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
12/06/17 University of Bonn, 2018-19 Alexander von Humboldt Final Year Dissertation Fellowships in Thirteenth to Sixteenth Century Islamicate Intellectual History January 3, 2018
10/26/17 Industry Arabic Scholarship Program  
10/26/17 Brandeis University, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Israel Studies October 31, 2017
10/26/17 American Center of Oriental Research in Amman (ACOR) 2018-2019 Fellowship Opportunities February 1, 2018
10/20/17 Harvard Law School, Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change - Visiting Fellowship - 2018-2019 January 1, 2018
09/12/17 Stanford University, Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, Zahedi Family Fellowship October 20, 2017
09/07/17 American Center of Oriental Research, ACOR Fellow MESA Award February 1, 2018
8/14/17 American Council of Learned Societies 2017-18 Fellowship and Grant Programs Vary by program.
08/14/17 Fung Global Fellows Program at Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies November 1, 2017
06/12/17 Institute for Advanced Study November 1, 2017
04/19/17 Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center 2018 Research Fellowship to Oman September 17, 2017
04/07/17 North Carolina State University, Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies: Visiting Scholar Grants  

American Center of Oriental Research in Amman (ACOR)

2018-2019 Fellowship Opportunities

ACOR Fellowship Opportunities for the 2018–2019 academic year are now online and the application portal is open. ACOR promotes study, teaching, and increased knowledge of ancient and Middle Eastern studies with Jordan as a focus.

We encourage you to share these opportunities widely with your networks. Complete information about all the ACOR Fellowships is online at

ACOR is offering in this cycle:
• 2 - 3 residential fellowships for post-doctoral researchers for research or work leading to an academic publication
• 2 - 4 residential fellowships for pre-doctoral graduate students to fund dissertation research in Jordan
• 8 awards variously for travel, research, or accommodation for American and international students participating in ASOR affiliated archaeological projects in Jordan
• 7 awards for Jordanian undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in the sphere of cultural heritage and archaeology
• 2 awards for a Jordanian scholar or working professional to travel to the USA and present a paper at the the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research which will be held in Denver, Colorado in November, 2018 .
• 1 award for ACOR alumni of any nationality to present a paper in the USA at the annual Middle East Studies Association conference which will be held in San Antonio, Texas in November 15–18, 2018.

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2018 and awards will be announced by mid-April 2018.


American Center of Oriental Research

ACOR Fellow MESA Award

The ACOR Fellow Award, established in 2016, serves to encourage former or current ACOR fellow participation in the MESA annual meeting. Proposed topics may be in any sub-discipline within the natural and social sciences or humanities, and may focus on antiquity, the medieval period, or the modern era. Research topics are broadly interpreted and should contribute to scholarship in Near Eastern studies.

The ACOR Fellow MESA Award provides support in the amount of $1,000 to a former ACOR Fellow of any nationality for participation in the MESA annual meeting.

1) Graduate and Post-Doctoral students who have registered at MESA's annual meeting and whose abstract has been accepted by MESA are eligible.
2) Applicants must be current or former ACOR fellows. CAORC, NEH and fellows from our ‘named’ scholarships may apply.

A sub-committee of ACOR’s Fellowship Committee will conduct a blind review of the abstracts of the eligible candidates. The committee will put them in ranked order. The top candidate will be funded. In order to receive the award, the recipient must present their paper as scheduled. A check for $1000 will be mailed after the meeting has taken place.
The awardee must mention the award and ACOR in the text of their paper, in addition to including ACOR’s logo on their “Thank You” slide. A check for $1000 will be mailed after the meeting has taken place.

Applicants must submit an abstract and a current CV by email to ACOR @ BU.EDU before the submission deadline (February 1st, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time).

American Council of Learned Societies

2017-18 Fellowship and Grant Programs

We are pleased to announce that the 2017-18 ACLS competitions are now open for many programs. ACLS offers fellowship and grant programs that promote the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social sciences research and support scholars at the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at

Application deadlines vary by program:

September 27, 2017
ACLS Fellowships (the central program, which includes several joint and named awards)
ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships
Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars (including opportunities specifically for liberal arts college faculty)

October 25, 2017
Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art
Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art
Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs – Fellowships for Scholars
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

November 2, 2017
African Humanities Program

November 8, 2017
Luce/ACLS Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants in China Studies
Luce/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in China Studies
Luce/ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants in China Studies
Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society (grants for planning meetings, workshops, and conferences) – pending renewal of funding

November 15, 2017
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations

January 10, 2018
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies

March 2018 (date TBA)
Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

The American Council of Learned Societies is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities. In the 2016-17 competition year, ACLS awarded over $20 million to more than 325 scholars worldwide. Recent fellows' and grantees’ profiles and research abstracts are available at The 2017-18 season promises to be equally successful!


Brandeis University, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Israel Studies

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University invites applications for our Israel Institute Post-doctoral Fellowship in Israel Studies 2018-2019. Priority given to PhDs in Gender Studies, Economics, Politics, Social Sciences, and Theater, Film and Media Studies.

