MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Grants and Competitions

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Date Posted Award/Fellowship/Grant/Prize Deadline
11/6/2015 The Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016-17, Buffet Institute for Global Studies February 1, 2016
10/20/15 Koc University, RCAC Residential and Non-Residential Fellowships December 15, 2015
10/13/15 Post-doctoral Fellowship in Israel Studies at Brandeis University October 31, 2015
10/13/15 Doctoral Fellowships in Israel Stuides at Brandeis University Varies by department.
10/13/15 Faculty Fellowship, Summer Institute for Israel Studies at Brandeis University January 20, 2016
10/1/15 Harvard Law School, Islamic Legal Studies Program: Visiting Fellowship Program, 2016-17 November 13, 2015
10/1/15 Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) 2016-17 Fellowship Competitions See text.
9/14/15 American Academy in Rome, Rome Prize November 1, 2015
8/31/15 Darat al-Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation 2016-17 Dissertation Fellowship December 15, 2015
8/31/15 Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan Fellowship Opportunity October 9, 2015
8/31/15 American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) 2016-17 Fellowships Program November 1, 2015
8/19/15 American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) Grants Program for US Citizens  
7/27/15 Princeton University, Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) Fung Global Fellows Program Fellowships November 1, 2015
6/29/15 National Humanities Center-Residential Fellowships 2016-17 October 15, 2015
6/4/15 New York University Abu Dhabi, Residential Fellowships in the Humanities October 12, 2015
3/5/15 Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies: Opportunities for Scholars 2016-17 November 1, 2015

The American Academy in Rome

The Rome Prize

The American Academy in Rome invites applications for the 2016 Rome Prize. 

For over a century, the Academy has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative work in the arts and humanities. Through a national juried competition, Rome Prizes are awarded to emerging and established artists and scholars working in the following disciplines:

  • Ancient Studies
  • Architecture
  • Design (includes graphic, industrial, interior, exhibition, set, costume, and fashion design, urban design, city planning, engineering, and other design fields)
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • Landscape Architecture (includes environmental design and planning, landscape/ecological urbanism, landscape history, sustainability and ecological studies, and geography)
  • Literature
  • Medieval Studies
  • Modern Italian Studies
  • Musical Composition
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
  • Visual Arts (includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film/video, installation, new media, digital arts, and other visual arts fields)

Ranging from six months to two years, the thirty fellowships include a stipend, room and board, and individual workspace at the Academy’s eleven-acre center in Rome. 

Submissions due: NOVEMBER 1, 2015
Visit for guidelines.

American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT)

2016-17 Fellowship Programs for U.S.-based Students/Scholars

ARIT/National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history for applicants who have completed their academic training. The fellowships may be held for terms ranging from four months to a full year. Stipend per month is $4,200. ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey are offered for research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the humanities and social sciences. Post-doctoral and advanced doctoral fellowships may be held for various terms, for terms from one month up to one academic year. Stipends range from $2,500 to $15,500. Applications for ARIT fellowships must be submitted to ARIT by November 1, 2015. The fellowship committee will notify applicants by late January, 2016.

ARIT Summer Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish Language at Bogazici University, Istanbul, summer 2016. The program supports intensive study of advanced Turkish language at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, including air fare, tuition, and stipend. The application deadline is February 5. For further information please see the ARIT webpage at

American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)

2016 Grants Program for US Citizens

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) announces its annual Grants Program for the academic year beginning in May 2016. 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.


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 2017. Applicants must be members of AIMS at the time of application. The full call, application and more details can be found here:

Brandeis University

Doctoral Fellowships in Israel Studies

Join an engaged, diverse and multidisciplinary intellectual community. The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University offers full and partial fellowships for doctoral candidates whose research focuses on Israel. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to students accepted into the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Brandeis University. Eligible disciplines include Anthropology, History, Literature, Middle East Studies, Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Politics and Sociology. Stipend up to $25,000 per year renewable for up to five years plus generous health care benefits. Deadlines vary by department.  Learn more at

Brandeis University

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Israel Studies

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University invites applications for the 2016-17 academic year. Post-doctoral fellows teach one course per semester in Israel studies, related to programs in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Israeli arts and culture, politics, sociology, economics, or other relevant disciplines. They are expected to be in residence at Brandeis, participate actively in the intellectual life of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, and present at least one public lecture. This position offers an annual stipend of $52,500 plus benefits and a $3,000 research and travel fund. Apply by October 31, 2015. 
Learn more at

Brandeis University

Faculty Fellowship for Summer Institute for Israel Studies

The Summer Institute for Israel Studies is a competitive fellowship program open to faculty members in the humanities and social sciences. It prepares faculty to teach about Israel in any discipline. Recent participants teach history, international relations, film, Jewish studies, religion, law, anthropology, linguistics, and security studies. 

  • Engage with world-class faculty from Israel and the U.S. in a two-week multidisciplinary Brandeis seminar 
  • Meet with leading personalities in public life, the academy and the arts on a 10-day Israel study tour 
  • Explore the complexity of Israeli society, politics and culture 
  • Create a syllabus and leave equipped to teach an Israel Studies course in your discipline 
  • Join a network of 250 alumni — teaching at nearly 200 institutions worldwide — supported by a wealth of pedagogical resources and ongoing professional development 
  • Stipend of up to $2,500. Travel, accommodations and most meals included. 

