In 2011 we announced the establishment of the Darat al Funun Dissertation Fellowship for Modern and Contemporary Arab Art to encourage research on modern and contemporary art of the Arab world. The fellowship provides financial support to Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and the arts.

One to two fellowships are granted each year. The duration of the fellowship can range from 4 to 6 months of residency at Darat al Funun. 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 is made available on this website. Fellowship funding is intended to compensate all travel and stipend expenses. Darat al Funun will provide housing and office space. Fellows are responsible for their own health insurance.

For specific research queries in regards to our fellowship, please contact us at fellowship@daratalfunun.org.

Open Call

An open call for applications is made every year in mid June, and applications must be received by 15 November of that same year. The fellowship is announced mid March of the following year.


2017 Fellow

The recipient of the 2017-18 Fellowship is Nisa Ari , Ph.D candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Former Fellows
Explore our archive of previous fellows.
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