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BRISMES Early Career Development (ECR) Prize

The deadline for the 2021 prize has now passed.


  • The applicant must be a BRISMES member by the time the application is submitted.
  • The applicant must have submitted a PhD dissertation in the last 2 years in any disciplinary field, on a topic related to the study of the Middle East and North Africa and must not have a permanent academic position when they receive the grant.


The aim of the BRISMES Early Career Development Prize is to support activities geared toward strengthening the academic profile and CV of an early career scholar. Two prizes of £2,000 each are available. Eligible activities include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  1. Developing an article for a peer-reviewed journal
  2. Developing a book chapter
  3. Transforming a PhD thesis into a book manuscript
  4. Developing pilot research for a new project
  5. Preparing a grant proposal for their own postdoctoral work

The activity must be completed within 12 months of receipt of the prize.

How to apply

Applicants must send a CV (4 pages max) and a statement of interest (1000 words max) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it including the following details:

  1. A description of the activity for which support is requested (include specific details of the timeline/scope of work, target journals, granting bodies, publisher, scope of pilot research, etc…)
  2. An explanation of how the proposed activity will benefit the applicant’s career path
  3. A description of the activity’s contribution to the field of Middle East Studies

Deadline: 30 April 2021


Applicants will submit a narrative summary of completed activities within 3 months after the prize period has ended (500 words max).