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January 30, 2013

Summer 2013 Arabic Language Study Abroad Opportunities

Summer 2013 Arabic Language Study Abroad Opportunities:

Summer Intensive Language Program at The Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco

The National Council, in collaboration with The Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM) for the summer of 2013, is pleased to announce its Summer Language program in the Kingdom of Morocco. Students will spend six weeks in historic Meknes, Morocco taking part in an intensive Arabic language program. Students at all levels of Arabic proficiency are encouraged to apply. The AALIM center is host to a community of Arabic learners throughout the summer, providing for a fully immersive program. Those selected will also gain direct personal experience in Moroccan culture, history, and society through a variety of day excursions, local outings, workshops and demonstrations.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/aalim

Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture at Lebanese American University

The Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture (SINARC) is a multi-faceted language and cultural immersion program that welcomes students from all over the world. The SINARC program is hosted each year at the Lebanese American University (Beirut Campus), one of the premier institutions of higher education and research in Lebanon and the region. SINARC offers courses in Arabic language and culture at various levels of proficiency. Cultural activities include weekly lectures on topics related to Arab and Lebanese politics, history, society, and culture. In addition, students partake in a series of excursions to historical, cultural and tourist sites.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/lau

Intensive Arabic Language Programs at the Center for International Learning in Oman

The Center for International Learning (CIL) invites you to learn and grow through study in the Sultanate of Oman. Comprised of Americans and Omanis with PhD and Masters Degrees, the CIL faculty facilitates experiential education, cultural exchange, and comparative studies to deepen understanding, promote common interests, and explore the shared aspirations of people from different cultures. CIL offers all three levels of Modern Standard Arabic (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), as well as Omani dialect, media Arabic, and skills classes. A limited number of partial scholarships to study at CIL are available through the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/cil-oman

Program in Arabic Language at the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies

The Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies (YCMES) is a fully accredited, non-profit college that provides students and scholars from around the world the opportunity to develop a complex knowledge of the Arabic language and the contemporary Middle East. Students can study at YCMES for 5, 10, or 15 weeks, or more -- programs are tailored to meet students' needs. Sanaa, Yemen is an ideal location for language acquisition and cultural immersion. Unlike many other Middle Eastern cities where English and/or French are pervasive, Sanaa is one of the few remaining places in the world where Arabic is spoken exclusively. In short, it is nearly impossible to remain isolated in a Western bubble.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/ycmes

American Councils for International Education Arabic Overseas Program in Alexandria, Egypt

The American Councils for International Education Arabic Overseas Program is a two-month language course for intermediate speakers of Arabic, equivalent to 1/1+ on the ILR scale. The program is co-hosted by Alexandria University in Alexandria, Egypt. Participants live in dorms with Egyptian students, attending 20 hours per week of class time, and 4 hours per week of individual conversation practice with an Egyptian. The program fee includes summer credits from Bryn Mawr College, a pre-departure orientation in Washington D.C., and round-trip international airfare from Washington, DC.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/aop

For More Information:

Visit: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad

or contact Megan Geissler or Josh Hilbrand at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations:

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
ATTN: Study Abroad Programs
1730 M St. NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036
Email: Megan@ncusar.org and Josh@ncusar.org
Phone: 202-293-6466

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Summer Program in International Community Practice

In the summer of 2012, the McGill Middle East Program (currently in the process of rebranding as the International Community Action Network – McGill) successfully organized and ran a pilot summer program, placing six North American university students with community partners in Israel. Expanding on this success, MMEP will launch an expanded Summer Program between May and July 2013, which will run in Jordan, Palestine, and Israel. The 10-week Summer Program will give up to 36 North American students a unique experience in rights-based organizing with community centers in marginalized neighborhoods in the Middle East.

The 2013 Summer Program in International Community Practice will offer a program of study which will include a seminar series, field visits and field placements to a select number of American and Canadian students interested in rights-based international practice. The seminar series will focus on comparative social policy and rights-based community practice. Students will also participate in an eight-week (3 days per week) community-based field placement in the network of McGill Middle East Program community organizations and other affiliated organizations. Visits with policy makers and to leading edge practice sites will round up the program.

Field placements
Field placements will consist of two one-month rotations at 3 days per week at a McGill Middle East Program center or at an affiliated rights-based organization in Israel, Palestine or Jordan. These locally-owned participatory rights-based community centers support people in disadvantaged communities to learn about their rights, access their entitlements, gain the knowledge and skills they need to meet their basic human needs, and make a difference in improving their own lives, their communities and their societies at large.

Students with proficiency in Hebrew or Arabic will be able to work directly with clients. Students who lack this basic proficiency will have a field placement focused on research and capacity building. All field supervisors have at minimum an M.S.W., 10 years of direct practice experience, and 5 years of supervision at the M.S.W. level. *Together with the one-day per week field visits, the eight-week field experience can count towards 6 credits, or its equivalent, of the students’ degree program in Social Work. Credit arrangements must be made with your academic advisors in advance of travel.

Field visits
Students will explore the wide range of civil society initiatives in each host country that focus on rights, while exploring the sociopolitical context and local culture. These weekly, one-day visits will relate to the policy and practice issues that are covered in the seminar series that week.

