The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to promoting North American and Turkish research and exchanges related to Turkey in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. ARIT provides support for these aims by maintaining research centers and libraries in Istanbul and Ankara, and administering fellowship programs to support research in Turkey at doctoral and advanced research levels.

In 1964, a group of scholars representing American and Canadian universities established the American Research Institute in Turkey. The range of research encompassed by ARIT reflects the cultural richness of Turkey itself. From the Old Stone Age to the present, Turkey presents numerous opportunities for research in archaeology, architecture and art history, historical, textual, and archival studies, linguistics, literature, musicology, religion, anthropology, political science, sociology, and interdisciplinary studies.

ARIT now can celebrate fifty-three years of facilitating productive scholarship in and related to Turkey. See the listing of recent ARIT Fellows for a sample of the broad range of projects supported by ARIT programs. The Institute has funded more than:

  • 733 research projects based in North American universities and institutions
  • 627 U.S. students of Turkish language in Turkey
  • 523 Turkish research projects carried out in Turkey and
  • 80 fellowships for Turkish scholars to conduct research outside of the country
  • 99 Aegean Exchange scholars.

ARIT American fellowships provide support for both short and long term advanced research in the humanities and social sciences. The Turkish Dernek associated with ARIT offers fellowships for Turkish scholars. The Hanfmann and Mellink fellowships provide opportunities for Turkish scholars and advanced students in archaeology to carry out research abroad. The Aegean Exchange program supports reciprocal research and study for both Turkish and Greek scholars. As opportunities arise, ARIT facilitates other programs for researchers in Turkey, both federal and private.