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)                              

Guidelines on how to apply

HADID DOCTORAL STUDENTSHIP

The Middle East Centre is pleased to invite applications for the Hadid Doctoral Studentship for the 2019-2020 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 2019/20 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 26 April 2019​ 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 2019 and the funds will be available in the first week of October 2019.


PACHACHI DOCTORAL STUDENTSHIP

Ali Pachachi

The Middle East Centre is pleased to invite applications for the Pachachi Doctoral Studentship for the 2019-2020 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 2019/20 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 26 April 2019 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 2019 and the funds will be available in the first week of October 2019.


THE RAGHID AND CAMILLIA EL-SOLH TRAVEL GRANT

Deadline for submissions: Friday, 26 April 2019

Current DPhil students registered in the University of Oxford (all Colleges) working on Arab states are eligible to apply for the annual travel grant to be used for field research in progress.
Focus of the applicant’s research to cover the following thematic areas: democracy and governance; justice and human rights; regionalism and parliamentary processes in League of Arab States countries.
Applicants need to have passed their transfer of status assessment. The applicant should submit his/her thesis proposal and provide a detailed budget on how the annual travel grant is to be spent, as well as a letter of confirmation from their thesis supervisor.

The annual travel grant of £1000 (One Thousand Sterling) will be awarded to the successful applicant whose research covers one or more of the thematic areas referred to above.

All submissions should be sent as a PDF file by email to the Middle East Centre Administrator, St. Antony’s College at mec@sant.ox.ac.uk
The Committee will inform the successful applicant by Monday, 27 May 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