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The Fifth Annual Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Award in Palestine Studies:
2015-2016
Call for Applications
Columbia University Fifth Annual Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Palestinian Studies

Deadline: February 20, 2015

2015-2016 Postdoctoral Award

The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University's Middle East Institute is pleased to announce and to invite applications for the 2015-2016 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 20, 2015 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 20, 2015.

Application materials should be emailed or postmarked on or before February 20, 2015 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

Palestine & Law Fellowship
2015-2016
Call for Applications
Columbia University Second Annual Fellowship in Palestine & Law

Deadline: February 20, 2015

About the Palestine & Law Fellowship

The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University seeks applicants for a residential Fellowship in "Palestine & Law" for the 2015-2016 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 20, 2015 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 20, 2015.

Application materials should be emailed or postmarked on or before February 20, 2015 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