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 Research Associate, Brown University

  • One-year post-doctoral research associate in Palestine and Palestinian Studies with the Center for Middle East Studies; possibility of renewal for a second year
  • The position is part of the ongoing initiative, New Directions in Palestinian Studies, which seeks to critically explore and facilitate innovative lines of academic inquiry in this field
  • Scholars who received PhDs within five years of the application deadline are eligible to apply
  • Associates will teach one class per year, in addition to their research and participation in programming on campus
  • Application Deadline: 01 November 2018
  • Contact for further information: palestinianstudies@brown.edu
  • Application Website


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

  • Three- year position on Transnational Twelver Shiism with the Department of Theology and Religion, beginning January 2019
  • Fellow will work on the ERC-funded project ‘Creating an Alternative umma: Clerical Authority and Religio-political Mobilisation in Transnational Shii Islam (ALTERUMMA)’ project, led by Professor Oliver Scharbrodt
  • Applicant must have a PhD on a topic related to thematic remit of the post (e.g. transnational religio-political activism in the contemporary Middle East) and a very good command of Arabic
  • Application Deadline: 19 July 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr. Oliver Scharbrodt: O.Scharbrodt@bham.ac.uk
  • Application Website


Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

  • Five, one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities awarded by the Wolf Humanities Center (formerly Penn Humanities Forum)
  • 2019-2020 Topic: KINSHIP: calls for a reappraisal of the myriad possibilities for remembering, challenging, and reimagining kinship
  • Scholars who received or will receive their PhD between December 2010 and December 2018 are eligible to apply
  • The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree, and applicants must be humanists or those in such allied fields as anthropology or history of science
  • Application Deadline: 15 October 2018
  • Application Information
  • Application Page


Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences, Princeton University

  • Fellowship through the Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts; four fellowships available including two Open Fellowships in any discipline represented in the Society and one Fellowship in Humanistic Studies
  • Fellows are appointed each year for three-year terms in residence to pursue research and teach half-time in their academic host department
  • Eligibility: Applicants awarded the Ph.D.: degree conferral after January 1, 2017; Applicants not yet awarded the Ph.D.: degree conferral by June 15, 2019
  • Application Deadline: 22 August 2018
  • Fellowship Information Website
  • Application Website

Dissertation/Fieldwork Grants

MEM Dissertation Prize, Middle East Medievalists


BRAIS-De Gruyter Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World

  • Prize is awarded annually to the best doctoral thesis or unpublished first monograph based on a doctoral thesis
  • English-language submissions on any aspect of the academic study of Islam and the Muslim world, past and present, including Muslim-minority societies are accepted; applicants must be BRAIS members
  • The award includes publication of the winning manuscript and a prize of £1,000, and it will be officially presented at the Annual Conference of BRAIS
  • Application components must be submitted to prize@brais.ac.uk 
  • Deadline for submissions: 01 October 2018
  • Information Page

Masters/PhD Scholarships

Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Oslo

  • A three-year Doctoral Research Fellowship in history is available at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History (IAKH), University of Oslo, sepervised by Associate Professor Toufoul Abou-Hodeib
  • The applicant is asked to propose a project that deals with the social and cultural history of the twentieth-century Middle East, with a focus on Egypt or the Levant
  • Applicants are required to hold an MA in History or an equivalent degree and be fluent in English
  • Application Deadline: 01 September 2018
  • Application 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
  • The application requires online submission of a research project, a curriculum vitae, and a writing sample
  • Application deadline: 01 November 2018
  • Information page
  • Application Page (login required)


Summer Stipends, National Endowment for the Humanities

  • Stipends for projects beginning May 2019; awarded to individual scholars, organizations are not eligible to apply
  • Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months
  • Application Deadline: 26 September 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: NEH’s Division of Research Programs at 202-606-8200 or stipends@neh.gov
  • Program Information Website
  • Application Website


Research Fellowship Program, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

  • Fellowship funds one scholar or team of scholars to carry out research in Oman each year
  • The fellowship is open to PhD candidates and university academics who are US citizens or affiliated with an American university
  • Application Deadline: 16 September 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: info@sqcc.org
  • Application Website


