Competitions for Fellowships for Study and Research in Yemen

The American Institute for Yemeni Studies annually holds two competitions for fellowship programs supporting research on Yemen, one for U.S. citizens, presently limited to venues other than Yemen, and one for citizens of the Republic of Yemen.  Both are funded by grants from the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The next deadline for US fellowships is February 28, 2019 and the next deadline for Yemeni fellowships is February 28, 2019.

There presently is a ban on using State Department-funded fellowships for travel to Yemen.  For US scholars, AIYS can only accept applications for research on Yemen in venues other than Yemen and the United States. For the same reason, AIYS cannot accept applications for intensive Arabic study.

Click here for a list of research fellowships awarded through AIYS since 1991.



Competition for U.S. Scholars
Support for this program comes from a grant from the State Department's Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs (State/ECA) through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).


U.S. citizens who are enrolled as full-time graduate students in recognized degree programs or who are post-graduate professionals.

General Fellowship Program

Proposals are invited from graduate and post-graduate scholars in all disciplines. Collaborative or group projects are also invited.

Projects are not normally funded above $6,000. Applicants may need to secure additional funding for other expenses or for extended research periods, but in the case of multiple awards AIYS reserves the right to modify or cancel its fellowship offer.

Researchers whose projects will take them to more than one country are advised to consider applying to CAORC's Multi-Country Fellowship Program as well as to AIYS.

Though there is a ban on federally funded travel to Yemen, AIYS continues to support research and scholarship in Yemen. Scholars with non-Federal funding are welcome to use AIYS's facilities (temporarily suspended).

Intensive Arabic Language Study (temporarily suspended)
AIYS offers students and scholars the opportunity to obtain intensive Arabic language training in Yemen.  AIYS Arabic language funds may only be used for study in Yemen.

How to Apply for an AIYS Fellowship:
Non-AIYS members are encouraged to become an AIYS member; click here to become a member (for $25).

Click here for the application form. After completing the form, please email it along with the following documents to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by February 12, 2019.

1. A Research Proposal (not more than 2,000 words)
2. Detailed Budget Proposal
3. Current CV or Resume
4. Three letters of support
5. Graduate students must also send a scanned copy of their transcripts.


Competition for Yemeni Scholars
AIYS supports Yemeni scholars through small grants (up to $2000) for research.

Citizens of Yemen who are enrolled as full-time graduate students in recognized degree programs or who are post-graduate professionals

General Guidelines and Requirements
AIYS gives grants of up to 2000 USD for original scholarly research projects in Yemen in any discipline.

  1. Applicants should provide a detailed project budget justifying the amount requested.  Preference will be given to applications which explain clearly how AIYS funding will be used for research purposes.
  2. The level of funding will be decided by AIYS.
  3. Upon completion of the project, the applicant must provide a final report (3 to 8 pages) in Arabic or English.
  4. Upon completion the researcher must submit a financial accounting of how the research funds provided by AIYS were spent.
  5. Publications resulting from this project should acknowledge the support of AIYS.
  6. Researchers are responsible for obtaining necessary research permits.


In addition to the application form (downloaded word version), applicants must email a CV, two letters of reference, a separate detailed budget, and a research proposal of not more than four pages to the Institute at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before February 28, 2019.

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