MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Grants and Competitions

To post a grant or competition, please complete the form found here. Questions may be directed to Mark Lowder at mark@mesana.org.

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Date Posted Award/Fellowship/Grant/Prize Deadline
10/17/14 British Library Endangered Archives Programme Call for Applications November 7, 2014
10/15/14 U.S. Department of State, Critical Languages Scholarship Program 2015 November 12, 2014
10/1/14 Harvard University, Islamic Legal Studies Program-Visiting Fellowships, 2015-16 November 15, 2014
10/1/14 North Carolina State University, Doctoral Program in Public History: Graduate Assistantship January 15, 2015
9/24/14 The Institute of International Education (IIE)
Undergraduate Arabic Language Flagship Program
November 7, 2014
9/12/14 Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) Fellowship Competitions 2015-16  
9/3/14 American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) Grants Program January 31, 2015
9/3/14 Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholarships  
8/7/14 Harvard Academy for International Area Studies: Harvard Academy Scholars Program 2015-16 October 1, 2014
8/7/14 New York University Abu Dhabi Humanities Research Fellows November 1, 2014
7/29/14 Visiting Fellowships with the Research Network "Re-Configurations. History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa."  
6/23/14 The American Academy in Berlin: 2015/16 Berlin Prize September 29, 2014
6/12/14 American Research Institute in Turkey: Fellowship Programs for Doctoral and Post-doctoral Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Turkey, 2015-2016  
6/12/14 American Research Institute in Turkey: Summer Fellowships for Advanced Turkish Language  
4/10/14 Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars, 2015-16 November 1, 2014
8/12/13 The American Research Institute in Turkey  

 

The American Academy in Berlin

Call for Applications for the 2015/16 Berlin Prize

The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for 2015/2016, as well as early applications for the academic years 2016/2017 and 2017/2018. The deadline is Monday, September 29, 2014 (12 pm EST or 6 pm CET). Applications may be submitted online or mailed to the Berlin office.
The Academy welcomes applications from emerging and established scholars and from writers and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Approximately 25 Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past recipients have included historians, economists, poets and novelists, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, and public policy experts, among others.
The Academy does not award fellowships in the natural sciences. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester or, on occasion, for an entire academic year. Bosch Fellowships in Public Policy may be awarded for shorter stays of six to eight weeks. Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy's lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in the Berlin-Wannsee district. Fellowships are restricted to individuals based permanently in the United States. US citizenship is
not required; American expatriates are not eligible. Candidates in academic disciplines must have completed a PhD at the time of application. Applicants working in most other fields - such as journalism, filmmaking, law, or public policy - must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers should have published at least one book at the time of application. The Academy gives priority to a
proposal’s scholarly merit rather than any specific relevance to Germany.
Please note that the Inga Maren Otto Berlin Prize in Music Composition and the Guna S. Mundheim Berlin Prize in the Visual Arts are invitation-only competitions. We also do not accept applications in mathematics and the hard sciences.
Following a peer-reviewed evaluation process, an independent Selection Committee reviews finalist applications. The 2015/16 Berlin Prizes will be announced in late February 2015. For further information and to apply online, please see http://www.americanacademy.de/home/fellows/applications
or contact:

The American Academy in Berlin
Fellows Selection
Am Sandwerder 17–19
14109 Berlin, Germany
Telephone +49-30-804-83-0
Fax +49-30-804-83-111
cs@americanacademy.de

American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)

Grants Program

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) announces its annual Grants Program for the academic year beginning in May 2015. The program offers grants to U.S. scholars interested in conducting research on North Africa in any Maghrib country, specifically Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, or Tunisia. AIMS sponsors three Overseas Research Centers in the region in Oran, Tunis and Tangier and has other institutional affiliations that support AIMS scholars. AIMS only funds 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 an agreement with 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.

Eligibility: 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 2016.  Applicants must be members of AIMS at the time of application. For membership and grant information, please contact the AIMS Executive Office at aims@aimsnorthafrica.org or go to: www.AIMSNorthAfrica.org.

Requirements: All AIMS grantees are required to present their research at one of the AIMS Overseas Research Centers or affiliated centers, currently CEMA in Oran, Algeria; CEMAT in Tunis, Tunisia; Dar Si-Hmad in Sidi Ifni, Morocco; TALIM in Tangier, Morocco. AIMS Grantees must also submit a written report within one month of completing their fieldwork.

Applications must include the following:
• A completed grant application cover sheet: Go to: http://www.aimsnorthafrica.org/
• Proposal or research design of no more than 1,500 words
• A proposed itinerary with approximate dates
• Budget (from all sources)
• Vitae, including indication of language proficiency and institutional affiliation
• One page summary of the proposed research in either French or Arabic.
• 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.

