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

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


Date Posted Award/Fellowship/Grant/Prize Deadline
3/31/15 United States-Israel Educational Foundation: Two-Year Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to Israel August 1, 2015
3/5/15 Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies: Opportunities for Scholars 2016-17 November 1, 2015
3/2/15 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships April 28, 2015
2/6/15 Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, Graduate Fellowships and Undergraduate Scholarships for Excellence in Persian Studies  


Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program

The Fiscal Year 2015 competition for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program (DDRA) was announced in the Federal Register on February 27, 2015. The due date for submitting applications is April 28, 2015.
The DDRA Program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. In order for the webinar to best serve the needs of prospective applicants, the public may submit any questions regarding the competition and application in advance to Dr. Pamela Maimer ( so that we can be sure to address them. There will also be a time for questions and answers at the end of the webinar.
To register for the webinar, go to j.php?RGID=r01405f662040664f0aa74e91f52bbb4b. Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions in order to join the webinar on March 11th. To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link: j.php?RGID=r9396f990a3142e9f747d286abc7e2d18.

For audio, you must call in to the conference call line below.(PLEASE NOTE: Audio will not be provided if you just log onto the webinar using the information above.)
1. Dial the Access Phone Number: 877-917-4910
2. When prompted, dial the access code: 9036176
If you have questions once the webinar begins please contact For additional information on how to apply to the program, please go to

Institute for Advanced Study

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, 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 2015.

Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, University of Maryland

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:

United States-Israel Educational Foundation

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 Potential candidates may contact Ms. Judy Stavsky, Deputy Director, (; +972-3-517-2392) for advice and assistance.


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