The fellow will teach one course per semester in Israel Studies, in the relevant Brandeis department. The fellow is expected to be in residence at Brandeis University, participate actively in the intellectual life of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, and present at least one public lecture. There may also be an opportunity for participation in the Summer Institute for Israel Studies. The annual stipend is $52,500 plus a $3,000 research fund, and the position is benefits-eligible.

*A PhD must be in hand by September 1, 2018, and may not have been received more than five years prior.*

Apply by completing the online form at
Applications must be received by October 31, 2017.

Harvard University, Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change

Visiting Fellowships 2018-2019

Harvard Law School's Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change invites applications for Visiting Fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year. This fellowship provides opportunities for outstanding scholars and legal practitioners to undertake research, writing, and scholarly engagement on Islamic law that furthers the Program's mission. We are particularly interested in applicants whose work focuses on human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, minority rights, animal welfare and rights, constitutional law, food law, environmental law and climate change in particular, migration and refugee studies, LGBTQ issues, and related areas.

We welcome applicants with a JD, LLM, SJD, PhD or other comparable degree who are interested in spending from one month up to one year in residence at Harvard Law School working on an independent project. We seek applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, academic traditions, and scholarly interests.

Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 per month. Fellows will be expected to participate in Program activities, contribute to the intellectual life of the Program, and are encouraged to organize one or more academic events related to their fellowship project. Under certain conditions, an ILSP: LSC fellowship may be combined with another fellowship or award.

The deadline to submit applications (including letters of recommendation) is January 1, 2018. See for additional information and how to apply.

Industry Arabic

Scholarship for Intensive Arabic Study

About the Scholarship

  • Each year, Industry Arabic will award scholarships of $2,000 to support tuition and living expenses for 1-2 students pursuing advanced, immersive Arabic study.
  • Scholarship funds may be used for private study or applied to a program such as CASA and may be combined with other funding sources.
  • Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program that incorporates advanced Arabic language skills (a major / concentration in Arabic language is not necessary).
  • We are looking to support the next generation of superior Arabic linguists regardless of field (linguistics, area studies, literature, anthropology, political science, etc).
  • Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of practical skill as demonstrated in the sample translation, as well as overall academic merit.

For more details and how to apply, visit:

Institute for Advanced Study

Opportunities for Scholars 2018-19

INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2018-2019. 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 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, 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 2017.


North Carolina State University, Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies

Visiting Scholar Grants

The Khayrallah Center is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for Visiting Scholar Grants. These grants provide funding for researchers working on topics relating to Lebanese and Arab diaspora and migration who wish to use the Khayrallah Center’s archive.

For more information and to apply please visit:

For inquiries please contact Dr. Akram Khater at:

Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)

2018-19 Fellowship Program for U.S. Citizens Conducting Field-Based Research on Palestine

Applications due January 8, 2018

Fellowship awards from $6,000 - $9,000

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 19th annual U.S. Research Fellowship competition for doctoral students or scholars who have earned their PhD.

Information about the fellowship competition:

• Research must contribute to Palestinian studies. Any area of Palestinian studies will be considered, including the humanities, social sciences, law, health, and applied sciences. Purely scientific research is not eligible for this fellowship competition.
• Research must take place in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, or Lebanon.
• PARC funding is limited to one year of research.
• Individual and joint research projects are eligible for this competition.
• Applicants must be U.S. citizens. U.S. permanent residents are not eligible for this competition.*
• Applicants must be PARC members (registration on PARC’s website).
• Former PARC fellows who received grants in the last three years are not eligible to apply.
• Applicants must be scholars who have earned their PhD, established researchers, or full-time doctoral students enrolled in a recognized degree program. Doctoral students must have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for the doctorate degree except the dissertation by the time the research commences. The fellowship will not cover tuition fees. Senior researchers without doctorates but with a record of academic publication are eligible. Applicants with a master's degree may only apply jointly with a post-doctoral scholar.
• Scholars from Minority Serving Institutions are especially encouraged to apply.

For complete information, visit PARC’s website at

Funded by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
through an agreement with CAORC.

*Palestinians who are not U.S. citizens should visit the Palestinian Fellowships page and contact the Palestine office at

2018-19 NEH Fellowships for Scholars Conducting Field-Based Humanities Research in Palestine

Application due January 15, 2018

Fellowship awards are for 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 sixth National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) competition for research in Palestine for scholars who have earned their PhD or completed their professional training.

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 scholars who have earned their PhD or completed their professional training.
• Applicants must propose a minimum of four 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.
• Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have lived in the United States for a minimum of three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

For complete information, visit PARC’s website at

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities under the
Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Princeton University, Institute for International and Regional Studies

Fung Global Fellows Program

Princeton University is pleased to announce the call for applications to the Fung Global Fellows Program at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS).  Each year the program selects six scholars from around the world to be in residence at Princeton for an academic year and to engage in research and discussion around a common theme.  Fellowships are awarded to scholars employed outside the United States who are expected to return to their positions, and who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and exhibit unusual intellectual promise but who are still early in their careers.

