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

  • The Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University invites applications for a post-doctoral or more senior research position in the culture, history, politics, economics or religion of Iran and the Persian Gulf region in the 19th – 21st century, with preference for the cultural aspects of the above, starting in September 2019
  • This full-time twelve-month position may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance and funding,
  • PhD required; the post-doctoral research associates may not pursue another degree while in this appointment, nor may they hold any other fellowships or visiting positions concurrently
  • Application Deadline: 31 March 2019
  • Contact for inquiries: iran@princeton.edu
  • Application Website


Post-Doctoral Position, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

  • Post-doctoral position (12 months renewable once) for the project: “Avicenna East & West I: Commentaries on the Qaṣīdat al-nafs” (FRS-FNRS; UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)
  • Aim of this project on the commentaries on the Qasidat al-nafs attributed to Avicenna is twofold: (1) to provide a better understanding of how Avicenna’s theory on the soul was received, interpreted and transformed in this tradition of commentaries; and (2) to document the attitude towards Avicenna’s legacy, and falsafa in general, in Islamic society
  • Review of applications begins 25 February 2019
  • Please send your application (letter of motivation, CV, names and contact info of 2 academic referees, and a sample of your writing) to info-fite@uclouvain.be
  • Contact for inquiries: Cécile Bonmariage: cecile.bonmariage@uclouvain.be
  • Position/Application Information


Racialization of Islam Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Yale University

  • The Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration at Yale University invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Associate position under its initiative to study the Racialization of Islam beginning on 01 July 2019
  • Candidate will be expected to be in full-time residence and to teach one course in academic year 2019-2020 related to the interdisciplinary field of Muslim American studies
  • Position open until filled
  • Contact for inquiries: ritm@yale.edu
  • Application Website


Post-Doctoral Researcher, CNRS

  • Researcher will be recruited within the framework of the ANR-DFG EGYLandscape project; this project aims at developing scholarly research about the rural history of Egypt in pre-modern times, from the 13th to 18th c.
  • The scholar will be part of the « French team » and work under the supervision of Nicolas Michel. He/She will be attached to the research laboratory “Institut de recherches et d’études sur les mondes arabes et musulmans” (IREMAM, UMR 7310), at Aix-en-Provence, and will be integrated to the IREMAM team of historians.
  • Recent thesis in the history of the Near East from 13th to 19th C., or in the history of Egypt during the same period (British Occupation 1882-1922 included) preferred; thesis defended preferably after 01 May 2017
  • Must be fluent in English, French preferred; must be able to read documents in Arabic
  • Application Deadline: 01 April 2019
  • Application Website


Post-Doctoral Researcher in Algerian Culture and History, University of Helsinki

  • Three-year post-doctoral position working on the project “VoCAL Articulations of Identity and Empire (CALLIOPE)” which runs from March 2018 – February 2023 and is directed by Dr. Josephine Hoegaerts
  • Project studies how audible performances of public speech have influenced political decision making in the 19th century
  • Candidates will be expected to take charge of research on one geo-political area or axis of ‘exchange’ covered in CALLIOPE, and focus on vocal practices of political representation within ‘French’ Algeria (ca. 1830-1920)
  • Appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree in a field relevant to the project (such as history, cultural studies, political science, language, or anthropology), as well as have the ability to conduct independent scientific research and possess the teaching skills required for the position
  • Application Deadline: 15 March 2019
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr Josephine Hoegaerts, project director: josephine.hoegaerts@helsinki.fi
  • 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

Post-Doctoral Associate for Scholar of Contemporary Islam, University of Florida

  • A post-doctoral associate position is available for a scholar of contemporary Islam as part of a project on “Islam in Africa in Global Context” led by Dr. Benjamin Soares, the Center for Global Islamic Studies, the University of Florida
  • This is a one year position to work within the project “Islam in Africa in Global Context,” beginning 16 August 2019
  • The post-doctoral associate will be affiliated with the Department of Religion, the Center for Global Islamic Studies, and the Center for African Studies
  • The final candidate must have a PhD in hand by 01 July 2019
  • Application Deadline: 15 March 2019
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr Benjamin Soares: benjaminsoares@ufl.edu
  • Application Website

