Visiting Iraqi Scholarships, British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI) and Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft (DOG) — LIMITE : 01/02/2014

BISI and Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft (German Oriental Society) DOG Visiting Iraqi Scholarships

Starting in 2013, the BISI will offer a joint visiting Iraqi scholarship with the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft (German Oriental Society) DOG. Scholars will spend half of their placement in the UK and half of it in Germany. The scholarship is aimed at young Iraqi cultural heritage professionals, who could benefit academically, as well as intellectually by travelling to both Germany and the UK. Preference is given to scholars in the field of pre-modern Iraq.
Only 1 DOG-BISI scholarship is offered per year.

The DOG-BISI scholarships allow scholars to:

  • spend up to two months in the UK and Germany;
  • undertake a specific research or training project;
  • build relations with scholars in the UK and Germany;
  • participate in a suitable programme designed for each recipient;
  • and to work with mentors arranged by BISI and DOG.

These scholarships cover:

  • institutional fees (e.g. university access and library usage but not tuition fees);
  • housing (usually with a family) and a daily allowance for living expenses (per diems);
  • all travel expenses, including visas;
  • and emergency travel insurance.

These scholarships will not:

  • pay any salary expenses;
  • fund any full time university courses;
  • pay for any routine dental or medical expenses.

Awards of scholarships may occasionally be made to more senior academics under the same conditions.

How to Apply

Annual Deadline
Applications are due by 1 February and candidates will be informed of the decision by early July. We reserve the right to withdraw any scholarship grants that have not been taken up within one year of notification of the awards.
Eligibility: Leave of Absence
Formal leave of absence from the scholar’s own institution or employer is required before an award is made; a copy of the permission for a leave of absence is to be sent to BISI.
Eligibility: English Language Ability
The BISI reserves the right to request a telephone interview to ensure that the English language ability of successful applicants is of a satisfactory standard. All scholars must be able to converse and understand English to a working level to ensure the placement is a success.
Application Forms
Please complete an application form and return it to the Administrator at The application requires a short description of the project and the purpose of your visit to the UK and Germany. Applicants should nominate academics to supervise their scholarships both in the UK and Germany and name the institutions where they would like their scholarship to be based. All applicants must provide the name of at least one referee, accompanied by a current Curriculum Vita (details of education and employment).
Terms and Conditions
All scholars are expected to be able to live and work independently in the UK and Germany. BISI and DOG will provide assistance with housing and travel arrangements.
Each Scholar is required to submit a report for the BISI Newsletter on their UK stay to BISI before they return to Iraq.

For further opportunities for scholarships to the United Kingdom please go to the British Council Iraq website. Iraqi Visiting Scholarships are overseen by the Institute’s Fieldwork and Research Committee. 

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