Welcome to CMES

Welcome to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of Chicago. As a Title VI National Resource Center, CMES supports research, teaching, and outreach across a wide range of disciplines. CMES administers the MA program in Middle Eastern Studies, a dynamic interdisciplinary degree whose alumni span diverse fields from academia to government service. Through a variety of curricular and co-curricular programs, the Center works to maintain the University of Chicago's singular reputation as a leader in the field of Middle Eastern Studies. Regular conferences and lectures present cutting-edge research on Middle Eastern history, society, and culture. The Middle East Education Initiative (MEEI) works with K-12 institutions, community colleges, business, media, and government to share campus expertise with the wider public.

Latest News and Announcements

Fulbright Application Workshops

Annie Janusch, UChicagoGRAD’s Fellowship & Writing Coordinator, is leading two Fulbright Writing Workshops in August. If you’re available, I highly encourage you to attend both workshops, even if you don’t quite feel like you’re in ‘writing-mode’ yet. Especially for the Statement of Grant Purpose, it’s important to get your ideas in writing as you begin to reach out to affiliations and recommenders, and this workshop will really help you to jump-start that process or fine-tune what you already have.

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U.S. Department of State Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship

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Security Council Simulation at Yale

From October 13 to October 16, 2016, over 400 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world will gather at Yale University to put themselves in the shoes of policymakers and address the world’s most challenging and unpredictable crises. The Security Council Simulation at Yale, in its 39th iteration, will convene over 15 committees to address crises related to topics ranging from the EU migration crisis and Latin American narco-terrorism to deadly climate change and future presidential campaigns.

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Summer Scholarships for Study Trip to Turkey

Dear friends,

I am writing to inform you that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey will offer short summer scholarships for study trips for graduate students (MA, MPhil, PhD, etc.) who are interested in Ottoman and Turkish studies.

The said program will start on August 23 and end on September 1, 2016. Further information about application process can be found in the link below.

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AATT Graduate Student Pre-Conference

The American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT) is pleased to announce the twelfth annual “Graduate Student Pre-Conference" for graduate students in a range of disciplines enrolled at institutions in North America. This Pre-Conference was established to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of AATT. The Pre- Conference is co-sponsored by the Institute for Turkish Studies and AATT.

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Brill’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize

2016 - Brill’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize

To encourage and support early-career scholars seeking to publish in leading academic journals, Brill is awarding an annual prize for an outstanding article in the field of Middle East and Islamic Studies. Brill’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize is made possible by the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for publishing.

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Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowships 2017-2018

Upcoming information session: Tuesday, May 24 at 12pm in Cobb 103

REGISTER HERE 

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Spring Quarter 2016 Courses

Here are our course offerings for the upcoming quarter!

Spring 2016 Course Descriptions

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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship competition is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who are enrolled in or applying to a full-time program that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies. CMES offers FLAS awards in Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Uzbek. Application materials are available through UChicago Grad.

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American Research Institute in Turkey

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to announce 2016-2017 fellowship programs for U.S.-based students and scholars: 

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