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 mark@mesana.org.

Click on name under "Award/Fellowship/Grant/Prize" to go to the complete description.

 

Date Posted Award/Fellowship/Grant/Prize Deadline
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  
02/22/17 American University of Beirut, R. Bayly Winder Endowed Scholarship for CAMES  
02/22/17 Association for Middle East Anthropology Graduate Student Paper Prize June 1, 2017
02/22/17 Association for Middle East Anthropology Dissertation Award June 1, 2017
02/01/17 Georgetown University in Qatar, Research Scholar Grant on Islamic Definition of the Nuclear Family in the Wake of Modern Biomedical Technology  

American University of Beirut

R. Bayly Winder Endowed Scholarship for CAMES

We are pleased to invite students to apply for this newly established scholarship at the AUB. With a mission to act as a link between the Arab World and the United States, and in recognition of the importance of the language, culture and history of the region, the R. Bayly Winder Endowed Scholarship will be awarded primarily to a qualified undergraduate student(s) who is a United States citizen, on an annual basis towards the cost of study in the CAMES Summer Arabic Program. The CAMES summer program in the Arabic language offers intensive courses in Modern Standard Arabic and in Colloquial Lebanese Arabic for seven weeks each summer.

The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) at the AUB

CAMES is a leading center for the interdisciplinary study of the Middle East, the Islamic world and the Arabic language, attracting a diverse group of students and scholars from around the world. CAMES' goal is to enhance the understanding of the Middle East and to encourage informed scholarship on the region in all
academic disciplines.

CAMES Application Process

The deadline for admission is April 12, 2017. Students who apply before April 12 will receive a response by the first week of May. For important information regarding application to the program, admissions and deadlines, please visit:

https://www.aub.edu.lb/fas/cames

Association for Middle East Anthropology

Graduate Student Paper Prize

The Association for Middle East Anthropology (AMEA) Graduate Student Paper Prize has been established to recognize and promote excellence in the field of Middle East anthropology and to encourage academic engagement and excellence in this field among students at the graduate level. The AMEA Graduate Student Paper Prize will be offered annually to a graduate student who has solo-authored a paper in the anthropology of the MENA area. The competition is open only to papers written in English. The AMEA Graduate Student Paper Prize will be awarded to the individual whose work is judged to provide the most significant and potentially influential contribution to Middle East anthropology. Papers of exceptional courage and potential impact beyond the field will be given special consideration.

The AMEA Graduate Student Paper Prize will be publicly announced at the AMEA Annual Meeting at MESA. The winner will receive a $100 cash award and a certificate. The winner will also be invited to submit the paper for publication in the journal Anthropology of the Middle East.

Submissions must be submitted via e-mail to Shively@kutztown.edu, NO LATER THAN JUNE 1, 2017.

Association for Middle East Anthropology

Dissertation Award

The Association for Middle East Anthropology (AMEA) Dissertation Award has been established to recognize and promote excellence in the field of Middle East anthropology. The AMEA Dissertation Award will be offered annually to a scholar within Middle East anthropology for a dissertation. Dissertations filed in 2016 or early 2017 will be considered for the 2017 award. The competition is open only to Dissertations published in English.

The AMEA Dissertation Award will be given to the author whose work is judged to provide the most significant and potentially influential contribution to Middle East anthropology. Books of exceptional courage and potential impact beyond the field will be given special consideration. The AMEA Dissertation Award will be publicly announced at the AMEA business meeting at the MESA annual meeting in 2017. The winner will receive a $300 cash award and a certificate.

An electronic copy of the dissertation with signature page should be sent to Shively@kutztown.edu NO LATER THAN JUNE 1, 2017. Questions should be directed to Shively@kutztown.edu.

Georgetown University in Qatar

Research Scholar for Grant: Islamic Definition of the Nuclear Family in the Wake of Modern Biomedical Technology

Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) is the recipient of a research grant from Qatar National Research Fund in support of a project exploring the impact of modern genetic and reproductive technologies on the Islamic structure of the nuclear family.

The position will be based in Doha for 8 months on a full time basis. It is eligible for accommodation, airfare, medical insurance and other benefits. GU-Q will assist in immigration and visa-related process. The position is scheduled to begin by September 1, 2017. The position will be advertised until filled.

Research Grant Description:

This project aims to identify research lacunae in current scholarship on this important topic and suggest ways to fill these lacunae. It builds on several years of original research, which benefited from the research infrastructure that was established and funded by two three-year grants from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). This project consists of a bibliographic component and a research component. The bibliographic component will maintain and expand the existing physical collection and electronic database of resources, which includes records of more than 4000 bilingual (English-Arabic) scholarly resources. The research component will utilize these and similar resources in exploring the impact of new genetic and reproductive technologies on the Islamic conceptualization of the nuclear family in terms of both the (re)formulation of relevant rules as well as the administration of these rules. This requires thorough analysis of three main genres and perspectives: Islamic ethico-legal discussions both in the pre-modern and modern periods; modern positive legal structures and legislation; and the modern social scientific perspective.

This position will address the project’s research questions from the social scientific perspective. The position holder will collaborate with the project team on identifying, exploring, and implementing appropriate social scientific methods with the goal of answering the main questions centering around the (re)reformulation and administration of relevant normative rules and regulations in the wake of modern genetic and reproductive technologies. Associated tasks will involve two main components: survey of available scholarly literature and pursuing proper social scientific techniques or methods to fill gaps pertaining to the project’s main research questions.

The successful candidate will play an important role by concentrating on the social scientific component of the project. Specifically, the research scholar will work with the team members on:

• Exploring, identifying, and analyzing relevant scholarly literature
• Identifying possible gaps relevant to the main research question
• Pursuing appropriate techniques/methods to fill these gaps
• Other duties as assigned

Requirements and Qualifications:

• The successful candidate will possess sufficient knowledge and expertise in the social sciences (preferably sociology or anthropology) with a particular focus on the Muslim world or Muslim populations.
• PhD in hand or expected by the start date is required.
• Prior experience in similar projects and publication record is an added advantage.
• Proficiency in Arabic language is strongly desired.

Applications should be submitted to: https://georgetown.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Georgetown_Qatar_Careers/job/Qatar/Research-Scholar_JR00843

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:
https://lebanesestudies.ncsu.edu/awards/VisitingScholar.php

For inquiries please contact Dr. Akram Khater at: akhater@ncsu.edu

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.

DETAILS
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
https://www.sqcc.org/Scholarships-0024-Fellowships/Research-Fellowship-Program.aspx

Applications due
September 17, 2017

 



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