Research Grant in Middle East Studies, Istanbul, Turkey

Deadline: 15 January 2012
Open to: Applicants with a M.A. degree in a Middle East-related discipline
Grant: Monthly stipend of € 1000


The Orient-Institut Istanbul is located in the neighborhood of Cihangir, conveniently close to Taksim Square, one of the major cultural, entertainment and transport centers of the city. With Istanbul’s rich archives, manuscript libraries, museum and art collections, the institute offers unique opportunities for research on Islamic, Mediterranean and Turkish culture, society and history.

The Orient-Institut Istanbul carries out academic research, with current interests spanning from the study of the plurality of Turkic languages and peoples, Ottoman history, migration, to the current dynamic development of the region. Much of our work is conducted in cooperation with universities and independent academic institutions, both in Turkey and abroad.

The Orient-Institut Istanbul is also home to an ever-growing research library open to the public, focusing on Ottoman Studies, Turcology, as well as on the study of contemporary Turkey.

The Orient-Institut Istanbul offers a research grant for PhD students. Grants are available to support research in the Humanities and Social Sciences on the region, its history, culture, languages and contemporary affairs.


Prospective applicants are expected to hold an M.A. degree in a Middle East related discipline. A basic command of German and Turkish is expected of all applicants.


The award consists of a monthly stipend of € 1000 for the duration of up to a maximum of one year.


The proposed research project should have a regional focus on, either, Turkey, the Balkans, the Volga or Caucasus region as well as Central Asia. The complete application should specify the necessity of conducting research in Istanbul, or Turkey, respectively, and include a detailed timeframe for the envisioned research.

Participation in colloquiums at the institute is expected. Research stays outside of Istanbul have to be coordinated with the director.

Applications must be submitted by January 15, 2012, to the:

Director of the Orient-Institut Istanbul
Prof. Dr. Raoul Motika
Susam Sokak 16-18, D. 8
344 33 Cihangir – Istanbul

And also by e-mail, please, to: [email protected].

Applications must include the following documents:

  • Coverletter
  • CV
  • Outline of the proposed research
  • Letter of recommendation written by an academic supervisor
  • Copy of the M.A. diploma
  • Documentation of Turkish language skills

Deadline for applications is 15 January 2012.

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