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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program 

Deadline to apply: March 25, 2019

The DDRA program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement, and area studies not generally included in U.S. curriculum.

A webinar providing technical assistance for the FY 2019 DDRA application is now available to stream on YouTube.

Contact: Pamela Maimer at

National Security and Intelligence Analysis Internship 

Summer 2019 Internship Program Dates: May - August 2019

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) is committed to training the next generation of national security leaders through its innovative educational programs. ISW is currently seeking motivated and experienced college students or recent graduates to join our intern team. ISW offers a wide range of internships across diverse research portfolios and departments, including Counterterrorism, Russia, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. ISW also offers internships in National Security Innovation and Emerging Technologies and in non-profit management, including Development and External Relations.

Interns will be paired with ISW researchers on subject matter that best matches their skill sets and language capabilities. Interns are expected to collect, process, analyze, and synthesize intelligence from native language sources under the guidance of our staff; collaborate with the wider research team to generate intelligence products; assist with editing, documenting, and compiling materials for publications; and support the planning, preparation, and execution of public events and private briefings held by ISW.

Contact: Website 

Funding Opportunities

Scholarships for Doctoral Students at the Truman School for Peace Studies

Deadline to apply: March 8, 2019

$17,000 per year for 4 years plus financial support for travel and publications.

For doctoral students studying or who plan to study in any of the Social Sciences,Humanities, Law, Social Work or Education faculties at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the 2019-20 academic year. For research connected to the study of peace in any of these areas: Middle East; The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Jerusalem issues.

The aim of the Truman School for Peace Studies is to create a community of outstanding doctoral students in the field of peace research, specifically relating to the Middle East, while enabling them to focus on their research by providing them with important additional support.

Contact: The Truman Institute at


ASMEA Research Grants

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2019

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa is pleased to offer research grants up to $2500 to qualified scholars and students engaged in the study of the Middle East and Africa.

Contact: 202.429.8860 or


ASMEA Conference Travel Grants

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2019

ASMEA is offering travel grants up to $750 to qualified scholars and students to present their research at the Twelfth Annual Conference.

Contact: 202.429.8860 or


2020-2021 Fullbright U.S. Scholar Program 

Deadline to Apply: Depends on Award 

A complete list of opportunities available in the region can be found in our Catalog of Awards. Highlights from the 34 awards offered in the Middle East and North Africa include:
Featured Awards
-  Egypt: American University of Cairo
-  Jordan: All Disciplines 
-  Qatar: All Disciplines 
-  Morocco: All Disciplines 
-  Tunisia: All Disciplines
-  Algeria: All Disciplines

Multi-country Awards
Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Award
Morocco-Spain Joint Teaching/Research Award

Postdoctoral and Early Career Awards
Fulbright presents excellent opportunities for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise and make connections with others in their fields, all while serving as cultural ambassadors. We offer several prestigious postdoctoral awards in Israel and Qatar that are available in all fields of study.

Contact: Website 

Calls for Papers

International Tricontinental Conference: Populism in Latin America, Africa and Asia

Deadline to apply: March 15, 2019

Department of Political Science and International Relations, Yeditepe University,
kindly invites youto submit abstracts of up to 200 words or panel proposals in relation to the main dynamics of thepolitical in Latin Africa, Africa and Asia with a specific
though not an exclusive emphasis on populism.
Contact: Website

Call for Submissions: Embodying the Periphery 

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2019

From intimate and proximal domesticity to the spatial expanse of the global cityscape, our interactions with material culture continually form and reform human embodiment, teaching us how to sense and move through the world as lived-through meaning (Merleau-Ponty 1945, Bachelard 1958). We invite scholars, activists, artists and practitioners to share their investigations of the periphery through this bodily lens—not only through the methods of the social sciences but also of the arts and humanities and of the design disciplines. Human interplay with non-human materials suggests that the way people (re)shape and respond to the built environment through sensuous practices (Mallgrave 2015) bears repercussions on ethics, (inter)subjectivities, right claims, social welfare, and the cityscape. Urbanity is embodied via techniques of the body just as much as it is objectified as the spatial form of the city itself.

