Brandeis University, Crown Center for Middle East Studies

Fellowship ID:Brandeis-CrownCenter-SF [#12318]
Fellowship Title: Sabbatical Fellowship
Fellowship Type:Fellowship or award
Location:Waltham, Massachusetts 02453, United States [map]
Subject Area: Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Civilization, Arabic
Appl Deadline:2018/12/01* finished (2018/10/10, finished 2019/05/09, listed until 2018/12/02)

*** this fellowship has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies is offering a one-year sabbatical fellowship to a scholar of Middle East politics, economics, history, religion, sociology, or anthropology for the 2019-2020 academic year. This fellowship is open to tenure track or tenured professors with a well-established publication record seeking a sabbatical appointment and interested in engaging in a substantive research or book project, mentoring the Center’s junior research fellows, and contributing to the Center’s Middle East Brief series.

About the Crown Center

The Crown Center is committed to conducting balanced and dispassionate research of the modern Middle East that meets the highest academic standards. In addition, the Center seeks to help make decision- and opinion-makers better informed about the region. The scope of the Center’s research includes the 22 members of the Arab League as well as Turkey, Iran, and Israel. The Crown Center’s approach is multi-disciplinary in its study of the politics, economics, history, security, sociology, and anthropology of the region’s states and societies.

The Center's research staff reflects its broad geopolitical focus. During its 13 years of operation, scholars with high-level expertise about Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the smaller GCC states, as well as Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya, have conducted research at the Center. In addition to hosting conferences, seminars, and workshops, the Center publishes the Middle East Brief series, which are concise analyses of contemporary developments and events in the Middle East. The Center's core faculty also teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in numerous departments at Brandeis University.


The 2019-2020 sabbatical fellowship is open to all faculty members in the ranks of assistant, associate, full, and emeritus professor who work on the modern Middle East and North Africa.


The sabbatical fellowship is a one-year appointment beginning September 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2020. The fellowship is designed to supplement the scholar's sabbatical salary and will provide a stipend plus funding for research, travel, and related expenses. The fellowship stipend is set at three levels based on academic rank (or rank equivalency based on scholarly attainment): $40,000 for Assistant Professor or career equivalent, $50,000 for Associate Professor or career equivalent; and $70,000 for full Professor, emeritus, or career equivalent. The Crown Center will determine the level based on the candidate's rank or equivalent rank as of the application deadline. Fringe benefits, when not provided by the scholar’s home institution, can be made available during the appointment period.

Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Crown Center during the tenure of the fellowship. During their residence, they are required to write a Middle East Brief and participate in all Crown Center events, including seminars, conferences, and workshops.

Application Deadline

December 1, 2018


February 28, 2019

Application submission

Please submit your CV and cover letter


You may direct inquiries to Kristina Cherniahivsky at or call 781-736-5320

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the description.

Further Info:
Crown Center for Middle East Studies
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

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