CMES Undergraduate Digest

Aggregated opportunities for undergraduates interested in the Middle East and North Africa

CMES Undergraduate Digest

New & Upcoming Courses

Funding Opportunities

Fellowship & Job Opportunities

Calls for Papers

Calls for Papers


New & Upcoming Courses

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Funding Opportunities

Critical Language Scholarship Program 

We are pleased to welcome American students to apply for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program to learn critical foreign languages next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.


The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.


CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.


The application is now live and available online at:

Applications are due November 15, 2017 by 7:59pm EST.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide funding to students to encourage the study of critical and less commonly taught foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies or international aspects of professional studies. These fellowships are funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The purpose of the FLAS program is to promote the training of students who intend to make their careers in college or university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is essential.

Additional information about the FLAS Fellowship Program may be found here:

The application deadline for the Academic Year FLAS Fellowship and the Summer FLAS Fellowship is Monday, January 29, 2018.

There will be an informational workshop for prospective applicants on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 11 am to noon in 309 Sproul Hall.

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Fellowship & Job Opportunities

Internships at ASI

The Arab Studies Institute is offering new internship opportunities that involve training, research, and production at various levels in one of ASI’s five organizations: Arab Studies Journal (ASJ), Jadaliyya, Forum on Arab and Muslim Affairs (FAMA), Quilting Point, and Tadween Publishing.
ASI is looking for candidates who are self-motivated, collaboratively-minded, and eager to develop their skills in a variety of respects. While specializing in particular areas, ASI interns will develop a broad set of skills (including writing, type-setting, editing, audio and video production, translation, networking, managing, and/or administrating), especially if they remain on board for more than one term.      
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Internships involve a ten- to fifteen-hour weekly commitment that can in most cases be fulfilled remotely—the location of applicants need not be in Washington, DC. Inquiries may be sent to:

More information about individual internships can be found when clicking the hyperlink included in the title.

SALAM 2018

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2018 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program in the Sultanate of Oman. SQCC supports Arabic language study for U.S. students through its annual SALAM program. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture.

Eligibility: All applicants must be U.S. citizens, enrolled in a degree seeking program (BA, MA or PhD) in spring 2018, and have completed four semesters (or the equivalent) of university-level Arabic coursework.

Program Dates: 24 June-9 August 2018

Location: Manah, Oman

Cost: SQCC will cover international travel to and from Washington, D.C. and Muscat, Oman, program language classes, room, board, SALAM-sponsored travel for weekend excursions, and all entrance fees for program activities. Students will be required to purchase international health and medical evacuation insurance, and arrange travel to and from Washington, D.C. and their home city.

Classes: Held 8:00 am- 1:30 pm. Sunday to Thursday.

Outside of class: Students will have access to Omani peer language partners, organized weekend trips around Oman, extracurricular activities, and weekly lectures.

Housing: Shared student housing, provided by the program.

Program also provides: Three meals a day, transportation to and from student housing and the university, internet access, and laundry and gym facilities onsite.

To submit an application, or for more information, please visit the SALAM page on the SQCC website.

Applications due 31 December 2017

AMIDEAST Education Abroad Spring 2018 Program

Greetings from AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World! We wanted to let you know that the application deadline is less than a month away (October 15, 2017) for AMIDEAST Education Abroad Spring 2018 programs in the Arab world. We encourage applications to be completed as soon as possible! If you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us.


October 15, 2017 Spring 2018 Program and Scholarship Applications Due March 15, 2018 Summer 2018 Program Applications Due Please note that because applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, the program may be filled prior to the application deadline. Interested students are therefore encouraged to apply and submit all supporting documents as soon as possible.

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants:

  • Are enrolled at an accredited college or university and have completed one year of post-secondary study
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale); however, applications will be considered holistically
  • Are physically and emotionally prepared to spend one to eight months abroad
  • Are willing to adapt to a new, potentially challenging environment

Additional information on our programs can be found on our website. To talk with a representative from AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs, please email us at

Amnesty International USA Organizing Internship

Interns work closely with Field Organizers to recruit and train new activists, build and support local and student groups, develop the capacity of members to be human rights leaders and educate the public.

