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Student Section Events

Past Events

Securing a post-doc position after your PhD: Demystifying the application process

Date: 5 November 2020, 1pm-2:30pm (GMT)

Watch a recording of the event

What does it take to secure a post-doc after your PhD? This event brought together three academics who have successfully secured post-doctoral positions (with Leverhulme; British Academy and Cambridge JRF) and an academic mentor who has supported a successful application. The panellists work in a range of disciplines spanning the humanities, languages, history, and political science. The event offered an opportunity for students and ECRs interested in pursuing an academic career to find out about the various post-doc tracks that are available and to learn from the experiences of our panellists. The event aimed to highlight what post-doc options are available to recent PhD graduates; demystify the application process; and offer useful tips and advice in the process.

Dr Malaka Shwaikh (Associate Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies, University of St Andrews and BRISMES Council Member)


Dr Sarah Arens (Univeristy of St Andrews)

Dr Lorenzo Feltrin (University of Warwick)

Dr Mezna Qato (University of Cambridge)

Professor Charles Tripp (SOAS University of London)

Some useful resources shared during the event:

BRISMES Student Mentoring Event

Date: Tuesday 16 June 2020, 1:30-3:00pm BST

Organised by the BRISMES student section co-presidents, Marral Shamshiri-Fard and Saeb Kasm, this mentoring event brought together a number of academic mentors and specialists from diverse disciplines (humanities, languages, political and social sciences, publishing). The event offered an opportunity for students interested in pursuing an academic or related non-academic career in Middle East studies to engage with scholars, learn from their experiences, and exchange dialogue on issues of interest.

Mentors covered a range of themes including: (1) integration into the academic community; (2) development of teaching and scholarship; (3) creative collaboration; (4) leadership and activism; and (5) writing and publishing. 

Chair: Nicola Pratt, Vice-President, BRISMES, Reader in International Politics of the Middle East at the University of Warwick.


Feras Alkabani, University of Sussex

Sarah Irving, Edge Hill University 

Laleh Khalili, Queen Mary University of London

Giulia Guariento, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group

Rafeef Ziadah, SOAS Univeristy of London