The 2003/04 Academic Year Is Close at Hand-And Deadlines Are, Too!

By Turpen, Bill L. | Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, October 2003 | Go to article overview

The 2003/04 Academic Year Is Close at Hand-And Deadlines Are, Too!


Turpen, Bill L., Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


Each September, professors, teachers, counselors, librarians and school administrators endure the busiest time of the academic year. As if we were not busy enough, September is one of those months in which we must begin the selection and application process for next summer's opportunities. Among the several options presented each year are some rather interesting chances for increasing our knowledge about the Middle East.

Coca-Cola Fellowships for the Study of Advertising and World Cultures

This three-month fellowship for research in advertising, culture, commerce and the media, open to scholars worldwide, carries a $20,000 stipend. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2004. For additional information, e-mail or visit the Web site .

Library of Congress Rockefeller Fellows in Islamic Studies

The deadline for this is not far away-Sept. 30. Rockefeller Fellows will research in the humanities on globalization and Muslim societies, especially creative, historical, and/or cross-disciplinary studies in linguistics, literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archeology, comparative religions, ethics, and theory of the arts. These fellowships also are open to scholars worldwide. A Ph.D., or other terminal advanced degree is required, and the stipend is $3,500 per month, for from 5 to 10 months. E-mail , and check out the Web site at .

Dar al Islam Teachers' Institute

Having been there, I can recommend that teachers at the pre-college level consider applying for the Dar al Islam Teachers' Institute, which in 2004 will be held from July 6 through 18. The Institute is held every year near Abiquiu, New Mexico in a North African-style adobe building designed by the world famous Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy. About an hour north of Santa Fe, Abiquiu is also known as having been the home of artist Georgia O'Keefe. Nights at Dar al Islam are especially memorable, if you like quiet, a cool breeze and shooting stars.

The curriculum at Dar al Islam addresses everything from Islamic history to science to art. Especially useful are insights into the Islamic worldview, as well as an appreciation of the tremendous diversity found among Muslims today. The faculty includes both traditional and academic scholars on Islam, many of whom fly in from overseas. As an option, you may elect to receive graduate credit from New Mexico Highlands University.

There are no stipends, but there are no fees, either. Books and supplies are provided, as are room and meals. The application deadline is April 5, 2004. For more information, visit the Dar al Islam Web site at , or e-mail . I highly recommend this program.

Cornell University 2004/2005 Society for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships

Six to ten postdoctoral fellowships of $35,000 are available for scholars working on topics related to the theme, Translation. Application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be postmarked on or before Oct. 21, 2003. Visit the Web site at or e-mail .

International Education Research Foundation

Applications for grants for research on international education systems are available from the International Education Research Foundation. Contact the Foundation at , or visit the Web site at .

W. F. Albright Institute of Archeological Research (Jerusalem)

Fellowships are available in ancient and premodern Near Eastern studies, with an emphasis on history, art history, archeology, architecture, anthropology, literature, or religious studies at the Institute in Jerusalem. The deadline is Oct. 17, 2003. Contact: Jodi Magness, Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, e-mail address

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