Call for Applications
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship in Support of Visiting Scholars in the Social Sciences from Arab Universities

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota announces the availability of a limited number of fellowships for social scientists from Arab universities to spend a semester in residence at the Humphrey School starting with the Spring semester of 2014.  The fellowships are funded by Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship, a program of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.  The visiting scholars will work closely with Professor Ragui Assaad and other faculty members at the Humphrey School and the University of Minnesota on research relating to youth and gender in the context of the Arab Spring.  Sub-themes include, but are not limited to:

    • youth unemployment and school-to-work transitions
    • transitions to adulthood, including transitions through schooling,  work, marriage and sexuality
    • inequality of opportunity in education and labor markets
    • informality, poverty, social protection, and job quality
    • migration and displacement
    • obstacles to youth and women’s employment and ways to overcome them
    • youth social movements and mobilization
    • youth civic and political engagement
    • role of youth and youth groups in transitions to democracy

Eligibility Requirements
Visiting scholars must be a member of the staff of a university situated in the Arab World and be in a social science or related discipline and is working in areas relating to the above research theme and sub-themes.  The ideal candidate is a junior faculty member who has obtained his/her PhD in the past five years, but pre-doctoral candidates and ones with more than five years since the PhD will also be considered.

Logistical Arrangements

The fellowship will cover economy class round-trip air fare and will provide the visiting scholar with a monthly stipend to cover expenses while in residence in Minnesota.  The duration of the fellowship is negotiable, but is not to be inferior to three months or exceed six months.  The visiting scholar will be provided with a university ID, access to university libraries and to the internet, and a place to work.

Application Procedure
Interested candidates should send the following:

    • a cover letter detailing the research project the candidate would undertake during the fellowship, a description of previous research and academic preparation and a statement of why and how a fellowship at the University of Minnesota may benefit, deepen, or extend his/her own research.
    • a detailed curriculum vitae
    • a sample of written work (published paper, conference paper, book chapter, etc..)

These materials should be sent by e-mail to: Professor Ragui Assaad  (

The application deadline for fellowships during the Spring semester of 2014 is September 15th, 2013.

The final approval of the Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship at the University of Minnesota is still contingent on final approval of the grant Carnegie Corporation board.

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