Research Fellowships in the Humanities, NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

Research Fellowships in the Humanities

NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

Application deadline: 1st November 2016

The NYUAD Institute has embarked on a multi-year research fellowship program in the Humanities. This program aims to help create an energetic, multi-faceted research environment for the Humanities at NYUAD’s campus. To this end, NYUAD is annually inviting applications from distinguished senior scholars as well as from promising junior scholars for residential fellowships at NYUAD’s Institute. Fellows are contributing to NYUAD’s intellectual community through research and research-related activities, including sharing their work-in-progress with NYUAD faculty and students and participating in scholarly networks engaged in ongoing research centered at the NYUAD Institute.

While open to scholars working in all areas of the Humanities, the program aims in particular to build a center of outstanding research capacity in areas of the Humanities that are relevant for the study of the Arabic world, its rich intellectual, religious, and scientific history, its cultural and artistic heritage as expressed in traditional and new media, and its interaction with other cultures in the past and present. Scholars of Arabic culture and history will find it enriching to work alongside fellows who conduct research in related and adjacent fields. Scholarship furthered by this program is closely connected to the research profile of NYUAD’s faculty in the Arts & Humanities; its Liberal Arts curriculum, with concentrations on History, Literature, Philosophy, the Arab Crossroads program, and Museum Studies; related departments and research centers at NYU New York; and NYUAD’s outreach program in the UAE.

Awards and Facilities

The Institute hosts up to two senior fellows and up to four junior fellows.

For the period of their fellowships, scholars are offered work/office space at the Institute, full use of NYUAD’s library facilities (which are substantial, closely connected as they are to NYU’s Main Library in New York), administrative support, housing at NYUAD’s campus on Saadiyat Island, a fellowship stipend commensurate with experience, a personal research allowance, support for travel to and from Abu Dhabi. Fellowship recipients are responsible for conforming to tax requirements of their home countries.

Start Date and Duration

September 1, 2016 or February 1, 2017

Scholars may apply for one- or two-semester fellowships

Candidate Qualifications

Eligible candidates for the senior fellowships have an outstanding scholarly accomplishment, including an internationally recognized publication record. Mid-career scholars with strong publication records and exceptional scholarly promise may be considered in this category. Eligible candidates for the junior fellowships, which are intended especially for young scholars who wish to turn their doctoral dissertations into book manuscripts publishable with major academic presses, have received their Ph.D. within the previous five years and have a strong record of scholarly accomplishment.

All research fellowships will be offered to scholars who demonstrate interest in playing an active role in the intellectual community of NYUAD, in particular by exchanging ideas with other Institute fellows and with NYU faculty and students. The fellowships are open to scholars of all backgrounds and nationalities.

Research Community Involvement

Fellows are expected to play an active role in the intellectual life of the NYUAD campus. All fellows are required to participate in the bi-weekly Humanities Research Seminar, a colloquium for the discussion of pre-circulated research papers. In addition to presentations by fellows, the Humanities Research Seminar may feature presentations by NYUAD faculty, other NYU faculty who are in residence at NYUAD, UAE scholars, and other invited speakers. Seminar sessions will also be open to graduate students and a select group of undergraduate students from NYUAD and to UAE-based scholars with relevant expertise. In addition to participating in the Seminar, fellows may be invited to contribute to the Institute’s community outreach program, for example by serving as invited speakers in the public evening lecture program or participating in one of the international workshops organized by the Institute. Fellows may also be asked on occasion to serve informally as mentors to scholars engaged in research in areas of their expertise. Junior fellows may request the opportunity to teach a course at NYUAD and may apply for teaching opportunities at NYUAD following their fellowships.

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Professional Specialist, University of Notre Dame

Professional Specialist in Languages of Late Antiquity

University of Notre Dame

Application deadline: 11:59 PM 6th September 2016 Eastern Time

The Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track position on the faculty with a specialization in languages of late antiquity. The successful candidate will be appointed to a faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professional Specialist (equivalent to “lecturer” at other universities) on a one-year contract, renewable for up to three years, with a starting date of August 22, 2017. Mastery of Syriac is a prerequisite, and facility in one or more of the other languages of late antiquity, especially Coptic, Ethiopic, Armenian, or classical Arabic, is also expected. The ability to engage not only with the language but with its attendant literature and culture is desirable; beyond specialized language course the successful candidate will be expected to teach one non-language course per year at the undergraduate or graduate level and will become an integral part of the Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity and History of Christianity subsections of the Department, including participation in colloquia and otherwise contributing to a vibrant graduate student and faculty learning community. The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace.  We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a). Review of applications will begin on September 5, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.




Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and official transcript.

This institution is using Interfolio’s ByCommittee to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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Lecturer, University of Birmingham

Lecturer in Islamic Studies – 55436

University of Birmingham

Application deadline: 29th June 2016

Job Summary

The University of Birmingham wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Islamic Studies. Candidates who have expertise in the textual study of Islamic religious thought in particular periods or geographical regions and who have a track record of engaging contemporary questions (for example in law, in inter-religious engagement or in cultural identity) are especially encouraged to apply. The candidate’s primary focus of expertise is relatively open: we welcome applications from scholars in Qur’an (including study of hadith or the history of tafsir), in classical Arabic texts, in Islamic law and jurisprudence, or in their application and use in particular regions or periods. Readiness to teach undergraduate and master’s courses in Qur’an, the early history of Islam, and Islamic law, regardless of research specialisation, will be an advantage.

