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The Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies welcomes visiting scholars.

How to apply: Researchers who wish to apply for visiting scholar affiliation with the Center should begin by approaching a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for research collaboration and sponsorship. A list of the Center’s faculty affiliates can be found here.  If a match is found, the interested visiting scholar should contact the Center and provide a CV and a proposal outlining the intended research and the UNC faculty sponsor’s name and department. Please note that administrative fees for visiting scholars will apply. Normally applications for visiting scholar status must be received with full documentation for visa processing at least four months before arriving at UNC.

What the Center offers: Assistance with visa paperwork, library privileges, and study space. The availability of resources such as office space is limited.

What the Center asks of Visiting Scholars: Visiting scholars are asked to provide a public lecture on their research during their stay at UNC.

For any further inquiries, or to submit your proposal, please contact Shai Tamari at

Housing Resources: It is the responsibility of the Visiting Scholar to find appropriate accommodation in Chapel Hill, or in the surrounding area. The links below may provide some available options.

Past & Present Visiting Scholars


Didem Unal Abady

Visiting from: The City University of New York, NY

Mariam Alkazemi

Visiting from: Gulf University for Science & Technology, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Julie Flowerday

Research Collaborator from: Forman Christian College, Lahore, Pakistan

Shimaa Hatab

Visiting from: The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

Jennifer Hunt

Visiting from: Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Samedin Kadic

Visiting from: University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Ayako Ninomiya

Visiting from: Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan


Abdel-Baset Athamneh
Visiting from: Yarmouk University of Jordan, Irbid, Jordan


Omar al-Shehabi
Visiting from: Gulf University for Science & Technology, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Chen Fayan
Visiting from: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China

Louise Harrington
Visiting from: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, and School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK

Kareem Kamel
Visiting from: Future University, New Cairo, Egypt

Moein Kazemifar
Visiting from: Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

Pranav Prakash
Visiting from: University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa


Mohsen Kadivar
Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship
Visiting from: Duke University

Abdeslam Badre
Visiting from: Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco

Zaynab El Bernoussi
Visiting from: Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco


Osman Nuri Kucuk
Visiting from: School of Divinity, Department of History of Islamic Sufism, Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey

Asyraf Isyraqi bin Jamil
Visiting from: Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mohd Zaidi bin Daud
Visiting from: Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Ahmad Hidayat Buang
Visiting from: Visiting from: Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Ghadamali Sarami
Visiting from: Department of Persian Language and Literature, Zanjan University, Iran
American Institute of Iranian Studies Visiting Research Fellow


Muhammet Mustafa Cakmaklioglu
Visiting from: School of Divinity, University of Erciyes, Kayseri, Turkey


Receb Alpyagil
Visiting from: Faculty of Theology, Istanbul University, Turkey

Nasrollah Pourjavady
Visiting Professor of Religious Studies
Visiting from: Department of Philosophy, Tehran University, Iran
American Institute of Iranian Studies Visiting Research Fellow


Tanvir Anjum
Pakistan Higher Education Commission Fellow
Visiting from: Department of History, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Amal Moustafa
Fulbright Scholar
Visiting from: Department of Library Science, Cairo University, Egypt