About MESA Global Academy

What is MESA Global Academy?
The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Global Academy is an interdisciplinary initiative that sustains essential research collaborations and knowledge production among scholars in the humanities and social sciences from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and their counterparts outside the region.
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The Global Academy supports scholars working in two broad thematic areas: governance, accountability, and the rule of law; and fairness and economic equality. The Global Academy conceives of these two areas in interdisciplinary terms, and invites scholars to apply from the humanities and social sciences, from comparative literature, history, and Islamic studies to political science, anthropology, economics, and beyond.
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How do I apply?
Scholarships have been awarded for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please check back in the spring of 2023 for the next funding cycle. The Global Academy awards scholars in the field of Middle East Studies $5,000 grants to further their research and collaboration with MENA-focused scholars in North America.
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The MESA Global Academy Fellows Panel meets virtually in 2020.
Global Academy Scholar Issam Eido presents his research.

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MESA Global Academy Scholars

Scholarship Eligibility Information

Competitive fellowships are available for scholars from the MENA region who are currently displaced in North America and whose work is broadly focused on Middle East Studies. Eligibility criteria are: 1) a PhD or equivalent in a field in the social sciences or humanities (graduate students will not be considered); 2) a primary institutional affiliation in the MENA region prior to displacement; and 3) a publication record indicating scholarly productivity (in English, French, a native MENA language, or principal research language of the field).

Taliban and Modernity

On Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at noon Eastern, Harvard Law School's Program in Islamic Law will host Dr. Haroun Rahimi of the American University of Afghanistan for a talk. Dr. Dilyara Agisheva of Harvard Law School will moderate.

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Cultural Production and Studies in Post-Conflict Settings

On January 30, 2023, UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies hosted an in-person panel with experts from Afghanistan. UCLA's Dr. Khalilullah Afzali, Marymount University's Dr. Sayed Hassan Akhlaq, Cornell University's Dr. Sharif Hozoori, and Harvard University's Dr. Homeira Qaderi presented.

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The Nation, the Taliban, and Authoritarianism: Developments in Afghanistan

MESA Global Academy scholars Drs. Sharif Hozoori of Cornell University, Sayed Akhlaq of Marymount University, Homeira Qaderi of Harvard University, Haroun Rahimi of the American University of Afghanistan, and Omar Sadr of the University of Pittsburgh presented at the MESA Annual Meeting in Denver, December 4, 2022.

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Recent and Upcoming Events from MESA Global Academy