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, Princeton University

  • Post-doctoral or more senior research position in the history, politics, economics, religion, and/or culture of Iran and the Persian Gulf region in the 20th and/or 21st century, starting in September 2019
  • Position is with the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies
  • This full-time twelve-month position may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance and funding
  • Deadline for full consideration: 31 October 2018
  • Application Website


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 Fellowship, Yale University

  • Application for the Ehsan Yarshater Fellowship in Iranian and Persian Studies for 2019-20 (renewable for one year), Yale Program in Iranian Studies
  • The Post-Doctoral Associate will teach one course during the year, pursue his/her own research, and participate in the activities of the Iranian Studies Program and Council on Middle East Studies
  • Review of Applications begins December 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Cristin Siebert: cristin.siebert@yale.edu
  • 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

Dissertation/Fieldwork Grants

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

PhD Position, University of Amsterdam

  • PhD position researching Morisco displacements within the NWO-funded VICI project ‘The Invention of the Refugee in Early Modern Europe’ led by Prof. Geert Janssen
  • Project is within the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH), one of six schools in the Faculty of Humanities under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research
  • Applicants must have a MA or MPhil degree in Early Modern History, Religious/Islamic Studies, or other relevant field in the Humanities and an excellent command of English, preferably a good command of Spanish and/or Arabic
  • Application Deadline: 12 October 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)


Residential Fellowships, National Humanities Center

  •  The National Humanities Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2019 through May 2020
  • Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials
  • Most of the Center’s fellowships are unrestricted; particular areas of research include theology and area studies, among others
  • The Center seeks to provide half salary up to $65000 with the expectation that a Fellow’s home institution will cover the remaining salary
  • Application Deadline: 17 October 2018
  • Contact for general inquiries: info@nationalhumanitiescenter.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

Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati

  • Tenure-track position for the Inayat and Ishrat Malik Professorship in Islamic Studies; the position will begin in the fall of 2019
  • Applications are welcome from scholars in the field of Islamic Studies, with research and teaching interests in such areas as Anthropology, Comparative Religion, Arabic, Ethics, Gender Studies, History, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Theology
  • The tenure-track position will be housed in the department in the College of Arts & Sciences most appropriate to the candidate’s degree; joint appointments are possible
  • PhD is required, as well as prior teaching experience and evidence of scholarly excellence
  • Position open until filled
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr Jeff Zalar, Chair of the Search Committee: zalarjy@ucmail.uc.edu
  • Application Website


Sheikh Zayid Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies, American University of Beirut

  • Position to fill the distinguished Sheikh Zayid Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the level of Associate or Full Professor, to begin on 15 August 2019
  • Candidates are required to have made highly distinguished and internationally acclaimed contributions in one or more academic fields of Arabic and Islamic Studies as conceived broadly
  • Chair is based in the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) where the MA program in Islamic Studies is housed
  • Review of Applications begins 15 November 2018
  • Applicants should send an updated CV, a detailed statement of research and teaching plans (in English), and the names and addresses of at least three references by email to as_dean@aub.edu.lb
  • Application Information


Islamic Studies Position, Bard College

  • Full-time, tenure-track position in the area of Islamic Studies, to begin September 2019
  • The geographical area of specialization is open, though the successful candidate will also teach within the Middle Eastern Studies program
  • PhD or near completion is required, and teaching experience is highly desirable
  • Application Deadline: 15 October 2018
  • Application Website


Professor, Boston College

  • Position at the rank of full professor holding the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship in Islamic and Asian Art in the Art, Art History, and Film Department, beginning 01 July 2019
  • Candidates should have an outstanding publication record and an active research agenda, and should be committed to teaching in an undergraduate department at a Liberal Arts university
  • The appointee will teach introductory courses in Islamic art and architecture, and upper-level courses and research seminars in his or her areas of specialization, with the opportunity to teach graduate students from other departments
  • Application Deadline: 15 November 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr Pamela Berger: berger@bc.edu
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, Wellesley College

  • Tenure-track assistant professor of Islamic Art in the Department of Art, specializing in the art, architecture, and/or material culture of the Islamic world before 1500
  • Successful candidate will develop a curriculum attentive to the intersections of Islamicate arts with the arts of the Western Medieval and Byzantine worlds and teach a 2-2 load
  • Review of Applications begins 29 October 2018
  • Application Website


