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, University of Southern California

  • One-year post-doctoral fellowship in Middle East Studies. Researchers with training in Environmental Studies, anthropology, political economy, urban studies, and geography are particularly welcome to apply.
  • Fellowship is renewable for a second year contingent upon administrative approval
  • Applicants must have received their PhD within the last five years or at the latest by August 15, 2019, the start date of the position
  • Position open until filled
  • Contact for inquiries: Renee Almassizadeh (almassiz@usc.edu) or Ramzi Rouighi (rouighi@usc.edu)
  • 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

Residential Fellowships for the Critical Edition of Key Texts, University of Bonn

  • This call for applications pursues a novel approach to one of the fundamental problems of Islamicate History, and Islamicate intellectual history in particular: With the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Kolleg of the Islamicate Intellectual History of the Later Middle and Early Modern Periods at the University of Bonn, scholars are invited to submit a proposal for the critical edition and/or translation into English of a key text of this period.
  • Scholars are invited to apply for two different strands of residential fellowships, one (i) for an already identified work that we believe deserves publication, and one (ii) bottom-up proposal for the preparation and publication of a critical edition of a text freely chosen and proposed by the applicant. The texts should pertain to the period 1200-1600 and can be written in Arabic, Persian, or Ottoman or Chagatay Turkish.
  • Grant value: 2650 Euro/month, plus travel to and from Germany, and financial support to acquire the relevant manuscripts based on the budget submitted at the time of application.
  • Application Deadline: 17 May 2019
  • Application components should be emailed to fellowships@avh-islamicate.uni-bonn.de
  • Contact for inquiries: Dr Judith Pfeiffer: judith.pfeiffer@uni-bonn.de
  • Application Information


Post-Doctoral Researcher, Oklahoma State University

  • Full-time post-doctoral researcher position in medieval Middle Eastern history, to be held for one year and renewable for a second, beginning August 2019; prior research focus is open within the period 600-1500 CE and the region of the Middle East
  • The post-doctoral researcher will contribute to a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop an online reference tool for the medieval Middle East
  • Specific duties include advanced data collection using the indices of published primary sources in at least two different languages; contributing to editorial review and design decisions; and historical research related to the project
  • Application Deadline: 17 May 2019
  • Contact for inquiries: Thomas A. Carlson: thomas.a.carlson@okstate.edu
  • Application Website

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: 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


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


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


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

Librarian/Curator for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, UCLA

  • Reporting to the Head of International Studies, the Librarian/Curator for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies is responsible for collection development and management, reference, and instruction in assigned areas
  • Librarian/Curator for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies collaborates on the creation of research tools and develops plans to digitize content and collections to increase access to resources; delivers specialized orientations, instruction sessions, and consultations; and serves as a resource on issues related to digital scholarship, scholarly communications and emerging research methods
  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science OR significant graduate-level coursework toward such a degree OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience) required
  • Fluent Arabic required; reading knowledge of Turkish or Persian also necessary
  • Review of applications begins 23 April 2019
  • Application Website


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