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Call for Applications: 2020 APSA MENA Fellows

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a Call for Applications from early-career scholars who would like to participate in the 2020 MENA Workshop. The program is an opportunity to network with colleagues from across the Arab MENA region and advance research on security and international relations of the region. The deadline for applications is Saturday March 14, 2020.

 

The workshop will be held from May 29 to June 4, 2020 in partnership with the faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences-Souissi (FSJES) at Mohammed V University in Rabat. The organizers will cover participation costs (including travel, lodging, and materials) for up to 20 qualified applicants. Following the workshop, a select group of fellows will be invited to present their research at the September 2020 APSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

 

This opportunity is intended for PhD students and post-doctoral fellows who are citizens of countries in the Arab MENA region, especially those who are currently based at universities or research institutes in the region. Non-citizens of Arab MENA countries who are currently based at universities or research institutes in the Arab MENA region may also apply. The program is open to scholars in political science and other social science disciplines undertaking research related to the workshop theme. Scholars should apply with a manuscript or research project in progress that they will present at the workshop. Professional fluency in English is required.

 

The 2020 MENA Workshop will be led by Samer Abboud (Villanova University, USA), Zaynab El Bernoussi (Al Akhawayn University, Morocco), Omar Dahi (Hampshire College, USA), and Salim Hmimnat (Mohamed V University, Morocco). Together with selected workshop fellows, the co-leaders aim to engage academic and policy debates about security and international relations of the MENA region and consider alternative understandings of insecurity that focus on the research projects of scholars within the region. In particular, the workshop will be theoretically grounded in critical approaches to Security Studies and International Relations, with discussions structured around two central themes: Insecurity will be framed through the question of what makes people insecure, rather than what makes them secure. Discussions of securitization will reflect on how new patterns of securitization are emerging in the region. By widening the agents of securitization beyond the state, this approach highlights how private companies, social movements, political parties, and even municipalities, are implicated in contemporary securitization in the MENA region. The workshop will also include opportunities for research presentation and feedback as well as sessions on professional development topics. Following their participation in the full program, alumni will receive 3 years’ membership to APSA and will be eligible to apply for small research grants.

 

Applications should be submitted via the online form: https://apsa.wufoo.com/forms/2020-mena-workshop-application-form.

 

For more information about the APSA MENA project, visit web.apsanet.org/mena or e-mail us at menaworkshops@apsanet.org.

Apply Now:2020-2021 MEI Research Fellowships at Harvard Kennedy School

 

 

Applications Now Open for 2020-2021 Middle East Initiative Research Fellowships 

 

Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 11:59 PM EST

 

Learn more and apply.

 

The Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Middle East Initiative Research Fellowship Program. The application deadline is January 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.

 

The Middle East Initiative Research Fellowship Program, part of the Emirates Leadership Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, offers one-year fellowships for researchers at the pre-doctoral, postdoctoral, and junior faculty level for research related to Middle Eastern governance and public policy. All fellowships carry a stipend. Eligible candidates include advanced doctoral candidates, recent recipients of a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and untenured faculty members. Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships must have passed general examinations, advanced to candidacy, received dissertation prospectus approval, and concluded all necessary fieldwork for the dissertation by the time of application. The strong expectation is that pre-doctoral fellows will defend their dissertations at the end of their residency with us. We welcome applications from political scientists, historians, economists, sociologists, and other social scientists. We also encourage applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.

 

Priority will be given to applications pursuing one of these six primary areas of focus:

  • Improving Governance: Promoting the inclusivity, accountability, responsiveness, and efficiency of governing institutions and empowering the region’s citizens.
  • Building Peace: Addressing the sources of domestic and interstate conflict and generating durable political settlements.
  • Revitalizing the State: Improving the capacity of state institutions and reforming social service delivery systems, with a special emphasis on health, education, and social protection.
  • Broadening Financial and Labor Markets: Working to ensure that financial and labor markets in the Middle East are open, competitive, and inclusive.
  • Governing Technology: Assessing how governments in the Middle East adapt to and integrate technological changes such as the growth of cyberspace, automation, and artificial intelligence, as well as how these advances in technology have shaped governance.
  • Adapting to Environmental Challenges: Exploring how the governments of the region can cope and are coping with the challenges of water scarcity and climate change.

This program is made possible through funding from the Emirates Leadership Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School. All application materials must be submitted in PDF format through the official application portal. For more information regarding the program and application process, please visit: www.belfercenter.org/fellowship/middle-east-initiative

 

Please submit inquiries to Julia Martin, Assistant Director of the Middle East Initiative, by e-mail at Julia_Martin@hks.harvard.edu.