Seminar Series
The Comparative Social Policy and Rights Based Community Practice seminar series will be offered to both graduate and undergraduate students. It will compare major trends in social policy in the Middle Eastern countries involved (in particular policies that have a direct impact on disadvantaged populations and which relate to the global discourse on inequality) with Canadian and U.S. trends. The seminar content will complement the students’ field visits and placements by situating rights-based community practice in the context of community organization and social work practice and allow the students to link their field work to policy and academic discourse. The seminars will focus on the central practice issues and skills in establishing rights based community organizations, the development of participatory structures, the utilization of neighborhood-based voluntary power, and the provision of interdisciplinary services.

The seminar will be offered in English by Professor Jim Torczyner (McGill University School of Social Work) and guest lecturers from Israel, Palestine and Jordan. Students may make arrangements to receive up to 3 tutorial credits for participation in this seminar series by prior arrangement with their academic advisors.

Up to 36 students from Canada and the U.S.A. will be selected to participate in the 2013 Summer Program, alongside local students in each country. While the program is offered through the prism of social work, students from other fields are welcome to apply, encouraging an interdisciplinary experience among the students. Students in International Development, Environmental Studies, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Political Science and other fields, who are interested in working with disadvantaged people in their area of focus, will be an asset to the program.

The 10-week Summer Program will run between May and July 2013, with specific dates to be determined.

The bulk of the 2013 Summer Program will take place in Israel and Palestine, with a module in Jordan. The student cohort will one month in each of Palestine and Israel. The students will rotate to the second country after one month, so that each student has the opportunity to experience two distinct regions and different modes of implementation of rights-based community practice. Our affiliated centers in the Middle East are located in Amman, East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem, Lod (Lydda), Beer Sheva (Bir As Siba), Negev (Naqab) Region, and Nablus.

While most activities of the Summer Program take place in areas without official travel warnings from the Government of Canada, vigilance and caution are recommended during all foreign travel. It is recommended that students check back frequently at http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/israel-the-west-bank-and-the-gaza-strip.

In accordance with McGill University travel guidelines, students will be made fully aware of risks, precautions, and safety measures through detailed orientation materials and mandatory attendance at live sessions. Each student will complete a Student Acceptance form wherein they confirm their attendance at the sessions and confirm their carriage of personal insurance coverage.

Lodging will be provided in a location to be determined, in urban settings close to the practice centres, affording the students opportunities for independent exploration of local culture and society during their free time.

Of all the locations for this Summer Program, only Nablus, in the West Bank, carries a level-three travel advisory from the Government of Canada at present. As the travel dates approach, should this advisory remain in place, decisions will be made to either A) Relocate the activities slated to take place in Nablus to an area in the West Bank with no travel advisory, such as Ramallah, Bethlehem or Jericho or B) Arrange an exemption for students from this Advisory, in accordance with the guidelines laid out by McGill University, in coordination with the students’ academic advisors.

This Summer Program will operate as an independent internship program rather than an academic for-credit program. As such, students must make arrangements in advance, with their academic advisors, regarding credit. In the case of Social Work Students (both BSW and MSW) pre-approval has been arranged for those who wish to have this summer program count as an International Field Placement, with continued responsibilities on their return to campus.

The basic costs for each student for this 10-week Summer Program, providing an in-depth international internship experience is $6,000. This includes:

in-country lodging;
in-country travel costs;
a basic subsistence allowance;
field visits;
seminar series;
field supervision
Students who are able to secure at least 6-credits through their academic advisors for participation in this program will be eligible to apply for McGill Mobility Awards and other funds available through the Arts Internship Office, among other sources.

Students will be responsible for their own visa arrangements, health insurance, and air travel to and from their home country.

About Us
Middle East through the McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society and Peace Building (MMEP) has more than 18 years’ experience in the region, and is in the process of rebranding as The International Community Action Network – McGill (ICAN). MMEP has partnered with NGOs and academic institutions in Palestine, Jordan and Israel to implement its unique rights-based community practice (RBCP) model. We have trained more than 50 Middle Eastern graduate fellows in the model. These social justice leaders have returned to their home countries and established eleven locally-owned participatory RBCP centers in the region that work with people in disadvantaged communities to learn about their rights, to be engaged in accessing their entitlements, to gain the knowledge and skills they need to meet basic human needs, and to make a difference in improving their own lives, their communities and their societies at large. MMEP’s 11 centres, now reach more than 120,000 people each year.

We have the experience of the 2012 Pilot Summer Program to draw upon to plan this year’s program. We also have the infrastructure with 53 M.S.W. graduates from our fellowship program at McGill as well as 2 McGill Ph.Ds. Our alumni will be called upon to help plan and implement the summer program in each country, to plan study tours and to provide links to local organizations to be visited over the summer. This provides critical know-how to make the Summer Program in International Community Practice a success.
Applications are due MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2013.

Completed applications are to be submitted to: mmep@mcgill.ca

Questions can be directed to: mmep@mcgill.ca; 514-398-6717

Applications available online at: http://www.mcgill.ca/mmep/summer-program#applying

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Research Grant Opportunities - UAE

Competitive Research Grant Programs at the Al Qasimi Foundation – March 1, 2013 deadlines

The Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research is now accepting proposals for its Doctoral Research Grants, Faculty Research Grants, and Seed Grant programs. The Grants provide research support and cover expenses associated with conducting field research in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields are invited to apply, and proposals should address issues related to the Foundation’s research priority areas of education, public health (social dimensions), and urban development and planning. Eligibility criteria and grant inclusions vary based on the specific program. Please see the attached flyer and visit the Al Qasimi Foundation’s website (www.alqasimifoundation.com) for additional details. Specific queries can also be sent to info@alqasimifoundation.rak.ae.

