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Junior Scholar Fellowship

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Junior Scholar Fellowship

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies is offering one-year fellowships to outstanding scholars of Middle East politics, economics, history, religion, or social developments for the 2016-2017 academic year. This fellowship can be either a post-doctoral position for new PhDs or a research fellowship for assistant professors during a year off from teaching. It would allow junior scholars the flexibility and means to advance a specific research project related to the contemporary Middle East.

About the Crown Center
The Crown Center's research interests encompass the twenty-two members of the Arab League, stretching from Morocco to Iraq, as well as Israel, Turkey, and Iran. The Center's research focus extends well beyond Arab-Israeli tensions to include Middle East politics and history, Islamic studies, economic and social developments, and regional security and arms control. 

The Center's research staff reflects its broad geopolitical focus. During its ten years of operation, experienced researchers with high-level expertise about Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, GCC and Saudi Arabia have conducted research for the Center. In addition to hosting conferences, seminars, and workshops, the Center has created tools for "real-time" distribution of analyses regarding current developments and events in the Middle East with its "Middle East Brief." The Center also publishes a Working Paper series to promote young scholars' opportunities to publish in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, the Center's staff teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses at Brandeis University.

The 2016-2017 junior research fellowship is open to both recent PhDs (as a post-doctoral position) and assistant professors in Middle East related fields. PhD must be completed by September 1, 2016.

This fellowship is a one-year appointment beginning September 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017. The stipend for these 10 months will be $45,000. In addition, funding is available for research, travel, and related expenses. Fringe benefits will be available during the appointment period.

Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Crown Center during the tenure of the fellowship. During their residence, fellows are required to write a Middle East Brief and participate in all Crown Center seminars, conferences and other events, and may produce a Working Paper related to his/her research project.

October 30, 2015

January 29, 2016

Please direct inquiries to Kristina Cherniahivsky at or call 781-736-5320


1) Online Application Form: Available Here

2) Recommendations cannot be submitted through the online system and must be sent via mail or email to Marilyn Horowitz by the October 30 deadline. 

Marilyn Horowitz
Crown Center for Middle East Studies
Brandeis University MS 010
415 South St. Waltham, MA 02454