Fellowships

Opportunities at Columbia

Palestine & Law Fellowship
2014-2015
Call for Applications
Columbia University Inaugural Annual Fellowship in Palestine & Law

Deadline: February 3, 2014

About the Palestine & Law Fellowship

The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University seeks applicants for a residential Fellowship in "Palestine & Law" for the 2014-2015 academic year. Interested applicants should propose a course of research and scholarship relating to a range of domestic, regional or international legal issues concerning Palestinians and/or Palestine. Topics may include the legal implications of the Nakba; the Israeli occupation of Palestine; the legal status of the Palestinian state; property issues, from possession to dispossession; the legal status of the refugee; employment of legal means to suppress Palestinian activism, in Israel and elsewhere; and regimes of imprisonment, to name only a few illustrative examples. The Fellowship is designed to both deepen the scholarly understanding of the complex ways in which law and legality are implicated in Palestine, and to provide a supportive environment for scholars of Palestine to conduct research. The Fellow will participate in the rich interdisciplinary environment of the Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia Law School, and Columbia University more generally. Applications are welcome from individuals with a diverse range of backgrounds, traditions, and scholarly interests. Applicants should hold a law degree, Ph.D., or similar qualification.

The level of funding is individually determined based on candidates' needs and the Program's ability to meet them. The Fellow will receive a modest living stipend plus benefits, library access, and office space.

About CPS

Launched in 2010, the Center for Palestine Studies is the first such center to be established in an academic institution in the United States. The mission of the Center is to promote the academic study of Palestine in all its forms and to offer a dedicated site for sustained interchanges among scholars and students. Center activities are intended to advance the production and circulation of knowledge on Palestinian history, culture, society, and politics in diverse fields, including history, literary studies, the social sciences, religion, philosophy, law, archaeology, the arts and architecture.

In its diverse activities, the Center for Palestine Studies aims to have a national and global reach. The Center is active in developing contacts with scholars and other institutions for the purposes of academic cooperation. Enhancements to the curriculum, library and faculty at Columbia will translate into new resources to advance the academic study of Palestine and Palestinians throughout the United States and the world.

Application Process

The following list of materials is required for all applicants:

Please send by e-mail to palestine@columbia.edu by February 3, 2014 the following:

1. Application Cover Sheet;
2. A cover letter briefly describing the research project proposed;
3. Curriculum vitae. Should include Education (names and location of colleges, graduate and professional schools, with dates attended and degrees earned); Employment; Academic honors; Publications (Please do not send the publications); Languages read, spoken and written;
4. A recent publication;
5. A written statement, preferably not to exceed 1500 words, of a specific research project that can be accomplished during the visitor's residence at the Center for Palestine Studies. This statement should include a declaration of purpose and objectives to be attained, including a research plan and the proposed form (e.g., book, article) of the completed project;
6. A project budget, with an explicit statement on the source and amount of funds available for the period of stay;
7. Two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should come from scholars familiar with the proposed project and the applicant's qualifications. Letters should be e-mailed directly by the recommender to palestine@columbia.edu with the subject line: "PLF Recommend-[Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name]." If they prefer to send their letters via mail, please ensure all letters are signed on university letterhead to the CPS address below. Applications will not be considered without two letters in the file, postmarked or emailed by February 3, 2014.

Application materials should be emailed or postmarked on or before February 3, 2014 with the subject line: "PLF Application-[Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name]." All evaluations made in connection with applications received are confidential. Please return completed applications to: palestine@columbia.edu or mail to:

Palestine & Law Fellowship
Center for Palestine Studies, Middle East Institute
Columbia University
Knox Hall, Room 301A
606 West 122nd Street
New York, NY 10027
USA

Download all applications materials:
PLF Cover Sheet
PLF Call for Applications

The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Award in Palestine Studies:
2014-2015
Call for Applications
Columbia University Fourth Annual Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Palestinian Studies

Deadline: February 15, 2014

2014-2015 Postdoctoral Award

The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University's Middle East Institute is pleased to announce and to invite applications for the 2014-2015 Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Award, a post-doctoral fellowship in Palestinian Studies. The one-semester fellowship carries a stipend of $25,000 and the status of post-doctoral research fellow or visiting scholar at Columbia University, as appropriate.

