Founded in 1948, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) is a private, nonprofit membership organization comprised of educational and cultural institutions, professional scholars and private individuals. ARCE's mission is to support research on all aspects of Egyptian history and culture, foster a broader knowledge of Egypt among the general public, and strengthen American-Egyptian cultural ties.

Today, ARCE serves the academic community by providing critical logistical support to expeditions and research projects of American academic and cultural institutions. It provides a permanent base in Cairo for scholars studying Egypt from prehistory to the present day. More than a dozen archaeological teams sponsored by leading American universities are assisted annually by our Cairo Center, which also houses a library offering scholars 25,000 volumes on all periods of Egyptian history.

Additionally, ARCE offers training programs largely for the benefit of Egyptian colleagues in field archaeology, conservation techniques, salvage archaeology, site management, and museum registrar practices. ARCE has constructed a conservation facility for the use of our colleagues at the MOA. This is the first-ever sole-purpose conservation facility to be constructed on-site in the Luxor complex and is designed to blend with its environment. 

From its inception in 1948 to today, ARCE has been steadfast in its belief in the value of cross-cultural exchange between Egypt and the United States and the shared objectives of promoting research into Egypt’s rich history and the conservation of all antiquities and historic sites.

SHORT TERM GRANT: Application Guidelines

Created by an endowment from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ARCE’s Antiquities Endowment Fund sustains an ongoing grants program to support the conservation, excavation, investigation, preservation and documentation of Egypt's cultural heritage and the dissemination of relevant knowledge.
 

 

The Antiquities Endowment Fund Short Term Grant (for up to one year) is awarded for highly focused professional projects that:

1. Projects in Egypt will be given a strong preference.

2. Serve the conservation, excavation, preservation, documentation, and cultural heritage needs of Egyptian antiquities that are more than 100 years old.

3. Involve the following activities:

a. Conservation, examination and technical study of artifacts.

b. Protection of sites, buildings, or objects.

c. Participation of conservators, archaeologists, or other appropriate specialists in antiquities projects.

d. Training of conservation and archaeology students.

e. Excavation with conservation.

f. The production of publications, exhibitions, and presentations that disseminate knowledge about Egypt’s cultural heritage.

AEF grants only support direct project costs. Indirect costs are not allowable. Please do not request indirect costs either in your proposal or in any resulting contract. The budget allows for highly specific expenses to be included. Applications should be denominated in U.S. Dollars. ARCE is not responsible for currency fluctuations.


Review full guidelines here. 

LONG TERM GRANT: Application Guidelines

Created by an endowment from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ARCE’s Antiquities Endowment Fund sustains an ongoing grants program to support the conservation, excavation, investigation, preservation and documentation of Egypt's cultural heritage and the dissemination of relevant knowledge.
 

 

The Antiquities Endowment Fund Long Term Grant (for up to three years)is awarded for discrete professional projects that:

1. Take Place in Egypt. 

2. Serve the conservation, excavation, preservation, documentation, and cultural heritage needs of Egyptian antiquities that are more than 100 years old.

3. Involve the following activities:

a. Conservation, examination and technical study of artefacts.

b. Protection of sites, buildings, or objects.

c. Participation of conservators, archaeologists, or other appropriate specialists in antiquities projects.

d. Training of conservation and archaeology students.

e. Excavation with conservation.

f. The production of publications, exhibitions, and presentations that disseminate knowledge about Egypt’s cultural heritage.

AEF grants only support direct project costs. Indirect costs are not allowable. Please do not request indirect costs either in your proposal or in any resulting contract. The budget allows for highly specific expenses to be included. Applications should be denominated in U.S. Dollars. ARCE is not responsible for currency fluctuations.

Review full guidelines here. 

American Research Center in Egypt