MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Grants and Competitions

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Date Posted Award/Fellowship/Grant/Prize Deadline
09/30/16 Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowships October 7, 2016 and January 6, 2017
09/13/16 American Academy of Berlin, 2017-18 Berlin Prize September 30, 2016
09/01/16 Society for Applied Anthropology Peter K. New Student Research Competition/Award December 31, 2016
08/17/16 University of Notre Dame, Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Global Religion Research Initiative - Grant and Fellowship Funding October 17, 2016
08/17/16 Princeton University, Fung Global Fellows Program November 1, 2016
08/10/16 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship Programs 2016-17 Varies by program.
08/04/16 American Center for Oriental Research, ACOR Fellow MESA Award February 1, 2017
06/29/16 Social Science Research Council - Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections/SSRC Global Summer Semester Residency at the University of Göttingen  
06/23/16 German Research Priority Programme - Transottomanica: Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics 18 Docs and Post-Doc Positions
06/21/16 Darat Al Funun 2017-18 Dissertation Fellowships for the Study of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World November 15, 2016
06/21/16 National Humanities Center, Residential Fellowships 2017-18 October 18, 2016
03/08/16 Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies - Opportunities for Scholars 2017-18 November 1, 2016

American Academy of Berlin

The Berlin Prize, 2017-18

The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2017/2018. The deadline is Friday, September 30, 2016 (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 candidates based permanently in the US. US citizenship is not required, and American expatriates are not eligible. Candidates in academic disciplines are expected to have completed a doctorate at the time of application. Applicants working in most other fields – such as journalism, law, filmmaking, or public policy – must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers must have published at least one book at the time of application. Candidates should explain how their projects will benefit from a residency in Berlin, but they do not need to be working on German topics.

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 2017/2018 Berlin Prizes will be announced in late February 2017.

For further information and to apply online, please see

American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR)

ACOR Fellow MESA Award

The ACOR Fellow MESA Award, established in 2016, serves to encourage former or current ACOR fellow participation in the MESA annual meeting. Proposed topics may be in any sub-discipline within the natural and social sciences or humanities, and may focus on antiquity, the medieval period, or the modern era. Research topics are broadly interpreted and should contribute to scholarship in Near Eastern studies.


1) Graduate and Post-Doctoral students who have registered at MESA's annual meeting and whose abstract has been accepted by MESA are eligible.

2) Applicants must be current or former ACOR fellows. CAORC, NEH and fellows from our ‘named’ scholarships may apply.

Applicants must submit an abstract and a current CV through ACOR’s website or by email before the submission deadline (February 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time).


ACOR’s Fellowship Committee will conduct a review of the abstracts and curricula vitae of the eligible candidates. The committee will put them in ranked order. The top candidate will be funded. In order to receive the award, the recipient must register for the meeting and present their paper as scheduled. The awardee must mention the award and ACOR in the text of their paper, in addition to including ACOR’s logo on their “Thank You” slide. A check for $1000 will be mailed after the meeting has taken place.


Excellence of the abstract; quality and originality of the research; potential for subsequent research.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Fellowship Opportunities

We are pleased to announce that the 2016-17 ACLS competitions are now open for many programs. ACLS offers fellowship and grant programs that promote the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social sciences research and support scholars at the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at

Application deadlines vary by program:

September 28, 2016
ACLS Fellowships (the central program)
ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships
Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars (including opportunities designated for liberal arts college faculty)

October 26, 2016
Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs – Fellowships for Scholars
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

November 2, 2016
African Humanities Program

January 25, 2017
ACLS Digital Extension Grants

March 2017 (date TBA)
Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

The American Council of Learned Societies is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities. In the 2015-16 competition year, ACLS awarded over $18 million to more than 300 scholars worldwide. Recent fellows' and grantees’ profiles and research abstracts are available at

Darat Al Funun

2017-18 Dissertation Fellowship for the Study of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World

Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation is pleased to announce the open call for its 2017-18 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, projects at The Lab, talks, film screenings and educational programs, hosts performances and concerts, offers a Ph.D Fellowship and 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, see

