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Call for Applications: The Sixth Annual Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Award in Palestine Studies

Deadline: February 15, 2016

2016-17 Postdoctoral Award

The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University's Middle East Institute is pleased to announce and to invite applications for the 2016-17 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, 2016, 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]." Applications will not be considered without two letters in the file, emailed by February 15, 2016.

Application materials should be emailed on or before February 15, 2016 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

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



Opportunities Beyond Columbia


Call for Applications: Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Palestinian Studies at Brown University

The Middle East Studies department at Brown University is seeking applicants for the inaugural one-year post-doctoral fellowship in Palestinian Studies

For more information, click here


Call for Applications: The American Center of Oriental Research Fellowships, 2016-17

Deadline for all applications is February 1, 2016

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship: One to two awards of four to six months for scholars who have a Ph.D. or have completed their professional training. Fields of research include: modern and classical languages, linguistics, literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Social and political scientists are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals living in the U.S. three years immediately preceding the application deadline. The award for six months is $25,200. Awards must be used between August 15, 2016 and December 31, 2017.

ACOR-CAORC Post-Graduate Fellowship: Two or more two- to six-month fellowships for post-doctoral scholars and scholars with a terminal degree in their field, pursuing research or publication projects in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and associated disciplines relating to the Near East. U.S. citizenship required. Maximum award is $32,400. Awards must be used between August 15, 2016 and December 31, 2017. Funding for this fellowship provided by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

ACOR-CAORC Fellowship: Two or more two- to six-month fellowships for masters and doctoral students. Fields of study include all areas of the humanities and the natural and social sciences. Topics should contribute to scholarship in Near Eastern studies. U.S. citizenship required. Maximum award is $23,800. Awards must be used between August 15, 2016 and December 31, 2017. Funding for this fellowship provided by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Jennifer C. Groot Memorial Fellowship: Up to three awards of $1,500 each to support beginners in archaeological fieldwork who have been accepted as team members on archaeological projects with ASOR/CAP affiliation in Jordan. Open to undergraduate or graduate students of U.S. or Canadian citizenship.

Bert and Sally de Vries Fellowship: One award of $1,200 to support a student for participation on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. Senior project staff members whose expenses are being borne largely by the project are ineligible. Open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian citizens.

Harrell Family Fellowship: One award of $1,800 to support a graduate student for participation on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. Senior project staff members whose expenses are being borne largely by the project are ineligible. Open to enrolled graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian citizens.

Pierre and Patricia Bikai Fellowship: Two awards for one month each or one two-month award for residency at ACOR in Amman. It is open to enrolled graduate students of any nationality, except Jordanian citizens, participating in an archaeological project or conducting archaeological work in Jordan. The fellowship includes room and board at ACOR and a monthly stipend of $600.

Burton MacDonald and Rosemarie Sampson Fellowship: One award for either six weeks residency at ACOR for research in the fields of Ancient Near Eastern languages and history, archaeology, Bible studies, or comparative religion, or a travel grant to assist with participation in an archaeological field project in Jordan. The ACOR residency fellowship option includes room and board at ACOR and a stipend of $600. The travel grant option provides a single payment of $1,800 to help with any project related expenses. Both options are open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.

James A. Sauer Memorial Fellowship: One award for a one-month residency at ACOR. It is open to enrolled graduate students of U.S. or Canadian citizenship participating on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. The fellowship includes room and board at ACOR and a stipend of $400.

Kenneth W. Russell Memorial Fellowship: One award of $1,800 to assist a Jordanian student, in Jordan or another country, in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, conservation, or related areas. This cycle the fellowship is open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of Jordanian citizenship.

Frederick-Wenger Jordanian Educational Memorial Fellowship: One award of $1,500 to assist a Jordanian student with the cost of their education. Eligibility is not limited to a specific field of study, but preference will be given to study related to Jordan's cultural heritage. Candidates must be Jordanian citizens and currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students in a Jordanian university.

ACOR Jordanian Graduate Student Scholarship: Four awards of $3,000 each to assist Jordanian graduate students with the annual costs of their academic programs during the period May 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017. Candidates must be Jordanian citizens and currently enrolled in either a Master's or Doctoral program in a Jordanian university. Eligibility is limited to students in programs related to Jordan's cultural heritage (for example: archaeology, anthropology, linguistics/epigraphy, history, conservation, museum studies, and cultural resource management related issues). Awardees who demonstrate excellent progress in their programs will be eligible to apply in consecutive years.

ACOR Jordanian Travel Scholarship for ASOR Annual Meeting: Two travel scholarships of $3,500 each to assist Jordanians participating and delivering a paper at the ASOR Annual meeting in mid-November in the United States. Academic papers should be submitted through the ASOR website by February 1, 2016. Final award selection will be determined by the ASOR program committee.

Please Note: NEH, CAORC, MacDonald and Sampson (residency option), Sauer, and Bikai Fellows will reside at the ACOR facility in Amman while conducting their research.

For more information and to download the application forms:

Website: acorjordan.org

US Address: ACOR,656 Beacon Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617-353-6571; Fax: 617-353-6575; Email: acor@bu.edu

Jordan Address:ACOR P.O. Box 2470, Amman 11181, Jordan
Tel: 9626-534-6117; Fax: 9626-534-4181; Email: acor@acorjordan.org


ALSO NOTE:

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Research Fellowships: The program is open to U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences and wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance. Fellowships require scholars to conduct research in more than one country, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Applications will be available in the fall.
Deadline: January 31, 2016

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowships: A new focused regional fellowship program enabling U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have recently earned their Ph.D. in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences and wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance 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. Applications will be available in the fall.
Deadline: January 15, 2016

For more information and to download the application forms, please visit our website here.

Address: CAORC, P.O. Box 37012, MRC 178, Washington, DC 20013-7012
Email: fellowships@caorc.org; Tel: 202-633-1599;


Call for Applications: Palestinian American Research Center Fellowships, 2016-17

PARC is pleased to announce its 17th annual U.S. fellowship competition for doctoral and post-doctoral field-based research on Palestine to take place in Palestine, Jordan or Lebanon. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. All fields of study will be considered. Applications are due December 17, 2015. For more details about the U.S. Fellowship Program and eligibility criteria, please see our website.

PARC is pleased to announce its fourth National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship Program at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) competition for post-doctoral scholars conducting field-based research in Palestine in the humanities, or research with a humanistic approach. The program is open to U.S. scholars and scholars who have been resident in the U.S. for the last three years. Applications are due January 8, 2016. For more details about the NEH/FPIRI program and eligbility criteria, please see our website.

PARC is pleased to announce its seventh annual Faculty Development Seminar (FDS). This 12-day travel seminar is for U.S faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine Professors from all fields of study are encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 11, 2016. For more details about the FDs and eligibility criteria, please see our website.

PARC is pleased to announce its second Media Development Seminar (MDS). This program is for U.S. professors in journalism, film, communuications, and media studies with an interest in Palestine who have not had an opportunity to visit the area. Applications are due January 12, 2016. For more details about the MDS and eligiblity criteria, please see our website.