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

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Date Posted Award/Fellowship/Grant/Prize Deadline
04/25/16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, 2017-18 August 1, 2016
04/18/16 Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) Call for Applications: Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-Based Violence April 28, 2016
03/30/16 Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) and the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) Visiting Scholar Fellowship 2016-17 May 15, 2016
03/30/16 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad May 6, 2016
03/08/16 Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies - Opportunities for Scholars 2017-18 November 1, 2016
03/04/16 Qatar Foundation International - 2016-17 Arabic Study Awards  
03/01/16 Princeton University Postdoctoral/Senior Researcher - Religion and Violence in the Middle East March 31, 2016
02/23/16 Iranian Women's Studies Foundation - Hammed Shahidian Paper Award March 18, 2016
01/21/16 Kennan Institute Title VIII Short-Term Grants February 15 and July 15, 2016
01/19/16 Qatar Foundation International, 2016-17 Teacher Fellowship Program  
01/14/16 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program March 24, 2016
10/13/15 Doctoral Fellowships in Israel Stuides at Brandeis University Varies by department.
8/19/15 American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) Grants Program for US Citizens  

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Public Fellows Program

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the sixth annual competition of the Public Fellows program. In 2016, ACLS will place up to 21 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at diverse organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. This career-building initiative aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.
In 2016, Public Fellows have the opportunity to join one of the following organizations:
 American Friends Service Committee – Communications Analyst
 American Public Media Group – Senior Research Analyst, Engagement & Inclusion
 Center for Genetics and Society – Project Director on Race, Genetics, and Society
 Center for Investigative Reporting – Membership Engagement Manager
 City of Atlanta, City Auditor’s Office – Senior Performance Auditor
 Chicago Humanities Festival – Digital Programming Strategist
 Grand St. Settlement – Community Engagement & Policy Advocate
 International Rescue Committee – Impact Evaluation Advisor
 Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Digital Content Specialist
 Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Executive Communications Specialist
 National Park Service – Cultural Resources Public Outreach Coordinator
 National Partnership for Women & Families – Workplace Programs Federal Policy Analyst
 Philanthropy Northwest – Communities of Practice Manager
 Ploughshares Fund – Political Engagement Strategist
 Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – Education Specialist
 Rare – Global Philanthropy Specialist
 Smithsonian Enterprises – Business Development Associate
 Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative – Program Manager, Scholarly and Public Engagement
 Southern Poverty Law Center – Research and Investigations Specialist
 The Texas Tribune – Research Analyst
 The Reinvestment Fund – Policy Analyst
Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences and will aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Applicants must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status and have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between January 1, 2013 and June 12, 2016. Applications will be accepted starting January 14, 2016, through the ACLS online application system (OFA). All applications must be received by the deadline of March 24, 2016, 8 pm EDT. Applicants should not contact any of the organizations directly. Please visit for complete position descriptions and application information. This program is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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:

Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) and the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU)

Visiting Scholar Fellowship 2016-17

The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) and the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) are pleased to announce the second year of the ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar Fellowship, beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Scholars applying to the ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar Fellowship will beattached to the H.K.Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad.

Theme of Research: The selected scholar will carry out research in the domain of Deccan-Persian Relations/Indo-Persian Culture of the Deccan.

Duration of the Award: Six months

During the six-month visit at the Centre for Deccan Studies, the Centre will provide the scholar with letters of introduction to various institutions that will be required for research in Hyderabad or other research facilities in India. During this period the Centre will also organize a couple of lectures to be given by the scholar at MANUU and, if possible, other universities and/or research institutions in Hyderabad.

The visiting scholar will be provided free accommodation in the university guest house during the six-month research period. The expenses toward meals will be borne by the scholar.

Any potential absences in between the six month period of the award can only be given under urgent/emergency conditions after proper consultation with the Centre. Preferably, the scholar should work continuously for a six month period.

Terms of the Award:
The funding that the scholar will receive will be as follows:


Local Conveyance     

Rs. 25,000


Purchase of books /periodicals on the subject in lieu of submission of bills

Rs. 75,000


Honorarium every month for six months to meet miscellaneous expenditure (@Rs.20,000 per month)




Rs.220,000 = ~ USD 3,250

Please note that at the termination of the scholar’s visit, she or he is required to provide the H. K. Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies at MANUU with a brief report of 50 pages.

