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Grants and Competitions

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Date Posted Award/Fellowship/Grant/Prize Deadline
4/10/14 Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars, 2015-16 November 1, 2014
4/2/14 Fulbright Scholar Program August 1, 2014
3/31/14 Fulbright Israel Post-Doctoral Fellowships for American Researchers-all disciplines August 1, 2014
3/24/14 The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies and the Maulana Azad National Urdu University - 2014-15 ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar Fellowship May 15, 2014
3/20/14 Harvard Kennedy School: Middle East Research Fellowship April 20, 2014
3/20/14 Open Society Foundations: Civil Society Scholar Awards April 27, 2014
3/13/14 The Society for the History of Technology, International Scholars Program April 15, 2014
3/4/14 Harvard Law School, Islamic Legal Studies Senior Scholar Fellowships 2014-15 April 1, 2014
2/25/14 Kennan Institute Short Term Grants for work that focuses on the former Soviet Union March 1, 2014
2/25/14 Foundation for Iranian Studies Best PhD Dissertation Award 2014 August 15, 2014
2/24/14 Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowships March 31, 2014
01/27/14 ACLS Public Fellows Program March 19, 2014
01/06/14 Roshan Institute Fellowships in Persian Language, Linguistics, and Culture See listing.
9/30/13 Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) Fellowship Competitions 2014-15  
8/12/13 The American Research Institute in Turkey  

American Council of Learned Societies

Public Fellows Program

The American Council of Learned Societies invites applications for the fourth competition of the Public Fellows program. The program will place 20 recent humanities Ph.D.s in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. This career-launching iniatiative aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. In 2014, Public Fellows have the opportunity to join one of the following organizations:

  • American Refugee Committee – Program Manager, Social Enterprise Projects
  • Association of Research Libraries – Program Officer for Scholarly Publishing
  • Center for Public Integrity – Engagement Analyst
  • Council of Independent Colleges – Communications Officer
  • Human Rights Campaign – Senior Content Manager
  • Kiva – Partnerships Evaluation Manager
  • Lenox Hill Neighborhood House – Research and Partnerships Manager
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage – Manager of Strategic Initiatives
  • National Constitution Center – Program Developer
  • New America Foundation – Contributing Editor
  • New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) – Public Policy Officer
  • The Public Theater – Strategy and Planning Manager
  • San Francisco Arts Commission – Program Manager, Policy and Evaluation
  • Smithsonian Institution, Grand Challenges Consortia – Public Outreach Manager
  • Smithsonian Institution, Office of International Relations – Program Officer
  • Trust for Public Land – Program Analyst, Conservation Research
  • United Negro College Fund – Policy Analyst
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Policy Analyst
  • Wisconsin Public Radio – Digital Producer, To the Best of Our Knowledge
  • Zócalo Public Square – Program Manager

Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences, and will aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Applicants must possess U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status and have a Ph.D. in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2014. Applications are accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (OFA) by March 19, 2014. Please do not contact any of the organizations directly. See for complete position descriptions and application information. This program is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The American Research Institute in Turkey

Fellowship Programs for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2014-15

The American Research Institute in Turkey announces fellowship programs for doctoral and post-doctoral research in the humanities and social sciences in Turkey, 2014-2015 and for Turkish language study during the summer 2014. Please see for specific program information.

The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) and the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU)

2014-15 ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar Fellowship

The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) and the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) are pleased to announce the launch of the ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar Fellowship, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Intended as a visiting scholar matching grant for post-doctoral researchers and faculty, the grant carries a stipend of $5,000.00 for travel expenses, the purchase of books, and research expenses connected to archival research in the libraries of India, for the duration of six months. The visiting scholar will be connected to the H. K. Sherwani Center for Deccan Studies at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University and will be provided with free lodging at the Guest House of the main campus of MANUU. The ASPS/MANUU visiting scholar must be a specialist in the Indo-Persian cultural tradition, preferably specializing in the Persianate history of the Deccan, including the development of Persianate artistic traditions, political practices, administrative structures and social and religious institutions. Candidates are required to electronically submit their letter of application, proposal for research of (no more than 1500 words, including bibliography), curriculum vitae and two letters of reference to Parvaneh Pourshariati, Chair, ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar Selection Committee, The deadline for the submission of application is May 15, 2014. The recipient of the award will be announced by June 15, 2014.

