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Doctoral and post-doc grants awarded by the IFAO

Qualification requirements
  • The applicant for a doctoral grant must be a registered PhD student.
  • The applicant for a post-doctoral grant must be within five years of defending the dissertation.
  • The applicant must reside outside Egypt and undertake research that requires residence in Egypt.
  • Applications should be sent to the director of the IFAO by email: direction AT
  • The application must include a curriculum vitae, the detailed presentation of a clearly defined research project for the stay, accompanied by a letter of reference and recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor (for PhD students) or his/her research director (for post-docs).
  • Deadline for applications is 9 November 2017 for stays between 1st September and 22 December 2018.
  • The director of the IFAO, after consultation with the director of studies, the scientific members and the scientific council of the IFAO, will announce the recipients.
Grant procedures
Grants are awarded for one month. The grant-holders can apply for the following years. The total duration of the stay can not be less than a month and should not exceed the duration of the awarded grant. The IFAO can accept no administrative responsibility for grant-holders beyond their allocated period of stay.
The grant awarded will cover travel and accommodation expenses. The monthly stipend (1000 euros) has been determined by the IFAO administration board. On condition of availability of space on the premises and for the requisite fee, the IFAO can provide lodging for grant-holders. Grant-holders who need to stay in other parts of Egypt must find lodgings on their own.
At the end of their stay, grant-holders will submit a progress report to the director of the IFAO or to the director of studies.
Any person coming to the IFAO as a grant-holder must have personal health and social security coverage and medical repatriation insurance.
Pre-registration form
After acceptance of your application, if you wish to stay in IFAO during your stay, please fill in and return to the following form (French) and contact the relevant departments if needed. In order to prepare your mission, you are invited to read carefully this page on the IFAO website:
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The Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize in Islamic Visual Culture

The Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize in Islamic Visual Culture

Submission deadline: December 15, 2017

The Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) is pleased to invite submissions for the 2018 Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize for the best unpublished article written by a junior scholar (pre-dissertation to three years after the Ph.D. degree) on any aspect of Islamic visual culture. Awarded annually by HIAA, this prize is named in memory of Margaret Bentley Ševčenko, the first and long‐serving Managing Editor of Muqarnas, a journal devoted to the visual culture of the Islamic world and sponsored by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and at MIT. Papers should not exceed 7000 words in length and can be accompanied by 15 low-res illustrations maximum.

The competition is open to HIAA members only. As well as receiving an award of $500, the recipient of the prize will be announced at HIAA’s next business meeting in 2018. The winning essay will also be considered for publication by the Muqarnas Editorial Board.
Submission must include the paper in both Word and PDF format, and a separate sheet with the author’s contact information (address, telephone number, and email address). A letter of recommendation for the paper should be sent separately by the author’s adviser or referee.

All materials (under 5 Mb) should be submitted by email to by December 15, 2017. Files exceeding 5 Mb should be transfered by FTP.

Common Scholarship CEDEJ/IFAO

In order to strengthen their scientific cooperation, CEDEJ and IFAO offer a scholarship in human and social sciences on contemporary developments of Egyptian society in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This scholarship is open to students of any nationality who hold a Master or equivalent and are or will be registered for a PhD at the date of September 1, 2016.

The scholarship amount is 12 monthly payments of 1 000 euros net per month (in addition to the granting of a round-trip flight ticket). The beneficiary may, at his/her option, receive this scholarship either for 12 consecutive months starting from September 1, 2016, or for 12 months spread over two years from September 1, 2016 till August 31, 2018.

Allocation of this scholarship requires that the beneficiary shall reside in Egypt for twelve months. He/She must subscribe a health insurance and a repatriation insurance. He/She will have all the practical and logistical facilities of both Institutes.

The application should include the following:

– ID Photocopy ;

– A detailed curriculum vitae in English or French ;

– If the candidate is not registered for the PhD yet: a certificate of Master’s degree or equivalent, or alternatively, a certificate of registration for the second year of the MA for the year 2015-2016 ;

– If the candidate is already registered for the PhD: a registration certificate of the University for the year 2015-2016 ;

– A research project presentation, in a maximum of ten pages, in French or English ;

– Two recommendation letters in English or French.

