The Druze Heritage Foundation Research Awards

The Druze Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce a Research Award Program offering a number of graduate research awards to doctoral students in selected universities who are writing or planning to write their dissertations on topics relating to the history, culture and society of the Druze. The awards are meant to encourage research in these areas by providing financial support (up to $10,000) to students as they seek to fund their research needs or travel. Awards will be allocated by the Foundation’s Academic Advisory Committee upon the recommendation of the applicant’s dissertation adviser.
Applications may be received at any time and should include the following documents:
1. Cover letter by the applicant
2. Applicant’s CV
3. Graduate academic transcript
4. Dissertation outline
5. Letter of recommendation by the dissertation adviser

The Foundation expects to receive a copy of the dissertation subsequent to the granting of degree. The Foundation may later consider publishing the dissertation.

The Druze Heritage Foundation is a charity registered in the United Kingdom whose principal function is to promote the scholarly study of the Druze, their history, society and culture and related topics. The Foundation has thus far published over 25 titles in the last several years, in both English and Arabic. (The books may be consulted in our website The Foundation has also organized and funded two scholarly conferences in Oxford, U.K., in collaboration with the Middle East Centre, Saint Anthony’s College, Oxford University.

Award applications should be emailed to
For additional information please call: 00961 1 739750


PARC Research and Travel Fellowship Announcements

PARC has two research fellowship competitions for scholars on Palestine and one travel fellowship competition for scholars who are not Palestine experts but are eager to learn more through our travel seminar.

1)      PARC’s 18th 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 January 9, 2017. For more details about the U.S. Fellowship Program, please see our website:

2)      PARC’s fifth 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 a resident in the U.S. for the last three years. (U.S. citizens do not have to be living in the U.S. to be eligible.) Applications are due January 16, 2017. For more details about the NEH/FPIRI program, please see our website:

3)      PARC’s eighth 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. The seminar is open to professors from all fields of study. Professors from Minority Serving Institutions and community colleges are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 12, 2017. For more details about the FDS, please see our website:

Woolf Institute Visiting Fellowship 2018

The Woolf Institute, which specialises in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from a multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for its annual visiting fellowship. The Fellowship is tenable for a two to three month period that overlaps one of the Cambridge terms 2018:

Lent term: 16 January–16 March 2018

Easter term: 24 April–15 June 2018

The successful candidate will be expected to be involved in a project of academic research or public education in an area relevant to the Institute’s work. The Fellow will be asked to present their work at a symposium on the subject of their project proposal.

There is no stipend attached to the Fellowships, but Fellows will be entitled to free accommodation in Cambridge and one round-trip journey to Cambridge. They will also have access to the Woolf Institute and Cambridge University libraries.

The Fellowship is available for a postdoctoral scholar of any academic rank, a policymaker or analyst in a relevant area of work and will most likely be asked to participate in some of the Institute’s teaching or practice-based activities. Further information about the Institute can be found at:

A letter of application, CV, the names of two referees who may be approached, a project proposal (1,500 words max.), and a sample of work should be sent to:

Electors of the Visiting Fellowship, Woolf Institute, 12-14 Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DU, UK or e-mailed to Tina Steiner at

Questions may be addressed informally to the Deputy Director, Dr Shana Cohen at

Deadline for the submission of applications is 17 February 2017.


CFP: MEHAT Conference, May 2016, University of Chicago

Call for Papers  

31st Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference

The University of Chicago

May 6–7, 2016

Graduate students, affiliated faculty, and independent scholars from a broad range of disciplines are invited to submit proposals on any topic concerning the Middle East and Islamic world from the advent of Islam to the present day. Disciplinary focuses include but are not limited to: history, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, literature, philosophy, art history, cinema and media studies, gender studies, and diaspora studies.