During the academic year 2018-19, the Fung Global Fellows Program theme will be “Interdependence.” Food, clothes, entertainment, and the security and health of the planet depend on what distant people do for, with, and against others.  Sometimes, recognition of interdependence has led to cooperation, other times to conquest or competition, and frequently to a mixture of all three.  Oftentimes, new social identities and movements, national, regional, and religious, emerge in response to rising interdependence and the convergences and inequities it has produced.  The goal of the 2018-19 Fung Global Fellows cohort will be to explore the ways people learned to rely on or to reject strangers far away, as well as to imagine how global relationships came to be and could be different.  We invite applications from scholars whose work addresses this topic in any historical period or world region and from any disciplinary background.

Applications are due on November 1, 2017.  To be eligible, applicants must have received their Ph.D. or equivalent no earlier than September 1, 2008.  Fellowships will be awarded on the strength of a candidate’s proposed research project, the relationship of the project to the program theme, the candidate’s scholarly record and ability to contribute to the intellectual life of the program. For more information on eligibility requirements and the application process, see

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Stanford University, Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies

Zahedi Family Fellowship

The Zahedi Family Fellowship is a twelve-week residential fellowship at Stanford University’s Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies (ISP). The fellow will focus on the new Zahedi Archive (which includes both diplomatic correspondence and collected photos) housed at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. During the fellowship period, the Zahedi Fellow is expected to pursue her or his independent research in residency and to hold a lecture, seminar or workshop on his or her research, organized by ISP. The Zahedi fellow will have access to Stanford University Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library and Archives as well as a community of scholars at Stanford.

The fellowship is open to scholars and artists working on the modern history of Iran, particularly the period of 1941 to 1979. Preference will be given to scholars who have worked on aspects of modern Iranian foreign policy, history, and culture. Fluency in Persian is required.

The fellowship funds international travel, health insurance, and visa support, in addition to a $10,000 stipend for living expenses. In addition to library access, the fellow will have use of a shared work space at the Hoover Archives where the Zahedi Collection is housed.

Application Deadline: October 20th, 2017
A complete application consists of the following materials:

Zahedi Fellowship application form (available on our website)
A letter of application/research proposal
A Curriculum Vitae
A writing sample (book chapter or article length, in English or Persian)
A short proposal for a public lecture/workshop to be held at Stanford (can be related to research proposal)
Two (2) letters of recommendation


More information available at

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

2018 Research Fellowship to Oman

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) supports and encourages advanced research on Oman across a variety of academic disciplines through the SQCC Research Fellowship Program. Launched in 2010, this program funds American scholars to conduct research in the Sultanate of Oman. This program is offered annually and is open to Ph.D. candidates and university academics.

Funding: Up to 20,000 OMR (51,000 USD) for one year of research.
Eligibility: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or affiliated with an American university, and either a Ph.D. candidate or university academic.
Dates: Research must be carried out in 2018.

To submit an application, or for more information, please visit the SQCC website at

Applications due
September 17, 2017

University of Bonn

2018-19 Alexander von Humboldt Final Year Dissertation Fellowships in Thirteenth to Sixteenth Century Islamicate Intellectual History

Applications are invited for Final Year Dissertation Write-up Fellowships at the Alexander von Humboldt Kolleg for the Islamicate Intellectual History of the Later Middle and Early Modern periods at the University of Bonn, to commence on 1 April 2018 for one year. Three grants are available for doctoral candidates who are in the process of completing a dissertation on a topic relevant for the thirteenth to sixteenth century Islamicate intellectual history (Philosophy, Theology, Sufism, legal theory, the history of science as well as the so-called occult sciences, political thought, historiography, and adjacent areas). The Fellowship provides a stipend that is intended to permit full-time work on the dissertation, without reliance on part-time employment. Fellows will be expected to deliver a termly presentation on their research in progress at the Alexander von Humboldt colloquia at the University of Bonn as part of a research group under the leadership of Professor Judith Pfeiffer.

Candidates must have, by the time of the appointment, completed all course work (ABD) and must have sufficiently advanced in researching their thesis in a relevant field of study to be able to complete the dissertation during the year of their fellowship.

The Fellow will have a strong command of at least one of the languages Arabic, Persian, or Turkish, and reading knowledge of a second, and should preferably have a reading knowledge of at least one European language other than English; a thorough understanding of the social and political history of the period; sufficient palaeographical skills to work with Islamic manuscripts; good written and oral communication skills; good skills and experience in teamwork; and good planning and time management skills. The criteria for selection are outstanding performance and scholarly promise, and the likelihood that the candidate will complete his/her dissertation within 12 months of the start date of the fellowship.

Applications are welcome from students both at Bonn University and at any other accredited international institution of higher education. The working language at the Kolleg is English. Applicants from other institutions may apply for a recognized student status at Bonn University, but will continue to work with their main supervisor and dissertation committee throughout the fellowship, and will submit their thesis to their home university. As per the stipulations of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Fellowship holders are required to acknowledge the support of this grant appropriately in their dissertation and ensuing publications.

Grant value: 1.350,-- Euro/Month, plus travel support.

Start date: 1 April 2018.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday, 3 January 2018.

To apply for this Fellowship, please submit the required application material to

Prior questions are welcome and may be directed to

For further information, and how to apply, please see


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