Certificate in Kurdish Studies
The Kurdish people are the fourth largest ethnic group in the Middle East, forming distinctive minorities in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and several European countries. They are also one of the largest ethnic groups without a state of their own. Consequently, the Kurdish question remains one of the most salient trans-border issues in global politics. UCF is home to the nation’s first and only academic entity dedicated to the study of Kurdish issues, Kurdish Political Studies Program. Students who complete this certificate will develop a unique insight into Kurdish politics and longstanding issues within Kurdish society. This interdisciplinary certificate contributes to student’s intellectual growth, knowledge, and understanding of the Middle Eastern politics and society. It is beneficial to students seeking careers in the government, academia, non-profit organizations, and private companies working on security and humanitarian issues.
Dr. Najmaldin Karim Research Fellowship in Kurdish Political Studies
The Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP) sponsors the Dr. Najmaldin Karim Fellowship for undergraduate students at UCF. The fellow is 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 every spring semester. This research has 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.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline for Spring 2022 is November 6, 2021. A committee of UCF faculty will select the fellow. The winner will be announced at the KPSP’s Kurdish Forum on November 17, 2021.
Sophia Griement – Fall 2020
Alexi Sadaka – Spring 2020
Jenna Dovydaitis – Spring 2019
Margaret Morgan – Spring 2018
Kellan Ritter – Spring 2017
Best Article Award in Kurdish Studies
This award, sponsored by Kurdish Political Studies Program at the University of Central Florida, recognizes the best article in Kurdish Studies by a rising scholar during the previous calendar year. For this award cycle, articles published in 2020 will be considered. All articles published in English language peer-reviewed journals addressing questions and covering issues related to Kurdish politics, broadly defined, will be considered 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 winner will be awarded $500. The awardee will be announced by November 2021.
An electronic copy of the nominated article should be sent to email@example.com. Self-nominations are welcome.
Deadline for nominations: August 2, 2021
- Ozlem Goner, College of Staten Island, CUNY
- Güneş Murat Tezcür, University of Central Florida
- Ceren Belge, Concordia University
Ahmad Mohammadpour and Kamal Soleimani. “Interrogating the tribal: the aporia of ‘tribalism’ in the sociological study of the Middle East,” British Journal of Sociology 70(5) (2019), 1799-1824.
Marlene Schäfers. “Archived Voices, Acoustic Traces, and the Reverberations of Kurdish History in Modern Turkey,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 61(2) (2019), 447–473.
Onur Günay. “In War and Peace: Shifting Narratives of Violence in Kurdish Istanbul,” American Anthropologist 121(3) (2019), 554-567.
First Prize Winner
Dehqan, Mustafa and Vural Genç. “Kurds as Spies: Information-Gathering on the 16th-century Ottoman–Safavid Frontier.” Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 71, no. 2 (2018): 197-230.
Gülay Türkmen, “Negotiating Symbolic Boundaries in Conflict Resolution: Religion and Ethnicity in Turkey’s Kurdish Conflict,” Qualitative Sociology 41 (2018): 569–591.
First Prize Winner
Sacha Alsancakli, “Matrimonial Alliances and the Transmission of Dynastic Power in Kurdistan: The Case of the Diyādīnids of Bidlīs in the Fifteenth to Seventeenth Centuries,” Eurasian Studies 15 (2017): 222-49.
Serra Hakyemez, “Margins of the Archive: Torture, Heroism, and the Ordinary Prison No. 5 in Turkey,” Anthropological Quarterly 90 (2017): 107-38.
First Prize Winner
Kelda Jamison, “Hefty dictionaries in incomprehensible tongues: commensurating code and language community in Turkey,” Anthropological Quarterly 89 (2016): 31-62.
Erlend Paasche, “The role of corruption in reintegration: experiences of Iraqi Kurds upon return from Europe,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42 (2016): 1076-93.
Metin Yüksel, “On the borders of the Turkish and Iranian nation-States: The story of Ferzende and Besra,” Middle Eastern Studies 52 (2016): 656-76.
First Prize Winner
Wendelmoet Hamelink and Hanifi Barış, “Dengbêjs on borderlands: Borders and the state as seen through the eyes of Kurdish singer-poets,” Kurdish Studies 2 (2014): 34-60.
Second Prize Winner
Harun Yilmaz, “The Rise of Red Kurdistan,” Iranian Studies 47 (2014): 799-822