Opportunities for graduate students whose work focuses on the Middle East and/or North Africa.

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 11, 2017 • 8:30am – 5pm • 180 Doe Library

RSVP Required

Led by: Suad Joseph, Distinguished Research Professor, University of California, Davis

Writing proposals for funding for research or other projects has become increasingly essential for scholars, students, administrators, artists, and non-profits. The basic requirements of a research proposal are the same, with modest variations, across disciplines, fields, and foundations. This full-day workshop will address how to develop the key components of a research proposal regardless of the format or funding agency. How do you move from the “maximal” proposal to a “targeted” proposal? How do you research funding agencies? Revise and resubmit? Negotiate terms? The workshop will address these questions and more.

Friday, September 15, 2017 • 3:15 – 4:30pm 1995 University Ave, Suite 510

Do you want to share your academic passions while developing vital teaching and public speaking skills? Come learn about the ORIAS Speakers Bureau and how you might share your academic interests with young audiences. Last year’s participants collectively addressed almost 1000 students, from middle school to community college.

The ORIAS Speakers Bureau is now entering its second year and seeking additional graduate student participants to bring their knowledge and experiences into Bay Area classrooms. The program aims to:

  • provide students at different stages of their graduate career with transferable public speaking skills,
  • train students to translate their research and specialized knowledge for broader audiences,
  • bring specialized content knowledge into k-14 classrooms,
  • model passion for intellectual engagement for younger students, and
  • help k-14 students see connections between curiosity and travel.

Graduate students across disciplines are welcome, so long as their topic of interest is ​based in one or more of the regions associated with participating UCB Area Studies Institutes. Participants will be compensated for creating a polished presentation and for each time the give their talk to groups of students. ​If you have questions, please email Shane Carter (ORIAS Program Coordinator) at orias@berkeley.edu.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 • 5 – 7pm • CMES, 340 Stephens Hall

RSVP recommended

Join the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) for our fall Graduate & Undergraduate Student Open House!

Meet CMES faculty & staff, enjoy refreshments, mingle with other students, and learn about the fellowships and opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students at the CMES. You’ll also have a chance to provide feedback on the kinds of programs you’d like to see in the future and meet your colleagues from other departments. Bring yourself and spread the word. We look forward to seeing old friends, welcoming new faces, and starting the semester off on a lively note!


Fall 2017 Virtual Exchange Course: MES 199 Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East

In the fall of 2017, CMES is excited to offer UC Berkeley students a unique opportunity to learn from leading social entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa. Conducted in cooperation with leading social enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa, this project-based virtual exchange course will offer students the unique opportunity to learn about social entrepreneurship in the region while participating in a meaningful cross-cultural exchange. Looking at issues of sustainability, community engagement, social impact, and the influence of the Arab Spring, the course will be comprised primarily of case studies and an interdisciplinary project, in which UC Berkeley students team up with socially-engaged entrepreneurs from the region to help create innovative solutions with immediate real-world applications. For more information please contact mdlukas@berkeley.edu. To sign up, fill out Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East application and return it to CMES.