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

CMES Awarded Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Grants

Dear CMES Community:

We are pleased to announce that CMES was successful in the recent U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grant competitions for 2014-2018.  Thank you to everyone who played a role in the grant writing process. 

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CMES Welcome Back Lecture: Lisa Wedeen, Sep. 26

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Fulbright Fellowships for 2015-2016

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowships (Research grants and English Teaching Assistantships)

Internal Deadline: September 30, 2014 at 5pm CT for travel in 2015-2016

Types of Grants:

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Professor Cornell Fleischer Receives Turkish Order of Merit

CMES congratulates Professor Cornell Fleischer, who was recently awarded the Order of Merit from Turkish President Abdullah

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ARIT Research Fellowship Programs 2015-2016

ARIT / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey, 2015-2016.  ARIT/NEH Advanced Fellowships cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history for applicants who have completed their academic training.

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