2016-18 Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Global Governance
Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University

We are pleased to announce that two Postdoctoral Fellowships in Global Governance will be awarded for a two-year period starting in September 2016. Each Fellowship includes a yearly stipend of $55,000 CAD and a yearly research allowance of $10,000 CAD.
Postdoctoral Fellows in Global Governance will be selected based on the demonstrated ways that their proposed research can contribute to developing better policies for global governance, as well as the fit between their proposed research and academic resources at McGill. Global governance is considered to include the formal and informal rules and practices designed to promote sustainable, inclusive development and democratic governance. While such rules and practices would typically be applicable at the supranational and transnational levels, they also include local or national examples that demonstrate the potential for wider application.


Fellowships are open to all nationalities and disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Scholars who received their PhD after August 31, 2013 or who will have completed all PhD degree requirements by July 1, 2016 are eligible to apply. Applicants who do not have the PhD in hand at the time of application must include a letter from their Department Chair specifying the date of the dissertation defense. Successful applicants who do not complete all requirements for their PhD by July 1, 2016, will have their offer of award withdrawn.
A world-renowned university located in the cosmopolitan metropolis of Montreal, Canada, McGill University has earned an international reputation for scholarly achievement and scientific discovery. Founded in 1821, McGill has 21 faculties and professional schools, which offer more than 300 programs from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. McGill attracts renowned professors and researchers from around the world and top students from more than 150 countries, creating one of the most dynamic and diverse educational environments in North America.
The Institute for the Study of International Development was founded in 2008, consolidating McGill’s strengths in research and teaching of development issues. Responsible for the Faculty of Art’s second largest undergraduate degree program, ISID also delivers graduate and executive education programs. Its international advisory board includes members with government, civil society and business backgrounds.


All applicants must be in contact with a full-time faculty member at McGill in advance to identify an appropriate supervisor for his or her work (see http://www.mcgill.ca/). Since each supervisor can only endorse one Global Governance fellowship application, we encourage you to contact potential supervisors as soon as possible.
There is no application form. The application should include:
1) A one-page statement of interest from the applicant detailing the proposed research project
2) A full curriculum vitae
3) An official copy of university graduate transcripts
4) A copy of the doctoral diploma, or a letter from the Department Chair specifying the defense date
5) Two letters of recommendation, one of which must speak to competence in teaching
6) A writing sample, not to exceed 20 pages (extract from the dissertation, published work, or draft of a work in progress)
7) A letter of support from the proposed supervisor at McGill, to be forwarded directly to the address below by the proposed supervisor
Applications must be received by Monday, November 2, 2015.
For more information, visit http://www.mcgill.ca/isid/global-governance or contact ids@mcgill.ca
Applications should be submitted electronically to ids@mcgill.ca 

Electronic letters of recommendation should be attached as PDF documents only and sent directly by the referees.

DPDF Student Fellowship Competition

Providing graduate students with support to formulate innovative doctoral dissertation proposals

Open for applications, next deadline is October 15th 2015.  Apply Now

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate innovative dissertation research proposals through workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing guided by peer review and faculty mentorship. The program seeks young scholars who are interested in strengthening their dissertation research plans through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. By the end of the fellowship, participating students will complete a draft dissertation research proposal that can be reviewed with academic advisors.

Program Structure
Workshops and Summer Research

During the DPDF fellowship period, fellows are required to take part in the following activities:

Spring workshop (early June): Fellows work together to hone their research questions and design exploratory summer research plans to identify appropriate methods to answer those questions.
Summer research (June to August): Fellows conduct a minimum of six weeks of research away from their home institutions to establish contacts, find sources, identify sites, review new literatures, and test the feasibility of their initial research questions, methods of investigation, and analytic approaches.
Writing (late August to early September): Fellows draft dissertation research proposals, using an online and interactive DPDF peer-review platform to critique one another’s drafts, in preparation for the fall workshop.
Fall workshop (mid-September): Fellows share their progress and challenges, critique one another’s latest research plans, and begin final revisions of their dissertation research proposals.

Workshops are led by humanities and social sciences faculty with extensive experience helping doctoral students across diverse disciplines refine research proposals. Participants work primarily with the same faculty and small multidisciplinary groups throughout their fellowship.

Financial Support

The DPDF program covers all travel, lodging, and meals expenses related to mandatory attendance at both workshops. Applicants may request up to $5,000 to support summer research expenses, including travel, lodging, meals, and some necessary equipment and supplies. Guidelines for allowable expenses can be found in the Summer Research and Financial Support section of the DPDF Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Applicants.