Interns will learn about strategic planning, outreach and recruitment, event planning, organizing rallies and protests and promote human rights work through media and social media. Administrative duties include database maintenance, budget tracking, answering phones and replying to other member inquiries. We strive to provide a variety of opportunities, including intern trainings and seminars for professional development and growth as a human rights activist.


  • Commitment to and interest in human rights and social justice
  • Knowledge of AIUSA
  • Motivated and able to work independently
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Well organized and able to multitask efficiently
  • Great attitude and creativity
  • Experience with social media
  • Experience with activism, community organizing, and/or event planning preferred
  • Graphic design and video editing skills are a plus
  • Strong attention to detail


  • Part time/ full time (unpaid)
  • 15 hours a week for 14 weeks
  • Spring (Jan- May), Summer (May-Sept), Fall (Sept- Dec).

To Apply:

  • Email resume (2 pages maximum) and cover letter (1 page maximum) to William Butkus at . In cover letter include: why you are interested in this position, what experience and skills you have that makes you a good fit for this position, available start date and anticipated hours per week.

For more information contact 

Amnesty International USA Youth and Student Program Internship

Amnesty International Usa is seeking interns for the national youth and student program which works to engage grassroots activism and grow membership among youth in order to advance human rights campaigns. It develops core activism tools and resources.

Interns will learn about and support the youth program in key aspects of work, including:

  • Outreach and recruitment
  • Resource development and dissemination
  • Student group registration process
  • Qualitative research and analysis of youth leadership development and activism
  • Database management and process/ systems development
  • Project management
  • Strategic planning and goal setting

It includes some organizational service work, such as meetings, filing, and other necessary office work. We strive to provide a variety of opportunities for both professional development and growth as a human rights activist.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently, self-direct, and collaborate with a team
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Strong research, writing, and presentation skills (oral and written)
  • Experience with activism, organizing, advocacy and/ or campaigning
  • Creative problem-solving ability
  • Fluent with Microsoft suite applications (Word, Excel and Powerpoint)


  • Part time or full time (unpaid)
  • 12 hours per week for minimum of 8 weeks

To apply:

Email current resume (2 pages maximum) and cover letter (1 page maximum) to Sara Schmidt at In cover letter include: why you are interested in this position, what experience and skills you have that makes you a good fit for this position, available start date and anticipated hours per week.

For more information contact

The Leadership Development Internship Program

There are three internship terms each year, available to undergraduates who have completed at least one year of school, recent graduates, and graduate students. Positions are available on a full- or part-time basis with a minimum of 20 hours per week and can be found here.

MEI offers an array of internship opportunities that engage a wide range of professional interests and talents. As a small organization, our interns are integral to and deeply involved in our work, which often allows them to see the tangible outcomes of their work over the internship term.

In the Publications Department, interns acquire a broad knowledge of current Middle East scholarship and current events, while also learning about in-house publishing and the daily management of The Middle East Journal. Interns in the Development Department share responsibility for identifying potential individual, foundation, and corporate donors, and cultivating MEI’s existing relationships. Programs Department interns conduct research and produce backgrounders on potential event topics, promote and run MEI’s policy events and conferences, liaise with the policy community, and monitor the press. There are also opportunities for advanced students — particularly those highly proficient in Arabic — to work as Research Assistants for our scholars.

Although our internships are unpaid, MEI works to ensure that its interns are compensated for their contributions. We offer a free language class, a SmarTrip card reloaded with $100 each month, a year-long online subscription to The Middle East Journal, and a series of talks, the Intern Development Series, exclusively dedicated to advancing our interns' professional lives and their knowledge of the region.

