Grants

2020 - 2021 Grants

Istanbul Research Institute commits itself to support researchers who could expand the literature in the field of Istanbul studies with novel approaches and un-earthed sources. To this end, we have called for applications in four grant categories in 2020: Post-Doctoral Research and Writing Grant, Research and Write-Up Grant for PhD Candidates, Travel Grants, and Conference Grants. We cherish the fact that our calls attracted a great number of hard-working researchers who put enormous effort into proposing their valuable research for the grants we offered. This year, the pandemic of novel coronavirus Covid-19 forced many conferences to be cancelled or postponed, a phenomenon that diminished the conference grant applications. Therefore, we have increased the number of travel grants recipients in a way that would support researchers from Turkey who plan to travel abroad. With great delight we introduce the researchers whose projects we took pride in supporting. 

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH AND WRITING GRANT

Orçun Can Okan        

Research Project: Xenophobia in Istanbul, A Century Ago: Contested Politics of Employment in the Transition from Empire to Republic

Affiliation: Columbia University, PhD, History, 2020

Dissertation Title: Coping with Transitions: The Connected Construction of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq (1918-1928) 

RESEARCH AND WRITE-UP GRANT FOR PHD CANDIDATES

Sultan Toprak Oker   

Research Project: The World of Taverns in Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Galata

Affiliation: PhD candidate, Department of History, University of Minnesota

TRAVEL GRANTS

Emre Gönlügür

Research Project: Sör Henry Bulwer’in Yassıada’daki Malikânesi ve 19. Yüzyıl İngiliz Emperyal Gotiği    

Affiliation: PhD, University of Toronto. Faculty member, İzmir University of Economics

Ekaterina Aygun

Research Project: Istanbul as a City of ‘First-wave emigration’ and a Place of Creativity for Russian-speaking Painters, Sculptors and Photographers

Affiliation: PhD candidate, Ludwig Maximilian University 

Elena Gittleman

Research Project: Legacies of Ancient Theater in Middle Byzantine Visual Culture (ca. 843–1204)         

Affiliation: PhD candidate, Bryn Mawr College 

Fatma Esen

Research Project: İşgal Altındaki İstanbul'da Basın Sansürü (1918-1923)  

Affiliation: M.A., Sabancı University

Leah Clark

Research Project: Courtly Mediators: Transcultural Objects across Renaissance Courts

Affiliation: PhD, McGill University. Senior Lecturer, The Open University

Luca Patrizi

Research Project: The Presence of the Prophet: Muhammad in the Mirror of His Community in Early Modern and Modern Islam

Affiliation: Joint PhD, Aix-Marseille University and University of Naples. Research Fellow, University of Exeter

Özlem Atay 

Research Project: Yunan Roman ve Sinemasında (1998-2016) İstanbul ve İstanbullu Kimliğinin Gösterimi

Affiliation: PhD candidate, University of Patras 

Stelios Karagiannopoulos 

Research Project: The Lived Experience of the Middle Class Greek Orthodox Population of Istanbul/Constantinople at the Turn of the 20th Century: the Case of Yiorgos Pisaroglu 

Affiliation: Librarian, European Committee of the Regions. M.A., University of London

Steven Moon 

Research Project: Sound, Science, Islam: Music as Healing in Istanbul      

Affiliation: PhD candidate, University of Pittsburgh 

CONFERENCE GRANTS 

Sena Karahan

Proceeding Title: Urban Sonic Research and Sound Map: soundinbetweenness.org

Conference: Urban and Regional Development 2021, Antwerp

Affiliation: PhD candidate, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

Post-Doctoral Research and Writing Grant

Every year, Istanbul Research Institute awards 1 researcher a Post-Doctoral Grant to support innovative research on Istanbul. This grant may be used to support work for preparing publications from PhD theses as well as for new research.

The grant amount for the 2020-2021 academic year is TRY40.000. This amount will be paid to the recipient in installments to be determined according to his/her research/writing schedule.

Eligibility Requirements

*To have received a PhD degree no more than five years ago from a social science or humanities department of a university in Turkey or abroad.

Application

Candidates are required to submit the following documents, as Word/PDF files, to be reviewed by the Grant Committee not later than June 15, 2020 and send by email to fellowships@iae.org.tr.

Required documents

*Application form

*Detailed CV

*Description of the aim, method, and scope of research, max. 3.000 words

*Basic bibliography

*Schedule for research/writing covering the grant period

*Writing sample (published articles, if any, are preferred)

*PhD graduation certificate/transcript

*Two letters of recommendation (one must be from the advisor of the researcher). These letters will be sent by the recommenders directly to fellowships@iae.org.tr and the subject of the mail must read “[LAST NAME OF APPLICANT]-letter of recommendation.”

Research and Write-Up Grant for PhD Candidates

Every year, Istanbul Research Institute awards 1 PhD candidate (who has passed the comprehensive exam and became ABD-all but dissertation) a Research and Write-Up Grant to support innovative research on Istanbul. This grant may be used for field/archival research necessary for the PhD thesis or for writing the thesis itself.

The grant amount for the 2020 - 2021 academic year is TRY30.000. This amount will be paid to the recipient in installments to be determined according to his/her research/writing schedule.