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Arabic Language Study Opportunity

Summer 2013 Opportunity for Students:

Program in Arabic Language at the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies

The National Council is proud to serve as the American Main Office for the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies (YCMES), whose campus is centrally located in Sana'a, the capital of the Republic of Yemen. YCMES is a fully accredited, non-profit college that provides students and scholars from around the world the opportunity to develop a complex knowledge of the Arabic language and the contemporary Middle East. Students can study at YCMES for 5, 10, or 15 weeks, or more -- programs are tailored to meet students' needs.

Sanaa, Yemen is an ideal location for language acquisition and cultural immersion. Unlike many other Middle Eastern cities where English and/or French are pervasive, Sanaa is one of the few remaining places in the world where Arabic is spoken exclusively. In short, it is nearly impossible to remain isolated in a Western bubble.

The Program in Arabic Language (PAL), the Arabic language department within the YCMES, was the first private institution in Yemen dedicated exclusively to teaching Arabic as a foreign language. The PAL has served the needs of international students, researchers, and the resident expatriate community since 1989. The YCMES' Arabic Language Learning Program is open to international students of all ability levels, with program lengths from five weeks to a full calendar year.

Summer 2013 Arabic Packages:

YCMES is now offering a 30% discount for its regular Arabic language programs and has special Summer packages. These programs include flights, field trips, and university-level seminars.

Summer 2013 Term Dates:

9 June 10 July
14 July 7 August (Includes break 8-17 August for Eid al-Fitr)
25 August 25 September

Summer 2013 Package Prices for U.S. Students:

1 Term (5 Weeks): $2530
2 Terms (10 Weeks): $3295
3 Terms (15 Weeks): $3969

Summer 2013 Package Prices Include:
Arabic Instruction: 100 hours of group instruction per five-week term
Round-Trip Airfare from New York City or Washington, DC
Shared Housing in the YCMES dormitories
Organised Day Trips
Breakfast on class days
Services including high-speed wireless internet, airport transfer, library, and 24-hour security
University-Level Seminars:
9 June 10 July: Anthropology
14 July 7 August: Politics
25 August 25 September: Literature
More information on YCMES programs is available in the YCMES Winter Newsletter (.pdf).

Application and Payment Procedures:

Students interested in studying at the YCMES areinvited to submit application materials and payment to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relationsin Washington, DC, for forwarding to the YCMES campus in Sana'a.

Payments for YCMES Programs can be made through:
Wire Transfer (see instructions in the application);
Check (payable to: National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, 1730 M St. NW, Suite 503, Washington, DC 20036); or
Credit Card (call the NCUSAR office 202-293-6466 to do this,PLEASE NOTE CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS INCUR AN ADDITIONAL 7% PROCESSING FEE.)


From the YCMES website: "YCMES maintains a close relationship with embassies, security agencies and the government, and the college management consults these bodies on a regular basis to ensure the best security measures for its students. There is a 24-hour guard in all college buildings, and travel to areas known to be dangerous is not permitted. Over its long history the college has taught Arabic to more than 9,000 students. Not a single one of them experienced a dangerous incident during their stay, and we are confident that this pattern will continue." Read more on the YCMES website.

For More Information:

Visit: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/ycmes

or contact Megan Geissler at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations:

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
1730 M St. NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036
Email: Megan@ncusar.org
Phone: 202-293-6466

About the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations:
Vision, Mission, and Profile of the National Council
National Council Programs
National Council Publications

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

Call for Applications - Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices

We are pleased to invite for applications for up to ten postdoctoral fellowships in the framework of the new research program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices for the academic year 2013/2014.

We kindly ask you to spread the information about the fellowships among Art Historians and scholars interested in exploring the visual cultures and aesthetic practices in different regions of the world in a comparative perspective.

Please find the announcement via the following link:

Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices aims to open art historical studies to a global horizon, beyond the traditional boundaries of the discipline. It is an initiative of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence (KHI), Max-Planck-Institute, and a new research program at the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien.

For more information please visit:

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Paid Research Positions Summer 2013

Critical Languages Research Analyst Program
Paid Research Positions for Summer 2013

The U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) has unclassified open source analysis units in the Washington, DC area to conduct research related to national security issues. We are looking for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students who can conduct native language research on the internet, apply social science research methods to identify social and political trends, and critically analyze and present information.

Students majoring in the following areas are encouraged to apply: Middle Eastern Studies, Persian Studies, South Asian Studies, Asian Studies, African Studies, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Intelligence Studies, National Security Studies, Economics, Political Economy, Cultural Anthropology, Comparative Sociology, Demography, Defense Studies, Social Psychology, Public Policy, History, Political Islam, Nuclear Engineering/Physics, Computer Science/Engineering, Political Geography, Library Science, Geographic Information Systems and other science and technology fields.


• Fluency in written Arabic, Burmese, Cambodian/Khmer, Dari, Farsi, Georgian, Hindi, Japanese, Kurdish, Lao, Mandarin, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Turkish, Turkmen, Urdu, Uzbek, or Vietnamese required. Advanced listening comprehension required.
• Excellent research and oral and written communication skills
• Excellent analytic/critical thinking skills
• Advanced internet proficiency
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a close team environment
• Ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment
• Strong academic background (3.0 GPA or higher)
• Completion of at least the sophomore year of college by the beginning of summer 2013
• U.S. citizenship required*

*The work performed will involve unclassified research and will not require full security clearance processing. However, each selected individual will undergo some security processing. Final selection for the program is contingent upon the successful completion of the security vetting process. The security vetting process will not equate to eligibility for access to classified information and only allows participation in the Critical Languages Summer Research Analyst Program.