Application Deadlines:

Fall (September – December): July 15
Spring (January– May): November 15
Summer (June – August): March 15

To apply for an internship, please send the items below in PDF format to Lillian Judge at Format the email's subject according to the following model: Last Name- Fall Internship Application. Please note that due to the large volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. One professional and two academic references (contact information only; no letters, please)
  4. Five-page (maximum), double-spaced writing sample on a topic relevant to current events in the Middle East
  5. College transcript (unofficial preferred).

Blossom Hill Fellowship

The Blossom Hill Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Connecticut, with a mission to help children affected by conflict in the Middle East. We are excited to share with you information regarding our 2018 Fellowship Program, which funds social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas that can help children thrive under difficult conditions.

For your reference, the Fellowship Application may also be downloaded from our website: 

If you have any questions, please contact our Deputy Director, Rosy Nimroody, at 

Completed applications will be due no later than Monday, April 16, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Boren Awards: Language Study & Research in the Middle East North Africa

The application for the 2018 Boren Awards is now open at!


Boren Awards fund U.S. undergraduate and graduate language study and research abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia,Latin America, and the Middle East). Boren Awards promote longer‐term linguistic and cultural immersion overseas, and are available to applicants in most fields of study.


Boren Awards will give preference to applicants planning to study in a number of countries in North Africa and the Middle East, including  Algeria, Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco,Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Preference is also given to students who are willing to study abroad for longer periods of time, and those who are highlymotivated to work in the federal government following graduation.


The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language‐focused study abroad.


The Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund language study, graduate‐level research, and academic internships abroad.


Webinars on aspects of the Boren Awards, including special regional initiatives and components of the application are scheduled throughout the 2017‐2018 academic year. Sign up today Additional information on preferred countries, languages, and fields of study can be found at


   Applicants are encouraged to contact their Boren Awards campus representatives, listed in a directory on the website, for institution‐specific guidance. They may also contact Boren Awards staff directly at1‐800‐618‐NSEP or

Near Eastern Studies Library Assistant - Job #2061

Student supervisor: Mohamed Hamed

Department: Research and Collections for International and Area Studies

Classification: STDT 3, ($14.50/hr) (Grad Students)

How many students will be hired for this job?: 1

Does this job require work study?: Work Study Preferred

Work Schedule


Minimum Hours/Week: 8.00

Maximum Hours/Week: 19.50

Minimum Hours/Shift: 2.00

Specific Work Hours: M-F 9am - 5pm

Job Information


Job Duties:

Assist in reviewing publications from Arab countries, Iran, and Turkey for potential inclusion in the Library’s collections. Perform pre-order bibliographic checking and verification using a variety of online catalogs and printed sources. Participate in projects to review the collections for missing volumes and journal issues, and to obtain replacements or fill gaps.


Required Qualifications:

Fluency in Arabic or Persian required.


Desired Qualifications:

Experience with library research skills including familiarity with Oskicat and Melvyl. Ability to work independently and reliably, to organize and prioritize work. Intellectual curiosity and good communication skills are valuable qualities for the job.


Working knowledge of French desired.

Special Notes:

This position is posted for graduate students, but qualified undergraduates will be considered as well.


To apply:

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)

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.


This advanced language and cultural immersion program is 9 months, from September 2018 through May 2019, and the application requires that all applicants take the ACTFL exam for Reading, Listening and Writing.  


Deadlines / Exam Dates:

  •  Application deadline is Monday, January 22, 2018.
  • Reading and Listening Exams will be complete on online any time before February 16, 2018 at a time or your choosing with a remote proctor.
  •  The Writing Exam can be taken on one of the following dates: February 7, 8, 9, or 16, 2018. An in-person proctor is required for this exam, so the date should be coordinated with your proctor.


Please see our website for further program details and application instructions.


Calls for Papers

Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism

The Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism is seeking pitches and essays for its 2018 issue to be published in the Spring. Writers should either be current undergraduates or recent graduates submitting undergraduate work.

