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Date Posted Description Deadline
01/06/17 Woolf Institute Visiting Fellowship 2018 February 17, 2017
12/16/16 Harvard Kennedy School: 2017-2018 Middle East Initiative Research Fellowship Program January 15, 2017
12/16/16 The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund Fellowships for Threatened Scholars January 9, 2017
12/2/16 Schwarzman Scholars Program: 2017-18 Visiting Faculty Positions (Tsinghua University in Beijing)  

Harvard Kennedy School

Now Accepting Applications: 2017-18 MEI Research Fellowship Program

The Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School will be accepting applications beginning December 15, 2016 for the 2017-2018 Middle East Initiative Research Fellowship Program. The application deadline is January 15, 2017.

The Middle East Initiative Research Fellowship Program offers one year fellowships for researchers at the pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and junior faculty level for research related to Middle Eastern governance and public policy. All fellowships carry a stipend. Eligible candidates include advanced doctoral candidates, recent recipients of a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and untenured faculty members. Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships must have passed general examinations and should be in or near the final year of their program. We welcome applications from political scientists, historians, economists, sociologists, and other social scientists. We also encourage applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.

Priority will be given to applications pursuing one of these four primary areas of focus:
• DEMOCRATIZING POLITICS | Establishing durable, accountable democracies not only by focusing on political institutions, but also by empowering the region’s citizens.
• BUILDING PEACE | Addressing the sources of domestic and interstate conflict and generating durable political settlements.
• REVITALIZING THE STATE | Reforming the Middle East’s social service delivery systems with a special emphasis on health, education and social protection.
• DEMOCRATIZING THE MARKET | Working to ensure that the financial and labor markets in the Middle East benefit the entire population, not merely the elite.

This program is made possible through funding from the Emirates Leadership Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School. All application materials must be submitted in PDF format through the official application portal, which will be made available on December 15, 2016. For more information regarding the program and application process, please visit: Please submit inquiries to Julia Martin, MEI Research and Financial Coordinator, by e-mail at:

The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund

Fellowships for Threatened Scholars

Applications due January 9, 2017 Apply Now

The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) announces a January 9th deadline for its next round of applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or careers. Fellowships support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities, and other research institutions anywhere in the world where the scholars can continue their academic work in safety.

IIE-SRF formalizes IIE's unwavering commitment to preserve the lives, voices, and ideas of scholars around the globe. Since the program's founding in 2002, it has awarded fellowships to more than 680 scholars from 56 countries, arranging visiting academic positions at over 360 partner institutions in 41 countries.

Who can apply:
Professors, researchers, and public intellectuals from any country, field, or discipline may apply. Please refer eligible candidates and forward this announcement to any academic colleagues who may be interested.

  • Qualifying applicants are currently facing or have recently fled from direct and immediate threats.

  • Preference is given to scholars with a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their field, and who have extensive teaching or research experience at an institution of higher learning.

  • Women and scholars from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Students or professionals seeking funding to pursue academic studies or training are not eligible.

Information on eligibility can be found here.

How IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund works:

IIE-SRF fellowships support visiting academic positions for up to one calendar year. Awards are issued for up to US $25,000, plus individual health insurance coverage.

Fellowships are disbursed through partnering universities, colleges, or research institutes that provide a safe haven for IIE-SRF fellows to continue their academic work in safety. In most cases, hosting institutions match the IIE-SRF fellowship award by providing salary / stipend support, housing, and/or other assistance that would make the scholar's appointment comparable to other visiting academic positions.

For consideration in winter 2017, application materials must be submitted by Monday, January 9, 2017.

Please note that IIE-SRF fellowships are awarded quarterly. Applications are accepted at any time and can also be considered on an emergency basis.

To refer a scholar:
Contact to learn how to refer a threatened scholar in need of assistance.

To host an IIE-SRF scholar: 
Visit our website to learn more about how to host an IIE-SRF scholar.

To apply: 
Details on how to apply can be found here. Information on IIE-SRF is also available in Arabic, French, Persian, and Spanish.

To support IIE-SRF:
Support IIE-SRF by donating here.

Schwarzman Scholars Program (Visiting Faculty Positions)

Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing seeks to recruit Visiting Faculty from the world’s leading universities and institutions for the 2017-18 academic year. These international scholars and practitioners will engage a highly motivated cohort of future leaders through Schwarzman Scholars’ unique, interdisciplinary curriculum focused on contemporary global issues. Visiting Faculty also have opportunities to pursue independent research and develop collaborations with Tsinghua colleagues. Eligible candidates include early, mid-career and senior level academics who are available to spend from one to eleven months in Beijing.

• Expert scholar or practitioner in contemporary global issues, including (but not limited to) international relations, business, public policy, health, social sciences, technology, and the humanities
• Recognized for outstanding teaching, mentoring and/or research.
• Able to engage a diverse, international student body and interdisciplinary faculty.
• Fluent in English.

• Teach or co-teach one course per semester. Courses are taught in 4-8-week modules and meet twice a week . Minimum period in residence is 4 weeks.
• Offer mentoring and guidance to Schwarzman Scholars, including thesis project advising.
• Engage the Tsinghua University community through participation in seminars, conferences and lecture series.

• Accommodation in a private faculty apartment and full meal plan at Schwarzman College.
• Round-trip business class travel to/from Beijing.
• Generous living stipend and research support.
• Special assistance for visiting faculty traveling with a partner and/or children.


Schwarzman Scholars does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job or course of study requirements.

Woolf Institute

Visiting Fellowship 2018

The Woolf Institute, which specialises in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from a multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for its annual visiting fellowship.

The Fellowship is tenable for a two to three month period that overlaps one of the Cambridge terms 2018:

Lent term: 16 January–16 March 2018
Easter term: 24 April–15 June 2018

The successful candidate will be expected to be involved in a project of academic research or public education in an area relevant to the Institute’s work. The Fellow will be asked to present their work at a symposium on the subject of their project proposal.

There is no stipend attached to the Fellowships, but Fellows will be entitled to free accommodation in Cambridge and one round-trip journey to Cambridge. They will also have access to the Woolf Institute and Cambridge University libraries.

The Fellowship is available for a postdoctoral scholar of any academic rank, a policymaker or analyst in a relevant area of work and will most likely be asked to participate in some of the Institute’s teaching or practice-based activities. Further information about the Institute can be found at:

A letter of application, CV, the names of two referees who may be approached, a project proposal (1,500 words max.), and a sample of work should be sent to:

Electors of the Visiting Fellowship, Woolf Institute, 12-14 Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DU, UK or e-mailed to Tina Steiner at

Questions may be addressed informally to the Deputy Director, Dr Shana Cohen at

Deadline for the submission of applications is 17 February 2017.

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