Grants + Scholarships

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.


The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) invites social scientists affiliated with universities in the Arab world to submit applications for fellowships in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015.


Supported by the Ash Center and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the fellowship will be awarded to Arab social scientists who are working on the region’s most pressing public problems—particularly in the realms of education, health, social welfare, and political and economic reform. The selected fellows must be physically present at Harvard for the duration of the two-semester fellowship. Fellows will work with Harvard faculty and students and participate in the scholarly activities of the Ash Center including the presentation of their research at the Center’s seminar series.

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Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent university graduates with the opportunity to work at the highest levels of an international university, experience life in Cairo and learn Arabic.

Selected individuals spend one academic year working at AUC, studying Arabic and partaking in the rich intellectual and cultural life of both the University and Cairo. Each intern fulfills a full-time position in one of seven offices, aligned with their academic and professional interests, where they develop the substantive skills and experience needed to make tangible contributions to the AUC community. Interns have utilized the skills, knowledge and networks that they develop during the program to go on to pursue a variety of meaningful opportunities and careers, including in the fields of government, academia, journalism and law. Learn more about our alumni here.

Additionally, interns have the opportunity to study Arabic through AUC’s School of Continuing Education. Interns also benefit from faculty privileges, such as housing and library privileges, and enjoy AUC-sponsored opportunities to discover the culture and history of Cairo, Egypt and the Middle East.  The deadline to apply is January 15, 2014. For more information on how to apply click here.


The Center for Arabic Study Abroad is taking applications for the 2014-2015 CASA I program now through Monday, January 6, 2014.

The Selection Exam for 2014-2015 program will be administered at various locations around the U.S. and abroad.  For Stateside applicants, the exam will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014. For International applicants, the exam will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Please keep in mind that exams will be coordinated based on the local time zone for proctors/applicants.

For more details about the CASA Selection Exam, click here.
General information about the application process is available here.


Deadline: 5:00 PM ET, November 11, 2013

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is currently soliciting proposals from political scientists interested in serving as co-leaders for the 2014 MENA Workshop program. This is a unique opportunity for senior scholars from the US and the Middle East to engage, collaboratively and directly, with emerging scholars from across the region on a specific research question or thematic focus. A modest honorarium will be provided and related expenses (meals, transportation, and lodging) will be covered.

The 2014 workshops will be conducted as a series of two one-week sessions linked by a 3-4 month break for writing, research, and mentorship. The first of the two workshops will take place in May or June, with a follow-up workshop in August or September. Each session brings together approximately 20 PhD candidates and early-career scholars from across the MENA region, plus several from the United States and Europe, for a program of training in basic research skills, discussion of topical literature, presentation of research manuscripts, and professional networking. The working language of the program is English.

Workshop leaders serve as academic directors of the program and will be responsible for designing a unique syllabus and academic program that is structured around experienced and established partnerships. This includes identifying a university or research institute in the MENA region to host the workshop. Workshop administration and logistics will be led by APSA staff in conjunction with local host partners. Proposals may be submitted by a combination of Junior (assistant professor) and Senior (associate or full professor) scholars; however, the senior scholar must be the lead applicant. At least one member of the four-person team must be based at the regional host institution; the others may come from elsewhere in the MENA region, the United States and/or Europe. The deadline for applications is November 11, 2013.

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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Social Policy Network seeks participants for “Beyond international security: social security and social welfare in the Middle East and North Africa – what are the research and policy choices?” The workshop will be held at the University of Bath, Institute for Policy Research on December 3, 2013.

(Source: University of Bath, Institute for Policy Research)

Who should attend: This workshop is open to interested participants from academia, the governmental and non-governmental sectors. Please register your interest in attending the workshop by emailing the network coordinator, Dr Rana Jawad at

Presenting a paper: Colleagues wishing to present a paper should email a  250 word abstract to Rana Jawad at by  25 October 2013.

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The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

National Application Deadlines
Boren Fellowship: January 28, 2014
Boren Scholarship: February 5, 2014*

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accepting applications from early-career social scientists affiliated with universities in the Arab world for semester-long fellowships in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015.

With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the fellowship offers advanced doctoral candidates or post-doctoral scholars within five years of their Ph.D. an opportunity to work with a faculty mentor at UNC-Chapel Hill, participate in ongoing research groups, and, if they desire, audit graduate seminars. The program is intended to provide an intensive intellectual experience, including advanced methodological training, for Arab social scientists at a formative stage of their career. The selected fellows must be physically based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for the full semester of their fellowship. Fellows will participate in the scholarly activities of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, including the presentation of their research at the Center’s colloquium series.

Applications for Fall 2014 fellowships are due on January 1, 2014.

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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.


SOAS, University of London, is pleased to announce the availability of several scholarships in its Centre for Iranian Studies (CIS).

The Centre, established in 2010, draws upon the range of academic research and teaching across the disciplines of SOAS, including Languages and Literature, the Study of Religions, History, Economics, Politics, International Relations, Music, Art and Media and Film Studies. It aims to build close relations with like minded institutions and to showcase and foster the best of contemporary Iranian talent in art and culture.

MA in Iranian Studies

The members of CIS are launching an interdisciplinary MA in Iranian Studies, which will be offered from the academic year 2013/2014 onwards.

Thanks to the generosity of the Fereydoun Djam Charitable Trust, a number of Kamran Djam scholarships are available for BA, MA and MPhil/PhD studies. The Centre for Iranian Studies Chair Arshin Adib-Moghaddam welcomed the “unique and generous” opportunity that the scholarships provide. The Kamran Djam scholarships are a part of a decisive push for Iranian Studies at SOAS facilitated by the Centre for Iranian Studies at the London Middle East Institute (LMEI).

For further details, please contact:

Scholarships Officer

T: +44 (0)20 7074 5091/ 5094


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