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

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships 2019-20

Deadline for current UChicago students: Monday, February 11, 2019 at 11:59pm CT

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The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) has posted the 2019-2020 Fellowships Application

CASA offers advanced level training in Arabic language and culture to qualified American students at The American University in Cairo and Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman (pending the security and funding for each location). Applicants to the CASA programs must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and should have a minimum of 3 years of formal instruction in Arabic prior to joining CASA. Please see the website for further details.

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ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey 2019-2020

The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to announce 2019-2020 fellowship programs for students and scholars based in the U.S. and Canada.

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UChicago International Area Studies Centers Awarded Over $6.7 Million in Grants from US Department of Education

We are pleased to announce that the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), and Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) have been awarded a total of over $6.7 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the period of 2018 to 2022. 

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