Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation has recently announced the establishment of a dissertation fellowship to encourage research on modern and contemporary art in the Arab world. Established in 1993, Darat al Funun is a home for the arts, dedicated to promoting art from the Arab world. It is also an exhibition space and artists’ hub organizing workshops, residencies, performances, film screenings, artists’ talks, and lecture series. It also houses an arts library with over 3700 Arabic and English volumes and an archive that includes video and photographic documentation of Darat al Funun’s activities and files on Arab artists. Darat al Funun also hosts the Khalid Shoman Private Art Collection.
The fellowship provides financial support of up to ten thousand dollars to Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences areas. One to three fellowships will be granted. The fellowship duration can range from 4-12 months of residency at Darat al Funun in Amman, Jordan. Fellows are expected to pursue their own research, give at least one public lecture, and participate in Darat al Funun’s cultural and artistic activities. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows are required to submit a five to seven page research report that will be available on Darat al Funun’s website.
Fellowship funding is intended to compensate travel and stipend expenses. Darat al Funun will provide housing and office space. Fellows are responsible for their own health insurance.
Deadline for applications: 15th November 2011.
Applications can be sent in Arabic or English. Nitice of awards will be given by the 15th of March. Applicants are asked to send a research proposal specifying desired period of stay, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample, C.V., and official transcript. Priority will be given to proposals that indicate the role of Darat al Funun’s archive. Applicants must have advanced to candidacy by the start of the fellowship. Applications are welcome from students enrolled in any university worldwide.
Application materials should either be emailed in PDF format to
or mailed to:
Darat al Funun Dissertation Fellowship
Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation
P.O. Box 5223