MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Grants and Competitions

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Date Posted Award/Fellowship/Grant/Prize Deadline
01/21/2016 California State University, Sacramento - Library Research Fellowship Program February 26, 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  
01/15/16 Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) 2016-17 NEH/FPIRI Fellowship Competition for Scholars Conducting Field-Based Humanities Research in Palestine January 25, 2016
01/14/16 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program March 24, 2016
01/08/16 Georgetown University, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, "American Druze Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship" February 15, 2016
12/8/15 ACLS Digital Extension Grant Program February 2, 2016
12/8/15 National Endowment for the Humanities, 2016 Public Scholar Program February 2, 2016
11/6/2015 The Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016-17, Buffet Institute for Global Studies February 1, 2016
10/13/15 Doctoral Fellowships in Israel Stuides at Brandeis University Varies by department.
8/31/15 American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) 2016 Summer Fellowships February 5, 2016
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 Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Digital Extension Grants

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce a new program promoting digital scholarship in the humanities. 

The ACLS Digital Extension Grant program, made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will support teams of scholars as they enhance existing digital projects with the goal of engaging new audiences across a range of academic communities and institutions. 

The Digital Extension Grant program builds upon the successes of ACLS’s recently concluded Digital Innovation Fellowship program, which over ten years funded 60 scholars pursuing computationally sophisticated approaches to humanistic research. In recognition of the collaborative nature of much digital scholarship, ACLS has designed the Digital Extension Grant program so that it provides flexible support at the level of the digital research project as opposed to the individual scholar. 

ACLS Digital Extension Grants may: 

  • Extend existing digital projects and resources with content that adds diversity or interdisciplinary reach;
  • Develop new systems of making existing digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions;
  • Foster new team-based work or collaborations that allow scholars from institutions with limited cyberinfrastructure to exploit digital resources; or
  • Create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities and new ways to document and recognize participant engagement.

ACLS will award up to six Digital Extension Grants in this competition year. Each grant provides up to $150,000 in funding, supporting a range of project costs, for terms of 12-18 months.

Proposals must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system, which will begin accepting applications October 15. Further information about the program and eligibility criteria is available online at digitalextension/. The application deadline for the inaugural competition of the Digital Extension Grant program is February 2, 2016.

American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT)

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

California State University, Sacramento

Library Research Fellowship Program

Thanks to generous continued funding from the Elios Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation, the University Library at California State University, Sacramento is pleased to announce the continuation of the Library Research Fellowship Program to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento. The Program provides a limited number of fellowships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 to help offset transportation and living expenses incurred during the tenure of the awards and is open to external researchers anywhere in the world at the doctoral through senior scholar levels (including independent scholars) working in fields encompassed by the Collection’s strengths who reside outside a 75-mile radius of Sacramento. The term of fellowships can vary between two weeks and three months, depending on the nature of the research, and for the current cycle will be tenable from July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017. The fellowship application deadline is February 26, 2016. No late applications will be considered.

Consisting of the holdings of the former Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection is the premier Hellenic collection in the western United States and one of the largest of its kind in the country, currently numbering approximately 75,000 volumes. It comprises a large circulating book collection, journal holdings, electronic resources, non-print media materials, rare books, archival materials, art and artifacts. With its focus on the Hellenic world, the Collection contains early through contemporary materials across the social sciences and humanities relating to Greece, the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey, and the surrounding region, with particular strengths in Byzantine, post-Byzantine, and Modern Greek studies, including the Greek diaspora. There is a broad representation of over 20 languages in the Collection, with a rich assortment of primary source materials. Since 2009 the collection has experienced particularly dramatic growth through two major gift acquisitions. For further information about the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, visit

For the full Library Research Fellowship Program description and application instructions, see: Questions about the Program can be directed to George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection (

Georgetown University, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

American Druze Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Sponsored by the American Druze Foundation, the ADF Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies supports specialized social scientific research on the Druze communities centrally and primarily, and on collective political and cultural identities in the Arab world more generally. For more information and a link to the application, please visit our website at The application will close on February 15, 2016.

Kennan Institute

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. 

National Endowment for the Humanities

2016 Public Scholar Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications for the 2016 round of the Public Scholar Program, which is intended to support well-researched books in the humanities that have been conceived and written to reach a broad readership. Books supported through the Public Scholar Program might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Most importantly, they should present significant humanities topics in a way that is accessible to general readers. 

The Public Scholar Program is open to both independent scholars and individuals affiliated with scholarly institutions. It offers a stipend of $4,200 per month for a period of six to twelve months. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve-month period. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or residency in the U.S. for the three years prior to the application deadline. In addition, they must have previously published a book with a university or commercial press or at least three articles and essays in publications reaching a large national or international audience.

Application guidelines (including a full statement of the eligibility requirements) and a list of F.A.Q.’s for the Public Scholar Program are available on the NEH’s website at  The application deadline for this cycle is February 2, 2016. Recipients may begin the term of the grant as early as September 1, 2016 or as late as September 1, 2017. In the last cycle of the competition, the Endowment received 485 applications and made 36 awards.

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 NEH/FPIRI Fellowship Competition for Scholars Conducting Field-Based Humanities Research in Palestine

DEADLINE EXTENDED to January 25, 2016
Awards announced March 15, 2016

Fellowship awards are a minimum of four and a maximum of eight consecutive months. Selected fellows are awarded $4,200 per month of the award.

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its fourth National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) competition for post-doctoral fellowships for research in Palestine.

Important information about the fellowship competition:

  • Fields of study include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, literary criticism, and visual and performing arts. In addition, research that embraces a humanistic approach and methods will be considered.
  • Applicants must be post-doctoral scholars.
  • Applicants must propose a minimum of four consecutive months of research and a maximum of eight consecutive months of research that take place in the West Bank.
  • Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during their period of funding.
  • Fellowship recipients must be U.S. citizens or have lived in the United States for a minimum of three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) under the Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). This is the first year of PARC's second NEH/FPIRI grant, which covers three years of fellowships.

To apply, please visit our website at:

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


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