Applicants must be actively teaching at a college or university that has approved their plans to introduce a course on Israel Studies.  Apply online by January 20, 2016. Learn more at

Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation

2016-17 Dissertation Fellowship

Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation is pleased to announce the open call for its 2016-17 dissertation fellowship. The fellowship was established in 2011 to encourage research on modern and contemporary art of the Arab world.  The fellowship provides financial support of up to ten thousand US dollars to Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences. One to two fellowships will be granted each year. The fellowship duration must range from 4-6 months of residency at Darat al Funun in Amman, Jordan.

Fellows are expected to pursue their own research, give at least one public lecture, and participate in Darat al Funun’s cultural and artistic activities. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows are required to submit a five to seven page research report that will be made available on Darat al Funun’s website.

Fellowship funding is intended to compensate all travel and stipend expenses. Darat al Funun will in addition provide housing and office space. Fellows are responsible for their own health insurance.

Darat al Funun is a home for the arts and artists from the Arab world. It organizes exhibitions, talks, film screenings and educational programs, hosts performances and concerts, offers artist residencies, and publishes books and catalogues. It also houses an arts library with Arabic and English sources and an archive that includes video and photographic documentation of Darat al Funun’s activities and files on Arab artists. In addition, Darat al Funun hosts The Khalid Shoman Collection. For more information,

For specific questions about the fellowship contact

Applications are welcome in Arabic or English by 15 December 2015 with notice of award by 15 March 2016. Applicants should send a research proposal, also specifying their desired period of stay during the academic year 2015-16, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample, C.V., and official transcript.  Priority will be given to proposals that indicate the role of Darat al Funun’s archive. Applicants must have advanced to candidacy by the start of the fellowship.  Applications are welcome from students enrolled in any university worldwide.

Application materials should either be emailed (in PDF or Word format, with each document clearly labelled with your name) to
or mailed to:

Darat al Funun Dissertation Fellowship
Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation
P.O. Box 5223
Amman, Jordan 11183 

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.

Harvard Law School, Islamic Legal Studies Program

Visiting Fellowship Program, 2016-17

The Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School invites applications for Visiting Fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of the Visiting Fellows Program is to provide opportunities for outstanding scholars to undertake research, writing and scholarly engagement on Islamic law in ways that span traditional and interdisciplinary academic disciplines consistent with the Program's mission. We are particularly interested in promising scholars whose work combines interdisciplinary excellence in Islamic legal studies, with research interests in legal history, law and society, or select themes in both that relate specifically to the digital humanities. Harvard Law School's Islamic Legal Studies Program is dedicated to promoting research and providing resources to advance the academic study of Islamic law, with an emphasis on legal history, law and society, and comparative law. ILSP welcomes applicants with a JD, SJD, PhD or other comparable terminal degree from any field of study who are interested in spending a year in residence at Harvard Law School working on outstanding scholarly projects relating to one of ILSP's three research streams: Islamic Law and Legal History, Islamic Law and Society, and Islamic Law Themes in Digital Humanities. We seek applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, academic traditions, and scholarly interests. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The Program aims to select exceptional fellows whose scholarship addresses the critical and legal implications of each of these research streams, in ways that will contribute to the Program and to the selected fellow's own research. Fellows will be expected to participate in Program activities and contribute to the intellectual life of the Program in general, including presentation of an original paper at the Program's Fellows Workshop Series. Depending on the preference of the supervising Director, Visiting Fellows may spend up to 25% of his or her time on projects related to the Program. Please note that the deadline for applications is November 13, 2015. Applications received after this date will not be considered. For additional information and how to apply, please visit

Koç University

RCAC Residential and Non-Residential Fellowships

Koç University invites applications from junior and senior scholars specializing in the archaeology, art history, history, and allied disciplines of Turkey from the Neolithic through the Ottoman eras. Fellowships, which include accommodation, travel, and stipend, will be given to approximately 10 Ph.D candidates and 10 scholars with Ph.D to spend one academic year in Istanbul at Koç University's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations. Successful candidates will be required to be resident in Istanbul during the 9-month academic year (September 15-June 15). Some senior fellowships may be granted on a semester basis (September 15-January 31 or February 1-June 15). A small number of Non-Residential fellowships is also available for those already resident in Istanbul and/or with families.

Located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations offers housing, study, and computer facilities to its fellows. It is near the libraries of the French, German, Swedish, and Dutch Institutes and other scholarly facilities in Istanbul. RCAC fellows are expected to devote themselves full time to their research projects. Fellows will also be asked to give 2 lectures on their work during the course of the year. Fellows must be proficient in English, which is the language of instruction at Koç University. Applications from scholars of all nationalities are encouraged.


National Humanities Center

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:

New York University Abu Dhabi

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: Applications are due October 12, 2015.