For specific questions about the fellowship contact

Applications are welcome in Arabic or English by 15 November 2016 with notice of award by 15 March 2017. Applicants should send a research proposal, also specifying their desired period of stay during the academic year 2016-17, 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

German Research Priority Programme - Transottomanica: Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics

18 Docs and Post-Doc Positions

In March 2016, the Senate of the German Science Foundation (DFG) approved the establishment of the Research Priority Programme: "Transottomanica: Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics" (SPP 1981) for a duration of 6 years. Proposals for projects for the first funding period (2017-2020) of this priority programme shall be accepted until 28th of September 2016. Applications should be directed through the online platform of the German Science Foundation (DFG). Applicants have to apply mentioning the research program SPP 1981 “Transottomanica”:

See the necessary forms for the application under:


Social and (trans)cultural ties between the Muscovite Tsardom and/or Petersburg Empire, Poland-Lithuania, the Ottoman Empire and Persia from the early modern period to the beginning of the twentieth century have so far not been the subject of systematic historical study. In the priority programme, we shall focus on the “trans-Ottoman” ties and communication practices which emerged as a consequence of mobility between these dominions and which until now have not been apparent in studies of individual regions or bilateral relations. This approach promises to change our understanding of globalised European and Asian history in a transcontinental context. Instead of constructing “one” new region, our “post-area studies” approach allows us to focus on several, different contexts and fields of social interaction with different spatial and social ranges unified by the lens of mobility: Reciprocal processes of migration, knowledge circulation (travelling concepts), travel, trade and mobility of entire societies between Muscovy and then the tsarist empire, Poland-Lithuania, the Ottoman Empire and Persia will be our focus. Proposals should utilise one of three methodological lenses, each of which allows a different perspective on the – in part – same phenomena: 1) Mobile Players, 2) Travelling Concepts, 3) Trade and Goods.

Through the ‘lens’ of mobility, the thematic fields of ‘Travelling Concepts’, ‘Trade and Goods’ and ‘Mobile Players’ will be placed in a causal relationship. We define mobility as the interplay of social and spatial movements (flows) of persons and things (material and immaterial resources, ideas, knowledge, values) via exchange relationships within and between networks.

The investigation period of the proposed priority programme shall begin in the early 16th century, when the Ottoman Empire developed into a cross-regional hub due to its expansion into northern and eastern Africa, its conquests in East Central Europe and to the extension of its power into the Near and Middle East. During the course of the 19th century, however, this area was integrated into altered and/or new areas of communication and action because the major European powers were increasingly able to expand their political and economic influence. Due to its mobility dynamics and structures, the trans-Ottoman spatial configuration lost significance and merged into increasing global and nationalised contexts. The priority programme shall investigate these transitions until the beginning of the 20th century.

For further information on “Transottomanica”, see “project description”: forschung_neu/Transottomanica

National Humanities Center

Residential Fellowships 2017-18

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 invited to apply. The Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. 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, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows have private studies; the library service delivers all research materials. Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; a stipend and travel expenses are provided. The deadline for applications is October 18, 2016.

The National Humanities Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation, or age. We are dedicated to fair treatment, diversity, and inclusion.

Princeton University

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, who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and exhibit unusual intellectual promise, but who are still early in their careers.

During the academic year 2017-18, the program theme will be “The Culture and Politics of Resentment.” Resentment is a powerful emotion for expressing culture and politics. Experiences and memories of humiliation, oppression, and marginalization have stimulated emotions of resentment, and produced compelling demands for political inclusion and justice around the world. Alternatively, rage against what is seen as the “tyranny of the minority,” inequality, the corruption and aloofness of elites, the “foreign,” and the illegitimate have generated powerful populist upsurges against the perceived enemies of a homogeneous body of “the people.”  The goal of the 2017-18 Fung Global Fellows cohort will be to explore the full range of phenomena involved in the culture and politics of resentment, the conditions that produce such sentiments, and the projects they advance.  We invite applications from scholars whose work addresses this topic in any historical period or region of the world and from any disciplinary background in the humanities and social sciences.