Founded in 2002, CJLC acts as an interdisciplinary, undergraduate forum centered around arts, culture, and politics. The journal is published once a year and includes articles, reviews, interviews, and original artwork. CJLC attempts to examine the world around us in a way that is informed by academic thought but not subsumed by it.


Submission guidelines:

Pitches: Please email with an outline of your article or review and a proposed/provisional bibliography. Please include your name, university and year of graduation. If we like the pitch, we’ll contact you to set a deadline and work with you throughout the writing process.

Essays: You are welcome to submit an article, or essay to be converted into an article, to the same address. Please attach them as a word document, and include your name, university, and year of graduation in the body of an email.

Submissions are due November 30th, but you are very welcome to submit them earlier.


Before submitting, please take a look at the PDFs of our past issues to get a sense for what we are after, accessible here:

The forthcoming issue will explore the theme of ORGANS. We are looking forward to receiving pitches that explore ORGANS across its range of meanings and open up new possibilities. “We have been inventing new organs since the 15th century,” Paul Preciado writes. The organ invents the body as a system of parts, as an epistemic and physical disruption of the body’s unity, segmented along various axes: a gesture towards a material interior, the viscera, but also towards—encompassing the skin—its total divisibility, total partiality, and partial loss.


In the intersection of partiality, technological movement, and regeneration, the organ as part opens the organism into the cyborg: into a economy of (re)generation, transfer, fungibility, and creation. “Organ” comes from the Greek organon, meaning tool or instrument. They are variously instrumental: they are imagined, built, and stolen; they are given away, they outlast and undo bodies. These movements are intimate and gruesome, occurring across frames of global colonial exploitation and interpersonal altruism. Bodies, in their wholes and parts, are used, put to use, for other bodies in ways that live at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, and ability that both shape and defy the signification of that body across time and space.


The word’s definition is rooted in having a particular use, instrumentalization, but what happens when that use phases out, shifts, transforms? The useless appendix ruptures, one previously excessive kidney is gifted to another, debates over the productive function of pleasure of various organs both related and unrelated to reproduction, the skin as the casing that is often overlooked as an organ yet has become a site of cosmetic fixation. The relation between organs and use extends to sexuality, pleasure, desire, transgression.

In what ways can organs be made anew, or always have been made anew, perpetually reinscribed and redistributed in signification and use? What happens to those terms when applied, symbolically, to the social, the political, the environmental? For example, in her essay “Amniotechnics, Sophie Lewis explores the extensions of gestation and amnion towards a politics of, as she calls it, “holding water” as central to kin-making, reproductive justice, and migrant rights.  In “Tympan,” Jacques Derrida explores the tympanum as the margin of hearing. He asks, “can one violently penetrate philosophy’s field of hearing … making the penetration resonate within itself, appropriating the emission for itself, familiarly communicating it to itself between inner and middle ear, following the path of a tube or opening, be it round of oval? … To philosophize with a hammer.” Organs as particulars are revealed as openings into forms of organization, politics, kinships, structured sensation.

Organs are both embodied and exceed the body, are emotive and overflowing. Walter Benjamin writes that “every passion corresponds to an organ of the human body.” Organs map onto and contain affective movements, finding ways to slip outside the physical, exceed definitional constraints. And, of course, organs not only can be instrumentalized but are themselves a musical instrument, calling to both medieval theological polyphony and contemporary sonic experimentation.


These are some open questions that may or may not guide your thought, but indicate some of the possibilities and extensions of ORGANS. Take the term as literally or as loosely as piques your interest.

Feel free to send any questions you may have to the editors at

We look forward to reading your pitches and submissions.

Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies First Annual Conference

Call for Panel and Paper Proposals
The Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London invites proposals for the 2018 Annual CIWAS Conference on the theme of ‘Islam, the West, and Radicalism’.

