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Non-BRISMES Scholarships, Awards and Grants


CBRL Funding Opportunities

CBRL offers funded fellowships, project awards and travel grants. CBRL also provides unfunded institutional support to projects through affiliations and to individuals through Honorary Fellowships.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships & Visiting Research Fellowships

These awards enable either early career postdoctoral candidates or established scholars in university posts to spend time in the Levant region to conduct primary research, develop contacts, give lectures, and write up project results/publications derived from a thesis/research.

Pilot Study Awards

This is an opportunity for postdoctoral scholars to undertake initial exploratory work or a feasibility study prior to making applications for major funding to a Research Council, the British Academy or another body. To be eligible under this scheme, a project must involve an element of travel to (or from) the Levant. Awards will normally be up to £7,500.  

Travel Grants

These awards cover travel and subsistence costs for students, academics and researchers undertaking reconnaissance tours or smaller research projects in the Levant. Awards are available for both PhD students and post-doctorate applicants of a value up to £800.

Team-based Awards

These awards are for team-based fieldwork proposals within the Levant. Applications should be for strategic projects that will enhance the profile of UK research in the Levant and which offer the support and commitment of the applicant’s own institution. Awards will normally be up to £5,000.

Project Completion Awards

CBRL can assist in the completion of research projects. These could include support for additional analytical work, production of final publication manuscripts, completion project archives or repatriation of research materials. 

The Islam-UK Centre at Cardiff University

The Islam-UK Centre at Cardiff University is pleased to invite applications for this year’s Jameel Scholarships, starting September 2019. 

Three fully-funded scholarships are available for the MA course ‘Islam in Contemporary Britain’.  Each scholarship will cover full UK/EU tuition fees and provide students with a £15,000 stipend as well as a £1,000 research allowance.  For more information, refer to the attached poster and here:

Closing date for scholarship applications: 24th May 2019.

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The British Institute at Ankara (BIAA)

The BIAA provides a number of different funding opportunities, grants and awards to support academics at all stages of their career.  These include:

1. Research project funding

​​2. Support for academic visits to the UK and Turkey

Further details can be found at:

British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI) Grants


 BISI offers a range of annual grants and scholarships to assist academic work and education on Iraq in the areas of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. 

  • BISI Outreach Grants BISI is currently developing an exciting new approach for supporting public engagement projects that promote a greater understanding of Iraq's history, society and culture. As a result, our Outreach Grants will not be available for 2018/2019. Details about the new arrangements will be made available as soon as possible. 
  • BISI Research and Conference Grants (normally up to £4,000 per grant) are designed to support research and the organisation of academic conferences principally concerned with the lands and peoples of Iraq. Eligibility: Applicants should normally have an affiliation with a UK Higher Education Institution. (Annual Deadline: 1 February) 
  • BISI Pilot Project Grants (normally up to £8,000) are designed to support a short period of preliminary research - up to one year - that has the potential to grow into a larger-scale, longer-term project supported by a Research Council or other large funding body. Only one project per year is funded by this scheme.Eligibility: Applicants should normally have an affiliation with a UK Higher Education Institution. (Annual Deadline: 1 February) 
  • BISI-Nahrein Network Visiting Iraqi Scholarship Scheme enables Iraqi scholars and cultural heritage professionals to engage in short-term research, training, and collaborative projects in the UK. Eligibility: Applicants must currently reside in Iraq and have adequate English language skills. (Deadline for proposals are 15 February and 15 August every year (2018-2020)).


Fully Funded PhD opportunity at the University of Bristol centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship for a resident citizen of the Palestinian Territories


Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Issues relating to racism and discrimination.
  • National narratives that create second-class forms of citizenship.
  • Majority/minority relations in Israel/Palestine.
  • A comparative study of Islamophobia and antisemitism, paying attention to particular national contexts e.g. comparing Israel/Palestine and the UK.
  • Obstacles to progress into higher education or the labour market that are connected to race/ethnicity.

Full details at:

Grants and Fellowships of the University of Notre Dame

Research priorities include

1. "Immigration and the Challenge to National Identities". The arrival of migrants from the Middle East and Africa directly fueled the rise of right-wing populist leaders throughout Europe. How can such challenges be met both effectively and in a way that respects human dignity?

2. "Islamophobia, "Christian" Identity, and the Secular State". How have definitions of religious identity affected definitions of political identity, and what can be done to defuse such tensions?