Founded in 2007, the Institute for Middle East Studies aims to foster research, dialogue and the creation of an intellectual community focused on the modern Middle East, geographically defined as the Arab world, Turkey, Israel, and Iran. To this end, IMES encourages intellectual collaboration among members of the GW community interested in the Middle East, between GW research institutes, and with other organizations in the Washington area.

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Call for Applications: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Middle East Studies

The Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES) at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs invites applications for the position of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Middle East Studies. Fellows may come from any discipline in the social sciences or humanities, as long as their primary substantive specialization is in the Middle East/North Africa (to include Iran and Turkey). Candidates must have their Ph.D. in hand before submitting their application, and must be in residence at IMES for the duration of the fellowship period. The fellowship begins September 1, 2016 and the successful candidate can choose to extend the fellowship period to two full academic years (through May 31, 2018).

The fellow’s primary duties are to complete a substantial research project. S/he will also be expected to teach one graduate (MA) seminar in the Fall and advise one MA student capstone project in the Spring. The topic of the seminar will be tailored to the interests of the fellow.  S/he may also request IMES funding to organize a workshop or series of meetings with an eye toward developing academic publications.

This position offers an annual salary of $50,000, medical benefits, a $2,000 annual research stipend, access to the GW library system, a computer, and office space

To Apply:
The candidate is required to submit the following materials in PDF format to imes@gwu.edu:

1. CV (not to exceed 2 pages)
2. Statement of Research (not to exceed 1,500 words) Please specify the topic of your research and the expected product (book, articles). If possible, please specify how your research complements the work done by the institute's faculty.
3. Writing Sample (an article, chapter of the dissertation or book chapter)
4. Three letters of recommendation (emailed directly from the recommender) to imes@gwu.edu with subject heading “Postdoctoral Fellow Recommendation_Applicant Name”)

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2016.  The successful candidate will be notified via email by 1 March 2016.

2015 Capstone Projects Posted

The Capstone Research Projects of our 2015 MA graduates are now available online. Congratulations to this year's excellent cohort of MA students, whose original research took them to Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, and the West Bank.

A very special congratulations to Ryan Greenwood and Alex Randall, whose capstone Treading Softly: Responding to LGBTI Syrian Refugees in Jordan, was chosen by the institute's faculty directors as this year's most outstanding project.

FLAS Awardees - Academic Year 2015/2016

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 recipients of the prestigious Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year fellowships:

Nicole Bailey: Global Communication (Arabic)

Mischa Benoit-Lavelle: Middle East Studies (Arabic)

Kelsey Fish: Global Communication (Arabic)

Alissa Fromkin: Middle East Studies (Arabic)

Liliana Martinez: International Affairs (Arabic)

Marintha Miles: Anthropology (Persian)

Amanda Sass: Middle East Studies (Hebrew)

Carter Starling: Middle East Studies (Arabic)

The FLAS fellowship awards cover full tuition and a living stipend for one academic year. For more information visit the website of the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships.

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Welcome to Our New MENA Research Librarian

Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg, GW's new MENA Research Librarian

Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg comes to GW from the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania where she completed research for her forthcoming doctoral dissertation entitled, “Wives, Witches and Warriors: Women in Arabic Popular Epics.”

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