This will be a paid position for a 40 hour work week for a maximum of 10 weeks. The hourly rate will be commensurate with education and experience. There are no benefits other than free parking. Work location is not easily accessible by public transportation.


Email cover letter detailing your interest in the position and your qualifications to doris.johnson@dni.gov. Attach your resume, a writing sample in English (maximum of 5 pages), and the names, telephone numbers and email addresses for two academic references, one of whom must be able to verify your foreign language skills. The successful candidate must pass a written translation test in his or her critical language. Please also provide an unofficial copy of your transcript – a download from your institution’s website is acceptable for initial consideration. Application deadline: March 8, 2012.

NOTE: The U.S. Intelligence Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a drug-free workplace.

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Intelligence Community Online Career Fair

Meet the Intelligence Community Online

The United States Intelligence Community (IC), an integrated network of agencies that work together to protect our nation’s security, is seeking a culturally diverse, technologically savvy and skilled workforce for exciting careers in a number of fields. Join us at the IC Virtual Career Fair to explore career opportunities, chat with recruiters and subject matter experts, and learn how to apply for job openings.

Tuesday, February 26, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET
Registration now open! Go to ICVirtualFair.com
Space is limited! To guarantee your entrance into this event, pre-registration is highly encouraged.

From the comfort of your computer or mobile device, you can:
• Visit IC agencies’ virtual booths
• Chat with recruiters and subject matter experts in real-time
• Attend live presentations
• Explore currently available jobs
• Learn about internships and other opportunities for students
• Link to IC agency Web sites and online application systems
• Network with other job seekers

Career opportunities are available in a variety of fields, including:
• Accounting, Budgeting, Auditing, Contracting, Financial Management
• Administration – Human Resources, Logistics, Public Affairs, Clinical Psychology, etc.
• Clandestine Services
• Computer Science, Computer Engineering
• Cybersecurity, Information Assurance
• Data Scientists
• Engineering – Electrical and Electronics
• Mathematics and Physical Science
• Foreign Language – Language Analysts and Officers, Instructors, Contract Linguists
• Information Technology
• Intelligence Analysis – Economic, Cultural, Imagery, Military, Open Source, Regional and Technical
• Program/Project Management
• Security, Police
• Special Agents
• Student Internships, Co-op Positions
*Priority languages include: All African languages, Arabic (all dialects), Cambodian, Dari, Farsi, Hebrew, Hindi and other
languages of India, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, all Chinese Languages, Pashto, Russian, Tajik, Turkish, Urdu and other
languages of Pakistan, and Vietnamese. Note: Not all IC agencies participating in the IC Virtual Career Fair have openings in
all languages; however, FBI Language Services and the National Virtual Translation Center have contract linguist opportunities
available in almost any language, including French and Spanish.

The following IC agencies and components will be participating in the fair:
• Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
• Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
• Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
• Federal Bureau of Investigation Language Services Section (FBI LSS)
• National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
• National Security Agency (NSA)
• National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC)

U.S. citizenship is required. The United States Intelligence Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Call for Applications

The History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance
Department of History, Columbia University
New York City, May-August 2013

The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative (HGSI) seeks talented undergraduate and graduate students for its 2013 seminar on the History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance.

HGSI is a research program that explores how the world community has responded to planetary threats to derive lessons that will help us take on the challenges of the present and the future. Each summer, a select group of students from across the nation comes to Columbia University for three months to work with leading scholars and policymakers. This year's initiative hopes to train a new generation of researchers and leaders who understand both the development of climate science and the changing nature of world politics.

The 2013 seminar will be taught by Matthew Connelly, Professor of History at Columbia University, and Jim Fleming, Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Colby College. They will be assisted in the classroom by Deborah Coen, Paul Edwards, Mike Hulme, Bill McKibben, Gavin Schmidt, and nearly a dozen other leaders in the field.

Participants pursue original research both independently and in teams. Students will receive eight credit points for the seminar, the equivalent of two semester-long courses at Columbia.

For more information about the program or to submit an application, visit globalstrategy.columbia.edu. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. Please direct any further questions to globalstrategy@columbia.edu or 212-854-9854.

Application Deadline: March 5, 2013

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Arabic Language Study Opportunity

ALIM 2013: Arabic Language In Muscat

Session One: May 23 - July 2, 2013 (6 weeks)
Session Two: July 5 - August 6, 2013 (5 weeks)


Application Deadline March 15, 2013
Apply here:

Study Arabic in Oman, treasure of the Gulf, and explore one of the most fascinating and stable countries in the Arab world. Our Arabic language programs are recognized by the U.S. State Department, U.S. military agencies, the Omani government and European and U.S. universities as being of superior quality.

Intermediate Levels
6-8 credits; 135-160 hours (based on 5 and 6 week programs)

Join our ALIM 2013 program (Arabic Language In Muscat) and vastly improve your Arabic language skills through our small but intensive Intermediate level classes. Students learn MSA plus Omani dialect, taught by native Omani instructors trained in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). Opportunities abound to enrich your cultural understanding of Oman through weekly lectures, discussions with Peer Facilitators (Omani language partners), and weekend excursions. Students live in Muscat, Oman's stunning capital, with weekend excursions into the interior.