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

Applicants must be currently matriculated in PhD programs at accredited universities in the United States.
Applicants may be US citizens or noncitizens.
Progress within graduate program:

Applicants must have completed at least two full years of graduate study (MA and/or PhD) by the end of June 2016.

Applicants must be on track to obtain approval of their dissertation proposals after the September 2016 DPDF workshop but before the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.

Applicants must commit to attend the spring and fall workshops in their entirety and to conduct at least six weeks of summer research away from their home institutions between the 2016 spring and fall workshops.
Students who have already submitted dissertation research proposals to their departments for approval or to funding agencies for support of their dissertation research are not eligible to apply to the DPDF Program.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the following:

Potential significance of proposed dissertation topic. The application should explain how the proposed dissertation project seeks to build upon and add to theoretical or interpretive understandings of current scholarship by posing an innovative research puzzle or question and applying insightful methods of research and analysis.
Applicant’s readiness for proposal development. Application materials should demonstrate the applicant’s readiness to develop and refine a dissertation proposal for an academic department or research funding agency. The most competitive students will likely have completed courses, written papers, or made public presentations related to their dissertation topic.
Interest in and potential benefit from other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants must make clear their interest in, and potential for, strengthening their research proposals through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences outside their own.
Connection between summer research plans and proposal development.Applicants must explain how undertaking exploratory empirical investigations—using one or more qualitative, quantitative, archival, library-based, or other methods of investigation—can contribute to the development of their dissertation proposals, including how they might explore and evaluate alternative methodologies.

Application Requirements and Procedures

All applications to the student competition must be submitted through the SSRC application portal, where applicants can find instructions for electronic submittal.

The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 p.m. EST, October 15, 2015.

Each completed application must include:

the DPDF online application form;
unofficial transcripts from all graduate schools the applicant has attended or currently attends;
a reference form, which must be completed and submitted through the application portal by the applicant’s primary advisor or, if the applicant does not have an advisor, by the faculty member most familiar with the applicant’s academic training and research interests.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to any questions you might have regarding the program, eligibility, or the application process, please see Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Applicants. If you have questions that are not answered there, please contact DPDF staff.


2016–17 Fellowship Competition for Palestinian Scholars 
Conducting Field-Based Research on Palestine

The 2016-17 Application Form is now available online. Please click to access the Word document.

Pre-proposals due September 30, 2015

Notification of invitation to submit a full proposal November 10, 2015
Full proposals due December 17, 2015
(only people invited to submit are eligible)
Awards announced March 28, 2016

Fellowship awards from $3,000 – $6,000

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 17th annual competition for doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships in Palestinian Studies.

Important information about the fellowship competition:

  • The research project must make a contribution to Palestinian Studies. Research can be in any area of Palestinian Studies, including the humanities, social sciences, law, health and sciences, environmental rights, and natural resources management. Purely scientific research is not eligible for this fellowship.
  • One fellowship will be awarded to researchers studying issues in Palestine from a cross-cutting perspective of social and environmental sciences, focusing on the nexus of environmental affairs with human rights, gender or political analysis. Potential fields could involve environmental rights, socio-political analyses of natural resource access or others.
  • Research must take place in Palestine, Jordan, or Lebanon.
  • PARC funding is limited to one year of research.
  • Applicants must be post-doctoral scholars, established researchers, or full-time doctoral students enrolled in a recognized degree program.
  • Doctoral students must have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for the doctorate degree except the dissertation by the time research commences. The fellowship does not cover tuition fees.
  • Senior researchers without doctorates but with a record of academic publication are also eligible. Applicants with a master's degree may only apply for a joint project with a post-doctoral scholar.
  • Individual and joint research is eligible i.e. research can be done by a group of researchers.
  • Women applicants and scholars from the Gaza Strip are especially encouraged to apply.
  • PARC fellows who received grants in the last three years are not eligible to apply.

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2016-17 NEH/FPIRI Fellowship Competition for Scholars Conducting Field-Based Humanities Research in Palestine

The 2016-17 Application Form is now available online. Please click to access the Word document.

Full proposals due January 8, 2016

Awards announced March 15, 2016

Fellowship awards are a minimum of four and a maximum of eight consecutive months. Selected fellows are awarded $4,200 per month of the award.

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its fourth National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) competition for post-doctoral fellowships for research in Palestine.

Important information about the fellowship competition:

  • Fields of study include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, literary criticism, and visual and performing arts. In addition, research that embraces a humanistic approach and methods will be considered.
  • Applicants must be post-doctoral scholars.
  • Applicants must propose a minimum of four consecutive months of research and a maximum of eight consecutive months of research that take place in the West Bank.
  • Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during their period of funding.
  • Fellowship recipients must be U.S. citizens or have lived in the United States for a minimum of three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

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Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) under the Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). This is the first year of PARC's second NEH/FPIRI grant, which covers three years of fellowships.

