About the Program:

Harmoon Centre for Contemporary Studies (HC) is a leading independent research institution that produces knowledge on Syria. Harmoon Center conducts policy analysis and innovative field research, combines scholarly work and advocacy, and acts as a policy platform for emerging voices of researchers working on Syria. As part of its efforts to build and foster a community of engaged researchers, Harmoon Center is currently accepting applications for Ten Non-Resident Fellowships for one year. HC’s Non-Resident Fellows will act as in-house experts and will play a key role in contributing to knowledge production of the center. In return, the Non-Resident Fellows will:
  • Carry out an independent research project based on original research and ideally fieldwork. This research will be submitted in the form of a long research paper (5000 to 8000 words, including references)during the period of the fellowship. If the fellow would like to propose a different format for the research findings, this can be discussed with the fellow during the selection process.
  • Engage in policy debates through the publication of at least one policy brief or op-ed, or participation in panels organized by “Harmoon cultural forum”.
  • Participate in at least one event in the form of policy dialogues and/or panel discussions on topics connected to the research project or the fellows’ topics of expertise.
  • Participate in HC’s knowledge production process through working with the team to identify key issues or topics that are emerging and should be addressed.
  • Participate in media and advocacy actions as relevant to the Fellow’s area of expertise.
In return, the Non-Resident Fellows will cooperate with the HC team, including research facilities, think tanks, policy makers and media partners. This includes becoming a part of HC’s alumni network formed out of HC’s research staff who will be consulted for HC’s specific research needs and interests. Non-Resident Fellows will benefit from speaking opportunities and will also receive visibility and publication in Arabic and/or English. Non-Resident Fellows will receive a stipend.  Additional funding could be made available for participating in peer review tasks. Scope The Fellowship will be for twelve months, ideally beginning 2 January 2023. The Fellowship will be dedicated to producing expertise on the political, social and economic situations in Syria. The following topics and profiles will be given priority in the selection process: Topics of interest We welcome interdisciplinary backgrounds and approaches covering wartime and prospects for post-conflict in Syria. We are particularly interested in research projects oriented to the following sorts of topics:
  • Non-state actors and local governance
  • Local dynamics and fractured identities
  • Political Islamist movements and Jihadi groups in Syria
  • Economic sanctions and authoritarianism
  • Nationalism and citizenship
  • Foreign intervention and geopolitical change
  • Authoritarian legacies and citizens’ behavior
  • Gender dynamics and feminist movements
  • Diaspora and prospects for political change

Qualifications :

We are looking for social and political scientists, historians, philosophers, policy analysts, and researchers/scholars with at least three years of experience in the proposed field of research, and mid-career academics, who are keen to reflect upon their experiences and the lessons learned.
  • PhD holders or minimum Master’s degree in social sciences with a proven track record of publication.
  • Demonstrated expertise at either Syria or the regional and international politics of the Syrian conflict. This may include prior work history, academic studies, publications record, or other.
  • Fluency in English and/or Arabic.
  • Previous experience in the policy arena is highly desirable.

Contact Details :

  • For technical support, send your questions to fellowship@harmoon.org with the reference “Non-Resident Fellowship 2023-2024” in the email subject.
  • Selected candidates will be invited for an interview on the 15th of November 2022. Given the expected number of applications, HC will only contact short-listed candidates for an interview.
  • For an informal discussion, please contact Dr. Rahaf Aldoughli (Director of Research Department) rahaf.aldoughli@harmoon.org.
  HC is committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination for all applicants. We seek to ensure diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

Work details:

Non-Resident Fellows will act as in-house experts and will play a key role in contributing to knowledge production of the center.

Harmoon Center for Contemporary Studies

Remote Work
Department: Research Department
Reporting to: Director of Research Department

Deadline for Application: 30 October 2022

For submitting your application, please click on the “Apply Now” link provided below