2020 Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Post-Doctoral Award in Palestine Studies

Deadline: January 15, 2020.

The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute is pleased to announce that the competition for the 2020-2021 Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Post-Doctoral Award is now open. This year-long post-doctoral fellowship seeks to recognize and foster innovative and ground-breaking scholarship on issues related to Palestine and Palestinians.

The award will support a scholar working on a book project in any field of the humanities or social sciences who will spend the academic year at Columbia University in New York, pursuing her or his research and writing, contributing to curricular matters, and participating in the intellectual life of the Center for Palestine Studies.


1. The international competition is open to all post-doctoral scholars who share the mission of the Center for Palestine Studies to advance the production and circulation of knowledge on Palestinian history, culture, society, and politics through outstanding scholarship.

2. Preference will be given to individuals from underrepresented programs who would benefit most from the academic resources of Columbia University. 

3. The Fellow may not hold any other major fellowship or teaching obligations during the award period.

4. The Fellow must have a PhD in hand by June 2020.


The Award carries a stipend of $50,000 for the academic year.


The following list of materials is required for all applicants:

  1. Completed Online Application found here.
  2. Curriculum vitae. Should include Education (names and location of colleges, graduate and professional schools, with dates attended and degrees earned); Employment; Academic honors; Publications (Please do not send the publications); Languages read, spoken and written.
  3. Three-page (1000 word) description of the book project on which fellow will work and its significance. Indicate how much has been completed and what you intend to do during the fellowship period.
  4. Writing sample (15 pg max). Can be an extract from a longer work.
  5. Two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should come from scholars familiar with the proposed project and the applicant’s qualifications. Recommendations must be submitted only by recommenders here by January 15, 2020. Applicants are responsible for requesting the letters.



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