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

Assistant Professor, Leiden University

  • Position for an Assistant Professor in Islam in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa with the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL)
  • Applicants must have completed a PhD within a relevant discipline by August 2018 and be fluent in English, Arabic and an African language; successful applicant will be expected to learn Dutch within two years
  • Successful candidate will facilitate an enhanced understanding of Islam in Africa within contemporary global contexts and conduct research and teach on the dynamics of Islam in Africa
  • Application Deadline: 06 July 2018
  • Contacts for inquiries: Professor Jan-Bart Gewald (j.b.gewald@asc.leidenuniv.nl) or Professor Jan Abbink (g.j.abbink@asc.leidenuniv.nl)
  • Complete applications must be sent to vacaturesasc@asc.leidenuniv.nl
  • Application Information


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)


Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin

  • Position is the Yunus Emre Institute Lectureship in Turkish Cultural History at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies
  • Position is a three-year, fixed-term contract as a joint appointment with the Yunus Emre Institute
  • Applicants must hold a PhD and have a strong research profile appropriate to their career stage; applications from candidates with a specialisation in the social and/or cultural history of the Ottoman Empire will be particularly welcome
  • Application Deadline: 25 June 2018
  • Application materials must be emailed to trinity@yee.org.tr
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr. Anne Fitzpatrick: fitzpaa@tcd.ie
  • Position description and information


Assistant Professor, Aga Khan University

  • Full-time faculty member position in Political Science at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
  • Candidates should have a PhD in Political Science with expertise in Muslim contexts
  • Successful applicant will undertake teaching and research activities in their filed and contribute to the Institute’s Governance for the Public Good in Muslim Contexts programme
  • Application Deadline: 06 July 2018
  • Application materials must be emailed to ismc.personnel@aku.edu
  • Position Information


Visiting Faculty Position, American University of Sharjah

  • One-year visiting appointment commencing in August 2018 in the Department of International Studies at AUS
  • Candidates must have a PhD in History, demonstrated teaching abilities, and a scholarly record
  • Candidates who can teach one or more of the following courses will have an advantage: Modern Arab History, Palestinian History, Ottoman History or a course on conflict in the Middle East
  • Deadline for full consideration: 30 June 2018
  • Position Information
  • Application Website


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


Visiting Assistant Professor, The College of Idaho

  • Position for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in Religious Studies beginning Fall 2018
  • Candidates should be able to teach a range of introductory and upper-division courses across the
    Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic traditions, in a 3-1-3 course load
  • Position open until filled
  • Application material must be emailed to HR@collegeofidaho.edu
  • Application Information


Swahili Lecturer, Northwestern University

  • Full-time, two-year term limited position as Lecturer of Swahili language with the Program of African Studies
  • Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree (Ph.D. is preferred) and native or near-native proficiency in Swahili and English
  • Duties include teaching up to nine quarter-long courses (3 per term) of Swahili, both elementary and advanced
  • Review of Applications begins 25 May 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Tiffany Williams-Cobleigh: t.cobleigh@northwestern.edu
  • Application Information
  • Application Website


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


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


Academic Program Specialist, University of Michigan

  • Position with the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC)
  • The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) is seeking a team member responsible to manage a virtual curriculum among the member universities of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) with the goal of providing high quality instruction in Global Islamic Studies.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant international or area studies field or an equivalent combination of education and experience; Master’s degree preferred, as well as one year of University of Michigan experience
  • Application Deadline: 27 June 2018
  • Application Website


Assistant/Associate Curator, Rhode Island School of Design

  • Position for an Assistant or Associate Curator (based on experience) of Asian and Islamic Art at the Museum of Art at RISD
  • Masters or equivalent combination of education and experience, with a specialization in East Asian or Islamic art, and fluency in a language relevant to the area of expertise required; PhD is preferred
  • The successful candidate will spearhead a lively program of activities connecting audiences to a collection of more than 5000 objects spanning a period of almost 5,000 years and covering the geographic areas of East and South Asia and the Islamic world
  • Deadline for full consideration: 25 May 2018
  • Application Website


U.S. Program Advisor, American Research Center in Egypt

  • Three-year position tasked with developing, planning and implementing US based programs with the goal of advancing American – Egyptian cultural understanding; based in Alexandria, VA
  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. or be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. and at the ABD stage
  • Prior academic study or professional experience in Egypt or the Middle East or prior experience in Egyptology, Archaeology or Islamic Studies is an advantage
  • Application Deadline: 30 June 2018
  • Application materials must be emailed to Recruitment@ARCE.org
  • Application Information