Global Academy

The Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) is pleased to host the MESA Global Academy, an interdisciplinary initiative that sustains essential research collaborations and knowledge production among MENA-focused scholars from the region of the Middle East and North Africa and their counterparts outside the region. 

By awarding competitive scholarships to displaced scholars from the MENA region currently located in North America to conduct research and attend meetings, workshops, and conferences, the project harnesses the strengths of MESA’s institutional and individual members to support the careers of individual researchers who study the Middle East and North Africa, but whose academic trajectory has been adversely affected by developments in their home countries. 

The programming supported by the MESA Global Academy falls within seven research clusters, essentially thematic areas within the broader field of Middle East studies:

  • Migration and Transnational Networks
  • Global Artistic Heritage, Digital Humanities and Cultural Renewal
  • Governance, Accountability and the Rule of Law
  • Rights, Justice and Citizenship
  • Fairness and Economic Equality
  • Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
  • Medicine, Technology and the Environment

The MESA Global Academy is led by a committee composed of MESA leadership, past and present, and programming is determined and is sustained through critical support from faculty at the following participating universities:

American University
Columbia University
Cornell University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
The Graduate Center at the City University of New York
Harvard University
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Princeton University
Rutgers University
Syracuse University
The State University of New York, Binghamton
University of California, Los Angeles
The University of Chicago
The University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Southern California

The MESA Global Academy is supported by the Carnegie Corporation and sustained through a vast university network and key relationships with organizations such as the Arab Studies Institute, the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, the New School’s University in Exile, and the Scholars-at-Risk network.

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Who is eligible to apply for opportunities and scholarships through the MESA Global Academy?

Currently, only displaced scholars from the Middle East and North Africa who are residing in North America. Additionally, the work of MESA Global Academy Scholars must fall within Middle East studies, broadly defined. The work of the 2021-2022 Global Academy scholars will fall within two of the above seven research clusters: Governance, Accountability, and the Rule of Law and Fairness and Economic Equality. 

Who funds the MESA Global Academy?

Funding for this project is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, one of America’s oldest grantmaking foundations, which focuses on issues of international peace and promotes the advancement and diffusion of education, knowledge, and understanding.

How do I apply?

The MESA Global Academy is excited to announce a call for applications for scholarships for the academic year 2021-2022. The Global Academy will award scholars in the field of Middle East Studies grants to further their research and collaboration with MENA-focused scholars in North America. Applications are due May 3, 2021. For more information and to apply, please see the Global Academy website:

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