Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa Research and Travel Grants 2017

Publish Date: Mar 23, 2017

Deadline: Mar 31, 2017

About the grants program 

ASMEA is pleased to announce the availability of research and travel grants in conjunction with the Tenth Annual ASMEA Conference.

Research Grant

ASMEA is offering research grants of up to $2500 to qualified professors and students engaged in the study of the Middle East and Africa. Applications must be accompanied by a paper proposal that represents new and un-published research and is relevant to the qualifying research areas designated by ASMEA. 

Qualifying research topics

To stimulate new and diverse lines of discourse about the Middle East and Africa, ASMEA’s Research Grants Program seeks to support research on topics that deserve greater attention. The topic areas and sub-topics listed below are intended as a guide for potential participants in the program and constitute the types of subjects that ASMEA intends to support. An applicant may submit a proposal on any topic as long as it is directly relevant to the five broad areas outlined below, and constitutes new and original research.

Applicants with questions about the topic areas or about the program in general may contact us at

Status of Minorities and Women

  • The Coptic Church and Egypt
  • Alevis, Bahai, Berbers, Christians, Druze, Kurds, Yazidis
  • Successes and failures of feminism and women’s rights

Modern Military History 

  • Conventional conflicts past and ongoing
  • Terrorist groups, ideologies, and finances
  • Approaches to national security, deterrence, and proliferation

Governance and Economy

  • Outcomes of the Arab Spring
  • Methods of retaining power- elections, patronage, coercion
  • Progress towards political reform
  • Economic reforms and trends, rentier state limitations, corruption


  • Heterodoxy and Islam
  • Reform movements and new religious practices
  • Responses to dhimmitude
  • Shia and Sunni apologia and polemics
  • Islamist approaches to faith

Personal status

  • Tradition, faith, cultural norms and individual freedom
  • Family law and legal reforms
  • Influence of education, global culture, and secular-liberalism

Travel Grant

ASMEA is offering travel grants to qualified scholars and students whose paper proposals are accepted for presentation at the Tenth Annual ASMEA Conference. Grants of up to $750 are available for international applicants while U.S. applicants may receive grants of up to $500.

Guidelines for Research and Travel Grant Programs

  • Applicants must be current members of ASMEA and engaged in ongoing study of the Middle East or Africa. Applicants also must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program (with M.A. complete), or; serve in a post-doc capacity, or; serve as a visiting/assistant/associate/full professor teaching two or more courses per semester at an accredited institution. Applicants may be affiliated with any academic discipline.
  • Applications must be accompanied by a paper proposal that represents new and un-published research relevant to ASMEA's areas of study. Research grant proposals must be related to the qualifying research areas designated for that program.
  • First time and junior grant applicants are preferred but each application will be judged on its merits.
  • Applicants to the Research Grants Program must submit a brief letter of reference from their department chair. For student applicants, a letter from a dissertation advisor is acceptable.
  • Students must submit proof of enrollment and expected graduation date.
  • Only active ASMEA members are eligible for grant opportunities.
  • Successful Research and Travel Grant Program applicants will be required to present their research at the Tenth Annual ASMEA Conference on October 19-21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Research grant winners also must provide ASMEA the right of first refusal for potential publication of their papers in the peer-reviewed, Journal of the Middle East and Africa.
  • Research grants may be used to cover any costs associated with conducting research for the specified proposal. Travel grants may be used to cover any costs associated with attending the conference.
  • All research and writing must be completed by the deadline for final papers. Projects that go into 2018 will not be considered.
  • Grant applicants are only eligible to win one grant in 2017.

The deadline to submit is March 31, 2017.

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