Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs in Social Science for Students of Arab Countries 2017

Publish Date: Mar 16, 2017

Deadline: May 19, 2017

About the fellowship 

The Deadline for Applications for this Cycle is May 19, 2017.

The ACSS is pleased to launch the fourth cycle of its Postdoctoral Fellowships Program for junior Arab scholars. This 9-month Fellowship program aims at enabling young researchers, up to three years out of the PhD, to pursue their research and publishing plans, become part of Arab research networks and plan a research career in the Arab region.

This initiative complements the efforts of the ACSS in supporting and promoting the social sciences in the Arab region, particularly in terms of investing in a new generation of social science researchers.

Eligibility Criteria:

The Fellowship will be awarded competitively to junior scholars who meet the criteria described below. There is a special interest in attracting foreign-trained Arab scholars back to the region.

Applicants would be eligible if they:

  • Are citizens or nationals of an Arab country: An Arab country is defined by its membership in the “League of Arab States”. The term “national” refers to full-time and long-term residents of an Arab State, including those who do not have citizenship, as in the case of stateless refugees. Arab scholars residing outside the region at the time of application would be eligible, however only if they hold an Arab citizenship and are not in a tenure-track position and/or do not have access to research resources from their institution and/or country of residence. Arab scholars residing outside the region will be expected to spend the period of their Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Arab region.

  • Are junior scholars: This program targets scholars who are 0-3 years out of a PhD program in the social sciences (obtained from within or outside the Arab region). Applicants should have obtained their PhDs at the time of application.

  • Show high quality academic credentials and promise: applicants are expected to submit a proposal (10-15 pages) that highlights their academic credentials and outlines a compelling research problem that the applicant will work on during the Fellowship period. The applicant is also expected to provide a publications plan as well as a 3-year career plan.

  • Provide proof of support by a proposed mentor and institution:  applicants should provide a letter at the time of application from an academic mentor based in an institution in the Arab region in which he/she expresses willingness to provide administrative and academic support and supervision to the prospective Fellow during the period of his/her Fellowship. In addition, applicants should provide a letter from the hosting institution addressed to the Arab Council for the Social Sciences expressing the institution’s willingness to host the applicant during the time of fellowship.

Required Documents at the Time of Application:

Applicants are required to fill out the online form and provide the following supporting documents:

  • A detailed CV

  • A one-page cover letter

  • A proof of nationality or residence in the Arab region

  • A project proposal (10-15 pages): detailing the activities that the Fellow intends to undertake during their Fellowship period

  • A letter from a mentor based in an academic institution in the region, who expresses his/her willingness to supervise and mentor the applicant during his/her proposed fellowship period

  • A detailed CV of the proposed mentor

  • A letter from a hosting institution addressed to the Arab Council for the Social Sciences expressing the institution’s willingness to host the applicant during the time of the fellowship.

Disciplinary and Thematic focus:

The Fellowship program aims at targeting scholars in the social sciences, particularly in the fields of political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, education, demography, media and cultural studies, among others. For this cycle, we particularly encourage applications from the humanities, including  applications covering literature, cultural studies, history, philosophy and arts.

Terms of the Fellowship

  • The Fellowships will provide 9 months of full support (living expenses plus research expenses) with a total stipend ranging between $20,000 and $36,000. This amount largely depends on the respective price levels in the proposed country/countries of residence where the Fellow will be residing during his/her Fellowship as well as whether or not the Fellow will be having other sources of income throughout the Fellowship period. If shortlisted, applicants will be asked to provide a budget estimating (1) the costs of living, (2) the costs of research; and (3) to indicate whether or not they will be having any other sources of funding and/or income during the period of their Fellowship.

  • Accepted applicants are expected to provide a well-thought financial plan before signing the contract.

  • Travel funding at an average of $900 for each Fellow will also be provided for those seeking affiliation with an institution outside their home country or country of residence.

  • Additional funding at an average of $5,000 per Fellow will be available for a second phase (up to 9 months) based on a proposal in which the Fellow requests to extend his/her work in new directions.

  • The Fellow will be expected to attend at least two events (i.e. workshops, research forum and/or conference) organized by the ACSS during the term of the Fellowship and to present their work to their peers and to senior scholars. Expenses of participation in such events will be covered separately by the ACSS. In addition, each Fellow will be requested to contribute an abstract concerning their project for the ACSS website, and one working paper to appear as a prepublication in the ACSS Working Paper Series. (Please see the guidelines for the Working Paper Series on this page.)


  • February 21, 2017: Application forms are available online.

  • May 19, 2017: Deadline for submissions.

  • Last week of July 2017: Decisions are communicated to applicants.

  • August 2017: Accepted applicants sign their contracts.

  • September 2017: Fellowship starts.

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