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Post-doctoral Fellow, Saint John’s University

Post-doctoral Fellow in Eastern Christian Manuscript Cataloging

Saint John’s University, 2850 Abbey Plaza, Collegeville, Minnesota

Application deadline: 6th June 2016

  • Job Title: Post-doctoral Fellow in Eastern Christian Manuscript Cataloging
  • Opening Date/Time: Wed. 05/11/16 12:00 AM Central Time
  • Closing Date/Time: Continuous
  • Salary: Not Displayed
  • Job Type: Non-Exempt, Support Staff, Full Time
  • Location: Saint John’s University, 2850 Abbey Plaza, Collegeville, Minnesota
  • Department: Hill Museum & Manuscript Library – SJU

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University invites applications for the two-year, full-time, benefit-eligible position of Post-doctoral Fellow in Eastern Christian Manuscript Cataloging. The Fellow will provide vital support for HMML’s efforts to catalog recently digitized Eastern Christian manuscripts. Under the guidance of the Lead Cataloger of Eastern Christian Manuscripts, the Fellow will undertake original cataloging of digital surrogates at HMML as well as revision of existing cataloging.

Primary responsibilities include:

  1. Original cataloging of Arabic (including Garshuni), Syriac, and possibly Coptic manuscripts from HMML’s digitization projects in the Middle East, India, and Africa.
  2. Correction and standardization of existing cataloging.


  1. Earned doctorate in history, theology, classics, Semitic languages, or cognate field.
  2. Knowledge of Arabic (including Garshuni) and Syriac, and associated literatures; familiarity with Arabic literature beyond the Christian tradition is desirable. Coptic is not required but would be a desirable asset.
  3. Direct experience of research using manuscripts, and ideally of description/cataloging of manuscripts.
  4. Experience with digital research in the humanities; ease with the use of common software and ability to understand and work with HMML’s digital platforms and tools.
  5. Good communication skills in both written and spoken English.
  6. Attention to detail; accuracy and thoroughness in work habits; ability to manage multiple, complex tasks.

Additional Information

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications are accepted online by clicking “APPLY” above. Interested applicants are asked to submit the online application form, a letter of interest indicating skills and experience relevant to the position, a curriculum vitae, and names of two scholars whom we can contact for further information about suitability for the position.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but to ensure fullest consideration applicants should apply by June 6, 2016.

Women, individuals of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, and persons with disabilities are  encouraged to apply. Saint John’s University is an Affirmative  Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more details or to apply, click here.


Research Associates, University of Oxford

Research Associates – Stories of Survival: Eastern Christianity in the Early Modern World – Arabic and/or Syriac Materials (2 posts)

University of Oxford

Application deadline: 1st June 2016

Grade 7: £30,738 p.a.

‘Stories of Survival’ is an ambitious and exciting new research project that will investigate the history of Eastern Christianity in the early modern period, ca. 16th – 18th centuries. The team will reconstitute and analyse a ‘lost archive’ of literary, documentary, and printed sources in three continents, ten languages, and dozens of archives to produce a new religious and social history of Eastern Christianity in a global context.

We are seeking two Research Associates to join the project team, focusing on Arabic and/or Syriac sources related to Eastern Christianity (a third post, focusing on European-language sources, is now being advertised separately).

The Research Associates will conduct research in close collaboration with the rest of the project team, meeting regularly to share findings, discuss sources, and collaborate for purposes of research publication and dissemination.

You will hold a doctorate in a relevant subject (or show evidence that a doctorate is imminent), and be able to research in the languages relevant to your specialism; you will have a capacity for excellent independent research, and also for working as part of a team engaging in innovative forms of collaborative research in the Humanities. You will have outstanding communications skills, and the ability to write to a deadline. Experience of public engagement with historical research would be an advantage.

These are full-time posts based at Oxford, fixed-term for 3 years, tenable from 1 October 2016 and funded by the European Research Council. For an informal discussion about the roles, please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr John-Paul Ghobrial (

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on 1 June 2016. To apply and for further details, please click here.

  • Contact Person: Jeannie Scott
  • Contact Phone: 01865 615019
  • Contact Email:
  • Vacancy ID: 123092
  • Closing Date: 01-Jun-2016


Research Associate, University of Manchester

Research Associate Genealogies of Knowledge

University of Manchester

Application deadline: 29th May 2016

  • Closing date : 29/05/2016
  • Reference : HUM-08115
  • Faculty / Organisational unit : Humanities
  • School / Directorate : School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
  • Division :
  • Employment type : Fixed Term
  • Duration : Available from 1 January 2017 to 31 March 2020
  • Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
  • Salary : £30,738 to £37,768 per annum
  • Hours per week : Full Time

Genealogies of Knowledge: The Evolution and Contestation of Concepts across Time and Space is a 4-year, AHRC-funded project investigating the historical evolution and transformation through translation of key concepts in political and scientific thought that can often be traced back to the ancient Greek world, focusing on translations into early medieval Arabic, Latin and modern English. The research involves compiling large electronic corpora of texts and developing software applications to interrogate them and assist with the presentation of findings to other researchers and the public.

You will work on pre-modern corpora of medieval Arabic, focusing on tracing the development and mutation of key concepts that have become a core part of our academic and public life, including concepts relating to the body politic and scientific expert discourse.

You will have a good command of classical and modern standard Arabic, a Doctorate on a topic that is relevant to the project and previous research experience involving medieval Arabic manuscripts.

Knowledge of classical Greek and Latin including Greek thought and its reception in medieval Arabic texts plus knowledge of methods and techniques of corpus linguistics and translation studies and familiarity of exegetical cultures in Arabic is desirable. Previous experience in the area of the history of medicine and philosophy is also desirable.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as black and minority ethnic (BME) candidates are currently under-represented at this level in this area, we would particularly welcome applications from BME applicants. All appointments will be made on merit.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Professor Mona Baker or Professor Peter Pormann

General enquiries:

Technical support:

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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