Grants and Competitions
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The American Academy in Berlin
Post Date July 15, 2015
The Berlin Prize - Call for Applications 2016-17
The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2016/2017. The deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (12 noon 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, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Approximately 20 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.
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. 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. Candidates in academic disciplines must have completed a PhD at the time of application. Candidates working in 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 2016/2017 Berlin Prizes will be announced in late February 2016.
For further information and to apply online, please see http://www.americanacademy.de/home/fellows/applications
Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies
Post Date May 1, 2015
PhD Dissertation Award 2015
The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) invites recent PhD graduates to submit their dissertations for consideration for its 2015 PhD Dissertation Award. AGAPS wishes to recognize exceptional achievement in research and writing. 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. Entries will be read by a multi-disciplinary three-member committee. PhD dissertations (in English) accepted for the degree of PhD between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 are eligible. 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 21–24 November 2015 in Denver, Colorado. 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. All applicants must be members of AGAPS at the time of submission. The deadline for submission is 31 August 2015 (Note the extended deadline).
Required materials include:
- Brief Application Form (obtain from Reem Alissa)
- Verification of Degree Completion
- Letter of Nomination (by author’s adviser or sponsor)
- An Abstract (250 words)
- The Manuscript (digital copy)
Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS)
Post Date May 1, 2015
Graduate Paper Prize 2015
The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) invites the submission of graduate student research papers for AGAPS’s 2015 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 welcomes 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 21–24 November 2015 in Denver, Colorado. 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 evaluated according to originality of research, innovation, contribution to the field, cogency of argument, sources, method and clarity of writing. All applicants must be members of AGAPS at the time of submission. Submission deadline is 31 August 2015 (Note the extended deadline).
* The paper must have been written between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015.
* The cover letter should include: author’s name, contact information, title of paper, name of institution, department, and the name and email address for the faculty member who 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.
* The paper must not exceed 7,500 words (excluding bibliography) and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. It should conform to the following format:
- Standard font (such as Arial or Times Roman)
- 1.25” / 3 cm margins
- Page limit of 30 pages
- Black and white
Institute for Advanced Study
Post Date March 5, 2015
Opportunities for Scholars 2016-17
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: firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline: November 1 2015.
National Endowment for the Humanities
Post Date July 7, 2015
Enduring Questions Course Development Grants
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers grants of up to $38,000 to support the development of a new undergraduate course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question. For more information, please visit www.neh.gov/grants/education/enduring-questions. The application deadline is September 10, 2015.
PROGRAM DETAILS The NEH Enduring Questions grant program supports up to four faculty members in the preparation of a new course on a fundamental concern of human life as addressed by the humanities. This question-driven course would encourage undergraduates and teachers to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential ideas, works, and thinkers over the centuries. Enduring questions persist across historical eras, regions, and world cultures. They inform intellectual, ethical, artistic, and religious traditions and engage thoughtful people from all walks of life. They transcend time and place but are also relevant to our lives today. Enduring questions have more than one plausible or compelling answer, allow for dialogue across generations, and inspire genuine intellectual pluralism. An Enduring Questions course may be taught by faculty from any department or discipline in the humanities or by faculty outside the humanities (for example, astronomy, biology, economics, law, mathematics, medicine, or psychology), so long as humanities sources are central to the course.
National Humanities Center
Post Date June 29, 2015
Residential Fellowships 2016-17
The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residencies. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career as well as senior scholars from all areas of the humanities are welcome; emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also encouraged to apply. Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes and universities. Fellows have private studies; the library service delivers all research materials. Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; travel expenses in addition to a stipend are provided. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2015. For more information, follow this link: http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/fellowships/fellowships2016.html
New York University Abu Dhabi
Post Date June 4, 2015
Residential Fellowships in the Humanities
NYU Abu Dhabi has started a research fellowship program in the Humanities. This program invites scholars who wish to contribute to the vibrant research culture of NYUAD’s new Saadiyat campus to apply for a one- or two-semester residential fellowship at the NYUAD Institute, starting September 2016. The Institute welcomes applications from scholars working in all areas of the Humanities related to the study of the Arab world, its rich literature and history, its cultural and artistic heritage, and its manifold connections with other cultures. Both distinguished scholars with an established reputation and promising young scholars who are in the beginning of their career can apply for a – senior, or postdoc - research fellowship. Each fellow receives a competitive stipend commensurate with experience, housing, work/office space on campus, full access to NYUAD's library facilities (with its close connections to NYU's main library in New York), a personal research allowance, administrative support, an opportunity to host a small workshop funded by the NYUAD Institute, and support for travel to and from Abu Dhabi. Interested scholars can learn more here:
http://nyuad.nyu.edu/research/centers-institutes/research-fellowships-in-the-humanities.html. Applications are due October 12, 2015.
