Middle East Centre Studentships and Prizes

Middle East Centre Studentships and Prizes

HADID DOCTORAL STUDENTSHIP

The Middle East Centre is pleased to invite applications for the Hadid Doctoral Studentship for the 2017-18 academic year. The Hadid Studentship is available to continuing doctoral students working on the modern Middle East.

Guidelines for applications to the Hadid Studentship are as follows:

1.  Only ongoing students (i.e. already admitted and working toward a DPhil in the current academic year) are eligible
2.  The studentship is for one year, but recipients of the studentship may apply again in subsequent years
3.   The Studentship may not be held concurrently with other major awards such as the AHRC Doctoral Award or Clarendon Bursary

4.  The successful applicant will need to be in residence for the academic year, and will be asked to volunteer eight hours per week of their time to support the activities of the Middle East Centre during Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Full Term

The award will be made on the basis of academic excellence, though preference may be shown for candidates with demonstrated need, without regard to nationality.  All applications will receive equal consideration regardless of college affiliation at the time of application, though a successful candidate from outside St. Antony’s will be required to transfer to St Antony's College at the time of taking up the award.  The value of the Hadid Studentship in 2017/18 will be £7,000.

Applications should include the following:

1.  Current curriculum vitae
2.  Brief statement detailing any currently-held studentships, and listing all forms of support for which you have applied this year
3.  Letter of reference from the thesis supervisor
4.  Thesis proposal of no more than 1,500 words in length

These must be sent by 28th April 2017 to: The Director, the Middle East Centre, St. Antony's College, Oxford OX2 6JF.  Submissions via email are preferred but hardcopy submissions are also acceptable. Please send email submissions to mec@sant.ox.ac.uk

The decision will be announced in June 2017 and the funds will be available in the first week of October 2017.

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PACHACHI DOCTORAL STUDENTSHIP

The Middle East Centre is pleased to invite applications for the Pachachi Doctoral Studentship for the 2017-18 academic year. The Pachachi Studentship is available to continuing doctoral students working on the modern history (broadly defined) and the social sciences of the Arab world.

Guidelines for applications to the Pachachi Studentship are as follows:

1.  Only ongoing students (i.e. already admitted and working toward a DPhil in the current academic year) are eligible. 
2.  The studentship is for one year, but recipients of the studentship may apply again in subsequent years. 
3.   The Studentship may not be held concurrently with other major awards such as the AHRC Doctoral Award or Clarendon Bursary.

4.  The successful applicant will need to be in residence for the academic year, and will be asked to volunteer eight hours per week of their time to support the activities of the Middle East Centre during Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Full Term

The award will be made on the basis of academic excellence, though preference may be shown for candidates with demonstrated need, without regard to nationality.  All applications will receive equal consideration regardless of college affiliation at the time of application, though a successful candidate from outside St. Antony’s will be required to transfer to St Antony's College at the time of taking up the award.  The value of the Pachachi Studentship in 2017/18 will be £7,000.

Applications should include the following:

1.  Current curriculum vitae
2.  Brief statement detailing any currently-held studentships, and listing all forms of support for which you have applied this year
3.  Letter of reference from the thesis supervisor
4.  Thesis proposal/description of no more than 1,500 words in length. 

These must be sent by 28th April 2017 to: The Director, the Middle East Centre, St. Antony's College, Oxford OX2 6JF.  Submissions via email are preferred but hardcopy submissions are also acceptable. Please send email submissions to mec@sant.ox.ac.uk

The decision will be announced in June 2017 and the funds will be available in the first week of October 2017.

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

The Middle East Centre is pleased to invite submissions for the 2017 Azizeh Sheibani Essay Prize in Iranian and Persian-speaking World Studies.

The winner or winners will be invited to dine with the judges at High Table in St Antony’s College, and will receive an award of £250 or, should two winners be chosen, £125 each.

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 and references. Applicants may choose the most suitable form of citation, though all submissions should be written to the highest academic standard. Where appropriate, the judges may try to assist authors with the publication of the winning essay in a suitable journal.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 deadline for submissions is Friday of fourth week in Trinity Term, 19 May 2016. Results will be announced in sixth week, with the prize awarded and dinner at High Table in seventh week.

All submissions should be sent as a PDF file by email to Dr Stephanie Cronin, Stephanie.cronin@orinst.ox.ac.uk