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

Research Associate in British Muslim Studies, Cardiff University

  • Three-year fixed-term post in the field of British Muslim Studies at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, based in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion
  • Applicants are required to have a postgraduate degree at PhD level (completed, or about to complete) in the field of British Muslim Studies
  • Preference may be given to those with a speciality in the sociology or anthropology of Muslim communities in Britain (especially method and theory); and/or Islam and Muslim communities in Wales
  • Application Deadline: 04 June 2018
  • Application Website


Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto

  • Position for a post-doctoral fellow in South Asian Studies with the Centre for South Asian Civilizations at the University of Toronto, two-year term beginning 01 September 2018
  • Candidates working in any field of South Asian Studies are encouraged to apply
  • Application Deadline: 11 June 2018
  • Contact for further information: csac@utoronto.ca
  • Completed applications should be sent to csac@utoronto.ca with the subject line of ‘CSAC PostDoc’
  • Application information


Post-Doctoral Research Scholar, Columbia University

  • Two available positions at the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University
  • The Institute plans to make two, three-year appointments (pending funding), with one position focused on Africa and the other on South Asia, proposed starting date 01 September 2018
  • The postdoctoral research scholar(s) will actively participate in the intellectual development and program activities related to the project “Rethinking Public Religion in Africa and South Asia”
  • PhD in religious studies, anthropology, history, or a related discipline (awarded between 31 August 2016 and 31 August 2018) is required
  • Review of Applications begins 23 April 2018
  • Information page
  • Application Website


Post-Doctorat en Islamologie,  l’Université Catholique de Louvain (in French)

  • Fellowship supports research on Classical Islam (Qu’ran, hadith, theology, mysticism, etc.)
  • Two year position beginning 01 October 2018
  • PhD received in the last six years and ability to communicate orally in French required
  • Application Deadline: 15 June 2018
  • Application materials must be sent to vicedoyen-teco@uclouvain.be
  • Application description


Post-Doctoral Researcher, Ohio State University

  • Two-year Post-doctoral Researcher in the area of “The Global Mediterranean”, working with the Departments of Comparative Studies, French and Italian, German Languages and Literatures, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and The Film Studies Program
  • Research working on global migration, specifically Middle East/North Africa flows to southern and northern Europe, preferred
  • Review of Applications begins 01 May 2018
  • Contact for Inquiries: Dana Renga (renga.1@osu.edu) and Robert Holub (Holub.5@osu.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

Masters/PhD Scholarships

Research Assistant (PhD Position), Freie Universität Berlin

  • Position with the Freigeist Research Group “The Cold War’s Clash of Civilizations” and the Center for Global History
  • The research group is focused on interactions between the socialist world and Islamist movements during the twentieth century
  • MA degree in History with a significant focus in non-European history (Russia/Eastern Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, South Asia or Southeast Asia) or area studies with a strong historical focus required
  • Application Deadline: 18 June 2018
  • Applications must be emailed to Herrn Dr. Timothy Nunan: timothy.nunan@fu-berlin.de
  • Information Website


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

Fellowships in Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study

  • Twenty to twenty-five openings available, including for the 2019-20 theme, “Economy and Society”
  • Doctorate or equivalent required by the time of appointment
  • Application period opens on 01 June 2018; application deadline is 01 November 2018
  • Information page
  • Posting will be updated when the application window opens


Research Scholar, Georgetown University in Qatar

  • Position working on a grant on “Islamic Definition of the Nuclear Family in the wake of Modern Biomedical Technology”
  • Four month position in Fall 2018 with possibility of extension into Spring 2019
  • PhD required, as well as knowledge and expertise in the legal systems of the Middle East and/or the interface between Islamic law and modern legal systems within Muslim-majority or Muslim-minority contexts
  • Position open until filled
  • Application Website

Faculty Positions

Professor in History, Sciences Po

  • Position for a professor in history specializing in the “history of contemporary Maghreb”
  • All areas of historical research are welcome, with a strong preference for the political, social and cultural history that is the focus of the Center for history
  • Application deadline: 03 September 2018
  • Professors who are working at an institution of higher education outside of France and are not certified by the
    Conseil national des universités (CNU) need to ask Sciences Po’s Academic Board to determine their eligibility for
    this position. They must reach out to the head of the selection committee – marc.lazar@sciencespo.fr – by 15
    June 2018
  • Position description
  • Application website (in French)


Assistant Professor in Persian, University of Arizona

  • Position is the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Professor of Persian Language, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS)
  • The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Persian language, applied linguistics, or literature, or a closely related field, and will have experience in second language teaching at the college level
  • Native or near-native fluency in both Persian and English is required, along with demonstrated innovation in pedagogical design and use of technology in language learning
  • Career-track level position with a three year, renewable appointment
  • Review of Applications begins 01 April 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Eldon Nathaniel Vita: envita@email.arizona.edu
  • Application Website


Tenure-Track Position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, Clark University

