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.

Click on name under "Award/Fellowship/Grant/Prize" to go to the complete description.

 

Date Posted Award/Fellowship/Grant/Prize Deadline
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
8/4/14 IMPAcT Final Year Dissertation Write-up Fellowships in 13th to 16th Century Islamicate Intellectual History August 20, 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
6/23/14 Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) 2014 Dissertation Award and 2014 Graduate Paper Prize August 1, 2014
6/18/14 Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Center for International and Regional Studies: Request for Proposals on "The Gulf Family" September 15, 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  
5/2/14 The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Research Fellowship Program-Oman Research Fellowship 2015 September 15, 2014
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
2/25/14 Foundation for Iranian Studies Best PhD Dissertation Award 2014 August 15, 2014
9/30/13 Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) Fellowship Competitions 2014-15  
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

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

Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS)

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 okruhlik@msn.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.

Submission requirements:

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)
  • Double-spaced
  • 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 okruhlik@msn.com.

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:
Secretary
Foundation for Iranian Studies
4343 Montgomery Avenue
Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814
USA
Or emailed to
fis@fis-iran.org or
gafkhami@fis-iran.org 

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 fis@fis-iran.org.

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, 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

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: cirsgrants@georgetown.edu Please share this note with faculty members at your institution and with others interested in this area of research.

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.

IMPAcT

Final Year Dissertation Write-up Fellowships in 13th to 16th Century Islamicate Intellectual History

Applications are invited for Final Year Dissertation Write-up Fellowships in 13th to 16th century Islamicate Intellectual History as part of the ERC Project IMPAcT, to commence on 1 October 2014 for one year. Three grants are available for scholars who are in the process of completing a dissertation on a topic relevant for 13th to 16th century Islamicate intellectual history (Philosophy, Theology, Sufism, the whole range of the so-called occult sciences, political thought, legal theory, and adjacent areas). The Fellowship provides a stipend that is intended to permit full-time work on the dissertation, without reliance on part-time employment. Fellows will be expected to give a termly presentation on their research in progress at the IMPAcT workshops as part of a research team comprising Professor Judith Pfeiffer, three post-doctoral researchers, and three doctoral students (http://impact.orient.ox.ac.uk/). Candidates must have, by the time of the appointment, completed all course work (ABD) and must have sufficiently advanced in researching their thesis in a relevant field of study to be able to complete the dissertation during the year of their fellowship. If the thesis is written in a language other than English, the Fellow shall commit to publishing one article in English that is related to his or her dissertation subject. The Fellow will have a strong command of at least one of the languages Arabic, Persian, or Turkish, and reading knowledge of a second, and should have a reading knowledge of at least one European language other than English; a thorough understanding of Islamic social and political history of the period; sufficient palaeographical skills to work with Islamic manuscripts; good written and oral communication skills; good skills and experience in teamwork; and good planning and time management skills. The criteria for selection are outstanding performance and scholarly promise, and the likelihood that the student will complete his/her dissertation within 12 months of the start date of the fellowship. Applications are welcome from students both at Oxford University and at any other accredited international institution of higher education. Applicants from other institutions will have recognised student status at Oxford University (http://www.ox.ac.uk/students/new/recognised), but will continue to work with their main supervisor and dissertation committee throughout the fellowship, and will submit their thesis to their home university. As per ERC stipulations, Fellowship holders are required to acknowledge the support of this grant appropriately in their dissertation and ensuing publications. All candidates are expected to pay student fees at the regular rates. Successful non-Oxford candidates will be required to pay the relevant fees (http://www.ox.ac.uk/feesandfunding/fees/information/universityrates/201415recognisedstudents/), and international students must be able to obtain a student visa, for which they will receive support from Graduate Admissions. These grants cannot be held in conjunction with AHRC or equivalent grants. Grant value: £23,997 pa. Start date: 1 October 2014. Fellows are expected to reside for the most part in Oxford for the duration of the fellowship. To apply for this Fellowship, please submit the application material listed below to matthew.reza@pmb.ox.ac.uk - Curriculum vitae; - Cover letter with a research outline; - Title and Table of contents of the thesis; - 2 letters of reference, one of which must be by the main thesis supervisor. The letter of the main supervisor ought to comment on the current state of the thesis, and the dates by when it is expected to be completed, as well as the date when it is expected to be de-fended. Short-listed candidates will be asked to submit a piece of sample writing, which can be a published article, a chapter of the thesis, or another relevant writing sample. Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 20 August 2014.

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.

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.

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 http://parc-us-pal.org.

  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!

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"

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

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.

DETAILS

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

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 (jstavsky@fulbright.org.il; +972-3-517-2392) for advice and assistance.



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