** Fully cognizant of the importance of intellectual property, the H.K.Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies at MANUU hereby guarantees that the said report only serves to fulfill the bureaucratic regulations affecting all researchers who have been awarded fellowships in India; that it will simply be archived and not made accessible to anyone; that it will not be disseminated by any means or any form whatsoever, upon its receipt by the Centre, and that it will remain the personal intellectual property of the selected visiting scholar.

Should the scholar wish to proceed with the publication of a complete monograph of his/her research in Hyderabad at a later date, nonetheless, he/she should provide the H.K.Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies with such a monograph for publication, and the Centre would arrange for its publication.

Please note that any publication that would ensue from the result of the research as an ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar should explicitly carry an acknowledgment of both MANUU and the ASPS. Please also note that besides acknowledging MANUU and the ASPS in any forthcoming publications that will result from the scholar’s research, we request that a short report of the research activities and experiences as an ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar may be provided. This report will be published and disseminated through the ASPS Newsletter and venues of choice at MANUU.

Candidates are required to electronically submit their letter of application, proposal for research of (no more than 1500 words, including bibliography), curriculum vitae and two letters of reference to Parvaneh Pourshariati, Chair, ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar Selection Committee, The deadline for the submission of application is May 15, 2016. The recipient of the award will be announced by June 15, 2016.

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


Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

This 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. Projects deepen research knowledge on and help the nation develop capability in areas of the world not generally included in U.S. curricula. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not supported. For further information: =&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S Scholar Program competition to the Middle East and North Africa is underway! Each year, U.S. scholars in a wide variety of academic disciplines teach and/or conduct research at educational institutions across the Middle East and North Africa. Beyond their specific research or teaching objectives, Fulbright Scholars to the region build relationships that serve as the foundation for future collaborations and increase mutual understanding across cultures. Applications for 2017-18 are currently being accepted from all levels of faculty, including early career, and professionals.

Some of the awards to the region this year are highlighted below. We also encourage you to review the complete list of awards to the region to find a match for your interests and expertise!

  • Algeria – Multiple Disciplines Award
  • Bahrain – Educational Administration and Teacher Education Award
  • Israel – Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
  • Jordan – Public Policy and International Relations Award
  • Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Award 
  • Morocco – All Disciplines Award
  • Palestinian Territories (West Bank only) – All Disciplines Award
  • Qatar – International Relations Award
  • Saudi Arabia – All Disciplines Award
  • Tunisia – Engineering Award
  • United Arab Emirates – All Disciplines Awards

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the deadline for complete applications is August 1, 2016. Please reach out to us at with any questions.

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.

Iranian Women's Studies Foundation

Hammed Shahidian Paper Award

Hammed Shahidian (1959-2005): Hammed Shahidan's premature death has left us with a total sense of loss; loss of a dear friend, a committed academic, a gentle male soul who dedicated his scholarly and political life to the enhancement of women's rights and feminism. Hammed’s voluminous contribution on the struggle of Iranian women, in general, and secular and leftist women, in particular, was unique and outstanding. He began his research and activism in feminist sociology at a time when ‘feminism’ was going through theoretical turns, which left very little space for the bold and daring scholarship that Hammed was engaged in. As an Iranian male scholar, he took feminism earnestly. Those of us who were in touch with him witnessed his unwavering personal, political, and intellectual commitment to secular feminist scholarship.  He did not want to leave this world without finishing his books. His love for life and desire to leave behind critical and emancipatory scholarship will keep his memory alive. Hammed is sadly missed, but his commitment to change the oppressive status quo will inspire generations of women and men.

In memory of Hammed and in continuing his scholarship, the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation has established the Hammed Shahidian Critical Feminist Paper at the 2006 Iranian Women's Studies Foundation at Montreal Conference.

Deadline: The paper must be submitted to by March 18, 2016.

The paper may be about Iranian women’s studies in the social sciences, humanities and the arts.
The paper should be unpublished.
The paper must be submitted and written in Persian or English. 
The paper must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words. 
The paper should follow a consistent way of writing, stating the problem, presenting evidence, analysis of evidence and conclusions, organized under proper subheadings with a bibliography.
The paper should not exceed 5000 words (excluding the bibliography).
The paper should be submitted double spaced online or in print. Please have your name clearly marked on all documents. Papers will not be returned.

Level of Competition: Applicants should identify in their cover letter the following categories: Student (undergraduate or graduate), independent writer, researcher or activist and submit a short biography.

Evaluation: Papers will be reviewed by two or three reviewers. 

The Award: The name of the winner will be announced during the annual IWSF conference. The winner is encouraged, but not required, to attend and present the paper. The amount of the award is 500 US dollars.

The awarded paper will be published in the IWSF Conference Proceedings.

