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 Position, Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities

  • Post-doctoral position (3-5 years) for an Arabist for preparing a critical edition of Ptolemy’s Almagest
  • Position at the Project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus (PAL)
  • Position will start 01 January 2019 for a three-year, full-time term, with a possible extension to five years
  • Applicants must hold a PhD in an area relevant to the Project, have an excellent knowledge of Arabic philology as well as experience with manuscripts and editing Arabic texts, and an excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Application Deadline: 01 September 2018
  • Application components must be emailed to Dr. Dag Nikolaus Hasse: applications@ptolemaeus.badw.de
  • Application Information


University Assistant (With Doctorate), University of Graz

  • Position for a university assistant on Turkish Studies with the Centre for Southeast European Studies
  • Applicants must hold a PhD in the humanities or social sciences on a theme related to Turkey’s politics and society and master’s education in politics or international relations, history, sociology, cultural studies, or anthropology
  • Position is fixed-term employment until August 31, 2019; position to be filled as of September 3rd 2018
  • Application Deadline: 18 July 2018
  • Application materials must be emailed to bewerbung@uni-graz.at
  • Application Information


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


Teaching Fellow, Augustana College

  • Full-time one-year Teaching Fellow position in Religion beginning in August of the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Candidate with expertise in Islam sought; additional expertise and focuses might include one or more of the following: Muslim-Christian interactions, Inter-faith dialogue, Gender and Religion, and contemporary Islamic movements within and beyond North America and Western Europe
  • The teaching expectation will be 7 classes spread over three trimesters
  • Position open until filled
  • Application materials must be sent to sherrydocherty@augustana.edu
  • Application Information

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)


FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme, University of Freiburg

  • About 25 incoming or reintegration fellows per year (juniors and seniors) from all disciplines are given the opportunity of spending three to twelve months working on their own research project at the university’s research college, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
  • Successful applicants will conduct their fellowship between September 2019 and September 2020
  • Eligibility
    • Junior scheme: completed PhD plus one to six years post-doctoral experience
    • Senior scheme: completed PhD plus a minimum of six years post-doctoral research experience
  • Application Deadline: 15 September 2018
  • Application for Junior Scholars
  • Application for Senior Scholars


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 / Associate Professor / Professor, University of Helsinki

  • Position in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, rank depends upon experience and publications output
  • The focus of Islamic studies is on the history of Islam, the religion itself and Islamic cultures and societies from the 7th century to the present; the appointee can be acquainted with either the historical or current forms of Islam
  • The professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies will work within the overall context of African and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Helsinki
  • Application Deadline: 28 August 2018
  • Further information may be obtained from Jussi Pakkasvirta, Head of Department of Cultures: jussi.pakkasvirta@helsinki.fi
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, Queen’s University

  • Tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Gender and Social Movements in the Islamic World in the Department of Global Development Studies (DEVS)
  • Applicants whose research examines the rise of diverse social movements that have challenged authoritarian states, ailing development models, and cultural and political norms around gender and sexuality throughout the Islamic World, are welcome; geographic focus is open
  • Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment; the main criteria for selection are academic and teaching excellence
  • Application Deadline: 31 August 2018
  • Complete applications must be sent to Barbra Brousseau by email: bb13@queensu.ca
  • Applications should be addressed to Dr. Marcus Taylor, Department Head, Global Development Studies
  • Application Information


Assistant Professor, Stanford University

  • Tenure-track assistant professor in the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa, Department of History
  • Applicants with an emphasis on the Arab world from the late nineteenth century to the contemporary era preferred
  • The appointment will begin on 01 September 2019; Ph.D. must be in hand by the appointment start date
  • Application Deadline: 15 September 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Monica Wheeler: mwheeler@stanford.edu
  • Application Website


Instructors in Arabic, University of Oxford

  • Positions for two committed and highly effective Instructors in Arabic, to commence on 1 October 2018
  • One post is permanent, while the other is a 5 year fixed-term position covering the secondment of a colleague to a major research project
  • Instructors will give approximately 16 hours of teaching in language classes each week during the University’s term
  • Successful candidates will have a native or equivalent command of Arabic and an equivalent command of English
  • Ideally the candidates will also have completed a first degree or postgraduate qualification in Arabic language, language pedagogy or applied linguistics
  • Application Deadline: 01 August 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: recruitment@orinst.ox.ac.uk
  • Application Website


Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

  • Position for a Lecturer in Arabic and Middle Eastern Cultures, based in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES)
  • The lecturer will provide teaching and dissertation supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and will commence on 01 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter
  • A PhD on a relevant topic required, as well as expertise in a relevant Middle Eastern Studies discipline and an excellent command of Modern Standard Arabic or Classical Arabic
  • Application Deadline: 19 July 2018
  • Informal queries should be sent via email for the attention of Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz, Head of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, to llc@ed.ac.uk
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor / Associate Professor / Professor, National Chengchi University

  • Full-time, open-rank faculty member in the Department of Turkish Language and Culture at National Chengchi University in Taiwan
  • Native or near-native proficiency in English or Turkish and earned PhD degree in Turkish, Turkology teaching, or related fields, required
  • Applicants should be able to offer Turkish, English, or Chinese taught courses; applicants who are able to do research and guide master’s thesis and dissertation are preferred
  • Application Deadline: 17 September 2018
  • Application materials must be sent to turkish@nccu.edu.tw
  • 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)


Assistant/Associate Professor, American University in Dubai

  • Position for Assistant/Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences to begin teaching in Fall 2018
  • Position requires Ph.D. in Anthropology with a focus on the Middle East or a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on issues related to culture and society from a Western accredited institution at the time of appointment
  • Position open until filled
  • Application materials must be emailed to facultyrecruitment@aud.edu
  • Application Information


Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

  • Tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in the history of the modern Middle East in the Department of History
  • Expected start date of 01 July 2019
  • The successful candidate will show outstanding potential as an innovative scholar and researcher, as evidenced by their record of intellectual engagement, published work, and/or work in progress
  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. or will have a Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2019
  • Application Deadline: 01 September 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Search chair, Dr. Steven Lee: stevenhl@mail.ubc.ca
  • Application Website


Full Time Assistant Professor, New York University

  • Tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Pre-Modern Indian Ocean Studies at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • Position to commence on 01 September 2019
  • Candidate will focus on pre-modern Indian Ocean history, culture, politics, and economy, with a primary interest in the exchange of ideas, texts, cultural objects, commodities and trade patterns, and the intermigration of communities
  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment; demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college or university level; and a strong record of research and writing
  • Review of Applications begins 22 October 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Gallatin Human Resources: gallatin.hr@nyu.edu
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, Stanford University

  • Tenure-track, assistant professor position in any subfield in the Stanford Department of Political Science
  • Term of appointment would begin 01 September 2019
  • Successful candidates must demonstrate evidence of a creative research trajectory and a commitment to excellence in teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Review of applications begins 01 September 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Eliana Vasquez: elianav@stanford.edu
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, Trinity College

  • Joint, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Comparative Politics of the Global South with the Department of Political Science and the International Studies Program
  • Position commencing with the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Successful applicant will be expected to design courses that contribute to both Political Science and International Studies
  • PhD required, should be in hand or expected by the end of August 2019
  • Application Deadline: 01 October 2018
  • Application Website


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


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


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

  • Position for a collaborative, energetic, service-oriented subject specialist to provide outstanding library services in the interdisciplinary field of South Asian Studies (SAS) and to shape and enrich its growing library collections
  • Works closely with faculty, visiting scholars and students in the SAS Program, the Center for Global India, and other faculty and students working on SAS
  • PhD in a field related to South Asian Studies OR an ALA-accredited MLS degree with some South Asian Studies academic background required; minimum 2 years professional work experience in an academic research library
  • Applicants must be fluent in Hindi or Urdu
  • Position open until filled
  • Application Website


Senior Research Scientist, George Washington University

  • The Program on Extremism at George Washington University is seeking to expand its focus by hiring a Senior Research Scientist with expertise on violent and nonviolent Islamist movements in the Middle East
  • Position requires a master’s degree/PhD and at least 8 years of experience in a related discipline, to include two years of research and/or college level teaching in a field basic to the work to be performed
  • Fluency at a native or near native level in both English and Arabic, experience in the Middle East region, and established track record of publications on terrorism, counter-terrorism and counter radicalization, preferred
  • Position open until filled
  • Application Website


Head of Global Studies, Columbia University Libraries

  • Position for a team-oriented Head of Global Studies to provide leadership and vision for the support of globally focused research, learning and collection development
  • Position will lead a team of librarians with expertise in area studies (African Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American & Iberian Studies, Middle East & Islamic Studies, Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies, and South Asian Studies)
  • Required: ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS, MIS or the equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree or experience working in an academic library and experience in providing research support services for global and area studies
  • Position open until filled
  • 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