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Call for Chevening/OCIS – Abdullah Gül Fellowship Award
Expressions of interest are welcomed for the Abdullah Gül Fellowship Award which is offering the opportunity to study at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.
The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) aims to cultivate contacts with senior people or people with leadership potential to strengthen and encourage dialogue and cooperation between civilisations.
OCIS, as a Recognised Independent Centre of Oxford University, is dedicated to the promotion of those academic activities which encourage a more informed understanding of the culture and civilisation of Islam and contemporary Muslim societies.
The British Embassy in Ankara, in cooperation with the Foundation which bear the name of the 11th President of the Republic of Turkey Abdullah Gül , is looking for expressions of interest from senior people from government, business or academia in the Islamic world who would be interested in being a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) for a period of 6 months.
One local award is reserved for a Turkish national under the Abdullah Gul-OCIS Chevening award.
What type of fellowship is this?
This is an academic research fellowship and the area of study is determined by the applicant, providing it is in line with the Centre’s strategic and focus areas. Fellows should be willing to contribute to the Centre’s objective to encourage and promote sustained dialogue and collaboration within the global academic community of the culture and civilisation of Islam, and contemporary Muslim societies. Activities during the fellowship will include networking events, giving seminars on their research and participating in Centre and University of Oxford academic culture.
What are the target areas of the Centre?
Islamic history, classical Islamic sciences, economics and Islamic finance, and the study of Muslims in the West. Other areas of study relating to Islam will not be excluded but the Centre can better support these areas of research.
Duration and Award Components
The 2017/18 academic year will start on 1 October 2017 and run for six months until 29 March 2018. Each award will provide a payment of monthly non-London stipend at the fellow rate, a return airfare (economy class) between home country and UK, arrival/departure allowance, research allowance.
The eligibility criteria drawn up for the nominee profile is as follows:
Besides the standard Chevening Fellowship qualifications such as being able to:
• demonstrate the potential to rise to positions of leadership and influence
• demonstrate the personal, intellectual, and interpersonal attributes reflecting this potential
• have a postgraduate (PG) level qualification (or equivalent professional training or experience in a relevant area) at the time of application
• have significant professional and/or academic research experience (at least five years)
Successful candidates should have:
• a degree in a relevant subject, normally at post-graduate level (preferably at doctoral level or equivalent), in areas such as social or cultural history, economics, finance, classical Islamic sciences, Islamic studies
• evidence of meeting the minimum English language abilities for Chevening awards please visit http://www.chevening.org/apply/english-language-requirement for further details
Applicants with some of the following may be successful:
• work experience in a government ministry, national museum or cultural organisation
• fieldwork or desk-based research experience in relevant subject areas at universities or other organisations
• interest in national policies and strategies regarding any of the target areas
• experience working in a government ministry or department relating to target areas
Note: Employees, employees’ relatives of Her Majesty’s Government, the Association of Commonwealth Universities or Abdullah Gül Foundation or any of their wholly-owned subsidiaries can not apply to this scholarship.
Only applications received online from the www.chevening.org/turkey address will be accepted. Applications close on 8 November 2016 at 14:00.
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