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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 2015-2016 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, as well as the “Crown Essay” series which focuses on important debates related to the region. Additionally, the Center's staff teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses at Brandeis University.

The 2015-2016 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, 2015.

This fellowship is a one-year appointment beginning September 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016. 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 produce a Working Paper related to his/her research project, write a Middle East Brief, and participate in all Crown Center seminars, conferences and other events.

October 31, 2014

January 31, 2015

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

Please submit all of the following materials

1) Online Application Form: Available Here

2) Project proposal

a. In five to seven pages (Double spaced 12 pt. font) please explain the project you would undertake if you received this fellowship. In addition please include a separate bibliography of works to demonstrate how this project relates to the current literature.

b. A strong proposal will articulate a clear hypothesis and methodology; outlines a clear and realistic work plan; and demonstrates how this contributes to an original understanding of the Middle East.

3) Writing Samples

a. Please include a writing sample of no more than 20 pages.
b. Please include a Dissertation Abstract of no more than 2 pages.

4) CV and Publication List

a. Please include your CV and list of your publications.

5) Three letters of Recommendation

a. Please list the names, addresses and occupations of the three persons, not related to you, who will submit letters of recommendation on your behalf.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline for the application to be complete. 

Mailing and Emailing Instructions
Please mail or email the application and letters to:
Marilyn Horowitz
Crown Center for Middle East Studies
Brandeis University
MS 010
415 South St.
Waltham, MA 02454

Review Process
The applications will be reviewed for:

1) The project’s quality and originality
2) The strength of the methodology
3) The project’s contribution to the field
4) The qualification of the candidate.