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Dr. Najmaldin Karim Fellowship in Kurdish Political Studies

The Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP) introduces 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 2017 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 Dr. Güneş Murat Tezcür, Jalal Talabani Endowed Chair of Kurdish Political Studies, at tezcur@ucf.edu. The application deadline is October 31, 2016. A committee of UCF faculty will select the fellow.

The KPSP, hosted in the Department of Political Science, is the first academic program dedicated to the study of Kurdish politics in the United States. It promotes academic studies and public awareness of Kurdish issues, facilitates exchanges and collaborations between UCF and Kurdish universities, and develops curriculum focusing on themes related to the Kurdish experience.

* 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.

The Best Article Award in Kurdish Political Studies

This award, sponsored by Kurdish Political Studies Program at the University of Central Florida, recognizes the best article in Kurdish Political Studies by a rising scholar during the previous calendar year (for this initial award cycle, articles published in 2014 and 2015 will be considered). All articles published in English language peer-reviewed journals addressing questions and covering issues related to Kurdish politics, broadly defined, are eligible for applying for the award. The award is open to all disciplines under social sciences and humanities. The primary author of the article needs to be an untenured scholar (graduate student, post-doc, independent scholar, assistant professor or equivalent) at the time of the publication. The first prize winner will be awarded $300, and the second prize winner $200. The awardees will be announced in November 2016.

Copies of the nominated article should be sent by email to Güneş Murat Tezcür at tezcur@ucf.edu. Self-nominations are welcome.

Deadline of nominations: May 15, 2016.

Award Committee

Janet Klein                                               Hakan Özoğlu

Department of History                              Department of History

The University of Akron                            University of Central Florida

klein@uakron.edu                                    hakan@ucf.edu

Güneş Murat Tezcür                                 Nicole F. Watts

Department of Political Science                Department of Political Science

University of Central Florida                     San Francisco State University

tezcur@ucf.edu                                        nfwatts@sfsu.edu