Recent years have seen new waves of political Islamic revival in West Asian and Islamic societies, the re-emergence of sectarian struggles, and a further development of radical ideologies in the region. The growing number of organised Islamic groups which, in West Asia, represent diverse political goals, are generating tensions beyond the borders of the region. These groups and religio-political dynamics are still not fully understood by academic and policy-making communities. This year’s conference theme engages the question of the role ‘the west’ has played in the on-going violence, and what influence these developments are having on western communities.

This first Annual Conference of the Centre of Islamic and West Asian Studies offers an opportunity to address these questions from different and original perspectives. We encourage panels and proposal which include new and under-researched approaches and facets relating to these dynamics including (but not limited to):

• Islam and the West (the Muslim diaspora, its coexistence with ‘others’ in the West), Islamic responses to radicalism,
• Islam and ethics (human rights, ethics, medical ethics and Islamic jurisprudence, women’s rights),
• Spirituality in Islam (Islamic arts, rituals),
• Islamic authority in an age of Western dominance.

How to submit panel/paper proposals
Panels: a 250-word discussion of the theme of the panel and, for each presenter, a paper title and abstract (maximum 250-words) and contact details, using this form: CIWAS2018 Panel Proposal

Individual papers: a paper title and abstract (maximum 250-words) and contact details, using this form: CIWAS2018 Paper Proposal

Completed forms should be sent by email attachment to
 by 5pm (UK time), Monday 4 December 2017. You will receive an email notification confirming receipt of your form.

Note that a number of travel grants will be available to cover part of the travel and accommodation expenses for the eligible speakers attending the conference.

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Are you or one of your students interested in studying Arabic, Persian, or Turkish in an immersion environment? The Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute can provide two semesters of language credit in 8 short weeks, while living on the beautiful lakefront campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison!

Visit for more information and application details. We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis. Apply before February 1st and avoid an application fee!

International Programs Peer Mentor Position

As a peer mentor to an international student you have the opportunity to play a crucial role in assisting another student through a transition not only into a new university setting but also in a new culture and country. This position is on a volunteer basis but has the following requirements as listed below.

Position Description

As a peer mentor, you will act as a representative of UC Berkeley Extension and the International Programs department. In this role, you will:


In order to apply to be a Peer Mentor you must be:

Time Commitment

You must be able to commit to the program and should anticipate spending approximately 4-5 hours per week meeting with your mentee(s) on program planning. You must available to attend a brief training.

Period and term of position

How to Apply

Please email interest and resume using the contact information below or reference #960313

International Programs Peer Mentor on Handshake

Contact Information:

Jessica Angell

Program Coordinator, International Programs

UC Berkeley Extension 

University of Cambridge MPHIL in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies 

The MPhil provides advanced training in gender analysis across the disciplines with experts from over twenty different departments within the University of Cambridge teaching on topics such as conflict, globalisation, labour market inequality; public policy, history, philosophy, bio-medical advances, experimental psychology, human rights and justice, literature and the arts, culture and antiquity. Students on the MPhil also engage with different theoretical and methodological perspectives including the insights from various feminist theories, LGBT + studies, and queer theory.

The course is designed for those students who wish to prepare for PhD or further research and also, for those who want to enhance their understanding of ‘gender’ by undertaking a one-year MPhil only. The course is research oriented with a substantial taught component.

Graduates from this MPhil should emerge as highly desirable candidates for international policy, media, corporate, and academic careers.

Applications: We aim to attract high calibre applications from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. For more information about admissions requirements, how to apply and funding sources, please see our website .

The application deadline is 15 March 2018. Please note that some funding deadlines are as early as October 2017.

University of Maryland-College Park Research Study Participants

My name is Alexandra Kindahl and I am an undergraduate student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland-College Park. I am a part of a team of researchers conducting a study investigating the everyday experiences of Muslim lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) people. We are currently in search of LGBQ Muslims to participate in a weeklong, cutting-edge study that investigates how daily experiences impact their well-being.

