MESA - Middle East Studies Association

MESA Graduate Student Paper Prize

The Middle East Studies Association invites submissions of graduate student research papers on any aspect of post 600 CE Middle East studies for the 2017 Graduate Student Paper Prize. The author of the winning paper will be presented with a certificate and $250 cash award at the Awards Ceremony at MESA's annual meeting. In addition, the paper can be submitted for publication in the Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES).

Papers will be reviewed 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 and conceptualization (or interpretation), cogency of argument, and clarity of writing.

2017 Submission rules:

Complete the submission form and provide proof of graduate student status by asking a faculty member to send in a statement (since it is a blind review it can be sent via email) verifying that the paper was written as a graduate student and was produced between July 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017.

The Author's name must not appear anywhere on the paper.

The paper must not exceed 7500 words (excluding bibliography/endnotes).

Only one entry per participant.

The paper must never have been submitted for publication (nor will be throughout the duration of the competition).

The paper needs to use the following format:

  • 8 ½ x 11 paper 
  • One-sided
  • Standard font (such as Arial or Times Roman)
  • Double-spaced
  • 1.25” margins
  • Black and white 
  • IJMES standards for endnotes
Deadline: August 15, 2017

Please address questions or requests for additional information to:

Rose Veneklasen
Awards Coordinator
Middle East Studies Association
3542 N. Geronimo Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705

tel 520-333-2577
fax 520-207-3166

2016 Award Recipient

Paola Cossermelli Messina
The New School

Reclaiming the Stage:
Oral Histories of Iranian Women Musicians

Previous Award Recipients

Previous Award Recipients

2015 Gerasimos Tsourapas, SOAS, University of London Labour Emigration and State Strength during the Arab Cold War
2014 Sanja Kadrić, Ohio State University, Department of History, The Devşirme and The Laws of the Janissaries: Muslims in the Bosnian Eyalet
2013 Christiane-Marie Abu Sarah, University of Maryland, Department of History, Imagining the World, Embodying Egypt: The Visual Semiotics of Identity in the Cartoons of Salah Jahin, 1964 - 1972
2012 Zachary Foster, Princeton University, Near Eastern Studies, Can the Locust Speak? Greater Syria During World War I
2011 Rania Kassab Sweis, Stanford University, "Saving Egypt's Village Girls: Rights, Embodiment and Gendered Vulnerability in a Global Youth Initiative"

Murat Inan, University of Washington, Rethinking the Ottoman 'Imitation' of Persian Poetry: The Case for the "Suleymanic" Reception of Hafez of Shiraz


Darin N. Stephanov, University of Memphis, The First Shift in (Modern) Ruler Visibility: The Reign of Mahmud II"

2009 Fatemeh Hosseini, University of Maryland College Park,Whores or Wives: Discourses on Prostitution in Modern Iran, 1969-2006
2008 Yael Warshel, University of California, San Diego, It's All About Tom and Jerry, Amr Khaled and Iqra, not Hamas's Mickey Mouse: TV Viewing among Palestinian Children and Their Parents' Related Preferences
2007 Hoda Yousef, Georgetown University, Malak Hifni Nasif: Between Cultural and Patriarchal ‘Others’
2006 David Siddhartha Patel, Stanford University, Islam, Identity, and Electoral Coordination in Iraq
2005 Amira Mittermaier, Dept. of Anthropology, Columbia University, (Re)Imagining the Tradition: Dreams, Visions and Poetry in Contemporary Egypt

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