  • Applications for the endowed Michael and Lisa Leffell Chair in twentieth-century Jewish history, Department of History
  • Specializations in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Near or Middle East, and/or the transnational movement of peoples and cultures between these regions are especially welcome
  • Position begins Fall 2019
  • Review of Applications begins 15 September 2018
  • Please send a letter of application including a statement of research and teaching interests, C.V., and three letters of reference to Professor Thomas Kühne, Chair, Leffell Chair Search: LeffellChairSearch@clarku.edu
  • Application Information


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, Towson University

  • 10-month Visiting Assistant Professor in the history of Islam and the history of the modern Middle East in the Department of History beginning August 2018; non-tenure track
  • PhD or ABD required; all degree requirements must be fulfilled by 01 February 2019
  • Application should include a two page letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and one sample syllabus
  • Position open until filled; applications should be sent to pineo@towson.edu
  • Contact for further information: Professor Ronn Pineo, Chair, Department of History: pineo@towson.edu
  • Application Information


Visiting Assistant Professorship, Indiana University

  • Position in Modern Middle Eastern History, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) in the School of Global and International Studies (SGIS)
  • A PhD is required prior to appointment
  • Preference will be shown to candidates who can offer courses in general history of the Modern Middle East as well as thematic courses
  • Review of Applications begins 02 April 2018
  • Contact for information about the position: Professor Nazif Shahrani:  shahrani@indiana.edu
  • Application Website


Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic, Bard College

  • Two-year position with the Division of Languages and Literatures at Bard College’s Middle Eastern Studies (MES) program
  • Recent PhD in Arabic literature and culture, native or near-native proficiency in Arabic and English, and experience teaching Arabic required
  • Successful applicant will teach three Arabic courses in both spring and fall semesters
  • Position open until filled
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr. Elizabeth Holt: holt@bard.edu
  • Application Website


Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies, Connecticut College

  • Position for the 2018-2019 academic year beginning 01 July 2018
  • Ph.D. or ABD in Arabic Studies or a related field with native or near-native fluency in Arabic required
  • The successful candidate will teach three courses in both the fall and spring term
  • Review of Applications begins 06 April 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr. Darryl Phillips: dphilli2@conncoll.edu
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor of Arabic, Virginia Military Institute

  • Three-year, non-tenure-track appointment in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Ph.D. in Arabic / Arabic Studies or related field required
  • The successful candidate will teach six courses per year
  • Faculty members at VMI wear uniforms and adhere to military customs, but military experience is not required
  • Position open until filled; review of applications begins 01 April 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr. Donald R. Sunnen: sunnendr@vmi.edu
  • 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


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

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian, University of Florida

  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian [AMES Librarian] year-round (12 month) tenure-track library faculty position at the Assistant or Associate University Librarian level
  • Position supports the University’s academic programs including the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC), as well as interdisciplinary programs supported by the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, such as International Studies and the Center for Global Islamic Studies
  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science, eight years of experience, and fluency in Mandarin required
  • Application Deadline: 02 July 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office: bonniesmith@ufl.edu
  • Application Website


Subject Librarian, Netherlands Institute Morocco (NIMAR) in Rabat

  • Position is Subject Librarian Morocco, North Africa & the Middle East (1.0 full-time equivalent), starting on 01 September 2018 for a one-year, renewable term
  • A completed library, information and/or media qualification at a minimum of HBO level required
  • Languages required: An excellent command of the Arabic (modern standard Arabic), Moroccan and French languages and a good command of English and/or Dutch, both orally and in writing
  • Application Deadline: 03 June 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Tijmen Baarda, Subject librarian Middle East and the Islamic world: t.c.baarda@library.leidenuniv.nl
  • Application Website


Associate Director, Hagop Kevorkian Center

  • Position at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science, New York University
  • Associate director is responsible for managing fundraising activities and Center finances and budget, cultural and academic outreach, long-term planning assistance, and overseeing center programming
  • MA or equivalent in Near Eastern Studies or related academic field and 5-8 years of related work experience required
  • PhD and knowledge of a Middle Eastern language preferred
  • Application Deadline: Open until filled
  • Application Website


Librarian/Curator, University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)

  • Position as Librarian/Curator for Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Jewish Studies, Department of  International Studies, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Position is responsible for collection development and management, reference, and instruction in assigned areas in order to support and advance research-level scholarship by UCLA students and faculty
  • MLS or equivalent experience, research-level knowledge in Middle East Studies or Islamic Studies or Jewish Studies, fluency in Arabic, and reading knowledge of Turkish or Persian or Hebrew required
  • Deadline for full consideration: 24 April 2018
  • Application Website


Associate Director, Programs (NGO)-Conflict Resolution Program (The Carter Center)

  • Position involves assisting the Director of Conflict Resolution Program and the Vice President of Peace Programs in designing, implementing and evaluating the program’s mission and strategy
  • Bachelor’s degree in field related to specific program as indicated and six years program related experience required
  • Post-graduate degree in conflict resolution, international relations, area studies, international law, or related fields, and experience working with conflicts in the Middle East or Africa preferred.
  • Application Deadline: Open until filled
  • 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