Positions/Grants/Scholarships in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

The Maydan is launching this new database on opportunities in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies as a common resource for both students and professionals. Included are faculty openings, post-doctoral positions, grants, and scholarships, among others. For additional opportunities, summer language programs can be found on our Database of Summer Language Programs.

Due to the time sensitive nature of these announcements, we will update this list as new opportunities are opened and remove postings when they are closed.

To add listings, please email journals@themaydan.com

Post-Doctoral Positions

Post-Doctoral Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

  • Position at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences
  • Term is three years, non-renewable
  • Applicants must have received a PhD in any Middle Eastern discipline between 1 July 2013 and 1 July 2018
  • Application Deadline: 15 February 2018
  • Contact for further information: Dr. Toby Jones: toby.jones@rutgers.edu
  • Application website


NYUAD Post-Doctoral Researcher – Social Science

  • Positions at NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus
  • Candidates must perform research in the fields of Economics, Political Science, Sociology or Public Policy
  • Position funds a two-year term beginning September 2018, with possible renewal for one additional year
  • To be eligible, applicants must have received their PhD in the last three years or be nearing completion
  • Contact: nyuad.socialscience@nyu.edu


Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

  • Position in the Department of Religious Diversity in Göttingen
  • Position is three years full time with a fixed term
  • Applicants must possess a PhD in Social/Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies, Sociology or Political Science
  • preference will be given to applicants who propose a project on the anthropology of death, of burial, of the memory of war, of suffering, or mourning
  • Applications, including a CV and a list of publications and a writing sample, are due by 12 March 2018
  • Applications should be emailed to vdvOffice@mmg.mpg.de


Schroeder Curatorial Fellow, Harvard Art Museums

  • MA in Art History with specialization in Islamic art or in Middle Eastern Studies required, PhD preferred
  • Reading proficiency in Arabic and Persian also required
  • Position begins Fall 2018 and is for a two-year term
  • Fellow will develop a series of argument-driven installations for the Islamic gallery, working primarily with paintings, drawings, and calligraphy from the 14th through 19th centuries
  • References should email letters of recommendation to am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
  • Application Deadline: 01 March 2018
  • Application Website


Zwan Post-Doctoral Fellow, Rice University

  • Position is a joint appointment with Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
  • Candidates must possess a PhD or doctoral degree in political science, history, sociology or related field
  • Position will be responsible for creating original substantive research and coordinating researchers, staff and programs for a two-year project on religion and politics in the Middle East.
  • Review of Applications begins 01 March 2018
  • Contact for further information: Robert Barron: rbarron@rice.edu
  • Application Website


Post-Doctoral Scholar-Fellowship Trainee, University of Southern California

  • Position in the Department of Middle East Studies
  • Position has a one-year term, renewable for up to three years
  • Scholar will be responsible for teaching three courses per year
  • Researchers with training in Environmental Studies, anthropology, political economy, urban studies, and geography are particularly welcome to apply
  • Application Deadline: 01 March 2018
  • Contacts for further information: Renee Almassizadeh (almassiz@usc.edu) and Ramzi Rouighi (rouighi@usc.edu)
  • Application Website


Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Exeter

  • Position to support the work of Dr. Nandini Chatterjee within the project Forms of Law in the Early Modern Persianate World, 17th-19th centuries
  • Term of the position extends from 01 May 2018 – 30 April 2020
  • Applicants must possess a relevant PhD or be nearing completion
  • The successful applicant will study Persian and bi-lingual legal and administrative documents and other relevant material from one specific linguistic zone from the Indo-Persian world
  • Application deadline: 01 March 2018
  • Contact for further information: Dr. Nandini Chatterjee: n.chatterjee@ex.ac.uk
  • Application Website

Masters/PhD Scholarships

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program

  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply
  • Applicants must apply through participating universities (eligibility based on attendance at a participating university)
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a program that combines language training and area studies
  • Website


Grabar Travel Grant, Historians of Islamic Art Association

  • Open to graduate students (doctoral candidates) who have been invited or accepted as participants in a scholarly conference or other professional meeting for the purpose of presenting papers, chairing sessions or moderating discussions.
  • Twice annual funding deadlines: 01 August and 15 December
  • Must be used within one year of being awarded
  • Funding available up to $700
  • Website

Research/Project-Based Grants

Post-Doctoral Associateship Program, Harvard University

  • Intended for advanced historical research in Islamic art, architecture, and archaeology at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
  • Applicants must possess a PhD and will be required to give a lecture describing their research
  • Associateship is unpaid and can be between three and twelve months
  • Application Deadline:  01 March 2018
  • Application materials should be emailed to agakhan@fas.harvard.edu or physically mailed to the program
  • Website


Visiting Fellowships in Indonesia Studies, ISEAS

  • Position with the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Indonesia Studies Programme for a one year, renewable term
  • Preferred research areas: (1)the dynamics of Indonesian domestic politics and elections; (2)the evolving role of the military in post-1998 Indonesia; (3)urbanization, decentralization and socio-political change in Indonesia; (4)the application of quantitative analysis and/or Geographic Information System to the study of social trends in Southeast Asia
  • Depending on the expertise of the candidate, he or she will be conducting one or two projects
  • Application Deadline: 30 March 2018
  • Contact for Inquiries: positions@iseas.edu.sg
  • Programme Website
  • Application should be mailed to Senior Manager (Human Resource)
    ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
    30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
    Singapore 119614
    Tel: 67780955