Applications should be arranged in the order above and emailed to AIMSFellowship@gmail.com.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2015. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered for funding. Awards will be announced in 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*

The American Research Institute in Turkey

ARIT Summer Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish Language

Program held at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Summer 2015. Information posted at: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/ARITSummerLanguageProgram.html

The American Research Institute in Turkey

Fellowship Programs for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2015-16

The American Research Institute in Turkey announces fellowship programs for doctoral and post-doctoral research in the humanities and social sciences in Turkey. 2015-2016. Information posted at http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/FellowshipPrograms.html

British Library

Endangered Archives Programme Call for Applications

The Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library is now accepting grant applications for the next round of funding. Detailed information on the timetable, criteria, eligibility and application procedures is available on the Programme’s website. Applications will be accepted in English or in French. The deadline for receipt of preliminary grant applications is 7 November 2014.

Since it was established ten years ago, the Programme has so far funded 244 projects in 77 countries worldwide, with grants totalling over £6 million. The Programme is funded by Arcadia, in pursuit of one of its charitable aims to preserve endangered cultural heritage. The aim of the Programme is to contribute to the preservation of archival material worldwide that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration. The endangered archival material will normally be located in countries where resources and opportunities to preserve such material are lacking or limited.

The Programme’s objectives are achieved principally by awarding grants to applicants to locate relevant endangered archival collections, where possible to arrange their transfer to a suitable local archival home, and to deposit digital copies with local institutions and the British Library. The digital collections received by the British Library are made available on the Programme’s website for all to access, with currently over 3 million images from 106 projects online. Pilot projects are particularly welcomed, to investigate the survival of archival collections on a particular subject, in a discrete region, or in a specific format, and the feasibility of their recovery.

To be considered for funding under the Programme, the archival material should relate to a ‘pre-modern' period of a society's history. There is no prescriptive definition of this, but it may typically mean, for instance, any period before industrialisation. The relevant time period will therefore vary according to the society.

For the purposes of the Programme, the term ‘archival material’ is interpreted widely to include rare printed books, newspapers and periodicals, audio and audio-visual materials, photographs and manuscripts.

The Programme is keen to enhance local capabilities to manage and preserve archival collections in the future and it is essential that all projects include local archival partners in the country where the project is based. Professional training for local staff is one of the criteria for grant application assessment, whether it is in the area of archival collection management or technical training in digitisation. At the end of the project, equipment funded through the Programme remains with the local archival partner for future use.

The Programme is administered by the British Library and applications are considered in an annual competition by an international panel of historians and archivists.

For further details of application procedures and documentation as well as EAP projects and collections, please visit the Programme’s website: http://eap.bl.uk/
Email:    endangeredarchives@bl.uk       

Harvard Law School, Islamic Legal Studies Program

Visiting Fellowship Program, 2015-16

The Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School invites applications for Visiting Fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year. The purpose of the Visiting Fellows Program is to provide opportunities for outstanding scholars to undertake research, writing and scholarly engagement on Islamic law in ways that span traditional and interdisciplinary academic disciplines consistent with the Program's mission. We are particularly interested in promising scholars whose work combines interdisciplinary excellence in Islamic legal studies, with research interests in legal history, law and society, or select themes in both that relate specifically to the digital humanities. Harvard Law School's Islamic Legal Studies Program is dedicated to promoting research and providing resources to advance the academic study of Islamic law, with an emphasis on legal history, law and society, and comparative law. ILSP welcomes applicants with a JD, SJD, PhD or other comparable terminal degree from any field of study who are interested in spending a year in residence at Harvard Law School working on outstanding scholarly projects relating to one of ILSP's three research streams for the 2015-2016 academic year. This year's themes are Islamic Law and Legal History, Islamic Law and Society, and Islamic Law Themes in Digital Humanities. We seek applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, academic traditions, and scholarly interests. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The Program aims to select exceptional fellows whose scholarship addresses the critical and legal implications of each of these research streams, in ways that will contribute to the Program and to the selected fellow's own research. Fellows will be expected to participate in ILSP activities, including presentation of an original paper at the Program's Fellows Lecture Series and contributions to Program activities and research. Visiting Fellows should expect to spend up to 25% of their time on projects related to the Program and the rest on their own research. Please note that the deadline for applications has been moved up to November 15, 2014. Applications received after this date will not be considered. For additional information and how to apply, please visit http://ilsp.law.harvard.edu/.

Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies

Harvard Academy Scholars Program 2015-16

The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions. Their scholarship may elucidate domestic, comparative, or transnational issues, past or present. The Academy Scholars are a select community of individuals with resourcefulness, initiative, curiosity, and originality, whose work in non-Western cultures or regions shows promise as a foundation for exceptional careers in major universities or international institutions. Harvard Academy Scholarships are open only to recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates. Those still pursuing a PhD should have completed their routine training and be well along in the writing of their theses before applying to become Academy Scholars; those in possession of a PhD longer than 3 years at the time of application are ineligible. Academy Scholars are appointed for 2 years by the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and are provided time, guidance, and access to Harvard University facilities. They receive substantial financial and research assistance to undertake sustained projects of research and/or acquire accessory training in their chosen fields and areas. Some teaching is permitted but not required. The Senior Scholars, a distinguished group of senior Harvard University faculty members, act as mentors to the Academy Scholars to help them achieve their intellectual potential. Post-doctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $67,000, and pre-doctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $31,000. Applications for the 2015-2016 class of Academy Scholars are due by October 1, 2014. Finalist interviews will take place in Cambridge on November 21. Notification of Scholarships will be made in December, 2014. For complete information on how to apply visit: www.wcfia.harvard.edu/academy.

Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies

Opportunities for Scholars, 2015-16

The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research. Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year. Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership. Some short-term visitorships (for less than a full term, and without stipend) are also available on an ad-hoc basis. Open to all fields of historical research, the School of Historical Studies' principal interests are the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy, modern international relations, and music studies.  Residence in Princeton during term time is required. The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research.  The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required. Further information can be found in the announcement on the web at http://www.hs.ias.edu/mem_announcement, or on the School's web site, www.hs.ias.edu.  Inquiries sent by post should be addressed to the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 (E-mail address: mzelazny@ias.edu).  Deadline: November 1, 2014.

The Institute of International Education (IIE)

Undergraduate Arabic Language Flagship Program

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to provide you with application materials for the development of an Undergraduate Arabic Language Flagship Program. The Language Flagship is a major initiative of the National Security Education Program (NSEP). IIE considers it a distinct pleasure to serve as the administrative agent for this important effort. NSEP was created by Congress in 1991 to address the need to increase the ability of Americans to communicate and compete globally by knowing languages and cultures of other countries. NSEP embodies a recognition that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the new challenges of a global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. The Language Flagship has already been successful in launching new and innovative programs of advanced instruction in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi Urdu, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, and Turkish. Through this solicitation we hope to identify and invest in the immediate development of a U.S. campus-based Undergraduate Arabic Language Flagship Program. Please find a copy of the program and application guidelines for this solicitation on our website, at http://www.thelanguageflagship.org/content/programs-and-competitions. We ask that you share this information with colleagues and any other individuals or entities that may be interested in this opportunity. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE FOR THE RECEIPT OF PROPOSALS IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014. A technical assistance webinar will be offered on October 1, 2014, 3:00 â?" 5:00 p.m. ET. To register, please email flagship@iie.org. Additional information about The Language Flagship may be found at http://www.thelanguageflagship.org. We encourage you to visit this website.

New York University - Abu Dhabi

2015-16 Humanities Research Fellows

The NYU Abu Dhabi Institute invites applications from junior and senior scholars to become NYUAD Humanities Research Fellows. Applications are now being accepted for 2015-2016 fellowships. Humanities Research Fellows will participate in a vibrant and growing community of humanities scholars based at NYUAD. The Institute welcomes applications from scholars in all areas of the humanities and especially encourages applications from scholars whose research is transregional in focus or relates specifically to the history and culture of the Middle East, the Gulf region, or the Indian Ocean world. Scholars may apply for one- or two-semester fellowships. Junior fellowships are intended especially for those who plan to produce publishable book manuscripts based on their doctoral dissertations. All fellows will receive generous stipends, housing, support for travel to and from Abu Dhabi, and research support. Interested scholars can learn more here: http://nyuad.nyu.edu/research/centers-institutes/research-fellowships-in-the-humanities.html. Applications are due November 1, 2014.

North Carolina State University

Graduate Assistantship in Public History of the Middle East

Through the generous support of the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies (lebanesestudies.ncsu.edu), the NC State doctoral program in Public History offers a graduate assistantship for students interested in the public history of the Middle East. The Khayrallah Center supports research and outreach for the production and dissemination of knowledge about the Lebanese diaspora to the United States and throughout the world. Through their studies and scholarship, recipients of the assistantship are expected to contribute to the centerâ?Ts goals or similar goals related to other Middle Eastern peoples. While the assistantship is targeted for international students, any applicant with interest in the topic will be seriously considered.The three-year assistantship requires 20 hours per week as administrative support in the Khayrallah Center with a stipend of $15,000 per year plus tuition remission and health coverage. Application deadline to the program is January 15, 2015. Information about the public history program may be found at http://history.ncsu.edu/graduate/ public_history_at_NCSU or by contacting the program director at craig_friend@ncsu.edu.

Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)

Fellowship Competitions 2015-16

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) is pleased to announce our fellowship competitions for 2015-2016. Included in these opportunities are doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships for American citizens as well as post-doctoral research fellowships in the Humanities for US citizens and those living in the US for the last 3 consecutive years. In addition, PARC has a competition for a travel seminar to Palestine for American faculty members at US institutions. Additional information can be found below and on the PARC website at http://parc-us-pal.org.

