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Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellowship on U.S.-Arab Relations, Arab Studies, or Islamic Studies

*Deadline: December 15, 2013

The Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellowship was established by a generous grant from the State of Qatar to the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University. The fellowship supports a recent Ph.D. working on the topic of U.S.-Arab relations, Arab studies, or Islamic studies.

  • The fellowship is for one academic year (August through May).
  • The fellowship offers an annual stipend of $40,000 to $45,000 plus benefits.
  • During the academic year, the Fellow must continue to conduct research in U.S.-Arab relations, Arab studies, or Islamic studies, and devote his or her time to transforming the doctoral dissertation into a book manuscript for publication.
  • The Fellow must design and teach for CCAS one graduate seminar of his or her choosing.
  • The Fellow must deliver a public lecture at CCAS about his or her research.
  • The Fellow must be in residence in the Washington, D.C., area for the duration of the academic year.


  • The fellowship will be awarded to a recent doctoral graduate (Ph.D.) from an accredited university or granting institution in the United States.
  • Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. degree within a period of no more than two years from the start of the fellowship year.
  • Applicants will be assessed on the originality of their scholarship and the high quality of their academic record.

Application Requirements

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Academic transcript(s)
  • Dissertation outline and sample chapter
  • Course proposal for seminar, to include detailed description and syllabus

Please submit all application materials to Academic Jobs Online by December 15, 2013.

For questions, please contact

Current Fellow

Adel Iskandar (Ph.D., University of Kentucky).

Past Fellows
  • 2012-2013: Karen Rignall (Ph.D., University of Kentucky). Dr. Rignall's dissertation was titled "Land, Rights, and the Politics of Making a Living in Pre-Saharan Morocco." She taught "Critical Environmental Studies of Contemporary MENA."
  • 2011-2012: Rania Sweis (Ph.D., Stanford University). Dr. Sweis's dissertation was titled "Coming of Age in a Global Egypt: the Politics of Transnational Humanitarianism, Chidhood, and Youth." She taught "Anthropology of Youth."
  • 2010-2011: Nida Alahmad (Ph.D., The New School for Social Research). Dr. Alahmad's dissertation was titled "State Power in Iraq (1988-2005)." She taught "Politics of Oil, Development and Intervention."
  • 2009-2010: Rodney Collins (Ph.D., Columbia University). Dr. Collins's dissertation was titled "From Coffee to Manhood: Grounds for Exchange in the Tunisian Coffeehouse, ca. 1898-2008." He taught "Politics of North African Masculinities."
  • 2008-2009: Juan Romero (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin). Dr. Romero taught "Great Powers and the Middle East." His areas of interest include European imperialism and the Cold War in the Middle East.
  • 2007-2008: Sherene Seikaly (Ph.D., New York University). Dr. Seikaly's dissertation was titled "Meatless Days: Consumption and Capitalism in Wartime Palestine, 1939-1948."
  • 2006-2007: Sara Scalenghe (Ph.D., Georgetown University). Dr. Scalenghe taught "The Body in Islam." Her areas of interest are Ottoman social history, pre-modern conceptions of piety, religious non-conformity, difference, and insanity in the Ottoman Empire.
  • 2005-2006: Kenneth Garden (Ph.D., University of Chicago). Dr. Garden taught “Narratives of Islamic Revival." His areas of interest include al-Ghazali, revival in Islam, Sufism, and al-Andalus.
  • 2004-2005: Kristen Smith (Ph.D., Harvard University). Dr. Smith taught "Politics of Reform in the Arab Gulf." Her areas of interest include Islamic finance, political and economic reform, and the Arabian Gulf.


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