Applications are due on November 1, 2016.  To be eligible, applicants must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent) no earlier than September 1, 2007.  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.

Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies

Opportunities for Scholars 2017-18

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 mem_announcement, 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 2016.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowships

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program is a highly competitive
national fellowship program that provides college and graduate school alumni with the funding and opportunity to work with one of more than two dozen participating institutions in Washington, DC. We select fewer than three percent of applicants and attract candidates from all over the U.S. to work at leading think tanks and advocacy groups focusing on international security issues. The program has awarded 168 fellowships since 1987 and confers fellowships twice yearly, in the spring and fall. The fellowship lasts from six to nine months and provides a salary, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington. The Scoville Peace Fellowship does not award grant or scholarship money for graduate school or to individuals who are currently students.

Scoville Fellows contribute to their host organization’s goals through research, public education, advocacy, and by writing articles, blogs, fact sheets, letters to the editor, op-eds, and/or reports. In addition, they organize talks and conferences and attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. Fellows are paired with mentors from the fellowship's board and
alumni, and also receive a small stipend to attend meetings and conferences, or take a language or policy course. Following their fellowships, many
Scoville Fellows work for U.S. and international NGOs, the Departments of Defense, Energy, State, and Treasury, members of Congress, academia, and
media, and attend graduate school.

Although the majority of Scoville Fellows have received college degrees in political science, government, international relations, global/regional studies, history, or peace studies, we do not require a specific major and particularly welcome applications from candidates with a background in science, engineering, or environmental studies. We list application requirements on our website (, as well as links to the websites of each of the participating organizations and information on the work of current and former Scoville Fellows.

Application Deadlines:

October 7, 2016 for Spring 2017
January 6, 2017 for Fall 2017

Social Science Research Council

Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections

These fellowships support junior scholars (one to five years out of the PhD) as they complete first books or undertake second projects. In addition to funding research, the fellowships create networks and shared resources that will support fellows well beyond the award period, providing promising scholars important support at critical junctures in their careers. In 2016, approximately twenty awards of up to $45,000 each will be awarded to scholars located in any world region. Award funds are to be disbursed flexibly over the period April 1, 2017–August 1, 2018. 

SSRC Global Summer Semester Residency at the University of Göttingen

A short-term fellowship opportunity offered in collaboration with the CETREN Transregional Research Network at the University of Göttingen in Germany. Support will be provided to a small cohort of researchers who are working on projects that reflect the existing research expertise at the University, and that build upon CETREN’s research themes: Movements of KnowledgeMedia, Migration and the Moving Political, and Religious Networks. Recipients will be based in residence at the University of Göttingen for the 2017 summer semester (April 15, 2017–July 15, 2017).


Society for Applied Anthropology

Peter K. New Student Research Competition/Award

The Society for Applied Anthropology sponsors an annual research competition for students (graduate and undergraduate) in the social and behavioral sciences.

Three cash prizes will be awarded:

First prize:  $3,000
Second prize:  $1,500
Third prize:  $500

In addition, each of the three winners will receive travel funds ($350) to attend the annual meeting of SfAA (in Santa Fe, NM, in March, 2017).  A Baccarat crystal trophy will be presented to the first place winner.

The competition and award honors the late Peter Kong-ming New, a distinguished medical sociologist-anthropologist.  The deadline for receipt of submissions is December 31, 2016.

Please go to the SfAA web site ( for additional information on the New Competition and Award.

University of Notre Dame, Center for Study of Religion and Society

Global Religion Research Initiative - Grant and Fellowship Funding

The Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), directed by Christian Smith, which will fund over 150 research projects to advance the social scientific study of global religion. $3.1 million in grant and fellowship funding will be awarded over the next three years to faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. Online applications for the first round of funding are due October 17, 2016, and for the second and third rounds of funding in October 2017 and October 2018. Visit or email for more information.

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