Foundation for Iranian Studies

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
Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814
Or emailed to or 

For further information about the award, selection criteria, and previous winners consult the Foundation’s Website at, Programs, Dissertation Awards. Inquiries should be emailed to

Fulbright Scholar Program

2015-16 Competition

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,, and the complete catalog of awards can be accessed online at The current competition will close on August 1, 2014.

Harvard Kennedy School

Middle East Research Fellowship Program 2014-15

The Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is now accepting applications for the Middle East Research Fellowship Program for the academic year 2014-2015. The Middle East Research Fellowship Program offers one year pre- and post-doctoral fellowships for research related to Middle Eastern governance and public policy. All fellowships carry a stipend. Fellows range from recent recipients of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree, to university faculty members, to employees of government, international, humanitarian, and private research institutions with significant professional experience. Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships must have passed general examinations prior to appointment. We welcome applications from political scientists, historians, economists, sociologists, legal scholars, and other social scientists, as well as from policy practitioners. We also encourage applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries. Priority will be given to applications pursuing one of these three primary areas of focus:

  1. Democratizing Politics: Establishing durable, accountable democracies not only by focusing on political institutions, but also by empowering the region’s citizens. 

  2. Revitalizing the State: Reforming the Middle East’s social service delivery systems with a special emphasis on health, education and social protection. 

  3. Democratizing Financial and Labor Markets: Working to ensure that the Middle East’s financial and labor markets benefit the entire population, not merely the elite.

This program is made possible through funding from the Emirates Leadership Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School. For more information and to apply, please click here. Please note the deadline to apply is April 20, 2014. You may also contact the Middle East Initiative with any additional questions at

Harvard Law School

Islamic Legal Studies Senior Scholar Fellowships 2014-15

The Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School is now accepting applications for its Senior Scholar Fellowships in Islamic Legal Studies for the academic year 2014-2015. The Senior Scholar Fellowships are designed to provide senior scholars in the field the opportunity to spend an academic year or semester in residence at ILSP to research a topic of his/her choice. Preferably, that research would also relate to one of ILSP's three research streams: Islamic Law and Legal History, Islamic Law and Society, and Islamic Law Themes in Digital Humanities. These fellowships are non-stipendiary. Scholars will be provided with office space, access to Harvard University libraries, a networked computer, and access to a printer. Scholars are expected to be in residence during their fellowship term and to give a public talk on their chosen topic. Scholars must also abide by other applicable terms and conditions of the program. Applications must be received by April 1, 2014. For information on required application materials, please visit

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, or on the School's web site,  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:  Deadline: November 1 2014.