Submissions should be sent electronically to no later than Friday, February 12, 2016. You may submit as individuals or as prearranged panels, with the latter strongly encourage. Please include each presenter’s name, institution, and position, and attach a 250-word abstract with a tentative title. Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously, so please do not include any identifying information. Selection results will be announced in the middle of March 2016.

For updates and announcements, please see the MEHAT website and Facebook page. For specific inquiries, please write to

QFI Teacher Fellowships – Now Accepting Applications

Qatar Foundation International is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Teacher Fellowship Program for current or prospective K-12 teachers to become certified in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language.

This program provides to $25,000 toward tuition and fees for programs that will lead to licensure or certification to teach Arabic in U.S. public or public charter schools.

Detailed information on the program and application instructions can be found at:

For any questions please contact

H-Net: Job Announcement

Permanent Instructor in Modern Middle Eastern History (after 1800)

The Department of History at Florida International University is hiring a permanent Instructor in Modern Middle Eastern History (after 1800) beginning fall semester, 2016.

The preferred candidate will examine the wider interactions between the Middle East and the Mediterranean world and will offer some online courses for which FIU will provide full design and technical support. The teaching load will be four 3-credit courses per semester.  Two shall be lower division courses and the other two upper division courses in the candidate’s general fields or graduate courses.

The person to be hired will be expected to interface with the Wolfsonian-FIU, the Initiative for Muslim World Studies Program, and the Spanish and Mediterranean Studies Program in the Steven J. Green School for International and Public Affairs.

Qualified candidates must have a PhD in hand by August 19, 2016 and are encouraged to  attach a cover letter discussing both teaching and research interests, Curriculum Vitae., sample syllabi, an article-length writing sample, and unofficial transcripts, in a single pdf file.

Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least three references who will be contacted upon submission of the application. Review will continue until position is filled.

The salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s previous career and achievement. Email questions to Dr. Gwyn Davies, Chair Search Committee: or call 305-348-2328. For more information on the FIU History Department, visit

To apply, please visit

About FIU
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU @ I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit

Tovah Bender
Department of History
Florida International University

CALL FOR PAPERS: “Identity, Memory, and Diasporas”

The 6th Annual Islamic Studies Graduate Student Conference
University of California, Santa Barbara
May 20-22, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Sherman A. Jackson, University of Southern California

The external and internal frontiers and definition of Islam are constantly being contested and negotiated, particularly through the movements of diaspora communities. When individuals and groups move from one place to another, how do identity and memory affect their understanding of origin and destination? What kind of communal practices do they retain, acquire or exchange, and what factors influence these decisions? To what extent do they maintain ties to their previous Islamic communities, and what does this suggest about the process of identity formation and preservation within diaspora groups?

This conference hopes to interrogate the relationships inherent to identity formation, diaspora, and migration of Muslim communities, understood both in terms of geographies and abstract communal concepts. The theme aims to explore the diverse manifestations of identity, pluralities of religious content, patterns of diaspora, and ways in which memory ispreserved in private and public practice.

We invite a diverse array of proposals from graduate students of all academic disciplines at U.S. and international colleges and universities. Proposals that employ interdisciplinary methodologies are encouraged.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Communal practices, rituals, and aesthetic expressions of belonging within diaspora groups
  • The effects of diaspora on textual translation, interpretation, and communication
  • Memory formation and cultural appropriation within diaspora communities, including shared narratives, nostalgia, and adaptation
  • Constructions and transformations of spaces and built environments (real and imagined) by diaspora groups
  • Implications of residency, social status, and labor for the identity of diaspora populations
  • Inter-community connectivity, including through foodways
  • The politics of Muslim diasporas


Submission Guidelines 

This conference is open to all scholars of Islam, pre-modern and modern, whose research connects to the conference theme.

To apply, please submit your name, email, university, and department affiliation with your abstract of 250-300 words, and a two-page CV by January 15th, 2016.

Ph.D. students in advanced stages of research and dissertation writing are especially encouraged to apply. Speakers will have 20 minutes to present their papers.

Email abstracts to