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 Fellowship in Middle East Studies, Yale University

  • Position through the Council on Middle East Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies
  • Applicants must have completed a PhD by the beginning of the appointment
  • Applications from any relevant field in the humanities are welcome, preferably with a focus on early modern Middle East history and culture (1350-1800)
  • One year position beginning 01 July 2018, renewable for a second year
  • Review of Applications begins 15 March 2018
  • Application Website


Post-Doctoral Fellow, Wake Forest University

  • Position in the Middle East and South Asia Studies (MESA) Program of Wake Forest University, beginning Fall 2018
  • Applicants must be formally trained in Hindi/Urdu language instruction and possess a PhD in a relevant field no later than 15 August 2018
  • The fellow will be required to teach Elementary Hindi/Urdu I during the fall semester and Elementary Hindi/Urdu II during the spring semester
  • Application Deadline: 15 March 2018
  • Contact for questions about the application process: wakejobs@wfu.edu
  • Application Website


Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Religion, Bowdoin College

  • One-year Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in Religion with a focus on Islam to begin July 1, 2018
  • Fellows are expected to teach three courses for the 2018-19 academic year
  • Application Deadline: 26 March 2018
  • Application Website


Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Arabic, Bowdoin College

  • One-year position to begin 01 July 2018, with possibility of a one year extension after review
  • Fellows are expected to teach three courses for the 2018-19 academic year and participate in the College’s Initiative in Middle Eastern and North African Studies
  • Applicants for this fellowship must have completed their Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2015
  • Review of Applications begins 01 February 2018
  • Application Website


Post-Doctoral Fellowships Program, Tel Aviv University

  • Four Dean’s Distinction Post-Doctoral Fellowships available through the Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities
  • One fellowship in each of the following schools: the Shirley and Leslie Porter School of Cultural Studies, the Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies and Archaeology, the School of Philosophy, Linguistics and Science Studies, the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies
  • Applicants must secure a faculty sponsor
  • Application Deadline: 10 April 2018
  • Applications should be submitted by email to humpostdoc@tauex.tau.ac.il


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

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

ADF Fellowship in Druze and Arab Studies, Georgetown University

  • Fellowship provided through a partnership between the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University and the American Druze Foundation (ADF)
  • The ADF Fellowship is available to both untenured and tenured holders of PhDs
  • The ADF Fellowship supports academic research in the disciplines of history, political science, sociology, economics, anthropology, and archaeology, for a nine month term
  • Application Deadline: 09 March 2018
  • Contact for further information: Kelli Harris: kelli.harris@georgetown.edu
  • Application 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

Faculty Position in Islamic Studies, the American University in Cairo

  • Five-year, term position in the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations (ARIC)
  • The successful candidate is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses on Islamic Law, Qur’an, Hadith, or Islamic Philosophy, in both Arabic and English, as well as supervise MA theses
  • A PhD in Islamic Studies is required at the beginning of the appointment
  • Review of Applications begins 31 March 2018
  • Application Website


Visiting Assistant Professor in Arab Studies, Davidson College

  • Two-year visiting position in Arab Studies beginning 01 July 2018
  • Native proficiency of Arabic and a PhD completed by August 2018 are required
  • The candidate will be expected to teach Arabic language courses as well as advanced Arabic content courses on an aspect of culture related to the candidate’s area of research interest (five courses over two semesters)
  • Review of Applications begins 21 March 2018
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, United States Military Academy

  • Three year position for an Instructor/Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Middle East History
  • Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae (CV), academic transcripts, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, three Letters of Recommendation, and Sample of Scholarly Work required
  • Contact for submission of application materials:
    • CPT Richard Lovering
      Department of History
      Thayer Hall, Bldg 601
      United States Military Academy
      West Point, NY 10996or by email to:
  • Application Deadline: 30 March 2018
  • Application Website


Lecturer of Arabic Studies, College of William and Mary

  • Non-tenure track instructor position in Arabic language and cultures, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
  • A Master’s degree in Arabic language, literature and culture (PhD preferred), native or near native fluency in MSA, one Arabic dialect and English, and a successful proficiency-based teaching record are required
  • The successful candidate will be expected to be an effective teacher and will have a 3-3 teaching load
  • Review of  applications begins 23 March 2018
  • 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

Outreach Associate, University of Michigan

  • Position at the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research
  • Two year position supporting a project titled, “Understanding Marginalized Communities in the Arab World Through Social Science Research: Gaining Insight, Enhancing Capacity, Building Collaborations, Contributing to Solutions”
  • Bachelor’s degree in survey methodology, political science, or another social science, 5-6 years of related experience, and fluency in Arabic required; Master’s degree or PhD preferred
  • Application Deadline: 15 March 2018
  • Contact for further information and questions: Michael Robbins: robbinmd@umich.edu
  • Application Website


Manuscripts of the Muslim World Cataloging Librarian, University of Pennsylvania

  • Position is for an Arabic script manuscript cataloging librarian as part of the Manuscripts of the Muslim World project
  • Term position, three year term
  • A MLS/MLIS and 2 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required; in addition, a graduate degree in Near Eastern Studies, Arabic or related fields is strongly preferred
  • Application Deadline: Open until filled
  • Application Website


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


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