Opportunities 2022/2023

APPLY || Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) Global Academy 2022

APPLY || Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) Global Academy 2022

APPLY || Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) Global Academy 2022

Do not miss out of the currently ongoing Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) Global Academy 2022

Deadline: May 1, 2022

The Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) Global Academy 2022 is now accepting applications. Scholars working on governance, accountability, and the rule of law, as well as scholars working on justice and economic equality, are supported by the Global Academy.

The Global Academy views these two fields as interdisciplinary, and researchers from the humanities and social sciences, including comparative literature, history, and Islamic studies, as well as political science, anthropology, and economics, are encouraged to apply.

Scholars in the Global Academy are required to participate in a number of research workshops sponsored by partner universities in their field of study. Each participant is required to present their own research at one workshop and serve as a discussant at another; additional engagements are welcomed and encouraged. In addition, the scholars must attend five professional development workshops. Scholars are also supported in attending and participating in at least one MESA Annual Meeting (currently scheduled for December 2022 and November 2023).

Focused Areas

  • Governance, Accountability, and the Rule of Law

This research cluster focuses on the potential for rule of law enhancement and governance reform in the MENA region following the Arab uprisings. Topics connected to this thematic cluster include, but are not limited to: judicial independence; designing anti-corruption reforms; decentralization and increased participation; equity and inclusiveness in public service delivery; impartial law enforcement; and transparency and accountability promotion within the administrative state.

  • Fairness and Economic Equality

This research cluster focuses on the demands for socio-economic justice emanating from a region that is marked by an unprecedented degree of socio-economic inequality, a youth bulge, and high levels of unemployment. Topics to be addressed in this cluster include, but are not limited to: socio-economic demands in the region and increasing present-day inequalities; constitutional protections for socio-economic rights; preventive health services; inter-generational poverty; labor markets; education and social mobility; youth employment; food and water insecurity; environmentally sustainable social development; expanding access to basic services; trends in public expenditure for infrastructure investment; and the relationship between sustainable development goals and social justice.

Award

  • A $5,000 award covers both travel and research expenses, with travel funds contingent on the reinstitution of in-person events.

Eligibility

The MESA Global Academy offers competitive fellowships to Middle East Studies scholars from the MENA region who are currently displaced in North America.

Eligibility criteria for the fellowships include:

  • holding a PhD or equivalent in a field in the social sciences or humanities (graduate students will not be considered);
  • the primary institutional affiliation was in the MENA region prior to displacement; and
  • a publication record indicating scholarly productivity (in English, French, a native MENA language, or principal research language of the field).

Application

The deadline for applications for the 2022-2023 academic year is May 1, 2022. You may reach out to Mimi Kirk, Program Manager, at [email protected] with any questions about the Global Academy or the application process.

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For more information, visit MESA Global Academy.

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