External Funding & Prizes

Algerian Studies Master's Prize

The Society for Algerian Studies and the LSE Middle East Centre are delighted to announce the launch of a prize aimed at Master’s students in the UK conducting research on Algeria. Designed to encourage and celebrate outstanding research, prizes will be awarded to the most innovative and significant Master’s dissertations focussing on Algeria.

British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) Opportunities

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

  • Research project funding
  • Research positions at the BIAA
  • Support for academic visits to the UK and Turkey
  • Facilitation support

BIPS Research & Travel Grants and Research Assistant Grants

The British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS) invites applications for Research and Travel Grants and for Research Assistant Grants. Funding is available to cover costs associated with developing or executing research projects in any field related to the wider Persianate world. There is funding available for travel for students, either for research or to attend conferences. We invite applications for Research Awards and for Research Assistant Grants, in order to support scholars to develop or complete projects.

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 including: 

  • University and Museum Engagement Grants (Deadlines: 1 March, June, September, December)
  • Research and Conference Grants (Deadline: 1 February) 
  • Pilot Project Grants (Deadline: 1 February) 

British Yemeni Society Research Grant

As part of its educational mission, the British–Yemeni Society offers a £500 grant annually to assist with academic study related to Yemen.

Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) Grants & Prizes

CBRL maintains a broad and highly active engagement in research and offers a variety of funding opportunities for scholars working on and in the Levant. Each year, CBRL also offers prizes for the best undergraduate and master's dissertations in Levantine Studies.

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Middle East and North Africa (SOAS)

The International Postgraduate Scholarship is designed to award new entry 2022 postgraduate students with outstanding academic performance.

• Value: £3,000 (fee waiver)
• Number of scholarships available: 4
• Selection criteria: academic merit and a 250-word statement

Mohammed Al Fahim Scholarship (LSE)

This new scholarship opportunity is available for an applicant who is a national of and domiciled in the Middle East or North Africa (Arab League member states, Iran, Israel and Turkey) to support the costs for any taught master's programme in the 2022/23 session. An element of the LSE Master’s degree programme should be relevant to the study of the MENA region. The applicant’s undergraduate degree should have been taken in a MENA state.

Database of Expertise

The Database of Expertise in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies provides a publicly available list of MENA experts with their research and areas of expertise.

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