The Best Article Award in Kurdish Political Studies

This award recognizes the best article in Kurdish Political Studies by a rising scholar during the previous calendar year. In this year’s competition, social science and humanities articles published in English language peer-reviewed journals in 2017 were considered. The winning scholar is awarded $500. The selection committee was composed of Senem Aslan, (Bates College), Sabri Ateş (Southern Methodist University), and Güneş Murat Tezcür (University of Central Florida).


Sacha Alsancakli, “Matrimonial Alliances and the Transmission of Dynastic Power in Kurdistan: The Case of the Diyādīnids of Bidlīs in the Fifteenth to Seventieth Centuries,” Eurasian Studies 15 (2017): 222-49.

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Dr. Najmaldin Karim Fellowship in Kurdish Political Studies 

The Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP) announces the Dr. Najmaldin Karim Fellowship for undergraduate students at UCF. The fellow will be provided a research space conducive to educational and professional development and conduct a research project related to Kurdish politics, broadly defined, under the supervision of KPSP faculty in the spring 2019 semester. This research will have the aim of producing a final paper that is worthy of publication.  It aims to enrich the fellow’s academic credentials, providing a unique opportunity to gain in-depth insights about Kurdish politics through independent research. The fellow will receive $500 for the semester.  All financial aid rules and regulations apply.*

Application Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 3.5
  • A one-page letter of interest
  • A writing sample (e.g., term paper submitted in a class)
  • An unofficial copy of transcript
  • A resume with two listed academic references

Students should submit their application to kurdish@ucf.edu The application deadline is October 31, 2018. A committee of UCF faculty will select the fellow.

* Awards and scholarships are considered a “resource” and must be included in a student’s financial aid budget. If a student is awarded a scholarship that exceeds her/his financial aid cost, a reduction or payment of financial aid may occur.

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The Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP), hosted at the Department of Political Science, is the first and only academic program dedicated to the study of politics of Kurds and Kurdistan in the United States. The KSPS promotes academic studies and public awareness of Kurdish politics, organizes events addressing contemporary issues affecting Kurdish people, facilitates exchanges and collaborations between UCF and Kurdish universities, and develops curriculum focusing on themes related to the Kurdish experience. The KPSP is integrated with the Security Studies doctoral program. A review of the KPSP activities is found here.

The KSPS is also the home of the Jalal Talabani Endowed Chair of Kurdish Political Studies, the only such position in the country, which was inaugurated on October 29, 2015. The mission of the Chair includes teaching, research and scholarly pursuits centering on Kurdish Political Studies, and further developing recognized excellence in that field. It also facilitates fellowships, distinguished visitors, public forums, courses, workshops and other offerings that objectively present and discuss policies and conditions affecting the security, peace and democratic governance of the Kurdish people, including episodes of mass violence such as the Anfal genocide.

Upcoming Events

Please join us for a guest lecture by Berlin-based, internationally renowned artist, Hiwa K on Friday, Feb. 1 at 16:30 in Global Building 101. Hiwa K was born and raised in Kurdistan-Northern Iraq. His award-winning work has been internationally exhibited in…