Princeton University, Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS)
Post Date July 27, 2015
Fung Global Fellows Program Fellowships, 2016-17
Fung Global Fellows Program Princeton University is pleased to announce the call for applications to the Fung Global Fellows Program at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). Each year the program selects six scholars from around the world to be in residence at Princeton for an academic year and to engage in research and discussion around a common theme. Fellowships are awarded to scholars employed outside the United States who are expected to return to their positions, and who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and exhibit unusual intellectual promise but who are still early in their careers. During the academic year 2016/17, the theme for the Fung Global Fellows Program will be "International Society: Institutions and Actors in Global Governance." The growth of international organizations and transnational actors has brought about the emergence of a dense international society above the nation-state. Under what circumstances do new international organizations or transnational associations emerge, and when do they expand in their membership and jurisdiction? Does international society function as a constraint on states? How do states and societal actors navigate the complex and overlapping jurisdictions of international organizations? In what ways do international organizations and associations function as distinct cultures or as bureaucracies with their own interests? This year's cohort of Fung fellows will examine the emergence, functioning, and effects of international organizations and transnational associations of all types (state and non-state, focused on a single issue or world region, or examined comparatively) from a cultural, historical, political, sociological, or other perspective. Researchers working on any historical period or region of the world and from any disciplinary background in the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply. Applications are due on November 1, 2015. To be eligible, applicants must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent) no earlier than September 1, 2006. Fellowships will be awarded on the strength of a candidate's proposed research project, the relationship of the project to the program's theme, the candidate's scholarly record, and the candidate's ability to contribute to the intellectual life of the program. For more information on eligibility requirements and the application process itself, see the program's website at http://www.princeton.edu/funggfp/. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, University of Maryland
Post Date February 6, 2015
Graduate Fellowships and Undergraduate Scholarships for Excellence in Persian Studies
Roshan Institute for Persian Studies announces Graduate Fellowships and Undergraduate Scholarships for Excellence in Persian Studies. Starting spring 2015, new Graduate Fellowships, and Undergraduate Scholarships will be available to students in various departments and programs at the University of Maryland whose work in areas related to Persian Studies exhibits exceptional standards of academic excellence. These new and rigorous Fellowships and Scholarships, made available to Roshan Institute by a generous gift from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute open unprecedented range of possibilities for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. You can receive Fellowships and Scholarships for Excellence in Persian Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Your work can cover a wide range of disciplinary areas including Comparative Literature, History, Women'ss Studies, and more. For more information, call Naz Beyranvand at (301) 405-1891 or visit: http://sllc.umd.edu/persian/undergraduate/scholarships.
The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC)
Post Date July 15, 2015
Research Fellowship Program
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 one pre- and/or post-doctorate scholar or team of scholars to carry out research in Oman each year. The fellowship awards up to $51,000 for the fellow or team of fellows. For more information, or to apply, please visit: https://sqcc.org/Scholarships-0024-Fellowships/Research-Fellowship-Program.aspx. Deadline to submit an application and supporting materials is September 15, 2015.
United States-Israel Educational Foundation
Post Date March 31, 2015
Two-Year Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to Israel
The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), the Fulbright commission for Israel, plans to offer eight fellowships in all academic disciplines to American post-doctoral researchers at Israeli universities during the course of academic years 2016/2017-2018. Program grants total $40,000, $20,000 per academic year. In addition, the host institution will also provide a standard post-doctoral grant. 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. Applications must be submitted to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars by August 1, 2015. The full Program announcement is available at www.fulbright.org.il Potential candidates may contact Ms. Judy Stavsky, Deputy Director, (JStavsky@fulbright.org.il; +972-3-517-2392) for advice and assistance.