Northwestern University, Buffet Institute

The Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016-17

The Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program in the Buffett Institute for Global Studies invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the study of Turkey in a global or a comparative perspective. Applications are welcome from scholars whose research addresses transnational social processes, problems or conflicts in connection to contemporary Turkey.

Each fellow will be affiliated with both the Keyman Program and an appropriate department in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Communication, such as Anthropology; Art, Theory & Practice; Communication Studies; History; Middle East & North African Studies; Performance Studies; Political Science; or Sociology.

Fellowship details

The fellowship will run from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2018.

The Fellow will pursue a program of independent scholarship and teach one undergraduate class each year during their fellowship. They are expected to be active participants in intellectual activities in the Keyman Program and the Buffett Institute, as well as their affiliated disciplinary departments, and to deliver one public lecture each year.

The salary is $55,000. In addition, the Fellow is eligible for $5,000 per year to fund research and conference travel, and up to $2,000 in reimbursement for allowable relocation expenses in the first year. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position.


Applicants must have received their Ph.D. between January 1, 2011 and August 31, 2016.

Application details

Application deadline: February 1, 2016, at 5 p.m. (CT).

Application: Online Keyman Program Postdoctoral Fellowship Application.

Required materials:

  • Cover Letter: Briefly situate your work in relation to your discipline(s) and identify the proposed departmental affiliation, and explain why Northwestern is a particularly good place to pursue your research.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Research Statement: A two-page summary of your dissertation.
  • Research Proposal: A two-page research plan for the fellowship period. This may include, but should extend beyond, revisions to the dissertation.
  • Teaching Statement: Titles and short descriptions of at least two undergraduate courses that you could teach under the auspices of your proposed departmental affiliation. Please note that we are not requesting a statement of teaching philosophy or full syllabi at this point.
  • Writing Sample: Only one sample equivalent to a single journal article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter. The writing sample may be published or unpublished. It must be in English. The maximum length is 50 pages.
  • Graduate Transcript. A transcript from your doctoral-degree-granting institution. An unofficial transcript is acceptable. If your doctoral program did not include formal graded classes, submit a statement to that effect instead.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: The online application system will ask you to provide contact information for three recommenders. Once you submit your application, your references will automatically be emailed instructions for uploading a letter of recommendation. It is helpful if at least one letter comments specifically on your teaching experience and abilities. If you have not yet defended and submitted your dissertation, please advise your chair that their letter must specifically discuss what work remains to be completed and when you will complete all the requirements to receive your degree. Please convey these specific instructions to your referees, as the instructions they will receive by email are generic. Letters of recommendation are due no later than February 8, 2016.

Email with questions.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Palestinian American Research Center

2016-17 Fellowship Competitions

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 two competitions 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

PARC is pleased to announce its 17th annual U.S. fellowship competition 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 17, 2015. For more details about the U.S. Fellowship Program and eligibility criteria, please see our website:

PARC is pleased to announce its fourth 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 January 8, 2016. For more details about the NEH/FPIRI program and eligibility criteria, please see our website:

PARC is pleased to announce its seventh annual 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 11, 2016. For more details about the FDS and eligibility criteria, please see our website:

PARC is pleased to announce its second Media Development Seminar (MDS). This program is for US professors in journalism, film, communications, and media studies with an interest in Palestine who have not had an opportunity to visit the area. Applications are due January 13, 2016. For more details about the MDS and eligibility criteria, please see our website:

Princeton University, Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS)

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 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.

University of Michigan, Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies

Fellowship Opportunity: Theme 2016-17 Israeli Histories, Societies, and Cultures: Comparative Approaches

More than six decades after its establishment, the State of Israel still poses considerable challenges for scholars who try to study and decipher it. There are numerous unanswered questions regarding Israel's origins, history, and current trends; about the meanings of Israel as a "Jewish State" and as a modern democratic state; about relations between Israeli and Jewish diasporic cultures; between Israel and contemporary Jewry around the globe, between Israelis and Palestinians, and between Ashkenazim and Mizrahim. The Frankel Institute's year-long scholarly endeavor aims to chart new ways to study and understand Israel comparatively. It will be devoted to inquiry about the multiple histories, cultures, and societies of Israel and the Yishuv from the 18th century to the 21st century. It will bring scholars from a range of disciplines, contextualizing the study of Israel within new developments in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. As such, it will create a greater integration of the study of Israel with the study of modern Jewish experience. Examining Israel through the lens of comparative Jewish studies will also enable a better incorporation into study of the modern Middle East by considering recent debates on Mizrahi Jews as "Arab Jews"; social interactions and cultural similarities between Mizrahi Jews and Arabs in Ottoman and Mandate Palestine and throughout the Levant; the Zionist project's complicated relationship with European colonialism; relations between Jews and Arabs within the state of Israel; and the occupation of territories conquered in 1967. Thinking about Israel in multiple Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern contexts (literary, historical, religious, political, and cultural) and through the lens of different geographies will change the character of scholarship and complicate established narratives about Israel. The Frankel Institute invites applications from diverse scholars, artists, writers, and filmmakers. Applications Due October 9, 2015. For more information, email, call 734.763.9047, or apply online at institute/applications.


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