposal to conduct research in London).

Fellowships may begin as soon as May 1, 2021 and must be completed by September 30, 2023. Fellowships must be completed in one consecutive time period. For example, a scholar is not authorized to complete a 4 month fellowship over the course of two summers.  The 4 month fellowship has to be conducted all at once.

Senior Fellowship applications from AIBS member institutions in the US will incur no additional fees; applications from non-member institutions require submission of a $250 membership fee before an award will be dispersed.  These fees do not apply to Junior and Pre-Dissertation applicants.

All awardees must be an AIBS individual member prior to, and during their fellowship. Individual membership costs $25 annually.

Fellows are expected to submit a mid-term update during their fellowship and a final report at the completion of their fellowship.

Application Procedure: Applications must be submitted via the American Overseas Research Centers Fellowships online application portal -- Click here or cut and paste the following link into a web browser:

The application must include:

  • Narrative proposal (10 page maximum),
  • Curriculum Vitae (2 page maximum), and
  • Three letters of reference
  • Pre-doctoral applications must also submit a transcript and a letter from their dissertation advisor (This letter can be one of the three letters of reference).

The deadline to submit an application for an AIBS Fellowship is Monday, March 1st, 2021.

Note: If you have any questions concerning the fellowship application, please email us at: