Deadline for applications is January 31, 2019

2019-2020 Grants Program for US Citizens

Notice: The federal government shutdown may impact funding for AIMS programs, including the 2019 AIMS grants programs. While we encourage you to apply in the expectation that the shutdown will end within a reasonable amount of time, we cannot guarantee funding as long as the shutdown continues. Keep in mind that even once the shutdown ends, it will take time for all financial operations to return to normal.

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 at or go to

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.

Grant Applications
Applications must include the following items and arranged in this order:
  • Completed grant application cover sheet
    (pdf, attached left)
  • Proposal or research design of no more than 1,500 words
  • A proposed research itinerary with approximate dates
  • Budget, including research grants for this project from all sources
  • Vitae, including indication of language proficiency and institutional affiliation
  • One page summary of the proposed research in either French or Arabic written by the applicant
  • Letters of recommendation from two referees, including the candidate’s dissertation advisor, or in the case of applicants holding a Ph.D., the names of two persons who may be contacted for references. Letters may be included with the application or emailed separately to:

*Note: Fellows for Morocco cannot expect to begin their research prior to June 15, 2019. Fellows must receive official research clearance before arrival. This process may take up to 3 months from the time of the announcement of their grant. It is incumbent upon successful applicant to be in touch with the research-clearing agency, the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange in Rabat (MACECE) and the Tangier American Legation (TALIM) as soon as they receive the announcement of their award. While all efforts will be made by MACECE for the fellow to receive research clearance in a timely fashion, the grantee may not begin research until clearance is granted. Declination of research clearance by the Moroccan authorities automatically cancels the AIMS grant.

Please email completed applications to:

The deadline for applications is JANUARY 31ST, 2019. 
Applications submitted after this date will not be considered for funding.

Awards will be announced by April. Grantees are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain the necessary research clearances and also that air travel from the U.S. must meet the Fly America Act.

*These awards are made possible through grants from U.S. Department of State.*