MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Grants and Competitions

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Date Posted Award/Fellowship/Grant/Prize Deadline
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
5/1/15 Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) PhD Dissertation Award 2015 August 31, 2015
5/1/15 Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) Graduate Paper Prize 2015 August 31, 2015
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
2/6/15 Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, Graduate Fellowships and Undergraduate Scholarships for Excellence in Persian Studies  

Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies

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)

All materials should be sent to: Reem Alissa at alissa.reem@gmail.com, cc to Gwenn Okruhlik at okruhlik@msn.com. (Early submissions are appreciated)

Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS)

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).

Submission requirements:

* 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)
  • Double-spaced
  • 1.25” / 3 cm margins
  • Page limit of 30 pages
  • Black and white

Materials must be emailed by 31 August 2015 to: Reem Alissa at alissa.reem@gmail.com, cc to Gwenn Okruhlik at okruhlik@msn.com. (Early submissions are appreciated)

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 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: mzelazny@ias.edu). Deadline: November 1 2015.

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: http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/fellowships/fellowships2016.html

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:
http://nyuad.nyu.edu/research/centers-institutes/research-fellowships-in-the-humanities.html. Applications are due October 12, 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: http://sllc.umd.edu/persian/undergraduate/scholarships.

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 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.

 



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