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ASOR-AFFILIATED OVERSEAS RESEARCH CENTERS

There are two research centers affiliated with ASOR — the Albright Institute in Jerusalem, CAARI in Nicosia — and also the Baghdad Committee.

THE W. F. ALBRIGHT INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH

The W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR), founded in 1900, as the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem, provides a base for a broad range of American-led scholarly research projects in Near Eastern studies from prehistory to the early Islamic period in the Middle East. Located in an historic building in Jerusalem, the Albright offers fellowships for doctoral and post-doctoral studies, and maintains residential and research facilities for its fellows, including an extensive library. The Institute fosters North American participation in, and provides support for, archaeological excavations and surveys; promotes working relationships with related institutions in Jerusalem and the neighboring communities.

The Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR) annually provides up to $330,000 in fellowships and awards to 32 recipients. In addition, 32 Associate Fellows including Senior, Post-Doctoral, and Research Fellows receive funding from other sources.

The mission of the Albright is to develop and disseminate scholarly knowledge of the literature, history, and culture of the Near East, as well as the study of the development of civilization from prehistory to the early Islamic period.

Its international fellowship program annually includes 54 fellows, representing a wide diversity of national, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. The program is intended to promote the participation of students and scholars from all over the world as well as Israeli and Palestinian academics. This program offers a unique opportunity for interaction and the exchange of information and ideas in a friendly and peaceful environment. As such the Albright has succeeded in creating an intellectual atmosphere not duplicated in any other institution in the region.

CYPRUS AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CAARI)

LOCATED IN Nicosia, Cyprus, CAARI provides one of the most important centers for the scholarly study of archaeology, history, and culture in the Eastern Mediterranean. Scholars from these and other academic disciplines and all nationalities come together under our roof to share multidisciplinary approaches and research findings. CAARI offers world-class resources through our comprehensive library of materials relating to Cyprus and adjacent geographic regions. Visiting students and scholars can find living quarters as well as technical and logistical support facilities. The Center hosts lectures, seminars, and symposia for professional and lay audiences. We also offer fellowship opportunities for students and established senior scholars. FOUNDED in 1978, CAARI is an American not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of Massachusetts with 501(C)(3) tax status and registered in Cyprus as an overseas company. .

BAGHDAD COMMITTEE

The Baghdad Committee (whose formal name is the Committee on Mesopotamian Civilization) oversees the production of the Journal of Cuneiform Studies (JCS), has published a newsletter on archaeological and other research in Iraq, has coordinated field projects throughout Iraq, and for a period of time had an Institute functioning in Baghdad. The committee recommends recipients for the Mesopotamian Fellowship to the ASOR board. This fellowship funds researchers studying the region, through the generosity of the James B. Nies Trust.

For more about ASOR-Affiliated and other Overseas Research Centers, visit the website of the .