University of Wisconsin SASLI Fellowships

Learn a South Asian language this summer!

The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is offering intensive summer courses in the following South Asian languages:

Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan and Urdu

SASLI will be offering Third-Year Hindi and Third-Year Urdu in addition to the elementary and intermediate level courses. All other classes will be offered at the elementary and intermediate levels only.

Applications for Summer 2017 are now being accepted. The summer 2017 program will run from June 19 – August 11.

Funding

There are three funding options available to students:

1) $1000 Fee Remissions, indicate interest when submitting the SASLI online application

2) SASLI Half and Full Fee Remission, deadline March 12, 2017

3) FLAS Fellowships, deadline February 13, 2017

Further information about funding and the SASLI FLAS and Half/Full Fee Remission applications can be found on the SASLI website at: http://sasli.wisc.edu/funding.html

Apply to SASLI

Instructions for submitting a complete application packet and the SASLI web application can be found on the SASLI website at http://sasli.wisc.edu/apply.html. Please apply or encourage your students to apply as soon as possible, as faculty hiring is based on student interest. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2017.

Any questions can be addressed to SASLI by e-mail at sasli@southasia.wisc.edu.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship on Islam in North America

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

2017-19 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Islam in North America

Stanford University (Application Deadline: 2/20/2017)

 

Stanford University’s Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and Department of Religious Studies invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral position on Islam in North America. We seek intellectually ambitious candidates with interdisciplinary aptitude. Possible areas of specialization include but are not limited to:

–       Islam and slavery in North America and the Atlantic World

–       material culture and religious expression of Muslims in North America

–       social/political experience of the Muslim diaspora in North America

–       co-constitution of religion, race, gender, and class in North American Muslim identity and representation

The postdoctoral fellow will teach two undergraduate-level courses each year in the Religious Studies Department, pursue his/her own research agenda, and organize a set of academic events in the 2nd year. Ideally, one of the courses each year will provide an introduction to some of the most important features of Islam through an analysis of major theories and methods in the academic study of religion. The fellow will actively contribute to the intellectual life on campus, and collaborate closely with the colleagues at the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or in a related field (such as Anthropology, History, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, American Studies) is required by the time of appointment on September 1, 2017. The recipient may not be more than five years beyond the receipt of doctoral degree on September 1, 2017. Compensation includes an annual salary of $65,000, health insurance coverage, a $1,500 research fund per year, and a $5,000 programming fund.

Application materials should be submitted online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8717 . Please submit a cover letter, CV (highlighting your educational background, teaching experience, publications), 2-page description of your research plans, two draft course syllabi, and a writing sample of no more than 30 pages. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted directly to AcademicJobsOnline.

For full consideration, materials should be received by February 20, 2017. Further inquiries shall be addressed to Dr. Burçak Keskin-Kozat (Associate Director of the Abbasi Program) at burcak@stanford.edu.

 

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues – Middle East DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center (GSC) announces the Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues. This visiting professorship enables the GSC to host scholars whose research and teaching examine critical international issues that shape and define the contemporary world. For the 2017-18 academic year, GSC invites applications from scholars with expertise in the Middle East. We are interested in candidates from any discipline whose research and teaching interests intersect with one or more of our focal themes of global health, human rights/human security, and inequalities. Candidates whose research also addresses migration or gender issues are especially encouraged to apply.

The Global Studies Center is part of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS). UCIS integrates and reinforces all strands of scholarship on international affairs throughout the University of Pittsburgh, supporting teaching, research and public service in area studies and on major world issues. The Visiting Professor will be appointed for the fall and spring terms of the academic year, will teach two classes per term, and will participate in activities of the GSC and of the department(s) closest to her or his disciplinary interests, in coordination with the Director of the GSC.

Applicants must demonstrate outstanding professional achievement in their disciplines, in both research and teaching, and should have a Ph.D. Individuals with extensive high-level international experience in government or non-governmental organizations may also apply. Applicants should be comfortable working in an interdisciplinary environment and should be prepared to engage with a variety of perspectives and audiences inside and beyond the academy. Preference will be given to individuals who have extensive experience living in the Middle East.

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications; a curriculum vitae; research and teaching statements; evidence of teaching excellence, if available; a writing sample; and, three letters of reference. Electronic submissions are required through the Submittable system, details of which are available on the GSC website at: www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/visitingprofessor.

