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About the Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowship Programme

Durham University and the Mohamed Ali Foundation have launched a fellowship programme to encourage academic research in the archive of the last khedive of Egypt, Abbas Hilmi II (1874-1944), and to make the collection’s strengths more widely known to international researchers.

The collection, which is deposited in Durham University Library's Archives and Special Collections, provides a rich resource of material on political, social, economic and cultural affairs in Egypt in the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. It is hoped that this endowment by the Mohamed Ali Foundation will foster deeper understanding of an important period of Egyptian history and of a transformative era in East-West relations.

A series of fellowships will be awarded, jointly tenable in the Institute for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies (IMEIS) and Grey College, and appointed by an Advisory Panel chaired by Professor Anoush Ehteshami, Director of IMEIS. Accommodation is provided at Durham and fellows may choose to reside in Cairo or Istanbul where digitised copies of the archive have been deposited. Fellows will also be encouraged to take a full part in academic and collegiate life while resident in Durham, delivering a lecture based on their research and perhaps contributing to seminars. Fellows will be awarded an honorarium, and at Durham accommodation and all meals will be provided for the duration of the fellowship; a research travel grant is also available.

The fellows' work will ultimately be published in an edited volume under the direction of the first appointed fellow acting as managing editor, Dr Pascale Ghazaleh. The breadth of material in the Abbas Hilmi II Papers will reward an interdisciplinary approach. Dr Ghazaleh's inaugural lecture in which she explores the riches of the Abbas Hilmi II Papers is now available online.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic the 2020 and 2021 fellows’ residencies have been put forward to 2022. The application period for the 2023 fellowship will begin in June 2022 and run to a date that autumn that will be announced on this page.

Enquiries in the meantime may be directed to:

Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowship Programme

Durham University Library

Palace Green

Durham DH1 3RN

United Kingdom