Faculty Positions

Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair in Islamic Art, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Position in the Department of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts)
  • Chair based at Virginia Commonwealth University’s home campus in Richmond, Virginia. The faculty member will be expected to reside in the Richmond area and contribute to the broader mission and initiatives of the department and School, while maintaining close association and collaboration with the Art History Program at VCUartsQatar, with its distinctive focus on Islamic art in its global context
  • Scholars in Islamic art from any time period or geographic area are invited to apply; prominent scholars whose research focuses on contemporary Islamic art will be strongly considered
  • Application Deadline: 15 March 2019
  • Application Website


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: sthumma@hartsem.edu


Visiting Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Wellesley College

  • Position for a one-year, full-time, non-renewable Visiting Lectureship in Islamic Studies for 2019-2020; the position will be held in the Department of Religion
  • The Lectureship invites applicants trained in any relevant discipline (for example, Religious Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, History, Philosophy and Theology, Anthropology) and whose research involves any country, period, or geographical/cultural region
  • The successful candidate will offer a total of five courses, one of which will be a First-Year expository writing course of the candidate’s own design, with enrollment limited to 15 students
  • Review of applications begins 01 March 2019
  • Application Website


Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, The University of the South

  • Position for a one year visiting position in Islamic Studies, beginning in August of 2019; area of focus, historical periods, geographical concentration, and methodological specialization are all open
  • Successful candidate will teach introductory courses and upper division courses in their areas of expertise; the teaching load is three courses per semester
  • Candidates who have PhD in hand preferred
  • Position open until filled
  • Application Website


Full Professor of Pre-Modern Studies, University of Southern California

  • The Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California) invites applications for a tenured position in pre-modern (pre-1500) studies
  • Position at the rank of Professor, and applications from all humanities disciplines are welcome
  • Successful candidate will bring a distinguished record of innovative research and publication, a record of leadership in the field, and must hold a Ph.D. degree in an appropriate field of study
  • Experience in organizing research initiatives, institutes, or centers is preferable
  • Review of Applications begins 15 January 2019
  • Contact for inquiries: search chair, Dr Lisa Bitel: bitel@usc.edu
  • Application Website


Assistant Professor, Florida International University

  • Position for a faculty position in the Department of Religious in the School of International and Public Affairs with a specialization in Islam of the late medieval or early modern period, preferably with a focus on the Ottoman Empire
  • PhD is required; Candidates should be competent in either Turkish, Arabic or both
  • Review of Applications begins 31 January 2019
  • Application Website


Lecturer in Arabic Language and Culture, University of Rhode Island

  • Position for a Lecturer in Arabic Language and Culture for the academic year 2019-2020 in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, limited to 20 June 2020, with anticipated renewal
  • Lecturer will teach a total of 12 credits per semester, typically in the form of 3 four-credit courses, and will assist the Arabic section with program development, program promotion, course coordination and extra-curricular activities
  • Required: M.A. degree or higher in Arabic language, language pedagogy, literature, culture or related area such as second language acquisition; professional-level proficiency in one dialect of Arabic; and professional-level proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic
  • Review of Applications begins 15 February 2019
  • Application Website


Teaching Associate in Arabic, University of Cambridge

  • Position for a teaching associate to provide temporary cover for the Sir Thomas Adams’ Professor of Arabic (1632); this is a fixed term post for 12 months, to begin on 01 September 2019
  • Successful candidate will be qualified to PhD level in either Classical or Modern Arabic literature
  • The teaching associate will be required to contribute substantially to the teaching of Arabic literature in all years of the undergraduate Tripos
  • Application Deadline: 11 March 2019
  • Contact for inquiries: Prof Amira Bennison: amira.bennison@ames.cam.ac.uk
  • Application Website


 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


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


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


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

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


The Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

  • UNC Libraries seeks a collaborative, innovative and user-centered librarian to lead and expand research partnerships with faculty and scholars, contribute to student success, and develop research collections and outreach programs that support the study of the Middle East and Islam
  • Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian also works closely with many campus and external partners, such as UNC Chapel Hill’s Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, and others
  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program, or a related advanced degree required; written and spoken proficiency in Arabic or Persian also required
  • Position open until filled
  • Contact for inquiries: Freda McClain, HR Specialist: freda_mcclain@unc.edu
  • Application Website


Research Scholar, New York University

  • Position for a research scholar in the Islamic Sciences with a specialization on women’s issues
  • Role will report to the Executive Director
  • Position requires leading research of primary and secondary texts related to Islam and the following sub-frames: history, theology, philosophy, spirituality, law, jurisprudence, and exegesis and its relation to contemporary issues facing college Muslim students, young professionals, and individuals of diverse backgrounds
  • Position open until filled
  • Application Website