To stimulate new and diverse lines of discourse about the Middle East and Africa, ASMEA  supports research on topics that deserved greater attention through Research Grants of up to $2500. An applicant may submit a proposal on any topic as long as it is directly relevant to the five broad areas outlined below, and constitutes new and original research.


  • Applicants must be current members of ASMEA and engaged in ongoing study of the Middle East or Africa.
  • Applicants also must be:
    • enrolled in a Ph.D. program (with M.A. complete), or;
    • serve in a post-doc capacity, or;
    • serve as a visiting/assistant/associate/full professor teaching two or more courses per semester at an accredited institution.
  • Applicants may be affiliated with any academic discipline.

Preferred Topics

Minorities and Women

  • Feminism, women’s rights, family law
  • Christians in the Middle East and Africa
  • Alevis, Bahai, Berbers, Druze, Kurds, Yazidis

Military History

  • Terrorist groups- ideologies, intentions, and methods
  • Conventional conflict and proxy war
  • Approaches to national security, deterrence, and proliferation

Governance and Economy

  • Maintaining power- elections, patronage, coercion
  • Political and economic reform movements
  • Economy and state corruption
  • Dealing with bounty: oil, gas and other resources


  • Islamism
  • Islamic heterodoxy
  • Islamic reform movements
  • Shia/Sunni rivalry
  • Current political affairs
    • Center vs. periphery and Persians vs. minorities
    • Traditional approaches to domestic rule and empire
    • Expressing opposition- protest, culture, youth, migration, violence

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