Positions/Grants/Scholarships in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

The Maydan is launching this new database on opportunities in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies as a common resource for both students and professionals. Included are faculty openings, post-doctoral positions, grants, and scholarships, among others. For additional opportunities, summer language programs can be found on our Database of Summer Language Programs.

Due to the time sensitive nature of these announcements, we will update this list as new opportunities are opened and remove postings when they are closed.

To add listings, please email journals@themaydan.com


Post-Doctoral Positions

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Linnaeus University

  • Position in Islamic Studies/History of religions with the Department of Cultural Sciences at Linnaeus University and the Concurrences Centre for Colonial and Post-Colonial Research
  • 6 months full-time or 12 months half-time position beginning 01 January 2019
  • Specific research task of the position relating to the the history of Ahmadiyya translations of the Qur’an into English; the fellowship is connected to Professor Jonas Svensson’s project “The colonial and post-colonial Qur’an”
  • PhD, or a degree that is the equivalent to a PhD in the fields of Islamic studies or the History of religions with specialization in Islamic studies, is required
  • Application Deadline: 14 December 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Jonas Svensson, professor, Study of religions: Jonas.svensson@lnu.se, or Malin Lennartsson, Chair of the Department for Cultural Sciences: malin.lennartsson@lnu.se
  • Application Website


Fellow for the Middle East, Rice University

  • Fellow will lead a research program within the Baker Institute’s Center for the Middle East focusing on women, human rights and refugee issues within the region
  • Position requires a PhD in a field related to the study of the Middle East, gender issues, or human rights issues such as political science, policy studies, gender studies or sociology
  • Review of Applications begins 15 November 2018
  • 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

Dissertation/Fieldwork Grants

Visiting Fellowships, Harvard Law School

  • Application for Visiting Fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year in the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change
  • Fellowship provides opportunities for outstanding scholars and legal practitioners to undertake research, writing, and scholarly engagement on Islamic law and society
  • Fellowship for scholars holding a JD, LLM, SJD, PhD or other comparable degree and who plan to spend one month to one academic year in residence at Harvard Law School working on an independent project
  • Application Deadline: 01 February 2019
  • Application Website

Masters/PhD Scholarships

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program

  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply
  • Applicants must apply through participating universities (eligibility based on attendance at a participating university)
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a program that combines language training and area studies
  • Website


Grabar Travel Grant, Historians of Islamic Art Association

  • Open to graduate students (doctoral candidates) who have been invited or accepted as participants in a scholarly conference or other professional meeting for the purpose of presenting papers, chairing sessions or moderating discussions.
  • Twice annual funding deadlines: 01 August and 15 December
  • Must be used within one year of being awarded
  • Funding available up to $700
  • Website

Research/Project-Based Grants

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)

Faculty Positions

Imam Ali Chair for Shi‘i Studies and Dialogue among Islamic Legal Schools — Hartford Seminary

  • Open rank; Ph.D. or its equivalent is required.
  • A Shi‘i scholar with a distinguished record that includes an academic doctorate, religious training and lived religious commitments.
  • The appointment is to the core faculty of the seminary and will be a member of the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations.
  • Full-time teaching load of four courses per year
  • Review of applications will begin on 15 February 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • A complete application should be submitted electronically to Ms. Lorraine Browne at lbrowne@hartsem.edu and includes a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference submitted directly by the recommenders.
  • Contact for inquiries: Scott Thumma, Chair of the Imam Ali Chair Search Committee at sthumma@hartsem.edu.


 Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies, University of Alberta

  • Full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies, with a starting date of 01 July 2019
  • Applicants must hold or receive a PhD in a humanities or social science discipline with a research focus on Islamic Studies before 01 July 2019
  • Position will be housed in the department or program in the Faculty of Arts most appropriate to the candidate’s degree
  • Ability to teach broadly in the area of Islamic Studies and/or socio-cultural, historical and political issues in Muslim contexts is a requirement for the position
  • Review of Applications begins 02 January 2019
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr. Ryan Dunch, Director of Religious Studies: religdir@ualberta.ca
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Tenure-track assistant professor position in Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, to commence 01 July 2019
  • Specialization in Persian/Iranian studies
  • Successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses (including introductory and upper-level courses in Islamic studies) and to contribute to the Islamic studies concentration in the Department
  • Candidates should have PhD in hand by 01 July 2019
  • Application Deadline: 05 January 2019
  • Contact for inquiries: Tracey Cave, Business Manager: tcave@email.unc.edu
  • Application Website


Lecturer in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, University of Edinburgh

  • Applications are invited from scholars with research interests and teaching experience in Christian-Muslim Relations and wider areas of Islamic Studies
  • Post holder will be a member of the School of Divinity’s academic staff and carry out teaching, programme development and research in the rapidly-growing area of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
  • Appointment is full-time, open-ended and tenable from 01 August 2019
  • An earned doctorate in Islamic Studies, Christian Theology and/or relevant academic discipline, conferred by date of agreed employment, is required
  • Application Deadline: 25 January 2019
  • Contact for inquiries: Ming Cao: divinity@ed.ac.uk
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, Washington University at St.Louis

  • Tenure-track position at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at WUSTL ; the position will begin in July 2019.
  • Applications are welcome from scholars focusing on Islam in North America from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, Anthropology, Gender/Women Studies, History, Law, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Security Studies, Sociology, and Theology.
  • Candidates should possess a promising profile of scholarly publication on religion and politics in the United States with a focus on Islamic traditions in North America, other traditions in the U.S. beyond Christianity, or an area that significantly augments existing faculty strengths.
  • Candidates with a demonstrated interest in writing for broader audiences and engaging the public beyond the university are encouraged to apply.
  • PhD is required, as well as prior teaching experience and evidence of scholarly excellence
  • Position open until filled; review of applications will start on December 1, 2018.
  • Contact for inquiries: rap@wustl.edu 
  • Application Website


Associate Professor, University of Bergen

  • Permanent position as associate professor in the Study of Religions with a specialization in Islam, in the The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion
  • Successful applicant should have a substantial record of research on topics related to Islam and a good working knowledge in Arabic or other source languages relevant for the study of Islam
  • Norwegian will normally be the language of administration and teaching: the successful applicant will be required to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within two years of being appointed
  • Application Deadline: 02 December 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Professor Jan Heiret, Head of Department: jan.heiret@uib.no
  • 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


Assistant Professor, University of Alabama

  • Tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of Social Theory of Islam, beginning August 2019
  • Successful applicant will be trained in using social theory (e.g., political theory, post-colonial theory, discourse analysis, gender theory, etc.) to analyze and understand Islam in relation to the establishment, development, and/or contemporary context of the modern Middle East
  • PhD is required but ABD applicants who are about to defend and complete their degree will be entertained
  • The committee welcomes applications from candidates with training in the academic study of religion, as carried out in a public university, but will also entertain training in related fields
  • Review of Applications begins 15 November 2018
  • Application Website


Assistant or beginning Associate Professor for Islamic Studies, University of Florida

  • Full-time, nine-month, tenure track position at the level of Assistant or beginning Associate Professor for the Izzat Hasan Sheikh Faculty Fellowship in Islamic studies, beginning 16 August 2019
  • Applications from candidates working on global Islam, especially those with expertise on Islam in Asia and its contemporary implications, are particularly welcome
  • Applicants should have a doctoral degree in Islamic studies, religious studies, or a closely related discipline by the time of appointment
  • Deadline for full consideration: 15 November 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr Benjamin Soares: benjaminsoares@ufl.edu
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University

  • Tenure-track, nine-month faculty position in Islamic Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2019 in the Department of Philosophy and Religion
  • PhD in Religious Studies or a closely related field is required by the time of appointment; the area of focus and the historical and geographical areas of specialization are open
  • Review of Applications begins 01 November 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr Thomas B. Ellis: ellistb@appstate.edu
  • Application Website


