Middle East Centre Studentships and Prizes

Middle East Centre Studentships and Prizes

The Middle East Centre annually awards two doctoral studentships:

             HADID (in Middle Eastern Studies)
             PACHACHI (in Arab Studies)

                                      Ali Pachachi

  • Each award is £7000
  • The application process for both studentships for the academic year 2018-2019 is now closed - the Middle East Centre Steering Committee met recently to review applications for both studentships for the academic year 2018-2019; they awarded the Pachachi studentship to Sophie Chamas for her work on new forms of contentious politics in contemporary Lebanon; and awarded the Hadid studentship to Jalal Imran for his work on the opening phase of the Syrian uprising in 2011
  • Students will be invited to apply for the 2019-2020 studentships from the start of Hilary Term 2019 - eligibility criteria and details on how to apply will be available here
  • The decision about applications will be announced in Week 8 of Trinity Term of 2019 and the funds will be made available in the first week of October 2019

The Azizeh Sheibani Essay Prize in Iranian and Persian-speaking World Studies

The Middle East Centre is pleased to invite submissions for 2019:

  • Deadline for submissions is 24 May 2019
  • All submissions should be sent as a PDF file by email to Dr Stephanie Cronin, stephanie.cronin@orinst.ox.ac.uk
  • The criterion for eligibility is that entrants must be currently registered for a degree at Oxford, or have been so registered in the previous academic year
  • Essays must not have been published elsewhere, including online
  • The prize is open to two categories, graduate and undergraduate students, these categories to be judged separately; a prize will not necessarily be awarded in both categories; the prize(s) will be awarded to the best essay(s) in Iranian and Persian-speaking World Studies, in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences; essays may be on any chronological period, ancient, medieval or modern; essays should make use of primary sources and will be assessed on the basis of the strength and originality of the research or argumentation
  • Essays should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length (including footnotes & references); applicants may choose the most suitable form of citation, though all submissions should be written to the highest academic standard
  • Results will be announced in sixth week of Trinity Term 2019, with the prize awarded and dinner at High Table in seventh week
  • The winner or winners will be invited to dine with judges at High Table in St Antony's College, and will receive an award of £250 or, should two winners be chosen, £125 each; and where appropriate, the judges may try to assist authors with the publication of the winning essay in a suitable journal 

Previous winners of the Azizeh Sheibani essay prize