Faculty Positions

Lecturer in Islamic Art, University of Sydney

  • Position in the Department of Art History, School of Literature, Art & Media, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • Full-time, continuing position in the arts, architecture and/or material culture of the Islamic world
  • The department is particularly interested in candidates whose work engages with Islamic arts of the Persianate and/or Indian Ocean worlds, and demonstrates current critical and theoretical approaches within the discipline
  • Application Deadline: 07 March 2018
  • Contact for further information: Dr. Catriona Moore: catriona.moore@sydney.edu.au
  • Application Website


Professor in Social and Cultural History of Islam and Islamic Worlds, University of Lausanne

  • Application is for position as Full Professor or Assistant Professor (Tenure-track to Associate Professor)
  • Successful applicant will participate in the activities of the Institute for History and Anthropology of Religions (IHAR), and eventually lead the institute
  • Courses will be primarily taught in French; English instruction during the first two years is possible
  • Applicants must have a PhD in History, History of the religions or a title considered to be equivalent
  • Application Deadline: 08 March 2018
  • Contact for further information: Maritza Erb: Maritza.Erb@unil.ch
  • Application Website


Preceptor in Modern Turkish, Harvard University

  • Position in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Position is for a three year term, renewable to five years, beginning 01 July 2018
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a solid academic background and with interest and knowledge of contemporary Turkish humanities and/or social sciences
  • Position entails teaching a minimum of five courses per year
  • Application Deadline: 28 February 2018
  • Contact for further information: Jocelyn Guizar: jguizar@fas.harvard.edu
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Arkansas

  • Tenure track position in the Department of Political Science and the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in political science or a related field conferred by the start of employment
  • Position begins in August 2018
  • Deadline for full consideration: 04 February 2018
  • Application Website


Open Rank Faculty Position in Arabic, Claremont McKenna College

  • Non-tenure-track position with a three year term, with the possibility of renewal
  • Applicants must possess a PhD in Arabic or in a related discipline and have at least three years experience teaching at the university level
  • The teaching load is five courses per academic year
  • Application deadline: 28 February 2018
  • Application website


Visiting Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

  • Full-time, nine month position in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, spanning both the Religion and History faculty
  • Applicants must possess a PhD in history or a related field
  • Position will teach nine courses a year over three terms (Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • Term goes from 16 September 2018 to 15 June 2019; reappointment is possible at the discretion of the school director
  • Application Deadline: 01 March 2018
  • Contact for further information: Nicole Von Germeten: Nicole.vonGermeten@oregonstate.edu
  • Application Website


Senior Academic Position in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Tel Aviv University

  • Tenured or tenure-track position in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, beginning October 2018
  • Department is looking for applicants in the fields of Modern Arab literature,  Linguistics, or the Quran and Hadith
  • Applicants must hold a PhD by October 2018, and be proficient in English with a strong command of Arabic and Hebrew
  • Applications, including a CV and samples of publications, should be sent to Dr. Uriya Shavit (Head, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel) or emailed to Shirel Perlberg-Gam: shirelpg@tauex.tau.ac.il
  • Three letters of recommendation from senior scholars are to be sent directly to those addresses
  • Application Deadline: 10 March 2018
  • Department Website (in English)


Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Hamad bin Khalifa University

  • Application for the position of associate dean for academic affairs, at the rank of associate professor or professor in Islamic studies in the College of Islamic Studies
  • Applicants must have doctorate degree with a professorship title in the field of Islamic studies
  • Successful candidate will have extensive experience in the tasks and commitments related to the profile of the associate dean
  • Position open until filled
  • Application Website

Scholar Rescue Fund, Institute of International Education

  • IIE-SRF fellowships support visiting appointments for threatened scholars to continue their work in safety at partnering academic institutions worldwide.
  • Applicants may apply directly or may have a third party submit application materials on their behalf.
  • Eligibility criteria link
  • Rolling application
  • Application page
  • Contact/Applications: srf@iie.org


The following organizations provide lists of open faculty positions and employment opportunities. These lists may contain positions that have since been filled.


Middle East Studies Association


Carolina Center for the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations


H-Net, Humanities and Social Sciences Online

Professional/Staff Positions

Managing Editor, Harvard Law School

  • Position as editor of SHARIAsource at the Islamic Legal Studies Program (ILSP) at Harvard Law School
  • Editor is responsible for supporting and managing (1) portal content and publication, (2) portal technology and development; and (3) program administration and communication
  • Term position, expected to last one year
  • Bachelor’s degree and five or more years of related experience in administrative, editorial and business/tech start-up environment required, JD or other advanced degree preferred
  • Application Deadline: Open until filled
  • Application Website


Junior Library Manager, Middle East Institute

  • Work involves responsibility for the management of the library collection and for the provision of library services to patrons and MEI staff
  • Must have an ALA-accredited Bachelors degree in Library Science, with experience in an academic, research or special library setting
  • Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@mei.edu
  • Website


Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian, Emory University

  • The subject librarian serves 22 faculty, 10 graduate students, and 12 undergraduate majors and 2 minors
  • Applicants must have an ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent education and experience (subject expertise)
  • Fluency in Arabic required, along with reading knowledge of Persian
  • Position open until filled
  • Website