The Council of American Overseas Research Centers

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Heidi Wiederkehr

Program Director

Katie Jost

Program Assistant

Jullienne Kay


Founded in 1981, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) is a private nonprofit federation of independent overseas research centers (ORCs) that promotes advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies. CAORC fosters research projects across national boundaries, encourages collaborative research and programmatic and administrative coherence among member centers, and works to expand their resource base and service capacity. CAORC member centers maintain a permanent presence in the host countries where they operate—in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and West Africa.

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship (

The CAORC-NEH Research Fellowship (

Faculty Development Seminars (