Opportunities

The Project on Middle East Political Science is pleased to call for proposals for its fourth annual Junior Scholars Book Development Workshop to be held at Princeton University on November 13, 2015. Applicants must be post-PhD and pre-tenure, and must have a complete book manuscript ready for circulation and discussion by August 1, 2015. Only first book projects will be considered. Each manuscript will be discussed in depth by at least two senior colleagues. The goal of the discussion is to prepare the manuscript for submission to an appropriate press. Research can focus on any aspect of the contemporary politics of the broader Middle East.

To apply please send by 5:00 pm April 24, 2015 to pomepsgwu@gmail.com in one PDF document:

  • CV and 2-3 page description of the project
  • A chapter-length writing sample (preferably the introductory chapter of the dissertation/book manuscript)
  • A list of 3 to 5 senior scholars from whom you most would like feedback (including at least 2 of whom are not primarily Middle East specialists)
  • Contact information for at least two academic references (including a dissertation chair)

Please contact Cortni Kerr at pomepsgwu@gmail.com or 202-994-2309 with questions.

 

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“The Resource Curse in the Middle East and North Africa”

May 2015 in Qatar – December 2015 in Kuwait

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a Call for Applications from early-career scholars who would like to participate in the 2015 MENA Workshops program. This two-part workshop program is a unique opportunity to network with colleagues from across the MENA region and develop discreet research findings related to the impact of rent wealth on democracy, state-building, political stability, and state-society relations.

The first one-week workshop will be hosted by Qatar University’s Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) from May 17-21. A follow-up workshop will be held at the Alsalam Center for Development and Strategic Studies, a research center affiliated with Kuwait University, in early December. The organizers, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will cover all the costs of participation (including travel, lodging, meals, and materials) for the accepted applicants. The working language of the workshop is English.

The 2015 program is part of a multi-year effort to support political science research among early-career scholars in the Arab Middle East and North Africa, and strengthen research networks linking Arab scholars with their colleagues overseas. Previous workshops have been held at the American University in Cairo (AUC), the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, the Center for Maghreb Studies in Tunis (CEMAT), and Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut.

The online 2015 Application Form can be found hereThe application deadline is Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11 PM (EST).

Participants

The workshop is principally targeted at Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows of political science who are currently based at institutions in the Middle East and North Africa. A smaller number of applicants from universities in the United States or Europe will also be accepted. The program is open to scholars from any social science discipline undertaking research related to the workshop theme. Applicants are expected to apply with a manuscript or research project in progress, which they will share at the first workshop week, improve over the interim period, and present formally during the second workshop week, with the expectation that they will then submit their piece to a peer-reviewed political science journal soon after the conclusion of the workshop program. Professional fluency in English is required.

Workshop Theme

The 2015 workshops will be led by Justin Gengler (Social and Economic Survey Research Institute, Qatar University), Michael Herb (Georgia State University, USA), Ghanim al-Najjar (Alsalam Center for Development and Strategic Studies, Kuwait University), Alanoud Al Sharekh (Women’s Research and Studies Center, Kuwait University), and Mark Tessler (University of Michigan, USA). Participants will explore the rentier state literature to debate questions including: How does rent influence citizenship and other policies of the Gulf States and how can we understand this in a wider comparative perspective? How does aid from rich oil states affect political outcomes in aid recipient states in the region? What will be the impact on rentier states of the recent decline of oil prices?

To provide a framework for reflection and investigation relating to these and other relevant questions, the workshop will also focus on issues of research design, modes of and approaches to political science inquiry, and issues associated with manuscript preparation and publication. Workshop sessions will be devoted to small seminar discussions, presentations of participants’ ongoing research, and training on research design and research methods.  Following the workshops, alumni will be eligible to apply for small grants to facilitate further research collaboration.

Applications

To submit an application for participation in the workshop, first review the eligibility requirements on APSA’s MENA Workshop website and then follow the web link to the Online Application Form. Completed applications, including all necessary supporting documents, must be submitted by March 14, 2015 at 11 PM (EST). The final list of selected Workshop Fellows will be announced in April 2015.

Applications must be in English and include:

  1. The completed online Application Form.
  2. A detailed, recent Curriculum Vitae/resume.
  3. A 500-2,000 word statement that describes your current research interests and how it relates to the workshop theme. This should be a detailed outline or research plan summarizing the work-in-progress you intend to bring with you to the first workshop and continue to develop over course of the workshop program.
  4. Two letters of reference on official letterhead and scanned as electronic files. If you are a graduate student, one letter should be from your supervising professor. If you are a researcher or faculty member, the letters can be from a former dissertation supervisor, a colleague at your home institution, a university official, or an employer.
  5. A copy of your valid passport

 For questions, contact us at menaworkshops@apsanet.org. Please do not contact the workshop leaders directly.

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The Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST) at the University of Chicago offers a residential post-doctoral scholarship in Political Violence for the 2015-16 academic year. Working with Professors Benjamin Lessing and Paul Staniland, the fellow will contribute to a growing intellectual community studying civil war, criminal conflict, and other forms of violent political contestation, such as armed political parties, security force involvement in politics, and paramilitaries.

The fellow’s responsibilities are 1) to be an active, regular presence in CPOST and the Department of Political Science, and 2) to produce a CPOST working paper summarizing an important aspect of the fellow’s research. This working paper is intended to be the first draft of a manuscript to later be published in a peer-reviewed journal. There are no other requirements. The fellow’s stipend will be $50,000, with benefits.

