Visiting Fellowships - American University of Beirut, Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship

Publish Date: Jan 07, 2016

Deadline: Jan 25, 2016

Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, American University of Beirut

Visiting Fellowships: for the academic year of 2016-2017

The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut announces the availability of fellowships in civil society and citizenship research in and on the Arab region.

The objective of the fellowship is to provide space for critical, inter-disciplinary thinking on civil society (in its most inclusive sense, covering all the space between the State and the Market) and/or citizenship within the Arab region, and particularly to provide space for individuals to conduct and publish research.

The Asfari Institute is seeking fellowships on the themes of citizenship and/or civil society. The study can either be focused on a particular country, a region, or a comparison between countries. Furthermore, it can either be a historic or current analytical study. The two themes are:


• (1)  Citizenship: an in-depth study of citizen-state relations, which could include citizens, residents, and/or stateless- citizens. Citizen-state, or society-state relations, are broadly understood to be interactions between state institutions and societal groups or individuals to negotiate how public authority is exercised and how it can be influenced by people, with a focus on the mutual rights and obligations. The study could include various aspects: (1) political life; (2) social and economic rights; (3) legal dimensions; and/or (4) gender and identity.

• (2)  Civil Society: an in-depth study of social movements, including a study on sustainability, discourse and organization, on either a one-issue campaign or a broad campaign, to understand and explore the lessons learned. What are the obstacles and opportunities, and lessons learned, for successful and sustainable social movements? This question could be researched and examined from three perspectives: individual (e.g., what motivates and supports individuals to action?), organizational (e.g., what models of organization are sustainable?), and institutional (e.g., which legislations are prohibitive or supportive to organizations?).

The Asfari Institute may publish research in its entirety or a version thereof as per prior agreement. Fellows are expected to present at least one public lecture on the topic and are encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of the Asfari Institute by organizing and/or participating in conferences, seminars, roundtable discussions or workshops. Fellowships are preferably 6 months in length, preferably full-time, and include provision of workspace and access to all university libraries and services. The Fellowship also includes an approximate stipend of $3500 per month. (The stipend is subject to local taxes.) For applicants residing outside of Lebanon, one round-trip airfare to Beirut is provided as well.

Timeline for the Fellowship application procedure

Fellowship is open to academics or practitioners. Proposals can be in either English or Arabic.

(1) By January 25, 2016: Applicants should submit a one-page letter of inquiry and a curriculum vitae (CV).

(2) By February 15, 2016: Allaccepted letters of inquiry would receive aletter of invitation to apply.

(3) By March 24, 2016: Applicants should submit a research proposal that includes a description of the anticipated goals, the work and the expected outcomes,and a presentation of the significance and relevance of the proposal.

(4) By May 25, 2016: Accepted fellowships would be announced

(5) Fellows to begin no earlier than September 2016 and to conclude no later than October 2017.

The requests for fellowship are reviewed and decided by the Asfari Institute Fellowship Review Board.
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