Contact: and 


ASMEA Conference

Deadline to apply: April 30, 2019

ASMEA is currently seeking proposals for paper and panel presentations for its Twelfth Annual Conference. Scholars from any discipline, tenured or nontenured faculty, or those otherwise affiliated with a recognized research institution, may submit proposals to present at the Conference. Unique proposals from senior graduate students (ABD) will also be considered. Proposals on topics related to the Middle East and Africa should consist of a one-page summary outline of new and unpublished research. A recent C.V. with all contact data also must be included with name, e-mail, phone number, and affiliation. SUBMIT your PAPER and PANEL Proposals.

Contact: 202.429.8860 or


Other Opportunities

American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) 19th Dissertation Workshop
The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) invites doctoral and masters candidates to its 19th Dissertation Workshop scheduled for October 25th and 26th, 2019 hosted by the Department of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The workshop provides the opportunity for current doctoral or master candidates to present, discuss, and receive valuable feedback on work related to North Africa. Accepted applicants will submit a piece of writing from their dissertations or theses at any stage (prospectus, dissertation chapter, or article draft). Participants will read and prepare discussion of other participants’ work in addition to presenting their own. Scholars working on North African topics in a variety of disciplines will offer feedback, as well as perspectives on publishing, job market conditions, and other topics germane to professional academic development. The workshop further affords the chance to meet, learn from, and develop relationships with fellow colleagues in the field.
Graduate students from all disciplines are welcome. In the past they have included: history, political science, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, comparative literature, psychology, public health, music studies and more. Some funding is available for travel expenses and lodging.  Space and funding are limited.
  • This workshop is open only to AIMS members. To become a student member (only $50) or renew your membership, please visit the Membership page on this site or contact the AIMS U.S. Office at
  • To apply, send a current C.V. and short (300-word) topic proposal to the AIMS Graduate Student Association President Rachel Cowell at You may also write to Rachel with any questions you may have regarding the workshop.
  • Selected participants will be notified by email and asked to submit a chapter, prospectus, or article for review.
  • The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2019. Please share this announcement with interested colleagues and friends!
This event is co-sponsored by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, the Department of Literature at University of California, Santa Cruz and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at University of California, Berkeley.


Palestine Trek Opportunity

Deadline to apply: February 22, 2019

What: Palestine Trek will introduce trekkers to Palestinian heritage, history, people, and culture, to expose the reality of life under military occupation and elevate the Palestinian narrative. During the trek, you will meet with activists, artists, business people and politicians, and visit heritage and religious sites.
Who: UC Hastings students (and partners are welcome too!) The cohort will be about 50 people and is currently mostly comprised of students from Berkeley Law, Berkeley Haas school of Business, and the Goldman School of Public Policy. 
Where: The preliminary trip itinerary includes Jerusalem, Ramallah, Jericho & the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Hebron, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Haifa, unrecognized Bedouin communities and more.
When: The dates for Pal Trek are March 24-31. We expect all trekkers to arrive by the evening of March 23rd. 
How much: The cost is $1200 plus airfare. This includes 7 nights in hotels, all meals and entrance fees, and transportation from the first to the last day of the trek. We are also working hard to fundraise to offset the cost for Berkeley students.

Study Arabic Abroad, Volunteer, Intern in Morocco

Deadline to apply: MCAS has multiple deadlines in March, please visit their website for more information

MCAS is a leading Arabic language center committed to teaching Arabic as a foreign language in order to open a window to the culture of any Arabic-speaking country. MCAS is also the most-trusted program provider for volunteering and internships in many areas. MCAS is dedicated to offering a quality and customized program through which we connect talented volunteers with those in need.