  1. PARC's 16th annual U.S. fellowship competition for doctoral and post-doctoral field-based research on Palestine to take place in Palestine, Jordan or Lebanon. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. All fields of study will be considered. Applications are due December 22, 2014. For more details about the U.S. Fellowship Program and eligibility criteria, please see our website: http://parc-us-pal.org/fellowship.htm
  2. PARC’s third National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship Program at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) competition for post-doctoral scholars conducting field-based research in Palestine in the humanities or research with a humanistic approach. The program is open to U.S. scholars and scholars who have been resident in the U.S. for the last three years. Applications are due December 22, 2014. For more details about the NEH/FPIRI program and eligibility criteria, please see our website: http://parc-us-pal.org/fellowshipNEH.htm.
  3. PARC’s sixth Faculty Development Seminar (FDS). This 12-day travel seminar is for U.S. faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine. Professor from all fields of study are encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 9, 2015. For more details about the FDS and eligibility criteria, please see our website: http://parc-us-pal.org/facultyDevSem.htm.

Research Network "Re-Configurations. History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa"

Visiting Fellowships

"The research network “Re-Configurations. History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa” invites applications for visiting fellowships by scholars working on the MENA region or related fields that are of relevance for the network. During their stay in Marburg of between 3 and 6 months, visiting fellows will join the team of “Re-Configurations” and participate in the network’s activities, in addition to pursuing their own individual research projects.

“Re-Configurations” provides an institutional framework for an innovative interdisciplinary, comparative, empirically-founded and theory-led investigation of the transformation processes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region). The research program consolidates the regional competencies at Philipps-Universität Marburg, in order that interdisciplinary and cross-epochal research may be conducted to address the current developments and their historical context, in turn enabling new perspectives to be identified and evaluated. For this end stronger links are formed between the systematic disciplines represented in the research network (including religious studies, history, political science, sociology, media studies, literary studies, law, peace and conflict research) and those related to the MENA region, which are located in the Center for Near and Middle East Studies (CNMS). Further information about the application process is available at:
http://www.uni-marburg.de/cnms/forschung/re-konfigurationen/gastwiss"

U.S. Department of State

Critical Language Scholarship Program 2015

The U.S. Department of State would like to remind you that the deadline for submitting applications for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is fast approaching! We are now a little over a month away from the deadline: November 12th, 2014 at 8pm EST. The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. Arabic is among the thirteen critical languages offered! Other languages include: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the thirteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website: http://www.clscholarship.org. The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply. There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits. Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program. The application is available online at:  http://www.clscholarship.org. Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST. Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website: http://www.clscholarship.org/information-for/applicants.
We have hosted 2 webinars so far and their recordings can be found here:
Webinar #1: http://live.wiziq.com/aliveext/Recorded.aspx?SessionCode=pqXtXQvvpaE%3d
Webinar #2: http://live.wiziq.com/aliveext/Recorded.aspx?SessionCode=UBdsb5%2bZirI%3d
There’s one final webinar coming up on Friday, October 17th 2014 at 3pm EST and its focus is on application tips! Please RSVP to Sarah Bartfeld at sbartfeld@americancouncils.org  
The link to access the webinar (on Friday, October 17th) is here: http://live.wiziq.com/aliveext/LoginToSession.aspx?SessionCode= 3iIkUsfTXOgsaYhgDDeAbQ%3d%3d

For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!

CLS Website: http://www.clscholarship.org.
CLS Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CLScholarship

For questions, please contact us at: cls@americancouncils.org

Woolf Institute

Cambridge Scholarships

The Woolf Institute in Cambridge, UK, has been dedicated to the provision of graduate and postgraduate study for more than 15 years. In partnership with the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust, the Woolf Institute established the Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholarships. These scholarships are intended to support outstanding research students at the University of Cambridge who have the potential to become exceptional leaders of the future. Scholars will be selected from amongst applicants in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Their research must be relevant to the focus of the Woolf Institute - the multi-disciplinary study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims. The Woolf Institute and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust will co-fund the successful candidates. Each scholarship will cover the full cost of studying for a PhD at the University of Cambridge, and will be tenable at any of the thirty-one Cambridge Colleges. Applicants for 2015-16 entry are required to apply to the University of Cambridge by the published scholarship application deadline [http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/]. Applicants must show evidence of excellence in their field of study and formulate a coherent research proposal. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Woolf Institute prior to submitting their application to discuss whether their research proposal is relevant to the Institute's focus. For further information: Woolf Institute (http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/): Dr Emma Harris at eth22@cam.ac.uk Cambridge Trust (http://www.cambridgetrust.org/): cambridge.trust@admin.cam.ac.uk

 



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