The Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore, is pleased to announce new post-doctoral fellowships and short-term project-oriented research openings.
The Middle East Institute was established in 2007 as an autonomous research organization within the National University of Singapore. Its mission is to generate scholarly and policy research on the broader Middle East (the Arab world, Turkey, Iran, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa), with a particular emphasis on the growing interactions between the region and Singapore/Southeast Asia. Its principal foci are politics and security, economics and business, and culture and society. It supports approximately 10 research positions ranging from post-doctoral fellows to senior researchers with disciplinary representation including political science, international relations, economics, history, anthropology, business and Islamic studies.
In 2013 MEI is offering two Post-Doctoral Fellowships. These are one-year fellowships from August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014. The fellowships are for recent Ph.D. recipients in the social sciences or humanities working on political, economic, social, cultural or religious conditions in the greater Middle East region. While the topics for research are open-ended, MEI has a particular interest in work on the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf, and on Middle East business, including oil and energy. Other topics of interest include Asia- Middle East connections, environment, social movements, political Islam, military-strategic issues, and Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict. The Fellow will be expected to prepare his/her dissertation for publication, deliver one or more lectures/seminars about his/her research, and participate in MEIs educational outreach program. The fellowships come with a competitive remuneration and benefits package.
An all-inclusive and fixed monthly salary will be provided. Support may be given for research and fieldwork as well as conference attendance (on application and subject to approval). The candidate must have fulfilled all requirements of the Ph.D. within the last two years. If you are a Ph.D. candidate at the point of application, you may also apply provided that you are confirmed for graduation before assuming your appointment at MEI. A letter from your university will be required to confirm your graduation. Knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Persian, or Hebrew) is required. Applications from Southeast Asia and the Middle East are particularly welcome.
MEI welcomes applications for up to two project-driven short-term research positions. Terms may vary from two to six months beginning in August 2013. Candidates should submit a policy-relevant research proposal in one of MEIs areas of interest that will lead to a peer-reviewed publishable article or report. The proposal should summarize the project, indicate research methodology, cite relevant literature, and provide a detailed budget. Short-term researchers should be prepared to deliver a public lecture and to make themselves available to interested faculty and students from NUS and other Singaporean institutions. Areas of interest include the following:
(1) regional political and security issues (including the Arab uprisings, identity and legitimacy, regional conflicts, and extremist networks);
(2) economics and business issues (including oil and energy, development, governance and corruption, and public-private sector relationships);
(3) regional and global integration issues (including the changing roles of the U.S., China and other powers, Asian-Middle East relations, regional
organizations, and the effects of new media and information technologies).
Each contract is tenable for periods from two to six months, renewable only in exceptional cases. The Researcher must be in-residence at MEI. A monthly stipend will be provided. MEI will assist in arranging housing. Short-term benefits will be negotiated. Applicants should have a Bachelors or preferably a Masters degree and/or demonstrated expertise on the region. Thus, journalists, governmental professionals, and NGO leaders, in addition to academics, are eligible to apply.
Applications, which may be submitted by e-mail, should include a statement of research interests and a curriculum vitae. Three letters of recommendation should be sent by post from the recommender directly to MEI. Applications from Southeast Asia and the Middle East are particularly welcome. The deadline for applications for Post-Doctoral Fellows is December 20, 2012. There is no fixed deadline for Short-Term Research Positions. Candidates attending the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting in Denver November 17-20 may seek to arrange an interview at the MEI booth.