For further information please contact:

 

Veronica Dristas

Chair, Visiting Professor Search Committee

University Center for International Studies

4103 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

dristas@pitt.edu

 

The University of Pittsburgh is an equal employment opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Apply to LEAP’s Project SHINE and Teach English in the Palestinian Refugee camps of Lebanon this Summer

Deadline: February 17, 2017

ABOUT LEAP

Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians (LEAP) is an educational empowerment program for Palestinian refugee-youth in Lebanon dedicated to nurturing the intellectual growth and creative curiosity of our students. LEAP encourages youth to become agents of change by supporting them in their educational pursuits during their most formative years.

LEAP aims to illuminate the plight of Palestinian refugees, particularly in Lebanon, through volunteer-run educational programs and scholarship opportunities; simultaneously facilitating a rich cultural exchange, and deepening the understanding of Palestinian refugees. It provides a space in which ideas, goals and aspirations can be nurtured to their full potential. Learn more…

PROJECT SHINE – Summer Help IN English

The SHINE project is a summer intensive English program. LEAP recruits volunteers to provide English courses and recreational activities, while living and working in the refugee camps of Lebanon. In turn, our volunteers learn about the Palestinian refugee reality in general, but particularly in Lebanon where the situation for Palestinian refugees is particularly dire, especially in recent years due to the Syrian refugee crisis. Volunteers and students share a mutual learning experience. Upon return to their home communities, volunteers are encouraged to raise awareness about the plight of Palestinian refugees and amplify the voices of refugees through report-backs, information sessions, and other community events.

In addition to the remedial English classes, SHINE offers students weekly field trips and recreational activities to encourage physical and emotional growth at a pivotal stage in students’ lives. Some of these activities include yoga, debke (a Palestinian folkloric dance), theater, social media, film, photography, poetry, and creative writing.

WHY LEAP IS IMPORTANT

Only one third of refugee-students enrolled in first grade at UNRWA schools go on to complete their high school education. One major factor contributing to high dropout rates is failure to pass the Lebanese Brevet high-school entrance examination. The exam is administered inEnglish and Palestinian refugee students exhibit high failure rates in marked contrast to their Lebanese counterparts simply because they are not proficient in English.

Project SHINE provides a summer session in remedial English in order to prepare students for the Brevet examination, strengthen their English proficiency, and provide a space for intellectual and recreational activities to change the routine of camp life during the summer and nurture children’s intellectual curiosity and growth.

LEAP EXPECTATIONS

LEAP seeks dynamic, compassionate, and motivated volunteers who enjoy working with young adults; value the right to quality education for all people; believe in refugee-rights; have a passion for social justice; maintain respect and diplomacy in their interactions with people of different backgrounds; and are capable of working under challenging circumstances.

Volunteers must be prepared to work in small classrooms with sporadic or scarce electricity, extreme heat, and limited resources. Volunteers must also be able to endure difficult living conditions such as cramped and uncomfortable apartments, as well as extreme heat and discomfort. Most importantly, LEAP volunteers must be culturally sensitive and consideration of local norms, as well as carry themselves in a mature, appropriate, and respectful manner at all times during the program since they are both representatives of LEAP and by extension, our partners.

Volunteers must demonstrate experience in one or more of the following: previous work or knowledge of the MENA region, particularly Lebanon; Arabic; an understanding of the social and cultural dynamics of the region; educational experience; previous work with youth in tutoring, afterschool programs, recreational activities, etc; advocacy; refugees/IDPs; management and coordination; working abroad; and/or psycho-social support.

We strongly encourage interested applicants to apply. This is a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the Palestinian refugee reality in Lebanon. The Program has consistently been described as a meaningful, unforgettable experience, for youth and volunteers alike, and we hope that you will join our team.

GET INVOLVED

To apply to Project SHINE, please complete the online application before the deadline on  17 February 2017Apply today!

To learn more, support our projects and/or partner with us, please visit the LEAP website.

Contactinfo@leap-program.org

The Middle East Institute Internship Program

THE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Leadership Development Internship Program at the Middle East Institute is designed to provide students or recent graduates considering a career in a Middle East related field with hands-on experience at a Washington, DC-based, nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on the Middle East. Interns obtain guidance, experience, and exposure to the Washington policy and scholarly community while developing professional skills with interns from all over the world.


LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM INTERNSHIPS

There are three internship terms each year, available to undergraduates who have completed at least one year of school, recent graduates, and graduate students. Positions are available on a full- or part-time basis with a minimum of 20 hours per week. Please use the links below to explore the different internship opportunities that we offer:

Publications

Programs

Communications

Development and Fundraising

The Oman Library at MEI

Languages and Regional Studies

Center for Turkish Studies

Research Assistantships

Read the application instructions below carefully, to ensure that your application is valid and be sure to check our FAQ Page for answers to many of your additional questions.

THE BENEFITS

Interns represent more than half of MEI’s staff. As a result, you will be presented with exciting opportunities to do real work that has real outcomes. There is no filing or coffee-running in this job. Instead, you will immerse yourself in issues relating to the Middle East, and be expected to complete substantive assignments with personal guidance from your supervisor. All internships at the Middle East Institute are unpaid, though the Leadership Development Internship Program is packed with other benefits:

  1.  Free language courses at the Institute in an intimate classroom setting with native-speaking professors
  2. SmarTrip card which is reloaded with $100 per month for travel to and from MEI
  3. Opportunities to discuss career paths with experts in government, academia, and non-profit and private sectors through the Intern Development Series
  4. Workshops to build skills such as resume and cover letter writing, networking, HTML/CSS coding, how to write news articles and op-eds
  5. Encouragement to attend conferences at MEI and other think-tanks in the DC area to foster your understanding of current topics in the Middle East, and to expand your professional network
  6. One-year electronic subscription to the MEI’s flagship publication, The Middle East Journal, the oldest peer-reviewed journal dedicated to Middle East scholarship
  7. Access to a network of MEI intern alumni, who work in a wide variety of fields both in DC and around the world

APPLICATION PROCESS

The deadlines for applications are:

Fall (September – December): July 7
Spring (January– May): November 15
Summer (June – August): March 15

To apply for an internship, please send the items below in PDF format to Carly Puzniak at internships@mei.edu. Format the email’s subject according to the following model: Last Name- Fall Internship Application. Please note that due to the large volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. One professional and two academic references (contact information only; no letters, please)
  4. Five-page (maximum), double-spaced writing sample on a topic relevant to current events in the Middle East
  5. College transcript (unofficial preferred).

NOTE: Interested applicants from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. However, preference will be given to those applicants with superior writing, organization, word-processing, and Middle Eastern language skill.

If you have any questions about the application process or the Leadership Development Internship Program in general, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page, located below. If you have any questions that are not addressed there, please direct your queries toward internships@mei.edu. Due to the large volume of applicants, we ask that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application.

Frequently Asked Questions Page

The Middle East Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, natural origin, sexual orientation, disability, or ethnic background.

Muslim American Identities: A 2017 NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers July 9-28

What does it mean to be Muslim & American?

You are invited to explore this fascinating and important question this coming summer. You will read compelling texts and conduct engaging field trips as you study the diverse facets of Muslim American identity, both as grounded in the past and as experienced in the present. As an NEH Summer Scholar, you will reflect on and discuss thirty primary source documents and two major academic monographs; visit two mosques; and make a final presentation about how you will integrate teaching about Muslim Americans into your classroom.

 

APPLICATION DUE: March 1, 2017

NOTIFICATION: March 31, 2017

STIPEND: $2,700

Want to know more? Check it out here: https://goo.gl/uph4mD

Or email the Director: ecurtis4@iupui.edu

The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute

The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute (CLI) is pleased to announce the opening of admissions for its 2017 summer language and study abroad programs.

CLI offers intensive courses in 10 critical languages and study-abroad programs in 7 locations. Participants earn 8–13 credits and cover a minimum of 2 semesters of material.

Participants pay a flat fee of $900 (plus study-abroad fees if applicable) instead of tuition.

CLI also offers generous financial support, including:

  • Title VIII Fellowships for graduate students;
  • Project GO Scholarships for ROTC students;
  • Melikian Scholarships for Undergraduates and non-students;
  • ASU Jewish Studies Scholarships for Hebrew;
  • Birks Scholarships for Polish; and
  • Berkowitz Scholarships for Albanian.

Visit http://cli.asu.edu for details.

Priority admission and funding application deadline: January 27, 2017.

Languages include:Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Hebrew, Indonesian, Persian,Polish, Russian, Turkish, Uzbek