[Canada] Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholarship in Women’s Studies

Thursday, December 31, 2015


The Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa is inviting applications for its Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar in Women’s Studies for 2016-2017. Individuals must have a Ph.D. to be considered for this position. The Visiting Scholar’s stay should be from three (3) to six (6) months within the university’s academic year, from September to April. The recipient will receive a maximum of $4,000, which may be used to supplement research and/or travel expenses.

The purpose of Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar in Women’s Studies is to attract highly qualified researchers working on feminist, women’s or gender issues.


The Institute of Feminist an Gender Studies invites applications from Canadian and non-Canadian scholars, both tenured and nontenured faculty, and from postdoctoral or independent scholars who are pursuing critical feminist research. Individuals must have a Ph.D. to be considered for this position. Scholarship Open for International Students

How to Apply:

Applications should be submitted by email to mcharbo@uOttawa.ca and include a letter of intent, a curriculum vitae, a detailed statement of the research project (2 pages maximum), copies of, or links to, recent publications, the dates of the proposed stay at the University of Ottawa and the names of two referees.

Calls for Papers

  • Call for papers: Conference on Contested Property Claims, Aarhus University, Denmark, December 10-11, 2015. The research project “Contested Property Claims – Moral Reasoning about Property and Justice in Practice, Debate, and Theory” invites scholars from all fields to submit proposals on the ways property is performed and contested. For questions or to propose a paper, please send an abstract of (max.) 300 words to  contestedpropertyclaims@cas.au.dk. Abstracts due by 15 September 2015, with notification of selection in October. For more information: http://conferences.au.dk/propertyclaims2015/
  • The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies calls for submissions of 500-1000 word pieces regarding gender and sexuality in the context of non-English languages and non-Western sociopolitical frameworks. Authors may consider any of the following questions or address different ones: How are gender and sexuality being used, if at all, in your context or research focus? How have the words been translated, and what kinds of controversies have these translations produced? What are the debates surrounding words like women, homosexuality, transsexuality, masculine/feminine, female/male? JMEWS will publish the strongest submissions in volume 12 (2016) in the section “Third Space.” Submissions for issue 12:1 are due on November 15, 2015; and for issue 12:3, on January 15, 2016. Please direct submissions and questions to jmews@dukeupress.edu.

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)

19-10-15 Fellowships

TÜBİTAK grants fellowships for highly qualified international PhD students and young post-doctoral researchers to pursue their research in Turkey in the fields of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. The program aims to promote Turkey’s scientific and technological collaboration with countries of the prospective researcher. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the potential to contribute significantly to Turkey’s goal of international cooperation in scientific and technological development.

Applications are accepted twice per year:

Application period: 14th September – 19th October 2015

The maximum duration of the Fellowship is 12 months. The award includes: a monthly stipend of 2,250 Turkish Lira (TL), travel costs (round trip up to 2,250TL) and health insurance premiums (up to 2,250TL).

Applicants must be non-Turkish citizens, have an invitation from a host institution (university or research institute) in Turkey and be 35 years old or younger.

Further information: http://www.tubitak.gov.tr/en/funds/academy/international-researchers-fellowship-programmes/2216/content-scope-of-the-support

Open Call Visiting Scientists/Researchers

Fellowships are also granted for international scientists/researchers who would like to hold workshops/conferences/lectures or conduct research and development (R&D) activities in Turkey.

Three types of visit can be funded by this programme:

Short term visiting scientists/researchers (up to one month):

· Conducting workshops/conferences/seminars etc.

· Giving tutorials/lectures etc.

· Participating in R&D activities

· Organising technical meetings for scientific and technical collaboration

Long term visiting scientists/researchers (up to twelve months):

· Conducting R&D

· Teaching graduate/undergraduate courses etc.

Scientists/researchers on sabbatical leave (from 3 months to twelve months):

· Conducting R&D

· Teaching graduate/undergraduate courses etc.

Applications are accepted on an open, rolling basis.

The award includes: a monthly stipend of up to 3,000 US Dollars for Visiting Scientists, a monthly stipend of up to 3,500 US Dollars for Visiting Scientists on sabbatical leave and travel costs (round trip & health insurance premiums).

Applicants can be a citizen of any country, must have a PhD (or equivalent) or have at least five years’ research experience and have an invitation from a host institution (university or research institute) in Turkey. Fellows on sabbatical leave should be invited for duration of at least three months.