The University of Southern California and the Project on Middle East Political Science invite proposals to participate in the Rethinking Nation and Nationalism Workshop that will be hosted on February 6, 2015 at the University of Southern California.

The Arab uprisings of 2011 have shown that questions of physical boundaries and national identities long seen as resolved may in fact be open to reconfiguring. Insurgencies spanning Syria and Iraq and the (re)assertion of regionalism in Libya are only the most violent of the processes currently underway challenging long-established physical national frontiers.  Embattled regimes have produced new national narratives to legitimate their rule, while sectarian and Islamist movements have taken on new manifestations. Refugee movements triggered by these conflicts and longer-standing processes of migration within, into, and out of the region have led to large communities of nationals established outside the countries of their citizenship. [click to continue…]


We are pleased to invite proposals from specialists on the Middle East for a forthcoming workshop on Comparative Political Development in Post-Soviet Russia/Eurasia and the Middle East in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on December 8-10, 2014 (Monday-Wednesday) co-sponsored by the George Washington University’s Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia), Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), and the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute. Sessions will be structured around full-length draft working papers or book chapters (all in English). Applicants must hold a PhD or be a PhD degree candidate in political science or a related field. [click to continue…]

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The Munathara Initiative is seeking highly motivated Arabic speakers for two positions based in Tunisia. The Munathara Initiative is an award-winning, grassroots forum aiming to give the Arab youth a voice in debates that discuss some of the region’s most pressing political and social issues. By broadening participation through channels like our website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as live regional debates, we are establishing an open, pan-Arab, audience-driven forum for debate on current affairs that encourages youth and marginalized communities in the region to voice their opinions.

The Munathara Initiative is accepting applications for an outreach manager and events manager until July 27, 2014. [click to continue…]


The Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholars Program at Harvard Kennedy School is currently seeking applications from senior level policymakers and scholars to engage with students and faculty as a visiting scholar for the spring 2015 semester. The visiting scholar will be based out of the Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative, within the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Visiting scholars will be expected to participate in the Middle East Initiative activities; engage in informal interchange with students and faculty; and engage in one of the following activities: conducting a research project with a Harvard Kennedy School faculty member or leading a not-for credit eight week study group on a topic relevant to policy and development in the Middle East and North Africa. Please see the study group outline at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics for a sense of what an HKS study group entails. In some cases visiting scholars may be asked to teach a course on campus.

The visiting scholar is required to be in residence for the semester and must be available to students throughout his/her time on campus. The program will provide the visiting scholar $5,000 a month and a housing allowance.

Interested individuals should submit the following information to Tarek Masoud, Associate Professor, through the online application below in order to be considered for this position:

  • Cover letter stating interest in the program
  • CV or Resume
  • Research proposal (2-3 pages) OR a theme (or themes) for an eight-week study group, along with potential guest speakers
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Completed application form

The deadline to submit application materials is September 7, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

If you have any questions about the program or application process, please direct inquiries to Tarek Masoud, Associate Professor, at meivisitingscholar@hks.harvard.edu.


The School of Public Affairs at American University, under the auspices of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is offering support for visiting social science scholars from Arab universities. The fellowships, beginning in September 2014, are geared to encourage innovative research on urban governance, urban development, local government, and social justice and the built environment in the Arab region.

Visiting scholars may spend three to six months in residence, during which they will be expected to conduct their own research and prepare their work for publication. Areas of inquiry include but are not limited to research that focuses on participatory governance, urban development, participatory urban planning, local government reform, public service provision, the political problems of mega-cities, asset-based approaches to urban development, urban mobilization, municipal elections, and public space in the Middle East and North Africa. Visiting scholars will also collaborate with Professor Diane Singerman on a project related to these themes. [click to continue…]


The Project on Middle East Political Science is delighted to announce a call for proposals for Spring/Summer 2015 POMEPS Travel – Research – Engagement grants. The competition is open to academic political scientists at career stages from PhD students to senior faculty from any institution, and is not restricted to U.S. citizens or residents. Awards of up to $3,000 will be offered to support research travel to the broader Middle East. The research should be in support of an ongoing academic research project. Grant recipients are required to submit at least one article based on their research to POMEPS for possible publication on Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage. The proposed travel should take place between March 1, 2015 and September 1, 2015.

POMEPS especially encourages proposals as part of the Islam in a Changing Middle East initiative. The Arab uprisings, which began in late 2010, have created dramatically new opportunities and challenges not only for Islamist movements but also for the academic and policy communities that study them. Islam in a Changing Middle East seeks to support scholars in adapting to the deluge of new information and evidence. Applications should include:

  • Current CV
  • Research proposal including:
    • Location of travel
    • Travel schedule
    • Description of project/research plan
    • Budget estimate

    * there is no specific page requirement

  • Proposed Monkey Cage article topics

Interested candidates should submit proposals in one PDF file to me_casey@gwu.edu by 5:00 pm EST, November 3, 2014.

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Migration Governance in the Post-“Arab Spring” Middle East

One of the most critical challenges to arise from the ‘Arab Spring’ has been the need to address a number of migration-related issues across the region. Over the past three and a half years, governments have had to tackle new waves of refugees or political asylum seekers, diasporic empowerment in states’ electoral and constitutional processes, transnational political activism, and long debates around questions of citizenship and nationality. While some research is being conducted on aspects of this complex phenomenon (namely its legal, security, and domestic political economy components), scant attention has been paid to the evolving policy framework concerning migration governance within the Middle East. [click to continue…]


The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is currently accepting fellowship applications for 2015. 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 U.S. scholars to conduct research in the Sultanate of Oman. This program is offered annually and is open to Ph.D. candidates and post-doctoral scholars.

Funding: Up to 20,000 OMR (51,000 USD) for one year of research.

Eligibility: All applicants must be U.S. citizens, and either a Ph.D. candidate or a post-doctoral scholar.

Dates: Research must be carried out in 2015.

To submit an application, or for more information, please visit the SQCC website. Complete applications due September 15, 2014.


Brown University is seeking an Associate Director, Middle East Studies to provide critical leadership and direction in support of programmatic initiatives, strategic growth and curricular development.  Middle East Studies at Brown is in a transition period of rapid growth and the position offers an exciting opportunity for motivated and highly organized individuals to institutionalize an agenda-driven program grounded in Brown’s tradition of interdisciplinary, critical, and engaged scholarship. [click to continue…]


The General Delegation of the PLO’s office (in Washington, DC) is accepting applicants for three full-time positions on a rolling basis.

Qualified candidates are urged to apply ASAP.

Media Affairs:

The Media Affairs Officer plays a vital role at the General Delegation of the PLO to the United States, based in Washington, D.C.

The Media Affairs Officer’s responsibilities include developing a media strategy to respond to current coverage of the Palestinian issue, as well as developing an initiative for new media coverage and contacts.

Congressional Affairs:

The Congressional Affairs Officer will establish, maintain, and advance relationships between the PLO and the Legislative Branch of the U.S. Government. The successful candidate will have experience working on the Hill, demonstrable knowledge of the legislative process, and familiarity with relevant committees and caucuses. This is not an entry-level position. Strong writing skills and broad knowledge of current Middle East events are required; previous work on Palestinian issues is highly valued.

Public Affairs Officer:

The Public Affairs Officer plays a vital role at the General Delegation of the PLO to the United States, based in Washington, D.C. The Public Affairs Officer is primarily responsible for maintaining the Delegation’s relationships with civil society organizations in the US—including think tanks, NGOs, universities, minority groups, and religious groups—as well as expanding the Delegation’s network of alliances and contacts.


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