IIIT is currently inviting applications for Residential Scholarships
*** Please read IIIT Guidelines for Research Grant Applications before applying *** 
a) Description
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) invites applications for Residential Fellowship, for the period of three to five consecutive months, starting on or after March 1, 2017, and ending by December 31, 2017. The Fellowship awards the monthly stipend of $4,500. The Fellow is required to spend the full Fellowship term at IIIT offices in Herndon, VA, except for research and conference travel approved by IIIT’s Director of Research and Academic Programs. Besides the stipend, the Fellow will be reimbursed for a return ticket from/to their residence at the beginning and end of the Fellowship (up to $750). Moreover, she/he will be given an accommodation allowance for the first week of the Fellowship (if needed and up to $500) until the procurement of suitable local accommodation, and a $1,250 allowance for conference travel. The Fellow will be provided with office space, a computer with internet access, and privilege to use the IIIT Librarywhich houses about 100,000 volumes. Other libraries, such as the Library of Congress and university libraries in the area (George Mason, Georgetown, George Washington, American University, etc.), are within a short commuting distance.

b) Fellow’s obligations
The Fellow is required to be free of other obligations (at their home institutions, etc.) and is expected to come daily to the Institute. She/he will be dedicating herself/himself full-time to the work outlined in the proposal. In addition to spending the Fellowship term in residence at IIIT, the Fellow will deliver public lectures, based on their ongoing research at the Institute; the number of lectures will be mutually agreed upon. The Fellow is required to teach a short course (12 hours) for The Fairfax Institute, a school of IIIT, on a topic that would be jointly decided. She or he has to participate in the intellectual life of the Institute and attend public events (lectures, presentations, etc.) at the Institute. Furthermore, the Fellow is expected to acknowledge IIIT’s support when she/he produces a publishable outcome. In some cases, and based on mutual agreement, IIIT may make Fellowship offer conditional on first right of refusal to publish the Fellow’s work. IIIT may also arrange for the Fellow to deliver a lecture at one of the universities in the DC Metro area. The Fellow must write a detailed report at the end of her/his Fellowship, outlining the work accomplished while at the Institute.

c) Projects supported
IIIT Residential Fellowship is ideal for a faculty member on a sabbatical, a researcher  working on a long-term project (eg., a book) or a researcher who has completed data collection and preliminary research and needs to write a paper, series of papers, or book chapter(s). Other projects will also be considered. For details regarding the project’s academic nature, please follow the IIIT Policies and Guidelines for Research Grant Applications.

d) Project outcome and publication
The Fellow agrees that IIIT reserves first right of refusal to publish the outcome of this research project. An exception to this rule may be granted in some instances.

e) Deadline for application
The deadline for IIIT Residential Fellowship application is February 15, 2017. The application should be received latest by 11:59pm ET on February 15.

f) How to apply?
Full application contains the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Proposal (5 pages maximum, Times New Roman 12-point font), which includes: description of the project, timeline for completion, nature of work to be done at IIIT, and proposed outcome(s).
  • Bibliography (should not  exceed 2 pages)
  • Academic CV (6 pages maximum)
  • Sample of published work (not more than two: a chapter from the book, an article, etc.)
  • A letter from the applicant’s institution (the department’s chair or dean) indicating that the applicant will be released from her/his duties at the home institution for the duration of Fellowship (if applicable)
  • IRB approval letter (if applicable)

All items related to the application should be combined into a single PDF file. Shortlisted candidates may be interviewed via phone.

Completed application should be emailed to submissions@iiit.org with the subject heading: “IIIT Residential Fellowships 2017.”
All related inquiries should be emailed to Saulat Pervez, Executive Assistant to Director of Research and Academic Programs, at saulat@iiit.org.

Universität Hamburg, Research Associate (Post – Doc) for the project “ The Early Islamic Empire at Work – The View from the Regions Toward the Center ”

Universität Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate (Post – Doc) for the project “The Early Islamic Empire at Work – The View from the Regions Toward the Center” in accordance with section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG ). The position commences when the position is filled. It is remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and calls for 100% of standard work hours per week* The fixed-term nature of this contract is based upon section 2 of the Academic Fixed-Term Labor Contract Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of two years, terminating on March 31, 2019 . The university aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with the Hamburg Equality Act (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HmbGleiG).

Responsibilities: Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates can also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties: The project stu dies the political and economic workings of the Islamic Emp ire (660 – 940 CE), which stretches over almost the entire Hellenistic-Roman world from the Atlantic to the Hindukush. It is the first systematic attempt to explain the functioning of the empire from its regions and the brokering and management abilities of the caliphate and its various elites in order to understand the empire’s rise and failure. The project looks at five key regions, North Africa, Syria, Jazira, Fars, and Khurasan. The project has four phases: establishing political chronologies, regional and imperial elites, regional economies; finally, these layers will be connected. The successful applicant will concentrate on the key region Ifriqiya – focusing on its e lite structure and economic resources – within the project team, using the same methodological approaches.

Requirements: A PhD degree in a relevant field of Middle Eastern history and culture. Excellent Arabic reading skills, experience working with Arabic historical primary sources, excellent knowledge of English, and reading French is required. The knowledge of further languages relevant for the study of North Africa, such as Spanish, is advantageous. Experience in working with additional sources, such as archaeological, numismatic, and geographical material is welcome but not a requirement. The applicant should be willing to conduct post-doctoral studies in a field relevant to the region of early Islamic/ Medieval North Africa/ Maghreb (Ifriqiya) and the foci of the ERC project. Severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

For further information, please contact Prof. Stefan Heidemann , Tel. +49 (40) 42838 3181, stefan.heidemann@uni-hamburg.de, or consult our website at https://www.islamic-empire.uni-hamburg.de/. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s) , publication list, and two references. The application is open until Feb. 15, 2017. Please send applications to: Stefan.heidemann@uni – hamburg.de

* Full-time positions currently comprise 39 hours per week.

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