Kennan Institute

Post Date January 21, 2016

Title VIII Short-Term Grants

The Kennan Institute offers Title VIII Short-Term Grants to scholars whose research in the social sciences or humanities focuses on Russia, Ukraine, and the countries of Eurasia, and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area.  Policy-relevant research is preferred.  Academic participants must either possess a doctoral degree or be doctoral candidates who have nearly completed their dissertations. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected.

Title VIII Short-Term Grants provide a stipend of $3,200 for 31 days. While the Kennan Institute cannot provide an office for Short-Term scholars, we do provide a carrel with a computer and internet access. Travel and accommodation expenses are not directly covered by this grant. There is no official application form for Short-Term Grants. The applicant is requested to submit a concise description (700-800 words) of his or her research project (including a title), curriculum vitae, a statement on preferred dates of residence in Washington, D.C., and two letters of recommendation specifically in support of the research to be conducted at the Kennan Institute. Please note, the recommendation letters must be signed. Applicants should also state their citizenship status in their materials. All of these materials may be submitted via e-mail. Please note that the letters of recommendation, if sent by email, must be sent directly from the referee and be a scan of a signed letter. Referees are also welcome to send their signed letters by fax or post.

Grant recipients are required to be in residence in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their grant. Two rounds of competitive selection for Short-Term Grants will be held in 2016. The next closing dates are February 15 and July 15, 2016.  Applicants will be notified of the competition results roughly seven weeks after the closing date. Awardees must provide at least one month notification before beginning their grant. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for Title VIII Short-Term Grants.

Princeton University

Postdoctoral/Senior Researcher - Religion and Violence in the Middle East

The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior researcher related to the theme of Religion and Violence in the Middle East.  Applicants can be from the disciplines of history, law, politics, literature, as well as Islamic studies. The appointment will be for the year, September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017, with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding.  Assuming approval by the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Dean of the Faculty, the researcher will be expected to teach a one-semester undergraduate course, which may be open to graduate students. Candidates must hold the Ph.D. degree and are expected to pursue independent research at Princeton and to participate in Institute-related activities on campus. Travel assistance of up to $1000 for round-trip, economy-class airfare will be available to the appointee and her or his immediate family.  The salary, to be approved by the Department and the Dean of the Faculty, will be based on the successful candidate’s qualifications. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

To Apply
Interested applicants must apply online at and submit a current curriculum vitae, a research statement (maximum length 2 pages), a cover letter, and contact information for three references.  The deadline for application is March 31, 2016.

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.

Department of Near Eastern Studies
Transregional Institute
110 Jones Hall
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544 USA
Fax: +1-609-258-0204

Qatar Foundation International

2016-17 Arabic Study Awards

Qatar Foundation International (QFI), LLC, has opened applications for our 2016-2017 Arabic Study Awards. Please forward this information to students who might be interested!

Mission of QFI Arabic Study Awards:
The goal of the QFI Arabic Study Awards is to recognize outstanding graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students committed to furthering their knowledge of the Arabic language and the Arab world. By providing tuition support and professional development to these QFI has recently launched applications for 2016-2017 Arabic Study Awards.

​For more information, please visit:

Qatar Foundation International

2016-17 Teacher Fellowship Program

Qatar Foundation International is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Teacher Fellowship Program for current or prospective K-12 teachers to become certified in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

This program provides to $25,000 toward tuition and fees for programs that will lead to licensure or certification to teach Arabic in U.S. public or public charter schools.

Detailed information on the program and application instructions can be found at:

If you or any of your colleagues know of anyone who may be eligible or interested, please encourage them to apply!

For any questions please contact

Women's Learning Partnership

Call for Applications: Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-Based Violence

Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) has undertaken a three-year research/advocacy project leading to a global campaign on reform of discriminatory laws against women in the family. The project will focus on the relationship between articles of the law and perpetration of violence against women and girls. The attached document describes the terms of reference for the eleven country case studies the results of which will contribute to developing strong advocacy methods for our global campaign. Applicants must have a graduate degree in a related field, extensive research experience, and good drafting skills in English. Interested candidates should submit a CV, letter of interest, names of three professional references, and a writing sample in English to by April 28, 2016Please note: Candidates should also list the country in which they are based and the country or countries where they can carry out a case study from among the 11 countries listed in the terms of reference. The initial phase of the project will include case studies from the following 11 WLP partner countries: EgyptKyrgyzstan, Senegal, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, PalestineTurkey, Iran, and Brazil, as well as an additional case study from India. 


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