The application should be sent in electronic form, no later than June 15, 2016, to the site of the Institute ( and also send the following address

Post-doctoral fellowship on “Literature of the Maghreb”

3-year post-doctoral fellowship on “Literature of the Maghreb”  as part of our ERC project Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies: a bottom-up approach to world literature, to begin in September 2016. I would be very grateful if you could forward this to students and recent PhDs you think will be suitable and interested.

Please see a brief description of the job below and other info:

This is an exciting opportunity to take part in an ERC-funded project that aims to develop a multilingual approach to world literature by comparing the cases of North India, the Maghreb, and the Horn of Africa at three historical “moments”: the late pre-colonial and colonial periods, decolonization, and the last twenty years, when the idea of world literature has gained new intellectual and popular traction and has become more and more associated with English.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in one of the following areas: modern Arabic/Maghrebi literature, either with a focus on Morocco, Tunisia or Algeria, or a comparative approach to the Maghreb region (Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria). Fluency in Arabic and French is mandatory, and some knowledge of another Maghrebi language such as Amazigh or Spanish is a bonus.

You will contribute to the research strand on Maghrebi literature: you will undertake original research into one or more genres, authors, or problematics of Maghrebi literature (with focus on: Morocco, Tunisia or Algeria, or a comparative approach across the region), and in the circulation and reception of Maghrebi literature in the Mashreq, and the rest of the world. You will help develop a paradigm for the study of Maghrebi literature during the period covered by the project, and for “reading together” and connecting Arabic, French, Amazigh and the other literatures in the languages in the region. You will organise and co-ordinate the participation of scholars working on the Maghreb; and help organise project activities in London, Europe and the Maghreb. You will also take part in the Institute of World Literature summer school and present your findings at seminars, workshops, panels, and conferences, and generally contribute to the manifold activities of the project. Drive, enthusiasm and strong commitment to multilingual literary research are essential. You will be asked to undertake teaching for up to 3/6 hrs pw during term time.

To apply for the vacancy or download a job description, please visit

Please write to Karima Laachir: for further information about the project and the position.

To apply for the vacancy or download a job description, please visit

The closing date for applications is 21 March 2016.

One-year postdoc research position in Islamic Studies

One-year postdoctoral research position in Islamic studies on « Perceptions of the figure of the Prophet Muhammad ».

The Laboratory of Excellence (Labex) « Religions and Societies in the Mediterranean » (RESMED) is pleased to announce a one-year postdoctoral position, starting on 1 September 2016 within the framework of the “Islamologie” program, which aims at supporting junior researchers in the study of religious aspects of Islam. The “Islamologie” program is attached to the Labex RESMED (see the scientific program of the Labex).
The research proposal of the candidate should take place within the part of the “Islamologie” program, which studies the perceptions of the figure of the Prophet Muhammad in the Mediterranean world. The candidate can propose a project on a time period of his choice (from Early Islam up to the contemporary period).
Application deadline: 8 April 2016.

The candidate should have defended his/her PhD before 8 April 2016 – and the earliest 10 years before this date – in History of Religious Islamic Thought, Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, or any field related to the research theme (such as Sociology, …). He/she will be trained in historical-critical approach of texts, as well as, preferably (but not exclusively) in History of the Islamic religious ancient and medieval tradition, especially Hadîth and Sîra. He/she should master Classical Arabic, and have extensive knowledge of Islamic History, consciousness about contemporary issues at stake in the interpretation of founding texts of Islam, as well as an opening to Religious Studies in general.

The research project proposed by the candidate should address any aspect of the question of the reception of the figure of Prophet Muhammad, from believers’ perceptions to caricatures. The research proposal may focus on the history of Islamic dogma about the Prophet (for instance, his impeccability or his illiteracy), or on the way one of these dogmas has been perceived within a determined historical milieu. It may also deal with rituals and practice stemming from these dogmas and representations, as well as with the relationship between the believer and the Companions of the Prophet/the Shi’i Imams/or the Sufi saints, as linked to the figure of Muhammad.

The duties of the postdoctoral researcher will be the following:
- to work on his/her personal research project within the axe 2 of the “Islamologie” program (the Figure of Muhammad from believers’ perceptions to caricatures), as described above;
- to cooperate in the organisation of a Summer Academy (2017)
- to cooperate in the organisation of colloquiums/round tables/conferences within the framework of the “Islamologie” program.

Application file: see details: