MESA Awards

AGAPS invites submissions annually for its various awards (dissertations, graduate papers, and books)

Recent PhD graduates can submit dissertations for consideration. Current graduate students can submit papers for our annual Paper Prize.
Scholarly monographs are also eligible for the biannual AGAPS book award. The next call for nominations is in December 2018. 
The most recent CFPs are below.

AGAPS PhD Dissertation Award 2018: Call for Submissions
The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) invites recent PhD graduates to submit their dissertations for consideration for its 2018 PhD Dissertation Award. AGAPS wishes to recognize exceptional achievement in research and writing. AGAPS welcomes dissertations from across the disciplines and a variety of perspectives. They must primarily focus on the Arabian Peninsula, but can be inclusive of the transnational flows of people, material and ideas across the Gulf, Red Sea, and Indian Ocean. Entries will be read by a multi-disciplinary three-member committee. PhD dissertations (in English) accepted for the degree of PhD between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018 are eligible. The PhD must have been confirmed/awarded within this timeframe. Dissertations that have not been defended will not be considered. All applicants must be members of AGAPS at the time of submission. The deadline for submission is 31 August 2018.

The author of the winning dissertation will be presented with a certificate at the AGAPS Business Meeting held during the next annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference 15-18 November 2018 in San Antonio, TX. The winning dissertation will be announced in the Journal of Arabian Studies (JAS). The author will be invited to publish an article based on his/her dissertation in JAS.

Submission requirements:

All materials should be sent to: Crystal A. Ennis at c.a.ennis@hum.leidenuniv.nl, with a copy to Gwenn Okruhlik at okruhlik@msn.com. Early submissions are appreciated.

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AGAPS Graduate Paper Prize 2018: Call for Submissions

The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) invites the submission of graduate student research papers for AGAPS’s 2018 Graduate Paper Prize competition. They must primarily focus on the Arabian Peninsula but can be inclusive of the transnational flow of people, goods and ideas across the Gulf, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. AGAPS welcomes submissions from all disciplines. Papers should include an engagement with literature, a clear methodology, and make an original contribution to scholarship in the field. Papers will be evaluated according to originality of research, innovation, contribution to the field, cogency of argument, sources, method and clarity of writing. All applicants must be members of AGAPS at the time of submission.

Submission deadline is 31 August 2018.
The author of the winning paper will be presented with a certificate at the AGAPS Business Meeting held during the next annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference 15-18 November 2018 in San Antonio, TX. The winning paper will be announced in the Journal of Arabian Studies (JAS) and published by JAS if it meets the journal’s editorial standards.

Submission requirements:
The paper must have been written between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018.

The cover letter should include: author’s name, contact information, title of paper, name of institution, department, and the name and email address for the faculty member who will provide an endorsement.  Email is fine.

Students can nominate themselves but must provide an endorsement by a faculty member stating that the paper was written as a graduate student during the specified time period.  For example:  This is to verify that “Student Name” prepared the paper, “Title”, for my class on “Subject” during the “Semester”.  This can be sent via email.

The author can be enrolled in an MA or a PhD program and must provide proof of student status. (This can be a letter from the department that can be sent via email.)  The author may have just completed a Master’s degree but the author must not have defended a dissertation at the time of submission for the AGAPS Graduate Paper Prize.  

The paper must not exceed 7,500 words (excluding bibliography) and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. It should conform to the following format:

  • Standard font (such as Arial or Times Roman)
  • Double-spaced
  • 25” / 3 cm margins
  • Page limit of 30 pages
  • Black and white

Applicant must be a current member of AGAPS.  You can join online at https://agaps.org/login/.

Materials must be emailed by 31 August 2018 to: Crystal Ennis at c.a.ennis@hum.leidenuniv.nl, with a copy to Gwenn Okruhlik at okruhlik@msn.com. (Early submissions are appreciated.)

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