Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) – Overview

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) – Overview


The Council of American Overseas
Research Centers (CAORC) is a private nonprofit organization that supports
American and international scholars working throughout the world in the
social sciences, humanities, languages, cultural heritage, and the arts. One vital role of CAORC is to coordinate the activities of American overseas research
centers throughout the world. The Centers are located in the Middle East,
Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. The Centers support scholars by obtaining
visas and research permission and by providing staff assistance, libraries,
archives, and residential facilities. They also arrange workshops, lectures,
exhibitions, conferences, and international collaborations. Other functions of CAORC include offering fellowships for scholars to
carry out transnational research; providing faculty development programs
for U.S. colleges and universities including community colleges; organizing workshops on international issues; and administering programs to preserve
cultural heritage artifacts and sites. Annually over 50,000 researchers,
journalists, government officials, students and members of the public
utilize the resources of the Centers. Over 400 American colleges,
universities, and museums participate in the operations of the CAORC network. CAORC and the Centers form
a unique network of support for American scholars working
both overseas and in the U.S. It is a vital component to American foreign
policy and American scholarship.