Middle East Studies

ARIT Summer Fellowships for Advanced Turkish Language Study

February 12, 2018


June 18 – August 4 2018
Program Announcement | Program Application Form


For summer 2018, the American Research Institute in Turkey will offer approximately 12 fellowships for advanced students for participation in the summer program in intensive advanced Turkish language at Boğaziçi University* in Istanbul. This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level. The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend.


Participation in the program includes 6 hours of preparation prior to departure for Turkey, most of which will be on-line orientation activities, followed by 10 hours of orientation upon arrival in Istanbul.


ARIT fellowship supported courses are offered at the advanced level. Class size is limited to ten students. Each class meets twenty hours per week. Classes are held on weekdays from 9 am to 1 pm. They are conducted in Turkish, with informal and formal styles introduced and reviewed through instruction, language laboratory work, and open conversations with teaching assistants. In the afternoon, students meet with teaching assistants on an informal basis for additional instruction and free conversation. Participants also attend extracurricular activities including films, lectures, and cultural events both on- and off-campus.


Full-time students and scholars affiliated at academic institutions are eligible to apply. To be a fellowship applicant, you must:

  • Be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level academic program, or be faculty
  • Have a minimum B average in current program of study; and
  • Perform at the high-intermediate level on a proficiency-based admissions examination


Complete the application on-line. Transcripts and letters may be submitted separately, either electronically or by mail to the address below. The application deadline is February 23, 2018. Please pay the application fee via the link below. The application includes:

  • Application form including your statement of purpose
  • Three letters of reference, including one that addresses your abilities as a language learner
  • Official transcript
  • Application fee in the amount of $25 via Paypal

You also may request information by contacting:

Director, Dr. Sylvia Önder
Division of Eastern Mediterranean Languages
Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Georgetown University
210 North Poulton Hall
1437 - 37th Street N.W.
Washington D.C. 20007
Email: aritfellowship@georgetown.edu; aritoffice@gmail.com

This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education, together with the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages  and Georgetown University.


The Boğaziçi University Turkish Language and Culture Program offers intensive courses at varied levels. For further information contact:

Turkish Language and Culture Program
The Language Center
Boğaziçi University
34342 Bebek
Telephone: (90-212) 359-4913
Fax: (90-212) 265-7131
E-mail: tlcp@boun.edu.tr
Skype: turkishlanguageandcultureprogram

Other sources of funding:

Critical Language Scholarships at Summer Institutes. The CLS programs support graduate and undergraduate students to participate in intensive study of Turkish at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels during the summer, 2018. Application deadline is generally mid-November.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. FLAS fellowships are administered through the National Resource Centers located within universities. FLAS fellowships support the study of Turkish language both in the US and in Turkey.

The ARIT Summer Fellowships for Advanced Turkish Language is funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education.