Middle East Studies

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) 2019-2020 Grants Program for US Citizens

November 7, 2018

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) announces its annual Grants Program for the academic year (2019-2020) beginning in May 2019. The Grant Program offers grants to U.S. scholars interested in conducting research on North Africa in Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, or Tunisia. AIMS sponsors Overseas Research Centers in the region in Oran, Tunis, and Tangier and has other institutional affiliations that support AIMS scholars. AIMS funds only primary research conducted in the Maghrib.

Short-Term Research Grants

AIMS awards short-term grants for one to three months for up to $6,000. These awards may also be used in combination with grants from other sources for projects of longer duration.

Long-Term Research Grants

AIMS offers awards with a maximum of $15,000 for projects longer than three months. In accordance with agreements with other major funding agencies, applicants may not accept multiple grants concurrently for the same project. In the event a grantee declines an AIMS award to accept another grant, AIMS may provide a small allowance for supplementary research expenses. Some privately funded grants are exempt from this rule.


Graduate students currently enrolled in an M.A. or Ph.D. program, independent scholars, and faculty in all disciplines are eligible to apply. All applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Recipients of AIMS awards in either of the two previous funding cycles are ineligible to apply. Travel/research plans must be set and funds must be disbursed prior to May 2020. Applicants must be members of AIMS at the time of application. For membership and grant information, please contact the AIMS US Office or visit the AIMS website.


All AIMS grantees are required to present on their research at one of the AIMS Overseas Research Centers or affiliated centers, currently CEMA in Oran, Algeria; CEMAT in Tunis, Tunisia; TALIM in Tangier, Morocco; Dar Si-Hmad in Sidi Ifni and Agadir, Morocco. AIMS Grantees must also submit a written report to the AIMS Secretariat within one month of completion of their fieldwork.

Submissions are due January 31st, 2019.

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