Intermediate (2 years university Arabic or the equivalent).

MSA grammar, media literacy, skills (reading, writing, listening), conversation (MSA and Omani dialect), Peer Facilitators (language partners)

Al Kitaab fii Taalum Al-Arabiya and other international textbooks, authentic media material and CIL-developed materials

6 hours (4 classes), 5 days a week

Quizzes, written and oral exams

Class size
Typically 5 to 8 students


Program dates
ALIM 1: May 23 - July 2 (six weeks)
ALIM 2: July 5 - August 6 (five weeks)

Program site
Center for International Learning (CIL), located in Muscat, Oman

Shared modern hotel suites in Muscat’s bustling Souk Al Khoud

Weekday lunches at CIL provided

Airport transfers; weekday private transportation to/from CIL.

Cultural activities
Orientation, weekly lectures, visits to Muscat sites, cultural exchange events

Trips to the Omani interior, including desert camping in Bedouin tents.

Partial scholarships for the first 10 students accepted into each program:

ALIM 1 (6 weeks):
$7,870 - $3,000 scholarship = $4,870

ALIM 2 (5 weeks):
$6,560 - $2,000 scholarship = $4,560

Attend both ALIM 1 and 2: $14,430 - $6,500 scholarship = $7,930

Not included
Airfare, other meals, books, visas and health insurance

Oman is an unforgettably beautiful country, with stark Arabian architecture, white-washed mountain villages, Bedouin desert camps, enormous sand dunes, and a 1,100 mile coast on the Arabian Sea. Nestled within its diverse geography, Oman is home to eight major tribal languages, a 5,000 year old falaj system (small canals that transport water to the most remote villages) and small towns that were ancient before the time of Prophet Mohammed and Jesus Christ.

For more information: ALIM@omancenter.org

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January 14, 2013

Fellowship Opportunity with USAID

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its International Programs Fellowship at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Fellowship is a full-time position lasting for two years and will begin in summer 2013. The Fellowship is sponsored and managed by PRB and funded through PRB’s IDEA Project (Informing Decisionmakers to Act), a cooperative agreement between PRB and USAID. The Fellow will work within USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health in Washington, D.C., which works to advance and support voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide. The Fellowship is intended for recent graduates with a B.A. or B.S.; candidates with advanced degrees are ineligible.

Support the Senior Policy Advisor and members of office management.
Respond to external and internal requests for information on U.S. family planning requirements and agency family planning activities.
Support efforts to improve compliance monitoring of family planning requirements within the USAID program.
Complete administrative duties as assigned.

Other duties and activities will be determined by the interests of the selected Fellow and the needs of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health.

B.A., B.S., or other undergraduate degree by June 2013.
Education and/or work experience related to international population/reproductive health policy or public health.
Strong writing, analytical, and communication skills; ability to effectively manage time and work with diverse personalities.
Skills in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint.
Dedication to advancing family planning and reproductive health issues and programs in developing countries.
Demonstrated ability to rapidly assume additional responsibilities and complete tasks with limited oversight.

In addition, experience living outside of the United States and foreign-language facility (especially French) is highly desirable. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or hold an appropriate work visa and will need to get a security clearance.

The PRB International Programs Fellowship pays a stipend of $35,000-$40,000 per year plus benefits. The position is subject to the availability of funds. The Fellowship may involve foreign travel.


Interested individuals should email a cover letter and resume directly to the address below. The cover letter should describe the candidate’s professional goals, her or his interest in the field of population and international development, and why she or he is suited for the Fellowship. In addition, the candidate must arrange for two letters of recommendation from employers or professors to be sent by email to the same address.

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be emailed to PRB no later than Feb. 25, 2013.

Selection of the PRB International Programs Fellow will occur by late spring 2013. All candidates will be notified of the selection decision by email.

Applications should be emailed to: IPFellows@prb.org

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Arabic Language Study Opportunity

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is pleased to offer students a scholarship opportunity for intensive Arabic language study at the Center for International Learning (CIL) in Muscat, Oman.

Program Details:

CIL invites you to learn and grow through study in the Sultanate of Oman, an Italy-sized nation on the Arabian Sea. For years students have found this an ideal setting for their international study, a nation of warm and welcoming people who practice a form of Islam - Ibadhism - that practices tolerance and acceptance of others. CIL provides students with the learning experiences needed to become world citizens.

Comprised of Americans and Omanis with PhD and Masters Degrees, the CIL faculty facilitates experiential education, cultural exchange, and comparative studies to deepen understanding, promote common interests, and explore the shared aspirations of people from different cultures. CIL offers students the chance of a lifetime--the kind of understanding that yields lasting friendship, tolerance and mutual respect.

CIL offers all three levels of Modern Standard Arabic (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), as well as Omani dialect, media Arabic, and skills classes. Arabic is one of the fastest growing languages learned by students in the U.S. Known for its fascinating complexity, it is a language of literature, poetry and elegant calligraphy. Arabic also is a language that encompasses deep and abiding cultural traditions, making its study a rich and rewarding learning experience.

CIL utilizes Al Kitaab fii Taalum Al-Arabiya, Part 1 and 2, as well as other materials developed by the teaching faculty. Arabic instruction at CIL covers media literacy, comprehension, and active use of lughat-al-muthaqqafeen ("educated speech"), as used on Al Jazeera.

All of CIL's Arabic language classes are taught by native Omani instructors trained in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). Students also can elect to enhance language learning through informal sessions with an individual Omani Language Partner (i.e., chatting, shopping at the souk, cooking, going to movies and other local events, such as village weddings).

Scholarship Availability:

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is pleased to offer students a scholarship opportunity for intensive Arabic language study at the Center for International Learning in Muscat, Oman. A limited number of scholarships are available for a semester or summer term, and thus, can be used at virtually any time of the year. Scholarships are issued on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year.

How to Apply:

A scholarship application is available through the link below, can be found on the National Council website, or can be obtained by emailing Megan Geissler at Megan@ncusar.org.

2013 Center for International Learning Application (.pdf)

Students should submit completed applications to Megan Geissler at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

Megan Geissler
National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
1730 M St. NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036
Email: Megan@ncusar.org
Phone: 202-293-6466

For More Information:

Visit the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations website to learn more about the program. Questions can be directed to Megan Geissler at the National Council (contact coordinates above).


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Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues:
We encourage you to submit a proposal for the Annual Language Symposium 2013 co-sponsored by Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and DePaul University. Language instructors at all levels (high school and college/university-level) as well as researchers are invited to submit proposals; all languages are welcome.
This year's symposium topic is "World Languages and the Roles They Play in Academia" and will be hosted by Northwestern University (Evanston campus) on April 12-13, 2013. Our keynote speaker will be Rosemary Feal, Executive Director of the MLA.
For more information, please check out our website: http://languagesymposium.northwestern.edu/
For a direct link to the submission info, please go to: http://languagesymposium.northwestern.edu/request-for-proposals/
Presentations will be twenty minutes long, plus ten minutes for discussion.
Proposed topics may include/ be related to:
The place of global languages across the science and liberal arts curriculum
The link between foreign languages and the global citizen
Cultural competence
Interdisciplinary approaches in language learning and teaching
Promotion of team-taught courses with a foreign language component
Service learning
Language for special purposes
Quantification of learning outcomes

Deadline: February 14, 2013 at midnight.
Early registration deadline: Monday, April 1, 2013
And please, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions: symposium@mmlc.northwestern.edu
Elena Lanza
Daniela Pozzi Pavan
Co-Chairs of the Language Symposium Committee-Northwestern University

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Teach English in Lebanon this Summer!

Project SHINE
Summer Help IN English

Apply to LEAP’s Project SHINE and Teach English in the Palestinian Refugee camps of Lebanon this Summer!

Deadline: February 8, 2013
Project Dates: July 1 - August 3, 2013

Apply online: http://www.leap-program.org/get-involved/apply-shine/

Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians (LEAP) is an educational empowerment program dedicated to nurturing the intellectual growth and creative curiosity of Palestinian refugee-youth in Lebanon so they may become agents of change.

LEAP aims to illuminate the plight of Palestinian refugees, particularly in Lebanon, through volunteer-run educational projects and scholarship opportunities; simultaneously facilitating a rich cultural exchange, and deepening the understanding of Palestinian refugees. It provides a space in which ideas, goals and aspirations can be nurtured to their full potential. Learn more>>>

PROJECT SHINE - Summer Help IN English
The SHINE project is an intensive English program. LEAP recruits volunteers to teach English and extracurricular activities, while living and working in the refugee camps of Lebanon. In turn, our volunteers learn about the plight of Palestinian refugees in general, but particularly in Lebanon. Volunteers and students share a mutual learning experience. Upon return to their home communities, volunteers are encouraged to raise awareness about the plight of Palestinian refugees.

In addition to the remedial English classes, SHINE offers students weekly field trips and recreational activities to encourage physical and emotional growth at a pivotal stage in students’ lives. Some of these activities include yoga, debke (a Palestinian folkloric dance), theater, social media, videography, photography, art, and creative writing. Learn more about Project SHINE>>>

Only one third of refugee-students enrolled in first grade at UNRWA schools go on to complete their high school education. One major factor in this high dropout rate is failure to pass the Lebanese Brevet high-school entrance examination. The exam is administered in English and Palestinian refugee students exhibit high failure rates in marked contrast to their Lebanese counterparts.

Project SHINE offers an intensive summer session in remedial English in order to prepare students for the Brevet examination, strengthen their English proficiency, and provide a safe and productive space for intellectual and recreational activities to change the routine of camp life during the summer. Learn more about why English is important & the right to education>>>

LEAP seeks dynamic, compassionate, and motivated volunteers who enjoy working with young adults; value the right to quality education for all people; maintain respect and diplomacy in their interactions with people of different backgrounds; and are capable of working under challenging circumstances.

Volunteers must be prepared to work in small classrooms with sporadic or scarce electricity, extreme heat, and limited resources. Volunteers must also be able to endure difficult living conditions such as cramped and uncomfortable apartments, as well as extreme heat and discomfort. Most importantly, LEAP volunteers must be culturally sensitive and carry themselves in a mature, appropriate, and respectful manner at all times during the program.

We strongly encourage interested applicants to apply. This is a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the plight of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. The Program has consistently been described as a meaningful, unforgettable experience and we hope that you will join our team! Learn more about getting involved>>>

To apply to Project SHINE, please complete the online application before the deadline. Kindly note, acceptances are made on a rolling basis and we will close the application process when all positions are filled.

To learn more, support our projects, partner with us, and/or help us fundraise, please visit the LEAP Program's website.

Contact: info@leap-program.org

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Open Society Foundation Scholarships for Middle East Rule of Law Masters Degree

Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Scholarship Programs are pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Middle East Rule of Law Masters Degree Awards

The Middle East Rule of Law Program (MEROL) offers qualified applicants the opportunity to study for Master’s degrees in the following fields at top-ranked universities in the U.S., Hungary, and the Middle East:
Public Policy / Public
Media / Communications
Law (Master of Laws – LLM)
Social Work
Gender Studies
Mission and Objectives

The Middle East Rule of Law (MEROL) program aims to assist in the creation of a critical mass of reform-minded professionals in the Middle East working in fields crucial to the development and sustainability of open societies.

In conceiving of the foundations of the “Rule of Law” to include the healthy functioning of various public sectors beyond law itself, MEROL represents an extension of the Open Society Foundations’ Palestinian Rule of Law Program (PROL). Since 2003, the PROL program has supported over 50 LLM fellowships for Palestinian lawyers who are now engaged in
law reform, teaching, and the development of a Palestinian rule of law infrastructure.

Applicants must:
 be legally resident in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Syria, or Palestine (West Bank or Gaza, including East
Jerusalem) at the time of application
 demonstrate an excellent academic record and have an advanced degree (Minimum: Bachelor’s)
 display impressive civil society leadership potential
 prove strong English language ability through testing and interviews
(Minimum TOEFL score of 480)
 be able to begin the program in August or September, 2013
 be able to receive and maintain a U.S. J-1 visa (for students placed in the U.S.) or a Hungarian visa (for students
placed at the Central European University in Budapest)
 participate in an intensive academic writing program in summer 2013 prior to departure to US
 commit to returning to the home country upon degree completion
The fellowship provides:
 Tuition and mandatory university fees
 Monthly stipend for room, board, and living expenses
 Transportation to/from the U.S. or Hungary
 Accident and sickness insurance during program
 Funds for educational materials
 Funds for professional development
 Funds for an intensive academic writing program before starting at host universities(Please See Reverse Side)
The fellowship does NOT provide:
 Funding for dependent family members
 the option to choose university placement

Competition will be merit based and selection made on the basis of academic excellence, professional aptitude, leadership potential in the field of specialization, and proven commitment to open society values.

Pre-selection and Testing: All applications must include an English-language test (TOEFL, ITP, or IELTS) score report. Submitted applications will be screened by representatives from AMIDEAST, OSF and potential host universities. Applicants chosen to continue in the competition as semifinalists will be required to take the official
TOEFL test. AMIDEAST will make arrangements for semi-finalist TOEFL testing.

Interviews and Final Selection: Semifinalists will be interviewed in-person or via videoconference by a committee of representatives from OSF and potential US host universities. The committee will recommend finalists for placement at host universities. All finalists will need an official TOEFL test report. (Unofficial English test score reports will not be acceptable at the finalist placement stage.)

University Placement
Fellows are matched with US universities according to their academic and professional goals and experience. Decisions concerning host university placement are made by the program selection committee, which includes university graduate admissions staff and faculty. Each placement is available on the basis of previously negotiated agreements between OSF and the participating universities. Finalists are therefore not responsible for finding appropriate degree programs.

Potential Internship / Work Placement Funding
In some cases MEROL funding may be extended for six months after degree completion to cover public-sector and nonprofit internships. Information about internships will be shared with the grantees during the fellowship year.

Participant Responsibilities
Grantees will be required to live for up to two years in their home country after completing their degree. Grantees placed
in the U.S. should note that OSF supports the U.S. government’s J-1 policy, and expects grantees to apply the expertise
the fellowship has given them to the improvement of their home communities.

All finalists attend a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation and intensive academic writing program in the summer
preceding the award as well as other OSF-sponsored events during the fellowship period. The costs associated with these activities are covered by the fellowship.Fellows must uphold the academic and ethical standards of the host institution and undertake full-time study for the program’s duration. Failure to maintain academic and professional standards will result in dismissal from the program.The program is administered by OSF and AMIDEAST and funded by OSF and host universities.

For more information and an application, please visit the following website or contact a local AMIDEAST office on
the following page:

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Call for Papers

Would you like to submit to

Although we are a history journal, we recognize that students from cognate fields of study write historical papers that would fall under our scope and we are trying to expand our contacts with various university departments. We are looking for creative, well-written independent research papers. We are also interested in exploring audio/visual submissions, such as documentaries, to publish on our website.

Foundations is now accepting submissions. All papers must
meet the following criteria:
• Must have been written while pursuing an undergraduate degree.
Papers written as an undergraduate may be submitted until two years
past the month of graduation.
• International submissions are accepted but all submissions must be
written in English.
• Must have a historical theme (includes anthropology, art history,
classics, economics, political science, etc.)
• Must be unpublished.
• Must employ primary sources.
• Must be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font,
• double-spaced, and titled.
• Must be between 15 and 70 pages, not including endnotes.
Please submit all papers as e-mail attachments along with an abstract no longer than 100 words in Microsoft Word document format to
foundations@jhu.edu. All papers are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year and the summer. Authors are kindly requested to provide the following data in the body of the e-mail, not in the manuscript: name, school attended, graduation year, and e-mail address.

Foundations is an international academic undergraduate
history journal published biannually.
Visit http://www.jhu.edu/foundations for more information.