Kennan Institute

Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Research Grant

The Kennan Institute offers Short-Term Grants (up to one month's duration) to U.S. citizens whose research in the social sciences or humanities focuses on the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic States), and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area. Policy-relevant research is preferred. Academic participants must either possess a doctoral degree or be doctoral candidates who have nearly completed their dissertations. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected. Short-Term Grants provide a stipend of $3200 for 31 days ($103.22/day).
The Kennan Institute cannot provide office space for Short-Term scholars. Travel and accommodation expenses are not directly covered by this grant. There is no official application form for Short-Term Grants. The applicant is requested to submit a concise description (700-800 words) of his or her research project, curriculum vitae, a statement on preferred dates of residence in Washington, D.C., and two letters of recommendation specifically in support of the research to be conducted at the Institute. All of these materials may be submitted via e-mail. Please note that the letters of recommendation, if sent by email, must be sent directly from the referee and be a scan of a signed letter. Referees are also welcome to send their signed letters by fax or post. Grant recipients are required to be in residence in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their grant. Four rounds of competitive selection for Short-Term Grants are held each year. Closing dates are March 1, 2014, June 1, 2014, September 1, 2014, and December 1, 2014. Applicants are notified of the competition results roughly seven weeks after the closing date. U.S. citizens are eligible for Short-Term Grants. NOTE: Future Short-Term Grants for non-U.S. citizens will be suspended until further notice. Please check the KI website for updated information on the Short-Term Grant Program for non-U.S. citizens. Short-Term grant applications are reviewed by at least three members of the Kennan Institute’s Advisory Council. The Director of the Kennan Institute selects grant recipients based on the recommendations of the Council. Selection is based on the following criteria:

  • the potential contribution of the scholar to the intellectual life of the Institute and the policymaking community;
  • importance and originality of the project;
  • policy relevance;
  • applicant’s scholarly promise, achievements, and ability to complete the project;
  • likelihood that the finished product will advance basic understanding of the topic;
  • need for the scholar to have access to the resources of Washington, D.C.

The Short-Term Grant Program is supported by the Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the former Soviet Union (Title VIII) of the U.S. Department of State. Please send all application materials to:
Or, if by mail:
The Kennan Institute
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027.
For more information, please e-mail, call (202) 691-4100, or fax (202) 691-4247.

Open Society Foundations

Civil Society Scholar Awards

The Civil Society Scholar Awards support international academic mobility to enable doctoral students and university faculty to access resources essential to their professional development as a scholar, teacher, or public intellectual. The awards support innovative projects that will enrich research, facilitate the exchange of ideas, and help build international networks. Doctoral students of eligible fields studying at accredited universities inside or outside of their home country, and full-time faculty members (master’s degree required) teaching at universities in their home country, who are citizens of the following countries, are eligible to apply: Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kosovo, Laos, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Palestine, Serbia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. Most projects will last between 2 and 10 months, and require an international component. Eligible fields of study generally fall within the social sciences and humanities. Proposals related to the following subject areas are particularly welcome:

  • law, justice, and governance;
  • sustainable development and natural resource management;
  • economic rights and empowerment of the poor;
  • public health, social work, and community development;
  • new media law and policy;
  • inclusive education;
  • post-conflict studies;
  • human rights.

Applicants must be currently affiliated with an academic institution, and projects must be clearly linked to current research and teaching responsibilities. Guidelines for applications, including maximum levels of available funding, are listed on the preliminary application form attached here.  The deadline for applications is April 27th, 2014. The Announcement and the Preliminary Application Form can also be downloaded from the following link:

Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)

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

  1. 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!

Roshan Institute

Fellowships in Persian Language, Linguistics, and Culture

I. Roshan Institute Fellowships in Persian Linguistics, Language Acquisition and
Applied Linguistics

This Fellowship program supports qualified Ph.D. students studying Persian linguistics, language acquisition and applied linguistics at the College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Two fellowship awards are available for 2014-2015 and are made possible through a grant from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute ( Fellows must be admitted to a doctoral program in the College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature. The fellowships carry an annual stipend of approximately $18,000, full tuition waiver, and a benefits package including health insurance. The fellowships may be renewable for up to three years based on academic performance. Fellows are also asked to participate in Persian language instruction and to assist with content courses related to their research projects. Candidates should submit an application for admission to the doctoral program in Linguistics or in Second Language Studies in the College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature, noting that they are applying for Roshan Institute Fellowship. The application should also contain a Statement of Purpose (maximum of 1000 words) outlining their research interests in Persian linguistics, language acquisition and applied linguistics, and how these relate to the present research interests of members of the graduate faculty. Application forms and general information relating to the Ph.D. programs in Linguistics and in Second Language Studies can be found at
and Deadline for applications:
continuous until a qualified applicant is selected. Review of applications will begin January 10, 2014.

