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Date Posted Award/Fellowship/Grant/Prize Deadline
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
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

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 or go to:

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:
• 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

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:

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

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:

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.

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: Applications are due November 1, 2014.

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

  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:
  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:
  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:

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:"

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 []. 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 ( Dr Emma Harris at Cambridge Trust (


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