2018-2019 Post-Doctoral Fellowships for research in islamic Architecture, Urbanism and Conservation / Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT – LIMITE : 04/03/2018

The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT (AKPIA@MIT) is pleased to announce its postdoctoral fellowship program for the academic year 2018-2019. The program will focus on the subject of Destruction and Reconstruction in the Middle East and Beyond, and will contribute directly to AKPIA’s initiative in this area. The fellowship program is intended for scholars with a Ph.D. in any field related to architecture — including architectural, art, landscape, and urban history; design, technology, computation, urban planning, anthropology, and archeology.

We seek applications both from fields close to AKPIA@MIT’s historical core, e.g., historical, comparative, and humanistic inquiry, and from complementary fields analyzing contemporary crises, responses, and possible futures. The postdoctoral fellows are expected to help define and expand the research rather than fit into a set agenda. Their research proposals will ask, and attempt to show, what the historical, cultural, comparative, environmental, technological, and ethical dimensions of architecture and urbanism contribute to the current urgent issues of reconstruction.

One to three fellowships will be granted. The fellowship duration can range from two months to a maximum of two semesters, or nine months, of residency, that will have to fall within the academic year (September to June). Fellows are expected to engage in research that directly contributes to the topic outlined above, give at least one public lecture and participate in meetings and workshops about the research subject, submit an article on their input to the subject at the end of their fellowship that will be included in the publication planned by AKPIA@MIT for 2020, and participate in the program’s other scholarly and academic activities during their stay at MIT. The fellowship award consists of monthly stipend not to exceed the amount of $3,957 (before taxes) per month and one round-trip economy ticket for the fellow from his/her place of residence. Fellows will be responsible to find their own housing and health insurance will be administered individually and according to MIT’s institute wide policies. AKPIA will provide library cards, email accounts at MIT, and, if available, a workplace in the AKPIA@MIT office that is shared with other fellows.

Deadline for application is March 4, 2018 and recipients will be announced by April 6, 2018. To apply please complete the electronic form and make sure to fill all fields marked with asterisks. The form includes a field for uploading accompanying documents, which should be formatted as a single compressed file or PDF file less than 12 MB in size. This file must include a C.V., research proposal, substantial writing sample and/or a portfolio, and two letters of recommendation in that order. Letters of recommendation can be sent separately either by mail or electronically to akpiafellowapp@mit.edu.

Applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of funding to supplement the fellowship award. Scholars on sabbatical or with their own financial resources are also welcome to apply to AKPIA fellowships. AKPIA reserves the right to prorate its fellowship when combined with another grant or fellowship.

If unavailable electronically, additional printed materials can be mailed to:

2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
MIT, Room 10-390
Cambridge, MA 02139

For further information please send email to akpiafellowapp@mit.edu or call 617- 253-1400.

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