Grants and Competitions
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The American Academy in BerlinPost Date June 23, 2014
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
The American Academy in Berlin
Am Sandwerder 17–19
14109 Berlin, Germany
The American Research Institute in Turkey
Post Date June 12, 2014
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
Post Date August 12, 2013
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
Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS)
Post Date June 23, 2014
2014 Dissertation Award
The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) invites recent PhD graduates to submit their dissertations for consideration for its 2014 PhD Dissertation Award. AGAPS wishes to recognize exceptional achievement in research and writing. The deadline for submission is 1 August 2014. PhD dissertations (in English) accepted for the degree of PhD between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014 are eligible. AGAPS welcomes dissertations from across the disciplines and a variety of perspectives. They must primarily focus on the Arabian Peninsula, but can be inclusive of the transnational flows of people, material and ideas across the Gulf, Red Sea, and Indian Ocean. All applicants must be members of AGAPS at the time of submission. Entries will be read by a three-member committee. The author of the winning dissertation will be presented with a certificate at the AGAPS Business Meeting held during the next annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference 22–25 November 2014 in Washington DC. The winning dissertation will be announced in the Journal of Arabian Studies (JAS). The author will be invited to publish an article based on his/her dissertation in JAS.
Required materials include:
- Brief Application Form (obtain from Gwenn Okruhlik)
- Verification of Degree Completion
- Letter of Nomination (by author’s adviser or sponsor)
- An Abstract (250 words)
- The Manuscript (digital copy)
All materials should be sent to: Gwenn Okruhlik at email@example.com by 1 August 2014.
2014 Graduate Paper Prize
The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) invites the submission of graduate student research papers for AGAPS’s 2014 Graduate Paper Prize. They must primarily focus on the Arabian Peninsula but can be inclusive of the transnational flow of people, goods and ideas across the Gulf, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. AGAPS welcome submissions from all disciplines. Papers should include an engagement with literature that concerns the study of the Arabian Peninsula, a clear methodology, and make an original contribution to scholarship in the field. The author of the winning paper will be presented with a certificate at the AGAPS Business Meeting held during the next annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference 22–25 November 2014 in Washington DC. The winning paper will be announced in the Journal of Arabian Studies (JAS) and published by JAS if it meets the journal’s editorial standards.
Papers will be reviewed by a committee using a blind process, so the author’s name should NOT be included on the title page, footer, or header. Papers will be evaluated according to originality of research, innovation, contribution to the field, cogency of argument, sources, method and clarity of writing. You must be a member of AGAPS at the time of your submission. You may join at the time of application. Submission deadline is 1 August 2014.
Your paper must have been written between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014.
Your cover letter should include your name, contact information, title of paper, name of institution, department, and the name and email address for the faculty member that will provide an endorsement. Email is fine.
Students can nominate themselves but must provide an endorsement by a faculty member stating that the paper was written as a graduate student during the specified time period. For example: This is to verify that "Student Name" prepared the paper, "Title," for my class on "Subject" during the "Semester." This can be sent via email.
The author can be enrolled in an MA or a PhD program and must provide proof of student status. (This can be a letter from the department that can be sent via email). The author may have just completed a Master's degree but the author must not have defended a dissertation at the time of submission for the AGAPS Graduate Paper Prize.
Your paper must not exceed 7,500 words (excluding bibliography) and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Your paper should conform to the following format:
- Standard font (such as Arial or Times Roman)
- 1.25” / 3 cm margins
- Page limit of 30 pages
- Black and white
Materials must be emailed by 1 August 2014 to Gwenn Okruhlik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foundation for Iranian Studies
Post Date February 25, 2014
Best PhD Dissertation Award 2014
The Foundation for Iranian Studies invites applications for its annual award of $1000 for the best Ph.D. dissertation in a field of Iranian Studies. Students completing their dissertations between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 are eligible to apply for the 2014 award. Dissertations must be nominated by the author's advisor and be accompanied by the Dissertation Committee's letter of acceptance. Both documents may be emailed provided they contain appropriate official insignias and signatures.
Applicants for the 2014 award should submit a digital copy of the dissertation, either mailed on disc to:
Foundation for Iranian Studies
4343 Montgomery Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Or emailed to
For further information about the award, selection criteria, and previous winners consult the Foundation’s Website at www.fis-iran.org, Programs, Dissertation Awards. Inquiries should be emailed to email@example.com.
Fulbright Scholar Program
Post Date April 2, 2014
The U.S. Fulbright Scholar program to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) offers a wide variety of opportunities in a region that is rich with a myriad of cultures and traditions. The MENA Fulbright award offerings are diverse in discipline and activity, which allow scholars from virtually all focus areas to teach and conduct research at a plethora of prestigious universities, research institutes, and professional organizations. Fulbright scholars to the MENA region pursue their academic endeavors while building lasting relationships with colleagues and other nationals abroad; these relationships foster long term collaborations between individuals and institutions in the United States and countries in the region. There are opportunities for both professionals and academics (including early career), and awards to teach and/or conduct research in all academic disciplines. Below is a small sample of awards from this year’s catalog:
• Bahrain Award 5413: Political Development in Bahrain
• Egypt Award 5419: Education
• Israel Award 5425: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
• Jordan Award 5428: Cultural Preservation and Heritage
• Palestinian Territories (West Bank Only) Award 5442: International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law
• Qatar Award 5443: All Disciplines
More information about the Fulbright Scholar Program can be found on our website, http://www.cies.org/, and the complete catalog of awards can be accessed online at http://catalog.cies.org/. The current competition will close on August 1, 2014.
Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Center for International and Regional Studies
Post Date June 18, 2014
Request for Proposals on "The Gulf Family"
The Center for International and Regional Studies (http://cirs.georgetown.edu) at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar announces a major research initiative on the topic of "The Gulf Family." Grant Purpose: In the Gulf region (the GCC states, Yemen, Iraq, and Iran) the tribe has traditionally served as the oldest social institution, and the family is recognized not only as the fundamental group unit of society, but also as the fundamental agent for sustainable social, economic, and cultural development. Rapid development in the GCC states since the discovery of petroleum resources has brought significant changes to the traditional political, economic, and social structures underpinning these Gulf societies. Outside of the GCC, families in Yemen, Iraq, and Iran have been impacted by political conflict, war, foreign occupation, civil war, and revolution. In the wider Gulf region it has been argued that a shift in family demographics, whether due to globalization or political and socioeconomic difficulties, has led to a contraction or decline in traditional family roles, functions, authority, and structure. In the face of this perceived threat to traditional values, governments in the Gulf are searching for strategies to address the challenges facing the family in the context of the global forces at play in the Gulf region. The purpose of this research initiative is to gain a greater understanding of the challenges facing Gulf families and how structural and ideational forces of change have been reflected in the everyday lives of Gulf families. Grant Details: The maximum amount per grant award is US $25,000 to be used over the course of a one-year research progression. Researchers interested in applying should send a cover letter and detailed research proposal that conforms to the guidelines outlined in the Request for Proposals section on the CIRS website (http://cirs.georgetown.edu/research/the-gulf-family-rfp). Proposal submissions are due September 15, 2014. For inquiries and grant application submissions, please contact: L. Elizabeth Wanucha Project Manager Center for International and Regional Studies Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar Phone: + 974 4457 8435 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please share this note with faculty members at your institution and with others interested in this area of research.
Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies
Post Date April 10, 2014
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: email@example.com). Deadline: November 1 2014.
Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)
Post Date September 30, 2013
Fellowship Competitions 2014-15
The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) is pleased to announce our fellowship competitions for 2014-2015. Included in these opportunities are doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships for American citizen 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.
- PARC's 15th annual fellowship competition for doctoral and post-doctoral research in the field of Palestinian Studies for scholars with U.S. citizenship
2) PARC’s second National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (NEH/FPIRI) competition for post-doctoral research fellowships in the Humanities. Click here for more information.
3) PARC’s fifth annual Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine (FDS) competition. This program is for US professors with an interest in Palestine who have not had an opportunity to visit the area. Click here for more information.
4) Finally, In addition to PARC fellowships, we are also pleased to share two additional opportunities sponsored by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers: The Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program and The Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Program. Scholars wishing to conduct research in Palestine are eligible to apply for these grants.
PARC will also be announcing a Media Development Seminar competition in the coming months for US faculty members in journalism and media. Stay in touch with PARC to hear about these and other future opportunities!
The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
Post Date May 2, 2014
Research Fellowship Program - Oman Research Fellowship 2015
The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) supports and encourages advanced research on Oman across a variety of academic disciplines through the SQCC Research Fellowship Program. Launched in 2010, this program funds American scholars to conduct research in the Sultanate of Oman. This program is offered annually and is open to Ph.D. candidates and post-doctoral scholars.
Funding: Up to 20,000 OMR (51,000 USD) for one year of research.
Eligibility: All applicants must be U.S. citizens, and either a Ph.D. candidate or a post-doctoral scholar. Dates: Research must be carried out in 2015. To submit an application, or for more information, please visit the SQCC website at https://sqcc.org/Scholarships-0024-Fellowships/Research-Fellowship-Program.aspx Complete applications due September 15, 2014.
United States-Israel Educational Foundation
Post Date March 31, 2014
2015/16 & 2016/17 Fulbright Israel Post-Doctoral Fellowships for American Researchers in All Academic Disciplines
The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), the Fulbright commission for Israel, plans to offer 8 fellowships to American post-doctoral researchers in support of work to be carried out at Israeli universities during the course of the 2015/2016-2016/2017 academic years. The US Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program is open to candidates in all academic disciplines. Holders of tenure track positions are not eligible to apply. Individuals who have already begun research activities in Israel prior to the application date are not eligible. Program grants total $40,000, $20,000 per academic year. Program Fellows must be accepted as post-doctoral researchers by Israeli host institutions, which agree to provide them with a standard post-doctoral grant, which they will receive in addition to their Fulbright Fellowship. Thus, the total financial support received by Program Fellows is likely to be in the range of at least $35,000-$40,000 per year. Applications for 2015/2016-2016/2017 Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowships must be submitted to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars by August 1, 2014. The full Program announcement is available at http://bit.ly/1jQsIMc. Potential candidates may contact Ms. Judy Stavsky, Deputy Director, USIEF (firstname.lastname@example.org; +972-3-517-2392) for advice and assistance.