About The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Award in Palestine Studies

The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Award is an annual fellowship at Columbia University, which was established in 2010. The award recognizes and seeks to foster innovative and ground-breaking scholarship on issues related to Palestine and Palestinians. The award will support a post-doctoral scholar working on a book project in any field of the humanities or social sciences.

The Fellow will spend one semester at Columbia University, pursuing her or his research and writing, and participating in the intellectual life of the Center for Palestine Studies at the Middle East Institute. In exceptional cases, as when research elsewhere is necessary for the completion of the project, shorter-term residence at Columbia (no less than 8 weeks during term time) can be considered. The Fellow will present a seminar paper in the Middle East Institute's colloquium series and may be invited to speak at other universities in the United States.

This award has been made possible through the generosity of Abdel Mohsin Al-Qattan in honor of his friend, the Palestinian scholar and intellectual, Ibrahim Abu-Lughod (1929-2001). Their close friendship began in the aftermath of the nakbah of 1948 and evolved into a shared commitment to justice for Palestinians to be realized in part through support for excellence in higher education and scholarship. In later years, upon the establishment of the A.M. Qattan Foundation in Palestine, Ibrahim Abu-Lughod helped found the Qattan Centre for Educational Research and Development, one of the Foundation's core programs.

About CPS

Launched in 2010, the Center for Palestine Studies is the first such center to be established in an academic institution in the United States. The mission of the new Center is to promote the academic study of Palestine in all its forms and to offer a dedicated site for sustained interchanges among scholars and students. Center activities are intended to advance the production and circulation of knowledge on Palestinian history, culture, society, and politics in diverse fields, including history, literary studies, the social sciences, religion, philosophy, law, archaeology, the arts and architecture.

In its diverse activities, the Center for Palestine Studies will have a national and global reach. The Center is active in developing contacts with scholars and other institutions for the purposes of academic cooperation. Enhancements to the curriculum, library and faculty at Columbia will translate into new resources to advance the academic study of Palestine and Palestinians throughout the United States and the world.

Requirements & Eligibility

The international competition is open to all post-doctoral scholars who share the mission of the Center for Palestine Studies to advance the production and circulation of knowledge on Palestinian history, culture, society, and politics through outstanding scholarship. Preference will be given to individuals from underrepresented programs who would benefit most from the academic resources of Columbia University. The Fellow may not hold any other major fellowship or teaching obligations during the award period.

Application Process

The following list of materials is required for all applicants:

Please send by e-mail to palestine@columbia.edu by February 15, 2014 the following:

1. Application Cover Sheet.
2. Curriculum vitae. Should include Education (names and location of colleges, graduate and professional schools, with dates attended and degrees earned); Employment; Academic honors; Publications (Please do not send the publications); Languages read, spoken and written.
3. Three-page (1000 word) description of the book project on which fellow will work and its significance. Indicate how much has been completed and what you intend to do during the fellowship period.
4. Fifteen-page writing sample-maximum. Can be an extract from a longer work.
5. Two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should come from scholars familiar with the proposed project and the applicant's qualifications. Letters should be e-mailed directly by the recommender to palestine@columbia.edu with the subject line: "IAL Recommend-[Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name]." If they prefer to send their letters via mail, please ensure all letters are signed on university letterhead to the CPS address below. Applications will not be considered without two letters in the file, postmarked or emailed by February 15, 2014.