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January 11, 2013

Hands-on Experience in Islamic Art and Archaeology:

Hands-on Experience in Islamic Art and Archaeology:
Lectures, field trips, excavation
22nd of September - 11th of October 2013

This four-credit academic summer course,
combined with a firsthand experience in
archaeological excavation, will take place at
one of the sites dated to the Islamic period in
Israel. 15 students will be admitted, from
various universities in Israel and abroad,
preferably graduate students of Islamic and
Middle-Eastern studies, history, art and
archaeology. The program includes lectures,
workshops in Islamic material culture
(numismatics, epigraphy, ceramics, glass and
metalwork); field trips to Islamic historical
sites and to art and archaeological collections.
The participants will be expected to read
background material and to write an
excavation report and an essay.

The course is subsidized by The Israel Council for Higher Education.
The student is responsible for his/her own airfare.

For further information and registration, please write to the Dept. of Islamic and Middle-Eastern Studies,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ISRAEL, islam-mideast@savion.huji.ac.il

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Call for Papers

The graduate students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, invite submissions for its annual conference:

The Laboring Body
University of California, Irvine
Friday, March 15, 2013
Humanities Gateway 1030

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/ucicomplitgradconference/

Keynote Speaker: Nathan Brown, University of California, Davis

The last several years of global economic meltdown have reinvigorated public debate around the mechanisms of capitalism, particularly as people recognize their role in sustaining the system that exploits them. Organized labor, as well as those outside of the workforce (whether unemployed, homeless, or laboring in shadow economies), have played an important role in the Occupy movement and in uprisings in the Arab world, Europe, and elsewhere. Meanwhile, budget cuts and other austerity measures, as well as the general climate of crisis within the humanities and within public education as a whole, has produced a critical moment for student movements and academic workers throughout the world. While heterogeneous in their practices and conditions, these movements nonetheless share in common that they each have begun to organize the laboring body as a political force at the same time as it organizes itself. Recent theoretical work by thinkers such as David Harvey, Paolo Virno and Antonio Negri, to name just a few, has re- examined the role of labor, particularly as understood in the context of biopolitics.

This conference would like to address the ways in which politics is manifest at the level of labor embodied. In other words, how are bodies organized and self-organized within the system of labor at this most recent (neoliberal) stage of capitalism and the crises it currently faces? In what ways is the notion of labor being transformed when the body is no longer put to the service of capital but instead actively works against it? How do living relationships between knowledge and labor disrupt systems which create liberal conceptualizations of responsibility modeled on notions of labor, indebtedness and contractual obligation? How is labor aestheticized, and in what ways do myths or allegories of labor construct theories or reinforce ideologies of how bodies work (or are worked)? We invite papers from all who are engaged with questions of labor embodied, whether through politics, philosophy, critical theory, art, literature, film, science studies, culture or pedagogy, with a special emphasis on interdisciplinary work.

More specific topics include but are not limited to:
Labor and bodies at work in philosophy
Migration of labor (across space, discipline, time...)
Im/materiality of labor and the laboring body
Slave, multitude, collectivity, peoples, commune, individual
Gendering and racializing of laboring bodies
Reproduction (by bodies, of bodies, through bodies...)
Myths and allegories of labor and the body at work
Employment and unemployment
Free time, leisure, the labored/laboring body at rest
Resistance, occupation, the body politic, the masses

We welcome abstracts of 250-300 words, to be submitted to thelaboringbody@gmail.com no later than January 13, 2013. Submissions are especially welcome from those positioned outside the university (community organizers, independent scholars, recent or not-so-recent graduates, artists, and others). Presentations are to be 20 minutes in length. Please include your name, email address, departmental affiliation, institution, and phone number with your abstract. A limited amount of travel funds may be made available to out-of-town participants.

Keynote Bio: Nathan Brown's research and teaching focus on 20th and 21st century poetry and poetics, continental philosophy, science/technology studies, and recent communist theory. He has completed a book manuscript titled The Limits of Fabrication: Materials Science and Materialist Poetics and is now at work on a second book project titled Absent Blue Wax: Rationalist Empiricism in Contemporary French Philosophy. Nathan's recent writing and teaching focus on communist theory and on realigning cultural and political-economic periodization during late modernity. He has also been actively engaged in the UC struggle against the privatization of the university.


The Department of Comparative Literature
243 Humanities Instructional Building
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-2651

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Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: modern challenges

An e-learning programme from the Woolf Institute

This three-part course focuses on the relationships
between Jews, Christians and Muslims and their impact
in modern Europe, looking at their history, culture and
issues of citizenship.

Is there more to Jewish history in Europe than the
Holocaust? Is the presence of Muslims in Europe a new
phenomenon spanning only the last few decades? How
have Jews, Christians and Muslims influenced European
culture? Is constructive coexistence possible? On this
course students will be encouraged to address challenging
questions, some easier to answer than others, through
case studies and set reading.

The course is taught at a final-year undergraduate level
and the e-learning approach allows you to study wherever
and whenever you choose via the internet. With the
support of Woolf Institute tutors, you will work both
individually and jointly with other students.

Induction week:
25 February–1 March 2013
History module:
4 March–29 March 2013
Culture module:
15 April–17 May 2013
Citizenship module:
3 June–28 June 2013
Applications are now being
accepted for the next course
commencing 25 February 2013.

The closing date for applications
is 1 February 2013.

The course fee is £350. Bursaries
are available depending on academic
or professional merit and financial
circumstances. On completion of the
course you will be awarded a Woolf
Institute Certificate. If you wish to use
this course as a stepping stone to further
studies, our tutors can advise you.

For more information, please contact:
Tel: +44 (0)1223 741038

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