Sabbatical Fellowship AY 2023-24

The Institute for Middle East Studies invites applications from full-time faculty at four-year colleges or universities to spend their sabbatical at the Institute, which is part of the George Washington University.

Fellows will not be required to teach, but will be asked to collaborate on the Institute’s National Resource Center outreach programming, around the theme “Knowing the World: MENA Geographic Education.” This collaboration will be designed around the applicant’s area of expertise and will be implemented with the support of our full-time outreach manager and support staff. Must be in residence at IMES for at least the Fall 2023 semester. We encourage applications from scholars working on topics such as environment and sustainability; urban studies; migration/displacement; critical security studies; agriculture and food security; race and spatial justice and other topics aligned with the broad field of critical geography.

Sabbatical top-up= 40% of salary up to $45,000

Over the course of the year, in addition to pursuing their own research and participating in the intellectual life of the Institute, the fellow will be asked to support IMES’s outreach programming, specifically: chairing a one-day research symposium for undergraduate students from local Minority Serving Institutions; developing a professional development workshop for K-12 teachers; developing a short analytical essay and accompanying multimedia page to showcase their research (see examples of IMPOP multimedia pages here) and developing a one-hour virtual presentation on this research.

Applicants must be eligible for sabbatical at their home institution for the 2023-24 AY. Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2023. All materials should be emailed to: A complete submission will consist of:

1. Curriculum Vitae (5 page summary)
2. The names and contact information for two scholars who can serve as references
3. A letter from an official at your institution (dean’s level or equivalent) that endorses your application and agrees to provide the necessary release time during your fellowship term and verifies your regular salary. This letter should include the name, title, and email address of the institutional official and be on institutional letterhead. Please ensure the letter is emailed to no later than February 25, 2023 (include the name of the applicant in the subject line).
4. Research Statement (up to 3 single-spaced pages).
Include a clear and concise statement of your current research, including its specific aims and significance.
Describe how you propose to disseminate your work to a broader audience
Discuss how your work contributes to solving complex social problems of relevance to public educators

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