Open-Rank Faculty Position, University of Virginia

  • Open-rank position in Religious Thought in Africa, open to researchers with expertise in any religious tradition in any part of Africa using any methodological approach
  • The Department of Religious Studies seeks candidates with deep knowledge of a particular region – including its languages, cultures, and histories, and the ability to think broadly and collaboratively about relationships between religious thought and democracy
  • Applicants must hold a PhD at the time of appointment
  • Review of Applications begins 15 November 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr Willis Jenkins: willis.jenkins@virginia.edu
  • Application Website


Visiting Assistant Professor in Iranian Studies, Brown University

  • Two-year position as Visiting Assistant Professor in Iranian Studies
  • Position is open to all disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences
  • Successful candidate will teach three classes a year and is expected to actively cultivate broad interest in Iranian Studies at Brown
  • Position is designed for scholars at the Assistant Professor level
  • Review of Applications begins 20 January 2019
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr Shahzad Bashir, Director, Middle East Studies: mes_director@brown.edu
  • 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, Hampden-Sydney College

  • Tenure-track full-time position in Islamic World or Middle Eastern history prior to 1600, with a preference for medieval history; position within the Department of History
  • Subfields and specialties are open, though candidates with an interest in the history of Islam and/or trade and commerce are particularly encouraged to apply
  • Review of Applications begins 15 November 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr Nicole Greenspan: ngreenspan@hsc.edu
  • Application Website


Assistant or Associate Professor, Rice University

  • Full time tenure-track or tenured position in the art and architecture of the Islamic world at the Assistant or Associate level in the Department of Art History
  • Candidates must have a proven record of publication and service commensurate with their career stage
  • Completion of the PhD degree by July 2019 is required
  • Application Deadline: 15 December 2018
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, Penn State University at Abington

  • Full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin fall 2019
  • Candidates with a focus on the Islamic World or Latin American/Caribbean History are especially encouraged to apply
  • Candidates must have completed the PhD in History, or expect to do so by the time of appointment
  • Position is open until filled
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr Friederike Baer, chair of the search committee: fbb10@psu.edu 
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Position for a faculty member to conduct research and teach courses in gender/women’s studies as it relates to the contemporary Middle East and North Africa, with a preference for the Arab Middle East
  • Preference will be given to applicants with area expertise who conduct research using Middle East languages, particularly Arabic
  • PhD required by the beginning of the appointment in in August 2019
  • Deadline for full consideration: 15 November 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Aili Tripp: atripp@wisc.edu
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor in Arabic, North Carolina State University

  • Tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor who specializes in the interconnected fields of Arabic Language, Literature, and Culture beginning August 2019
  • Position requires the teaching of 2 courses in Arabic language and cultural studies each semester; candidates with a demonstrated background in Levantine dialect(s) are especially encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must hold a PhD in Arabic language study or related field at time of employment; native or near-native fluency in both Arabic and English are required
  • Review of Applications begins 31 October 2018
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr Nathaniel Isaacson: nkisaacs@ncsu.edu
  • 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


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, 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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Muslim Scholar, Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies

  • ICJS is looking for a dynamic scholar and educator who will develop and implement educational programs for non-traditional adult learners and pursue an active research agenda
  • The Muslim Scholar will be the ICJS’ key point of contact with Baltimore’s ethnically and socioeconomically diverse Muslim communities
  • PhD or comparable degree in a relevant field is expected at the time of appointment
  • Application Deadline: 26 November 2018
  • Application materials must be emailed to talent@icjs.org
  • Application Information


Near Eastern Studies Librarian, Princeton University

  • Collaborative, service-oriented subject specialist sought to shape & enrich its top-rated library collections and provide outstanding library services in the interdisciplinary field of Near Eastern Studies
  • PhD in a field related to Near Eastern Studies OR an ALA-accredited MLS degree with a BA in a Near Eastern-related field required
  • Successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience
  • Position open until filled
  • Contact for inquiries: temanuel@princeton.edu
  • 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