Brandeis University, Crown Center for Middle East Studies

Position ID:Brandeis-CrownCenter-JRF [#9758]
Position Title: Junior Research Fellow
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Waltham, Massachusetts 02453, United States [map]
Subject Area: Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Civilization, Arabic
Starting Date:2018/09/01
Appl Deadline:2017/10/31help popup** finished (2017/09/11, finished 2018/08/12, listed until 2018/01/31)
Position Description:    

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

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies is offering two-year fellowships to outstanding scholars of Middle East politics, economics, history, religion, sociology, or anthropology for the 2018-2020 academic years. This consecutive, two-year fellowship is targeted at junior scholars with PhD in hand and not yet tenured. The fellowship’s goal is to allow junior scholars the flexibility and means to advance a specific research project related to the contemporary Middle East.

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 12 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 2018-2020 Junior Research Fellowship is open to both recent PhDs (as a post-doctoral position) and assistant professors in Middle East-related fields. A PhD must be completed by September 1, 2018.


This fellowship is a two-year appointment beginning September 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2020. The annual stipend is $48,000. In addition, funding is available for research, travel, and related expenses. Fringe benefits will be available during the two-year appointment period.

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

Application Materials

1. Three reference letters

2. Cover letter

3. Curriculum Vitae

4. Research statement describing your current and future research projects, as well as any recent accomplishments in your work. The statement should be 2-5 pages in length.

5. Writing sample no more than 20 pages in length.

Application Deadline

October 31, 2017


January 31, 2018

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

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

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