Boren Awards: Language Study and Research in the Middle East & North Africa

The application for the 2018 Boren Awards is now open at www.borenawards.org! Application deadline is February 8 for undergraduate students and January 30 for graduate students.
 
Boren Awards fund U.S. undergraduate and graduate language study and research abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). Boren Awards promote longer‐term linguistic and cultural immersion overseas, and are available to applicants in most fields of study.
 
Boren Awards will give preference to applicants planning to study in a number of countries in North Africa and the Middle East, including  Algeria, Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Preference is also given to students who are willing to study abroad for longer periods of time, and those who are highly motivated to work in the federal government following graduation.
 
The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language‐focused study abroad.
 
The Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund language study, graduate‐level research, and academic internships abroad.
 
Webinars on aspects of the Boren Awards, including special regional initiatives and components of the application are scheduled throughout the 2017‐2018 academic year. Sign up today at www.borenawards.org/webinars.html. Additional information on preferred countries, languages, and fields of study can be found at www.borenawards.org.
 
Applicants are encouraged to contact their Boren Awards campus representatives, listed in a directory on the website, for institution‐specific guidance. They may also contact Boren Awards staff directly at 1‐800‐618‐NSEP or boren@iie.org.

 

8/1/2017 deadline for Fulbright US Scholar Program Competition

The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open and accepting applications for awards in the Middle East and North Africa. We invite you to consider applying for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award, and also invite you to encourage your colleagues to be a part of this important international experience. Below you’ll find some ways you can get involved.

  • Consider applying to teach or research– Explore the Catalog of Awards (http://awards.cies.org) and contact us with any questions regarding specific opportunities. Highlights to the region include:

o   Oman: All Disciplines (8367-MU)

o   Jordan: All Disciplines (8358-JO)

o   Tunisia: All Disciplines (8372-TS)

o   Israel: Postdoctoral Fellowship (8357-IS)

 

  • Refer your U.S. colleagues to receive information about the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. IIE/CIES will contact all referrals, providing valuable information about the award offerings and application process. You can also list your colleagues’ primary discipline or preferred country, which will allow us to tailor our guidance.

 

Join us for an informational webinar on Wednesday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. We’ll share an overview of opportunities throughout the Middle East and North Africa and offer a live Q&A.

 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the deadline for the 2018-19 competition is August 1, 2017. Please reach out with any questions or concerns; we’ll be glad to assist.

10/8 War and Peace in Islam

North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS) presents the 45th Annual Conference: “War and Peace in Islam”

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 8:30am – 6:30pm (Lunch will be provided.)
Location: Harvard University

Registration is required.  Please click here.

Cosponsored By:
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic
Studies Program at Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Contact Michael Currier (mcurrer@fas.harvard.edu) for more information. 

 

9/21: A Long Day’s Journey into the Dark Past: Artist-Survivors Facing their Holocaust Memories

A lecture by Dr. Pnina Rosenberg

Date: Wednesday, September 21st
Time: 7:00pm
Location:
University of Hartford
Mortensen Library, KF Room
200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT

Click here for more information and event flyer.

RSVP to MGCJS@hartford.edu 

Cosponsored by: University of Hartford President’s College, The Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, Voices of Hope, and UConn Global Affairs

9/22/16: Reshaping Haunted Nuremberg

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Storrs Campus, Dodd, Konover Auditorium

Click here to view event flyer and for more information.

Renowned art historian, Dr. Pnina Rosenberg from The Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), will present “Reshaping Haunted Nuremberg: From the City of Nazi Party Rallies to the Street of Human Rights” on September 22 at 5:00pm in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center’s Konover Auditorium. Dr. Rosenberg’s lecture will provide insights about the transformation of the city of Nuremberg, which held special significance in Nazi Germany as the site of monumental Nazi Party rallies. A set of laws, known as the “Nuremberg Laws” after the place where they were passed at a Nazi Party convention in 1935, became the legal foundation for the persecution of so-called “non-Aryans” and paved the way for the Holocaust. After Germany’s defeat in 1945, major German political and military functionaries and leaders of the Nazi Party were tried in Nuremberg in several international tribunals collectively known as the Nuremberg Trials.

In responding to this history, today’s Nuremberg has transformed many of these locations into educational and memorial sites with the intention of promoting human rights culture. Every other year, the city of Nuremberg bestows “The Nuremberg International Human Rights Award” upon a worthy organization working in the field of human rights. In 2000, Nuremberg was the first municipality world-wide to receive the UNESCO Award for Human Rights Education.

Sponsored by UConn Global Affairs, UConn’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, the Department of Art and Art History, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

Contact:
Aaron Rosman, 860-486-2271