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 2023-2024 academic year. Please check back in the spring of 2024 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 displaced scholars from the MENA region, primarily those currently located in North America, 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).

Walking Away from the Headscarf: Analyzing the Online Platform 'You Will Not Walk Alone'

On Monday, April 29, 2024 at 4 pm Pacific, UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies, Department of Gender Studies, and Center for the Study of Women will host Dr. Semiha Topal of John Carroll University for this online talk.

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Maqamats as an Alternative Lens to Understand 19th Century Literary History in Afghanistan

On April 16, 2024, Princeton University's Department of Near Eastern Studies and Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies hosted Dr. Khalillulah Afzali of UCLA for an online lecture.

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Rule of Law, Democratic Transitions, and Authoritarianism in Afghanistan

On April 4, 2024 the University of Washington's South Asia Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Middle East Center, Center for Global Studies, and Center for Human Rights hosted Dr. Anila Daulatzai of the University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Ramin Mansoori of the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Bashir Mobasher of American University, and Dr. Shamshad Pasarlay of the University of Chicago for this online panel.

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Recent and Upcoming Events from MESA Global Academy