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Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowships - call for applications

(7 August 2019)

Abbas Hilmi II, Khedive of Egypt 1892-1914

A call for applications for this fellowship programme is open until 30 September 2019. In 2018 Durham University and the Mohamed Ali Foundation launched a fellowship programme to encourage academic research in the archive of the last khedive of Egypt, Abbas Hilmi II (1874-1944), and to make the collection’s strengths more widely known to international researchers.

The collection, which is deposited in Durham University Library's Archives and Special Collections, provides a rich resource of material on political, social, economic and cultural affairs in Egypt in the late 19th and first half of the 20thcenturies. It is hoped that this endowment by the Mohamed Ali Foundation will foster deeper understanding of an important period of Egyptian history and of a transformative era in East-West relations.

A series of fellowships will be awarded, jointly tenable in the Institute for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies (IMEIS) and Grey College, and appointed by an Advisory Panel chaired by Professor Anoush Ehteshami, Director of IMEIS. Acommodation is provided at Durham and fellows may choose to reside in Cairo or Istanbul where digitised copies of the archive have been deposited. Fellows will also be encouraged to take a full part in academic and collegiate life while resident in Durham, delivering a lecture based on their research and perhaps contributing to seminars. Fellows will be awarded an honorarium, and at Durham accommodation and all meals will be provided for the duration of the fellowship; a research travel grant is also available.

The fellows' work will ultimately be published in an edited volume under the direction of the first appointed fellow acting as managing editor, Dr Pascale Ghazaleh. The breadth of material in the Abbas Hilmi II Papers will reward an interdisciplinary approach. Dr Ghazaleh's inaugural lecture in which she explores the riches of the Abbas Hilmi II Papers is now available online.

The call for applications for the fellowships in 2020 and beyond is now open and published online. Applications must be received by 30 September 2019. Please review the full details at before making an application.