Category Archives: Grants and vacancies

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:


Edinburgh Syrian Postgraduate Scholarships

The university of Edinburgh has some scholarships for Syrian students, for Masters programmes (below).
3 full postgraduate scholarships covering the tuition fee and a stipend of £14,000 will be available to students from Syria studying a one-year Masters degree programme. Applicants of Syrian nationality who either hold the status of “humanitarian protection” or full “refugee status” as granted by the UK government, as well as Syrian students still living in Syria and those who have been forced to flee Syria and have sought refuge in the surrounding region are welcome to apply.
Applicants should complete the online application form by the deadline of 1st April.

AXA research funds offers Post doctoral fellowships

From November 18th 2015 till December 7th 2015.

The CEDEJ in Cairo is pleased to inform you with the post-doctoral fellowships held by AXA.
AXA grant amounts to a maximum of one hundred and thirty thousand euros (€130,000) for a duration of twenty-four (24) months. In the following 3 areas :
- Risks to human life
- Socio- economic risks
- Environmental risks

For further information:

The link bellow provides you with all details and deadlines

P.S. Please send your application proposal to the director of CEDEJ (

PhD and Postdoc positions Reproducing Europe project

I am happy to report that my project ‘Reproducing Europe: Migrant Parenting and Contested Citizenship’ has been funded by the European Research Council, and I have now started the hiring process. The project is located in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Attached are the links to the job descriptions for the three PhD and two Postdoc positions. One of the research sites is Paris. I would be very grateful if you could circulate these to anyone who might be interested. I hope that, in due time, we can meet and see how we may work together!

‘Reproducing Europe: Migrant Parenting and Contested Citizenship’ is a five-year research project financed by the European Research Council (2015-2020) and led by Dr Anouk de Koning. The project examines how everyday citizenship is debated, produced and negotiated in a Europe where migrants are increasingly seen as a burden or threat. It examines these negotiations of citizenship through a study of debates, interventions and practices related to migrant parenting in Paris, Milan and Amsterdam. The experiences of Egyptian migrant parents – a relatively new North African and (partly) Muslim migrant group – serve as its vantage point.

The research will be carried out by a project team consisting of six researchers who will work in these three cities. It relies on close cooperation between the various researchers. The team will work together to further elaborate and refine the research approach and the various subprojects and will also co-author a number of publications.

Postdoc positions for anthropology of policy research in Milan and Paris:

Phd positions for ethnographic research in Amsterdam, Milan and Paris:

Anouk de Koning
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology and Development Studies
Radboud University Nijmegen
Thomas van Aquinostraat 6.02.31
T : +31 24 361 6257