To participate in this study, you must be 1) 18 years of age or older; 2) currently living within the United States; 3) raised as Muslim or a Muslim convert, and; 4) lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer; of any gender identity. If you do not live in the US, you can participate if you are currently enrolled as a full- or part-time student at a college or university located within the United States.

If you are eligible and agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a brief online survey once a day for a week of your choosing. The daily survey includes questions about your experience over the past 24 hours and takes most people less than 10 minutes to complete each evening. You can earn up to $15 for participation ($1 per survey for the first five surveys, and $5 per survey for the final two surveys).

To participate in the study, click the following link to our eligibility survey (or “cut and paste” the link into your preferred Internet browser):

LGBQ Muslims can be difficult to reach and recruit for research studies, so every participant goes a long way toward achieving our required sample size. If you choose to participate, you will be contributing to the body of accurate knowledge about the lives of people who identify as Muslim and LGBQ.

Thank you for considering participating in this study, which has been reviewed by the University of Maryland-College Park Institutional Review Board. If you have questions or concerns about participating, feel free to email

Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholarship (2018-19 entry)


Since 2013, the Woolf Institute and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust have collaborated in a scheme of scholarships to support outstanding postgraduate students (PhD and MPhil) at the University of Cambridge.


The PhD scholarship covers the cost of studying for a PhD at the University of Cambridge and is tenable at any of the 31 Cambridge Colleges. The Woolf Institute and the Cambridge Trust co-fund PhD students who are selected from amongst applicants in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Their research must be relevant to the focus of the Woolf Institute – the multi-disciplinary study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Woolf Institute prior to submitting their application to discuss whether their research proposal is relevant to the Institute’s focus. For further details including FAQs:


The MPhil scholarship covers the cost of studying for the MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Specialisation: Muslim-Jewish Relations) at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge and is tenable at any of the 31 Cambridge Colleges. For full details of the MPhil programme:



Applicants for 2018-19 entry are required to apply to the University of Cambridge by the published scholarship application deadline. For further details, see


Visit the Woolf Institute website:


Join the Middle Eastern Studies Student Journal

Are you a UC Berkeley student with a passion for the Middle East? Want to get hands-on academic editing and publication experience? Apply to be on the Editorial Board of the new Student Journal of Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley. Currently accepting applications for six open positions including Managing Editors, Blog Editors, Layout Editor, and Publicity Chair. Applications are due by November 1 at 11:59 pm. Apply Now. 

MENA Volunteer Opportunities

SYRIAN REFUGEES: Jordan & Lebanon

Many would say that this is The Crisis of our Time. We have had many requests from  people wanting to help.

The kind of volunteers needed In Lebanon & Jordan is so varied that we have broken it apart below by skills needed.

Jordan hosts Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian refugees. Jordan's staff was the funnest and the funniest. The most joyful.

Beirut IS The Paris of the Middle East" & has an awesome coast. Lebanon is so small most corners are 1 hour from Beirut.

EDUCATION: Syrian Refugees

Syrian refugee small school system has an exciting Applied Science program and graphic arts and art program.

A mechanical engineer teaches about electricity and car engines. Kids are super engaged in robotics and wild inventions.

They welcome people to help in their Applied Science program or teach English, art, math or computers.

We also have fascinating mobile Education unit to reach Syrian kids. Come help! We need you!


We also get many women, and men, that would like to help with the empowerment of women.

Early marriage  in Syria- at age 12, 13, 14 - locks women into the home and cuts off her options.

If you have read Ayaan Hirsi Ali's book "Infidel", you may realize how women's rights are more nuanced in Muslim culture.

Thus to work in Lebanon or Morocco requires cultural sensitivity and a less dogmatic approach.

Under the guise of English class, women are discussing their lives and ever so gradually making changes.

PEACE BUILDING: Israel/ Palestine & Jordan

The other major request that we get is to help make peace in the Middle East.

Founded by an Israeli and a Palestine journalists, the organization that we work with has been devoted for decades to informing regional and international audiences about events, key figures, attitudes and how peace can be forged.

Jordan, which sees itself as the region's peace broker, has an important grassroots peace building program in the schools.

ISRAEL? Why not more volunteer opportunities in Israel?

There is cutting edge work going on in Israel so why have we not offered more opportunities there?

We talked with micro-finance, environmental, desalination and services to Horn of Africa refugees organizations.

They all told us the same thing Argentina and Chile told us: "We don't need help."

Additionally, Israel is so, so expensive, we could never arrange frugal accommodation and meals  for our volunteers.


These multi-faceted organizations - health, human rights, Syrian refugees, livelihoods, education & psycho-social -

give excellent experience in international development. You can get experience in:

monitoring and evaluation; checking on programs in the field and in various corners of the country

(aka project management); and coordinating with the UN and international NGO's.

GRANT WRITING & FUND RAISING: many, many places

Almost every organization that I spoke with in the Middle East said they desperately need help with funding.

Syrian educational org said they want help with grant writing & developing a strategy to build enterprises that sustain schools.

Peace building org and Urban Planning/ housing rights org in Israel/ Palestine are both limping along financially.

If you are a strong writer, consider trying your hand at grant writing! This skill opens career doors.


We get many requests from people that want to work in Palestine and practice their Arabic.

This organization was launched during the 2nd intifada to keep kids and youth out of harm's way.

It is an amazing after-school enrichment program & library: dance, music, art, drama, astronomy, sports, photography.

Bring your passion - capoeira, drumming, geology, zumba, whatever - to introduce to the kids!


Lebanon MFI asks for help in operations, risk assessment & management, auditing;

or  help developing mobile app, eCommerce & micro-finance workshops.

Jordan has elaborate Livelihoods program for Syrian & Iraqi refugees: making furniture, olive oil, soap, sewing, mosaics.

Lebanon org would like to develop entrepreneurship more. If you have strong business instincts, this is a great niche.


You need not be a journalism major, just a good writer, and fluent in English to work here.

They are becoming a more recognized voice to international audiences for what is going on in Morocco today.

Morocco is a monarchy which never got sucked into the Arab Spring vortex. It has colorful coast, mountains & souks.

PALESTINE:  Water/ Environmental Engineers

Water is a very precious commodity on the West Bank.

A team that is both scholarly and practical is committed to recycling water and finding every source possible.

PALESTINE: Solar Energy & Photovoltaic Electricians

Most Palestinians live without electricity. But this organization is committed to changing that.

Thus far they have done small residential jobs, but would like help scaling up.

In most of the positions listed above, you can squeak by with just English.

Realistically, though, it is helpful i if you can speak Arabic.  A do-able goal for the determined!

In the same way that you must speak Spanish in Central or South America,  in this region Arabic expands what you can do.


Please read NGOabroad website

and send answered Questionnaire and resume to:

Study Arabic Language & Culture at the Jordanian Language Academy

Duration: Dec. 17th to Jan. 15, 018

Timing: 9 AM to 1 PM (Sunday-Thursday)

Last Day for Registration: Dec 14, 2017

For more information please contact:

Startup with Purpose - where problems become opportunities and opportunities become solutions.

Participants in this program will be immersed in an intensive and fast-paced environment where they will learn from industry speakers, including business and technology experts from the Middle East and Silicon Valley. Teams will be mentored by successful entrepreneurs and gain invaluable insight into starting their own company. Don’t miss this chance to travel to Jordan and learn about the startup environment in the Middle East!

Program Details:

- travel to Jordan and learn how to create a startup in one week

- work with students from the King’s Academy

- go on a guided tour to Petra, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World

- UC Berkeley students earn 2 units of upper-division IEOR credit (INDENG 190C)

Program dates: January 6 - January 13, 2018

Location: Amman, Jordan

Program Price - $1,000.00 (flights to and from Jordan not included)

*$500.00 limited discount available for UC Berkeley financial aid recipients. (ask about it in the application)

Deadline to Apply is November 17th!