To apply, please e-mail cpost@uchicago.edu. The applicant needs to submit a CV, unofficial transcript, research statement of 3-5 pages, writing sample of 25-30 pages, and 3 letters of recommendation sent to cpost@uchicago.edu by Friday, February 6, 2015. Expected start date is July 1, 2015.

For questions, please contact Professors Lessing (blessing@uchicago.edu) or Staniland (paul@uchicago.edu).

To learn more about the CPOST Program on Political Violence, please click here.

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The Sixth Gulf Research Meeting (GRM) will take place from August 24 to 27, 2015 at the University of Cambridge in the UK. In preparation for the event, the Call for Papers for the workshops being offered this year has just been launched. The deadline to receive paper abstracts and applications is February 20, 2015.

To apply, participants need to submit an abstract of the paper that they intend to write for their selected workshop on the registration page of the GRM website. Successful applicants are eligible for a travel allowance to Cambridge. For more information, please see the below Call for Papers PDF and/or refer to the GRM website[click to continue…]

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The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace is offering research grants for individual researchers and for research groups for one semester, one academic year, or two academic years, 2015-2017

For research in the areas of:

  • The advancement of peace, with emphasis on:
    • The peace process in the Middle East
    • Peace economics
    • Media in conflict and in peace processes
  • The contemporary Middle East
  • The contemporary Global South (Africa, Asia and Latin America)

Up to $5,000 per year

The grants are intended for:

  • Individual researchers who hold a PhD degree
  • Research groups composed of scholars from any institution of higher learning (the group coordinator must be a Hebrew University faculty member)

For further information, please e-mail or call Andrea at the Truman Institute: truman@savion.huji.ac.il or 972-2-588-2300

Guidelines for submitting research proposals can be found here.

Closing date for applications: January 31, 2015

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The Middle East and North Africa Research Cluster at Nottingham Trent University is accepting proposals for an interdisciplinary conference, “Regional Integration vs. National Disintegration in the Post-Arab Spring Middle East and North Africa,” to be held April 9, 2015.  The deadline for abstracts is February 15, 2015.

The national and transnational challenges that have emerged since the uprisings in 2011 that are commonly referred to as ‘the Arab Spring’ – in particular the increase in extremism, and the emergence and intensification of civil wars – have garnered significant attention in both media coverage and academic research. However, simultaneous (and far older) processes of regional integration – in varying forms from free trade agreements like the Greater Arab Free Trade Area, to economic and political union like the Gulf Cooperation Council – have also been influenced by the changes of the past four years. This one day interdisciplinary conference is aimed at a broad audience of academics, practitioners and students interested in the contemporary MENA. The conference will explore the processes of change currently shaping the MENA. This conference aims to draw together research from different fields (including International Relations, International Political Economy, Middle Eastern Studies, History, Business and Law) in order to explore how far the changes shaping the MENA are leading to the region’s polarisation between states that are integrating politically and economically with each other on the one hand, and states that are disintegrating internally on the other. [click to continue…]

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The Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES) at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs invites applications for the position of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Middle East Studies. Fellows may come from any discipline in the social sciences or humanities, as long as their primary substantive specialization is in the Middle East/North Africa (to include Iran and Turkey). Candidates should receive their Ph.D. on or before September 1 of the fellowship year, and must be in residence at IMES for the duration of the fellowship period (September 1 – May 31).  Fellows are expected to take an active part in the intellectual life of the institute, including giving a research presentation and attending other institute events. This position offers a salary of $45,000, medical benefits, access to the GW library system, a computer, and office space. The fellow may also be invited to teach an M.A. level course at the Elliott School in an area related to his/her research. [click to continue…]

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The Conflict Consortium’s Virtual Workshop (CCVW) is calling for working papers written by junior scholars (PhD students and faculty without tenure) on intrastate conflict processes (aka contentious politics) to be reviewed in spring 2015. The CCVW is a joint effort by Christian Davenport and William H. Moore to create a virtual effort in homage to Chuck Tilly’s Workshop. The deadline for submission is Sunday, January 4, 2015.

To learn more, please click here.

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The Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (NCGG) at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs seeks two visitors for the Postdoctoral and Visiting Fellowship Program in regional political economy for the 2015-2016 academic year. This fellows program is targeted at developing a generation of scholars able to analyze and make policy recommendations about the regional political economy in the Middle East, East, South, or Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Center invites candidates with a background in economics, political science, contemporary history, sociology, law, business, and other disciplines bearing on the study of markets, politics, and economic development, focusing on the regions of the Middle East, East, South, or Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America to apply. Scholarly work should explore the ways in which the politics within and between a set of countries intersect with natural resource endowments, market conditions, technological and physical infrastructure, and cultural biases to explain existing patterns of economic development and to promote higher levels of development more effectively. Selected candidates will be required to be in residence for the duration of the fellowship (September 1, 2015 – July 1, 2016). This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.  The application deadline is January 2, 2015.  [click to continue…]

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The London School of Economics and Political Science Middle East Centre is accepting applications for a two-and-half year research officer position. This post is part of ‘The Comparative Political Economy of the MENA Region’ research programme, run by the Kuwait Programme within the Middle East Centre. The programme aims to put the MENA region in broader comparative perspective with other world regions and will organize research activities and events involving both MENA experts and researchers of other developing regions. The Research Officer will contribute to the activities of the programme and will also produce independent original research on subjects of relevance to the project, in collaboration with Centre colleagues. Some funds will be available for fieldwork as part of the role. Full details are available here. [click to continue…]

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