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

Chicago Ideas Screening Event: March 26th @ 6 PM

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The University of Chicago Shiʿi Studies Group Symposium: Call for Papers

The University of Chicago Shiʿi Studies Group Symposium Call for Papers (CFP):  “Shiʿism and Governance”

Abstract submission deadline: February 24th, 2017

Symposium Date: May 12-13, 2017

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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships 2017-2018

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships 2017-2018 Deadline: Monday, February 13, 2017 at 5pm CT Start your online application here: https://apply-grad.uchicago.edu/apply/flas/

Upcoming Information Sessions:

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Critical Language Scholarship Information Session

Thursday, October 20 at 12pm in Harper 130

Please REGISTER through GRAD Gargoyle (sign in, click on Events, then click on Workshops)

Tyler Blackwell, CLS and CMES alum, and UChicagoGRAD advisor, will present on the 2017 Critical Language Scholarship competition. This session is geared towards graduate students, but undergraduate students are welcome to attend as well. The deadline for summer 2017 CLS programs is November 16, 2016.

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Ayverdi Prize for Ottoman Turkish

AATT is pleased to announce an award ($500) for best translation of an Ottoman archival/historical or literary work by an undergraduate or graduate student in a semester length Ottoman course, during the academic year or during a summer program.

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Oman Research Fellowship

Oman Research Fellowship

SQCC supports and encourages advanced research on Oman across a variety of academic disciplines through the Research Fellowship Program. Launched in 2010, this program funds scholars across several academic disciplines to conduct research in the Sultanate of Oman. 

The fellowship is offered annually, and is open to Ph.D. candidates and university academics who are US citizens or affiliated with an American university

The fellowship awards up to $51,000 for the fellow or team of fellows. 

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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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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


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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 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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