Application materials should be emailed or postmarked on or before February 15, 2014 with the subject line: "IAL Application-[Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name]." All evaluations made in connection with applications received are confidential. Please return completed applications to: palestine@columbia.edu or mail to:

The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Award in Palestine Studies
Center for Palestine Studies, Middle East Institute
Columbia University
Knox Hall, Room 301A
606 West 122nd Street
New York, NY 10027
USA

Download all applications materials:
IAL Cover Sheet
IAL Instruction Sheet
IAL Call for Applications

Call For Papers: MESAAS Graduate Student Conference 2014

27 - 28 February, 2014
Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Columbia University in the City of New York

The organizing committee of the 2014 Graduate Student Conference at Columbia University's Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies (MESAAS) is pleased to invite paper and panel submissions addressing themes that broadly relate to the MESAAS regions, including but not limited to the following:

  • Literatures and aesthetics (Classical, early modern, and contemporary genres of imaginative literature; the visual and performing arts; cinema studies)
  • Knowledge systems, classical and contemporary (in law, ethics, science, language, and other fields; the history of Oriental Studies; the university)
  • Genealogies of the political (discursive and institutional histories of contemporary political practices)
  • Histories, disciplinary and subaltern (comparative studies of academic or professional modes of history writing and the vernacular or popular forms of retelling the past)
  • MESAAS is heir and host to a number of intellectual traditions that resist division between the humanities and social sciences. We are interested in examining both classical and emergent questions in area studies, not as objects of research but as sources of generative knowledge, and as such, aim to formulate new and post-disciplinary modes of inquiry beyond the prevalent conditions of both scientism and historicism. As such, we are equally interested in the limits of disciplinary knowledge production, hegemonic epistemes and paradigms of thought, the work that goes into the construction of 'areas' of study, as well as the past and future of area studies writ large.

    To that end, we especially encourage work that re-thinks the boundaries and conditions of the disciplines with reference to regionally specific work, particularly as that relates to critical geographical imaginaries from and within the regions represented in the department.

    Students who are interested in presenting a 20-minute paper should submit a 300-500 word abstract and one-page resume tosubmit@mesaasgradconference.org by December 1st, 2013. Panel submissions are strongly encouraged.

    For any other inquiry please contact us via: info@mesaasgradconference.org.

    Opportunities Beyond Columbia

    U.S. Media Development Seminar on Palestine

    2014 Media Development Seminar
    June 5-16, 2014 in Jerusalem and the West Bank
    Applications due January 20, 2014
    Awards announced February 28, 2014

    The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its first Media Development Seminar on Palestine. This 12-day seminar is for U.S. faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine.

    PARC will select 10 to 12 U.S. journalism/media faculty members to participate in Jerusalem-based activities that will include visiting university media departments and local media outlets as well as meeting with Palestinian scholars and members of the Palestinian media community, civil society and government.

    Through these activities, participants will learn about the region, deepen their knowledge of media in and about Palestine, and build relationships with Palestinian colleagues both in academia and the media sector.

    For more information, please visit the PARC website.

    2014-15 Fellowship Competition for U.S. Scholars Conducting Field-Based Research on Palestine

    The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 15th annual competition for doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships in Palestinian studies.Fellowship awards range from four to eight consecutive months. Selected fellows are awarded $4,200 per month of the award.

    Full proposals due January 18, 2014 Awards announced March 10, 2014

    For more information, please visit the PARC website.

    2014-15 NEH/FPIRI Fellowship Competition for Scholars Conducting Field-Based Humanities Research in Palestine

    The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its second National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) competition for post-doctoral fellowships for research in Palestine.

    For more information, please visit the PARC website.

    2014 Faculty Development Seminar

    The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its fifth Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine. This 12-day seminar is for U.S. faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine.

    PARC will select 10 to 12 U.S. faculty members to participate in Jerusalem-based activities that will include lectures, workshops, and visits to local universities and other related institutions in the West Bank.

    Through these activities, participants will learn about the region, deepen their knowledge of their particular fields of interest as they relate to Palestine, and build relationships with Palestinian academic colleagues.

    Applications due February 5.

    For more information, please visit the PARC website.

    Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program

    The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams.

    Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately eight awards of up to $10,500 each are given each year.

    For more information, please visit the COAOR website.

    Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Program

    The Council of American Overseas Research Centers is pleased to announce a new focused regional fellowship program enabling pre- and early post-doctoral scholars to carry out research in the humanities and related social sciences in countries bordering the Mediterranean and served by American overseas research centers. Funding for this program is generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    For more information, please visit the COAOR website.