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Non-BRISMES Scholarships, Awards and Grants


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)).


Fellowships for PhD Students at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, 2019-2022

Doctoral students are invited to analyze political, social and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and link this knowledge to questions of global significance.

Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019. Information.


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?


Research Fellowships in the 2019-2020 Program of the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School

These one-year fellowships are available for researchers at the pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and junior faculty level for research related to Middle Eastern governance and public policy. All fellowships carry a stipend. Citizens of all countries are invited to apply.

Deadline for application: 15 January 2019. Information.