Eligibility Requirements

*Having passed the comprehensive exam, to be registered as a PhD candidate at a social science or humanities department of a university in Turkey or abroad.

Application

Candidates are required to submit the following documents, as Word/PDF files, to be reviewed by the Grant Committee not later than June 15, 2020 and send by email to fellowships@iae.org.tr.

Required documents

*Application form

*Detailed CV

*Description of the aim, method, and scope of research, max. 3.000 words

*Basic bibliography

*Schedule for research/writing covering the grant period

*Writing sample (published articles or a thesis chapter preferred 

*Document showing success in comprehensive exam/transcript

*Two letters of recommendation (one must be from the thesis advisor of the researcher). These letters will be sent by the recommenders directly to fellowships@iae.org.tr and the subject of the mail must read “[LAST NAME OF APPLICANT]-letter of recommendation.”

Travel Grants

Istanbul Research Institute awards 5 researchers every year a short-term travel grant to support innovative research on Istanbul. This grant may be used only to support field/archive work necessary for a specific research and not for any other needs (such as tuition payments, purchasing of equipment, conference attendance, etc.). This destination of travel does not need to be Istanbul.

The grant amount for the 2020-2021 academic year is TRY5.000.

Eligibility Requirements

*To visit another city for a short term for the purposes of an advanced research (MA, PhD, post-doctorate, article, book, etc.) on Istanbul.

*Researchers already resident in the city of research on another grant cannot apply for this grant.

Application

Candidates are required to submit the following documents, as Word/PDF files, to be reviewed by the grant Committee not later than June 15, 2020 and send by email to fellowships@iae.org.tr.

Required documents

*Application Form

*Detailed CV

*Description of the aim, method, and scope of archival/field research, specific archives and fields to be visited, as well as the planned period of visit, max. 500 words

Conference Grants

Every year, Istanbul Research Institute awards 5 master’s or PhD students or independent researchers a conference grant to support innovative research on Istanbul by enabling them to present papers abroad at conferences/symposia/workshops or to organize a panel at a conference. This grant may not be used to support field/archive work necessary for a specific research and not for any other needs (such as tuition payments, purchasing of equipment, etc.). The grant amount for the 2020-2021 academic year is TRY5.000.

Eligibility Requirements

*To be presenting a research paper on Istanbul at a conference/symposium/workshop or other scholarly activity outside of Turkey OR organizing a panel at a conference/symposium/workshop or other scholarly activity outside of Turkey.

*To be registered on a PhD or MA program at a social science or humanities department of a university in Turkey OR to be an independent researcher living in Turkey carrying out advanced research.

Application

Candidates are required to submit the following documents, as Word/PDF files, to be reviewed by the Grant Committee not later than June 15, 2020 and send by email to fellowships@iae.org.tr.

Required documents

*Application Form

*Detailed CV

*Student certificate/transcript for MA and PhD students

*Summary of the paper accepted to the event/panel

*Letter of acceptance to the event

2019-2020 Grants

Istanbul Research Institute commits itself to support researchers who could expand the literature in the field of Istanbul studies with novel approaches and un-earthed sources. To this end, we have called for applications in four grant categories in 2019: Post-Doctoral Research and Writing Grant, Research and Write-Up Grant for PhD Candidates, Travel Grants, and Conference Grants. We cherish the fact that our calls attracted a great number of hard-working researchers who put enormous effort into proposing their valuable research for the grants we offered. With great delight we introduce the researchers whose projects we took pride in supporting.

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH AND WRITING GRANT

Sinem Erdoğan İşkorkutan

Research Subject: Festivity and Representation in the Early Modern Capital: The 1720 Imperial Celebrations in Istanbul.

Affiliation: Boğaziçi University. History of Art, Architecture and Visual Culture, PhD.

RESEARCH AND WRITE-UP GRANT FOR PHD CANDIDATES

Mine Yıldırım 

Research Subject: Şiddet ile İhtimam Arasında: Köpeksizleşen İstanbul.

Affiliation: The New School for Social Research. Political Science, PhD candidate.

TRAVEL GRANTS

Aristotelis George Nayfa

Affiliation: University of Edinburgh. Byzantine History, PhD candidate.

Pamela Armstrong

Affiliation: Senior Research Fellow, Campion Hall, University of Oxford.

Pelin Tünaydın

Affiliation: University of Washington. Interdisciplinary Near and Middle Eastern Studies, PhD candidate.

Sarah Knight

Affiliation: University of Leicester, School of Arts. Professor of Renaissance Literature.

Saro Dadyan

Affiliation: Koç University. Comparative Studies History and Society, ongoing MA.

Sinan Ekim

Affiliation: London School of Economics and Political Science. International History, PhD candidate.

CONFERENCE GRANTS

Ceren Abi

Affiliation: University of California. History, PhD candidate.

Conference: Middle East Studies Association of North America 2019 Annual Meeting.

Özde Çeliktemel Thomen

Affiliation: University College London. Centre for Intercultural Studies, PhD.

Conference: Middle East Studies Association of North America 2019 Annual Meeting.

Sezen Kayhan

Affiliation: Koç University. Design, Technology and Society, PhD candidate.

Conference: 10th Annual Small Cinemas Conference.