Society for the History of Technology

International Scholars Program

The Society for the History of Technology was formed in 1958 to encourage the study of the development of technology and its relations with society and culture. An interdisciplinary organization, SHOT is concerned with the history of technological devices and processes as well as with the role of technology in history--that is, the relationship of technology to politics, economics, science, the arts, and the organization of production, and with the role it plays in the differentiation of individuals in society. Each year the Society for the History of Technology designates up to four International Scholars for a two-year term. One of the goals of the International Scholars program is to foster an international network of scholars in the history of technology that will benefit all members of the Society. International Scholars shall receive regular SHOT membership at no cost during their two-year term. At each annual meeting, SHOT will host a special gathering to welcome current International Scholars and discuss with them SHOT's international outreach and the international intellectual dimensions of our field. The Society particularly welcomes applications from or nominations of scholars from Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. Graduate students, post-docs, and visiting scholars who are living and working in North America are not eligible to become International Scholars; however, they are eligible to apply once they return to their home countries. The deadline of 2014 nominations is April 15. For more information about the application procedures, please visit: For more information, please contact Honghong Tinn, the Internationalization Committee chair, hhtinn [at] gmail [dot] com, or David Lucsko, SHOT Secretary, shotsec [at] auburn [dot] edu.

United States-Israel Educational Foundation

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 Potential candidates may contact Ms. Judy Stavsky, Deputy Director, USIEF (; +972-3-517-2392) for advice and assistance.

University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowships

Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship in Support of Visiting Scholars in the Social Sciences from Arab Universities The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota announces the availability of a limited number of fellowships for social scientists from Arab universities to spend a semester in residence at the Humphrey School in the Fall semester of 2014. The fellowships are funded by Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship, a program of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The visiting scholars will work closely with Professor Ragui Assaad, Professor James Ron, Professor Sarah Parkinson and other faculty members at the Humphrey School and the University of Minnesota on research relating to youth and gender, human rights, and mobilization in the context of the Arab Spring. Sub-themes include, but are not limited to: - Youth unemployment and school-to-work transitions - Transitions to adulthood, including transitions through schooling, work, marriage and sexuality - Inequality of opportunity in education and labor markets - Obstacles to youth and women's employment and ways to overcome them - Informality, poverty, social protection, and job quality - Migration, displacement, and refugees - Youth social movements and mobilization - Multi- and cross-generational political activism - Participation in high-risk mobilization and militant organizations - Trends in and consequences of political violence - Youth civic and political engagement - Role of youth and youth groups in transitions to democracy - Participation in local movements and organizations for human rights, broadly construed - Popular attitudes towards human rights - Analysis of public opinion and household surveys Eligibility Requirements Visiting scholars must be a member of the staff of a university situated in the Arab World and be in a social science or related discipline and is working in areas relating to the above research theme and sub-themes. The ideal candidate is a junior faculty member who has obtained his/her PhD in the past five years, but pre-doctoral candidates (ABD status) and those with more than five years since the PhD will also be considered. Logistical Arrangements The fellowship will cover economy class round-trip air fare and will provide the visiting scholar with a monthly stipend to cover expenses while in residence in Minnesota. The duration of the fellowship is negotiable, but is not to be inferior to three months or exceed six months. The visiting scholar will be provided with a university ID, access to university libraries and to the internet, and a place to work. Application Procedure Interested candidates should send the following: - A cover letter detailing: o The research project the candidate would undertake during the fellowship; o A description of previous research and academic preparation; and o A statement of why and how a fellowship at the University of Minnesota may benefit, deepen, or extend his/her own research. - A detailed curriculum vitae - A sample of written work (published paper, conference paper, book chapter, etc..) These materials should be sent by e-mail to: Professor Ragui Assaad ( The application deadline for fellowships during the Fall semester of 2014 is March 31st, 2014.


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