We are having a last info-session this Tuesday, November 14th. Please RSVP  here.

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The Libya Exchange

November 29-December 3, 2017

@ The Africa Hotel, Tunis


* Conference Application Deadline I October 15/Deadline II November 15, 2017

* 30 slots only/Rolling Acceptance

* Request a registration form via

The Libya Exchange is co-hosted by Omeyya Seddik (Al-Muqaddima/HD Centre), Nicholas Noe ( and Monica Marks (Oxford University). As with our other Exchanges over the past decade, the aim of the conference is to provide direct and intensive insight into Libya from several perspectives, especially those of Libyans themselves.

Program Format:

The Libya Exchange will be held over the five days at the conference room of The Africa Hotel in downtown Tunis, from 9am until 6pm, except for the final day (Sunday, December 3) when the Exchange will end at 3pm. In order to promote small group dynamics, the number of participants will be capped at 30. Sessions themselves will be conducted on an individual rather than a panel basis for all speakers and will allow ample opportunity for question time (translation into English will be provided when necessary). All sessions will also be held under strict Chatham House rules, although we customarily work with our speakers to approve any quotes/references that participants may need for their own work.

Engaging Libyan Actors & Regional Specialists:

Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage social, political and economic actors from across the spectrum in Libya as well as specialists whose work focuses on Libya and its relations with neighboring countries.

The Beirut Exchange

January 14-January 21, 2018


* Application Deadline 1 November 15/Deadline II December 15, 2017

* 20 slots only/Rolling acceptance

The Nineteenth Beirut Exchange program rests on two tracks:

Professional & Academic – Participants will attend a series of lectures led by prominent academics, analysts and activists from Lebanon and the wider region. Themes will include, among others: Recent protest movements in Lebanon; The Arab Uprisings; The Syrian conflict and its regional implications; The Islamic State; The Special Tribunal for Lebanon; The United Nations role in Lebanon and the region; Engaging political Islam; Asymmetrical conflict: The July 2006 Lebanon War; Human Rights in Lebanon and the wider Middle East; and the deployment of sectarianism.

Dialogue with Leaders – Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage leading social, political and economic

Undergraduate Research Funding Deadlines

For events in December and beyond, see the undergraduate research calendar.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | November 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Humanities Research (Hosted by UROC: Underrepresented Researchers of Color)

Workshop | November 14 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | November 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Thursday, November 16, 2017

2018 Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for post graduation social engagement projects

Information Session | November 16 | 1-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | November 16 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Monday, November 20, 2017

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | November 20 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | November 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | November 28 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | November 29 | 1-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

Thursday, November 30, 2017

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | November 30 | 1-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Haas Scholars Program Info Session

Information Session | November 30 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


 Turkish Language and Culture Program

The intensive summer program is organized by the Language Center at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. This year the program will take place between June 20 and August 3, 2018. Please feel free to share this information with your students who may be interested.

In effect since 1982, the annual international summer program in Turkish Language and Culture is an accredited program which offers courses at three basic levels of language instruction taught by university staff specialized in teaching Turkish as a foreign language. The program provides intensive instruction in Turkish to adult learners while offering them an opportunity to have first-hand experience with the Turkish culture.

Courses are offered at lower and upper intermediate and advanced levels. Class size is limited to approximately 10 students. Classes are held on weekdays 9am - 1pm. Students meet with their teaching assistants at least for one hour in the afternoons for free conversation. Weekly Turkish / English lectures are given by scholars specialized in their fields on various aspects of the Turkish culture ranging from economics, history, literature, fine arts, architecture and others. Weekly Turkish film sessions are scheduled for Monday afternoons.

12 transferable credits are given upon successful completion of the course. A final grade will be issued only to those who fulfill the requirements of the course, which include full attendance and participation in all examinations.

Please visit our website at for further information and for details on the application procedure. You can always contact us through this e-mail address ( for questions.

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