Our mission is to expand opportunities through education, empowering our students to speak and use the language confidently with ease.  Through engaging in immersive courses in modern standard Arabic, media, and Moroccan colloquial Arabic, students gain significant insight into Moroccan society, politics, literature, and religion, as well as Morocco’s relationships with the West and within the Arab world. We equip our students with the prerequisite skills to deepen their understanding not only of Morocco but of the wider Arab world.

In addition to Arabic courses, MCAS offers volunteering and internship opportunities to students who wish to learn first-hand about contemporary Moroccan culture and gain real-world experience through active community involvement. We link our students with Rabat’s most dynamic schools, orphanages, media outlets, and non-governmental organizations committed to Morocco’s development. Immersing our students in modern Moroccan society while helping them develop the skills to understand it, MCAS offers a sturdy and trustworthy bridge to the Arab world.

Contact: Website


Columbia University and the London School of Economics: MA/MSc in International and World History

Deadline to Apply: March 15

An innovative curriculum includes a two-year sequence of reading and research seminars, interdisciplinary electives, and intensive foreign language training. Esteemed faculty provide our students with new frameworks and the tools to understand the transnational forces that have shaped our world. At the heart of the program is the two-year dissertation, an original scholarly work based on empirical research and analysis.

Students spend the first year at Columbia University in the City of New York and the second year at the London School of Economics, and receive degrees from both institutions. Immersed in the vibrant intellectual communities of two of the world’s great cities, graduates are prepared for careers in government, journalism, think tanks, NGOs, and academia.

The world is more interconnected than ever. Join leading historians to study how we arrived here. Prospective applicants are encouraged to read our section on eligibility for information on how to apply.

Contact: Website

Summer at AUC Institute for Islamic Studies 2019

Deadline to apply: May 1, 2019

The American University in Cairo is pleased to announce the launch of a Summer@AUC Islamic Studies Institute. It includes two four-week programs, each one conducted by international scholars of Qur'an, Hadith, Law, and Sufism, combining group lectures with Arabic language tutoring, primary source textual readings, and engagement with scholars in the field. Open to students of all backgrounds and religious affiliations, this is an all-inclusive opportunity as housing, food, field trips and activities are included. Each program offers more than 150 hours of combined instruction. Please join today to explore the academic study of Islam in the heart of the Muslim World.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Website 

Middle Eastern Languages Summer Institute (MELSI) 

Deadline to apply: Rolling basis 

The Department of Linguistics at Stony Brook University is hosting the first Middle Eastern Languages Summer Institute (MELSI) to be held Tuesday, May 28 – Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Students can choose to study from among 4 languages spoken in the Middle East (Arabic, Kurdish, Persian, Turkish), and they can take a “Language and Life in the Middle East” course as well. Cultural activities will be organized for students in the program.

Contact: Website

Open Learning Scholars (OLS) Scholarship Program at ASU

Arizona State University and the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education are collaborating to offer scholarships to high-achieving disadvantaged Arab youth to complete their master’s degrees online at ASU. Al Ghurair Open Learning Scholars Program will be offering scholarships for 29 different specializations, spanning the fields of engineering, technology, health, education, tourism, and more.

Applicants from the following African and Arab countries are eligible to apply:

Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

Applications will be accepted in the following cycles:

January 31 – March 24, 2019 (current cycle)

March 31 – May 26, 2019

June 2 – August 25, 2019.

Registration for an online Q&A session can be found here.

Contact: Website 


Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Awards
Deadline: July 1, 2019

Students completing their dissertations between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 may submit entries for the 2019 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Awards. The competition is to recognize exceptional achievement in research and writing for/of dissertations in Middle East studies. MESA is particularly concerned that some of its awards have been shown to reflect a gender disparity. We would therefore like to encourage those making nominations to take gender diversity into consideration. The winner in each category (social sciences and humanities) is awarded $1000. Guidelines.

Contact: Website


MESA Graduate Student Paper Prize
Deadline: August 31 ,2019

Graduate student research papers on any aspect of post 600 CE Middle East studies are sought for this blind review. The winner is awarded $250.  Guidelines.

Contact: Website


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