Open-Rank Faculty Position, American University of Beirut

  • Full-time, tenure-track faculty position in modern Middle East history, with a focus on the Arabic-speaking world, open to all ranks (assistant, associate, and full professor)
  • Position beginning 15 August 2019 in the Department of History and Archaeology
  • The position is open to scholars of all regions and thematic interests, but the department especially welcomes applications of candidates working on questions of political economy and/or social history within a comparative perspective
  • Application Deadline: 30 November 2018
  • Application materials should be emailed to as_dean@aub.edu.lb
  • Application Information


Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University

  •  Tenure-track position in the history of the modern Middle East in the Department of History
  • Position begins August 2019
  • Applicants should have completed a PhD in modern Middle Eastern history at the time of the appointment
  • Review of applications begins 15 October 2018
  • Three letters of reference should be sent to Dr. Patricia Pelley, chair, Modern Middle East Search Committee, Texas Tech University-Dept. of History, Box 41013, Lubbock, TX 79409-1013
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Tenure-track position for an assistant professor of the twentieth-century Arab world in the History Department
  • Applicants specializing in any area of the Arab world will be considered; candidates with an ability to conduct research using Middle East languages, particularly Arabic, are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must hold a PhD in History or equivalent by start of appointment, 01 August 2019 expected
  • Position open until filled; apply by 01 November 2018 for full consideration
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr Laird Boswell: lboswell@wisc.edu
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, Smith College

  • Tenure-track position in modern Middle East History in the Program in Middle East Studies
  • The successful candidate will teach four courses per year on the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa, including regular offerings of an introductory course on The Making of the Modern Middle East and a course on Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • Ph.D. in History is expected by the time of appointment
  • Review of applications begins 01 October 2018
  • Application Website


Assistant or Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Position for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Arabic language and culture with preferred competence in modern Arabic literature, cinema, media, or digital humanities and/or interdisciplinary Middle East and North African Studies (MENAS)
  • Appointment is with the School of Modern Languages in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
  • Applicants must hold a PhD in Arabic or related field, with native or near-native fluency in both Modern Standard Arabic and at least one Arabic dialect
  • Review of Applications begins 15 October 2018
  • Application materials must be emailed to arabichire@modlangs.gatech.edu
  • Application Description


Faculty Position, Hamilton College

  • Tenure-track position in any discipline on Islam in Asia, including Iran/Persia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, to begin 01 July 2019
  • PhD by the time of appointment is preferred, but ABDs nearing completion of the dissertation will be considered
  • Teaching load is four courses during the first year and five courses thereafter
  • Application Deadline: 05 October 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Professor Thomas Wilson, Director, Asian Studies: twilson@hamilton.edu
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

  • Full-time, tenure-track position in Arab Middle Eastern Studies at the rank of assistant professor beginning in Fall 2019
  • Position in the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • PhD (or foreign equivalent) in a relevant field is required; native or near-native fluency in English and Arabic are also required
  • Areas of specialization may include, but are not limited to, the Nahda, intellectual history, postcolonial studies, environment and ecocriticism, space and migration, gender and sexuality, and film and media
  • Application Deadline: 01 November 2018
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, Swarthmore College

  • Tenure-track position in Arabic Language and Literature at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2019
  • Preference for candidates specializing in Arabic Language and Literature with a focus on Arabic literature in diaspora, modern Arabic poetry, the Arabic novel, or another relevant sub-field
  • Successful candidate must have PhD in hand by August 2019
  • Application Deadline: 19 October 2018
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, Emory University

  • Tenure-track position in the area of Jews in the Islamic World with the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies and the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies
  • Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand by 01 August 2019
  • Successful applicant must demonstrate a broad knowledge of the cultural and historical context of Jewish-Islamic interactions across time and space and to have excellent relevant language skills
  • Review of Applications begins 09 November 2018
  • Application Website


Lecturer, University of Southern California

  • Full-time, teaching-track lecturer position to teach beginning through advanced Arabic in the Department of Middle East Studies
  • MA or PhD in Arabic, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, or related field required
  • Candidates must demonstrate the ability to teach a dialect of colloquial Arabic in addition to Modern Standard Arabic
  • Position open until filled
  • Contact for inquiries: Ms. Renee Almassizadeh: almassiz@usc.edu
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, University of Colorado – Boulder

  • Tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level in Human Geography in the Department of Geography beginning August 2019
  • Priority will be given to candidates whose research specialization includes North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia or Southeast Asia
  • Topics of particular interest include the Muslim World, political Islam, energy, water and food, and conflict
  • Applicants must have a PhD or receive their PhD by 15 August 2019
  • Review of Applications begins 22 October 2018
  • Application Website


Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi

  • Position for a non-tenure-track visiting assistant professor for the new Arabic Language Flagship program beginning January 2019; position is within the Department of Modern Languages
  • Successful candidate will teach all levels of Arabic following the program’s curriculum and must have substantial experience in teaching Arabic to American university students
  • PhD in Arabic or a related field and native or near-native proficiency in Arabic required
  • Position open until filled
  • Application Website


Marash and Ocuin Chair in Ottoman, Mizrahi, and Sephardic Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

  • Full-time faculty position to carry tenure in a department appropriate to the candidate’s discipline and area of research
  • Incumbent of the Chair will be a scholar of the history and culture of Ottoman Jewry as well as of Sephardi and Mizrahi Jewry in modern contexts, including Israel, with expertise in a given sub-specialty and teaching depth across a broad range of the field
  • Review of applications begins 30 September 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: search committee chair, Dr Jonathan Decter: decter@brandeis.edu
  • Application Website


Associate Professor or Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio

  • Tenure-track Department Chair at the rank of associate professor or professor position at the Department of Political Science and Geography at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
  • PhD in Political Science or closely-related field required; teaching and research specialization are open
  • Committee is looking for:
    • Evidence of sustained excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service
    • Successful administrative and leadership experience in an academic unit, including budgetary experience, time management and scheduling, conflict resolution, and unit advancement
  • Appointment begins 15 August 2019
  • Application Deadline: 15 October 2018
  • Application Website


Lecturer in the Arabic Language, Colgate University

  • Tull-time, non-tenure-track three-year renewable Lecturer position in the Arabic Language; position may be renewed for additional three-year periods, contingent upon excellent performance and institutional need
  • Appointee must have at least an MA in a field relevant to Arabic language studies, with preference given to Applied Linguistics or Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language
  • Review of applications begins 05 October 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Nicole Catgenova: ncatgenova@colgate.edu
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, Cornell University

  • Two full-time, tenure-track positions in Comparative Politics at the rank of assistant professor in the Department of Government
  • The department has special interest in candidates whose research and teaching interests include the Middle East, South Asia, Eastern Europe/Russia, and/or big data topics
  • PhD is required no later than 01 July 2019
  • Review of applications begins 15 September 2018
  • Application Website


Arabic Lecturer, Cornell University

  • Full-time renewable appointment as a Lecturer of Arabic in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Position begins 01 January 2019 with a  teaching load of 3 courses per semester
  • Required:
    • Master’s degree or equivalent in Arabic language, literature, linguistics, or language pedagogy
    • Native or near native fluency in Arabic: oral fluency in spoken Arabic, and written fluency in Modern Standard Arabic
    • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Application Deadline: 30 September 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Julie Graham: jlg58@cornell.edu
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

  • Position for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the field of global digital media to begin 01 July 2019
  • Applicants must have have a PhD in media studies or a related field in hand by 01 July 2019
  • Focus on Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, or the Middle East, welcome
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching American undergraduates in an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels
  • Review of applications begins 01 October 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Jacki Baroody: baroody@hws.edu
  • Application Website


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 PhD 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, Johns Hopkins University

  • Tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Comparative Thought and Literature, with an anticipated start date on 01 July 2019
  • Preference for a scholar with a focus at the intersection of comparative literature, philosophy, and aesthetics in Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia, or East Asia after 1750
  • Application Deadline: 15 November 2018
  • Application Website


Professor of Government, Harvard University

  • Position for a tenure-track professor of government, open with respect to subfields of political science
  • Special interest in research focusing on democratic dysfunction, international insecurity, unequal development, or collective action problems in any area of the world or without a specific area focus
  • Doctorate or terminal degree in Political Science or related disciplines required by the time the appointment begins
  • Review of Applications begins 15 September 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Nataliya Khrustalova Gray: nkhrustalova@fas.harvard.edu
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, Brandeis University

  • Tenure-track position in ancient Mesopotamian Civilization at the assistant professor level, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, beginning Fall 2019
  • Position is for a scholar with a specialization in ancient Mesopotamian languages and literatures (Assyriology)
  • Applicants must have a completed PhD by June 2019 and demonstrate a potential for academic productivity
  • Application Deadline: 01 October 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: search chair Dr David Wright: wright@brandeis.edu
  • 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


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


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

Middle East and North Africa Librarian, George Washington University

  • Position of Middle East and North Africa Librarian (MENA Librarian) with George Washington University Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI)
  • The MENA Librarian is responsible for the informed development of collections in Arabic, English and other languages of the region and purposeful outreach to faculty, students, and colleagues
  • Graduate degree in a social science or humanities discipline, with an emphasis on Middle East/North African Studies, and anadvanced proficiency in reading and writing Arabic are required
  • Position open until filled
  • Application Website


  • 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


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