Open Positions

Junior Research Fellowship

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies is offering two-year fellowships to outstanding scholars of Middle East politics, economics, history, religion, anthropology, or sociology for the 2018-2020 academic years. This consecutive, two-year fellowship is targeted at junior scholars with PhD in hand and not yet tenured. The fellowship’s goal is to allow junior scholars the flexibility and means to advance a specific research project related to the contemporary Middle East.

Because of this unique opportunity for a two-year fellowship, there will not be an application cycle during Fall 2018. The Center will resume its annual application cycle for one-year fellowships in Fall 2019 for the 2020-2021 academic year.

About the Crown Center
The Crown Center is committed to conducting balanced and dispassionate research of the modern Middle East that meets the highest academic standards. In addition, the Center seeks to help make decision- and opinion-makers better informed about the region. The scope of the Center’s research includes the 22 members of the Arab League as well as Turkey, Iran, and Israel. The Crown Center’s approach is multi-disciplinary in its study of the politics, economics, history, security, sociology, and anthropology of the region’s states and societies.    

The Center's research staff reflects its broad geopolitical focus. During its 12 years of operation, scholars with high-level expertise about Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the smaller GCC states, as well as Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya, have conducted research at the Center. In addition to hosting conferences, seminars, and workshops, the Center publishes the Middle East Brief series, which are concise analyses of contemporary developments and events in the Middle East. The Center's core faculty also teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in numerous departments at Brandeis University.

Eligibility
The 2018-2020 Junior Research Fellowship is open to both recent PhDs (as a post-doctoral position) and assistant professors in Middle East-related fields. A PhD must be completed by September 1, 2018.

Terms
This fellowship is a two-year appointment beginning September 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2020. The annual stipend is $48,000. In addition, funding is available for research, travel, and related expenses. Fringe benefits will be available during the two-year 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 each year and participate in all Crown Center seminars, conferences, and other events.

Deadline
October 31, 2017

Notification
January 31, 2018

Application submission
Please submit your application and all supporting materials here.


Sabbatical Fellowship

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies is offering a one-year sabbatical fellowship to a scholar of Middle East politics, economics, history, religion, sociology, or anthropology for the 2018-2019 academic year. This fellowship is open to tenure track or tenured professors with a well-established publication record seeking a sabbatical appointment and interested in engaging in a substantive research or book project, mentoring the Center’s junior research fellows, and contributing to the Center’s Middle East Brief series.

Eligibility
The 2018-2019 sabbatical fellowship is open to all faculty members in the ranks of assistant, associate, full, and emeritus professor who work on the modern Middle East and North Africa.

Terms
The sabbatical fellowship is a one-year appointment beginning September 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2019. The fellowship is designed to supplement the scholar's sabbatical salary and will provide a stipend plus funding for research, travel, and related expenses. The fellowship stipend is set at three levels based on academic rank (or rank equivalency based on scholarly attainment): $40,000 for Assistant Professor or career equivalent, $50,000 for Associate Professor or career equivalent; and $70,000 for full Professor, emeritus, or career equivalent. The Crown Center will determine the level based on the candidate's rank or equivalent rank as of the application deadline. Fringe benefits, when not provided by the scholar’s home institution, can be made 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, they are required to write a Middle East Brief and participate in all Crown Center events, including: seminars, conferences, and workshops.

Application Deadline
December 1, 2017

Notification
March 31, 2018

Application submission
Please submit your CV and cover letter here.

Inquiries
You may direct inquiries to Kristina Cherniahivsky at crowncenter@brandeis.edu or call 781-736-5320