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.


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…]


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


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…]


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…]


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.


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…]


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…]


Job Opportunities for 2015

November 18, 2014

POMEPS is pleased to share Middle East political science job opportunities from the following academic institutions:

University of Central Florida
Position Available: Jalal Talabany Chair for Kurdish Political Studies
The Department of Political Science invites applicants for a tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor for the Jalal Talabany Chair for Kurdish Political Studies beginning August, 2015. Applicants must have a strong research record in Kurdish political studies with broader interests in Middle Eastern and comparative politics or international relations; a Ph.D. in Political Science or a related field from an accredited institution; and a strong record in teaching and research that is commensurate with a tenured position in the Political Science Department at UCF. Salary is highly competitive.
Application deadline: January 15, 2015.

Gallaudet University Department of Government & Public Affairs
Position Available: Assistant Professor
Tenure Track Position Assistant Professor, Government, specializing in Comparative Politics (Europe, Russia, Asia, Middle East) OR specializing in American Government, (any specialization except law or Congress/legislative process).
Gallaudet University serves Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and hearing students from many different backgrounds and seeks to develop a workforce that reflects the diversity of its student body. Gallaudet is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively encourages deaf, hard-of-hearing, members of traditionally under-represented groups, people with disabilities, women, and veterans to apply for open positions.
Application deadline: Open until filled.

University of Oklahoma, Department of International and Area Studies
Position Available: Farzaneh Family Professorship in Iranian Studies
The University of Oklahoma’s Department of International and Area Studies (IAS) announces a new faculty position, the Farzaneh Family Professorship in Iranian Studies. The position is tenured or tenure-track and is open to rank. Assistant, Associate and Full Professors are encouraged to apply. This new position complements the Farzaneh Family Chair in Iranian Studies, the catalyst for a rapidly growing Iranian Studies program.
Application deadline: Open until filled.

Qatar University, The Social and Economic Survey Research Institute
Position Available: Senior Policy Analyst
The Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI; http://sesri.qu.edu.qa/) invites applications for multiple full-time Senior Policy Analyst positions at its Policy Unit which is located at Qatar University in Doha, Qatar. The newly-formed Policy Unit is being created to utilize new and existing SESRI data to engage in empirically-backed analysis and debate of policy questions of relevance to Qatar and the Gulf region. Senior Policy Analysts will stay current on policy issues and best practices in their assigned substantive areas, oversee the successful completion of policy research projects, design and interpret analyses, and coordinate the work of Policy Analysts assigned to their projects, as well as develop and write reports and other communications for a wide variety of audiences, set agendas for convening with policy audiences, and make presentations as required.
Application deadline: November 22, 2014.

The University of Arizona
Position Available: Director, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (search job number: 56812)
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Arizona, invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, to begin Fall 2015. The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) is a multi-disciplinary unit focusing on the region known as the Near or Middle East, which includes the Arab world, Iran, Israel, and Turkey, providing a full range of language courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. MENAS aims to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a well-rounded interdisciplinary education emphasizing linguistic proficiency and exploring the complexities of culture, history, and politics in the region. MENAS is also home to the newly established Arizona Arabic Flagship Program and the Arizona Center for Turkish Studies and coordinates activities with the Title VI-funded Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), and the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS), all of which are located on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. The Director is expected to advance the School’s mission by attracting, mentoring, and retaining the highest quality faculty, expanding and broadening the School’s research activities and funding, maintaining innovative educational programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and fostering public engagement and outreach.
Application deadline: December 15, 2014


Deadline: December 14, 2014.

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals from political scientists interested in serving as co-leaders for the 3rd annual MENA Workshop program. The 2015 program will be conducted as a series of two one-week sessions (held in the spring and fall) linked by a 3-4 month break for writing, research, and manuscript revision.

Each workshop is led by a team of two scholars based at universities in the MENA region and two scholars based in the US or Europe. Co-leaders serve as academic directors of the program and are responsible for identifying a university or research institute in the MENA region to host the workshops, preparing a unique syllabus to be presented across both workshop weeks, and providing feedback on participants’ research towards an end-of-program publication. Program administration and logistics will be led by APSA staff in conjunction with local host partners. An honorarium will be provided and related expenses (meals, transportation, and lodging) will be covered.

Participants will include approximately twenty competitively-selected PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers from across the MENA region, plus several others from the United States and Europe. Over the course of the workshop program, participants will receive theoretical and methodological training based on discussions of topical literature, present and refine their manuscripts for publication, and build professional connections with other scholars. The working language of the program is English.

​Prospective co-leaders interested in putting forward a proposal should review the information from past workshops found on this website, download the application instructions, and contact Ahmed Morsy (at menaworkshops@apsanet.org) for additional information. The deadline for proposals is December 14, 2014.

For more information please click here.


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