Awards and Fellowships

The research activities of Georgetown SFS-Q's faculty members have accrued international recognition, and led to faculty members receiving a variety of external fellowships and awards. Please browse this section to learn more.


Young Economist Prize Award
Researcher: Jose Asturias
Prof. Asturias was a first-place winner, along with Manuel Garcia-Santana (Universite Libre de Bruxelles), of the Young Economist Prize award for his paper, “Competition and the Welfare Gains of Transportation Infrastructure,” presented at the annual conference of the Spanish Economics Association in 2015. 


Visiting Fellowship at Columbia University
Researcher: Jose Asturias
Prof. Jose Asturias was awarded a visiting fellow position with the Department of Econoics at Columbia University. This fellowship is given to a small number of applicants and will allow him to continue his research on production networks and gains from improved infrastructure in developing countries.


Georgetown University Fellowship
Researcher: Jose Asturias
Prof. Jose Asturias was selected by Georgetown University's Global Engagement Faculty Committee to reside for a semester at Campion Hall, the Jesuit residence at Oxford University. He will pursue work on his research, which looks at production networks and gains from improved infrastructure in developing countries. 


Professorship at the University of Arkansas
Researcher: Kelly Hammond
Prof. Kelly Hammond, Research Fellow at SFS-Q during the 2014-2015 academic year, will join the Department of History at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville as an assistant professor of East Asian History in Fall 2015.


CIRS Faculty Fellowship
Researcher: Firat Oruc
Prof. Firat Oruc will be the CIRS Faculty Fellow for 2015-2016. This fellowship is given to one SFS-Q faculty member a year to support the production of original research for publication in leading journals or university presses.


Thomas W. Smith Post-Doctoral Research Associate Fellowship
Researcher: Karen Taliaferro
Dr. Karen Taliaferro, Research Fellow at SFS-Q during the 2014-2015 academic year, has been awarded the Thomas W. Smith Post-Doctoral Research Associate Fellowship at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. She will spend the year in residence at Princeton, working on her book manuscript on religious liberty and conceptions of law across ancient Greek, early Christian, and medieval Muslim traditions.


Professorship at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Researcher: Paul Musgrave
Prof. Paul Musgrave, Research Fellow at SFS-Q during the 2013-2014 academic year, accepted an offer from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst as a tenure-track assistant professor. He will join the Department of Political Science starting in the Fall of 2015. 


Visiting Research Fellow at Tubingen University's Centre for Islamic Theology
Researcher: Sohaira Siddiqui
Prof. Sohaira Siddique receieved a Visiting Research Fellowship at Tubingen University's Centre for Islamic Theology for the period of May to August 2015.


Professeur Invités Fellowship
Researcher: Max Oidtmann
Max Oidtmann was awarded a "Professeur Invités" from the  École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France. This fellowship involves a month-long residency in Lyon in 2015. It is part of a research project hosted by ENS Lyon entitled, "Legalizing Space In China," which is a large collective study of the legal system of China prior to the twentieth century. Prof. Oidtmann is contributing research on Tibet and other regions of Inner Asia controlled by the Qing Empire (1636-1911).


"Best Student Poster Presentation" Award in the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference
Researcher: Salman Ahad Khan (SFS-Q '16)
Salman Ahad Khan (SFS-Q) won the award for "Best Student Poster Presentation in Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities" at the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference in November 2014. The poster presentation of his UREP project is titled, "Advancing Financial Literacy for Transnational Families."


"Outstanding Research Project" Award in the Annual UREP Competition
Researcher(s):

  • Bushra Alem (SFS-Q '13)
  • Muhammad Bilal Shakir (SFS-Q '15)

Bushra Alam and Muhammad Bilal Shakir received the award for ‘Outstanding Research Project’ in the 2014 Annual UREP Competition. The award was for their Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) funded project, “Environmental Sustainability in Education City: Green Beacon or Green Island?” The study, mentored by Georgetown SFS-Q Professors, Mari Luomi and John Crist, explored the origins and dimensions of environmental sustainability initiatives in Education City (EC) and examined their relationship to attitudes and behaviors related to sustainability among students in Education City. 


Bernadotte Schmitt Research Grant from the American Historical Association
Researcher: Shuang Wen
Shuang Wen received the Bernadotte Schmitt Research Grant from the American Historical Association in May 2014. The grant will contribute towards her PhD research on Chinese-Arab connections in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


S-CAR Distinguished Alumni Award in Conflict Resolution
Researcher: Ibrahim Fraihat
Ibrahim Sharqieh was chosen by the faculty of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, U.S.A. to receive the S-CAR Distinguished Alumni Award in Conflict Resolution. The award will be presented to Professor Sharqieh at the Celebration of Distinction banquet, George Mason University on April 9th, 2014, in recognition to his commitment and achievements in the growing field of conflict resolution.


Senior Research Fellowship and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and the Anthropology Department at Dartmouth
Researcher: Rogaia Abusharaf
Rogaia Abusharaf was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and the Anthropology Department at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, U.S.A. Professor Abusharaf will be in residence at Dartmouth College from March until August 2014, where she will continue work on her book manuscript, tentatively entitled Dafur Allegory.


Research Grant from the Centre for Economic Policy Research in the U.K.
Researcher: Jose Asturias
Jose Asturias was awarded a grant from the Centre for Economic Policy Research in the U.K. The project – headed by Manuel Garcia-Santana at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and the Europeans Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics – also includes researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Bank of Spain. The research examines, “Transportation Costs and Regional Differences in Scale of Operations” and involves analysis of data about transportation infrastructure and its impact on the size and scale of manufacturing plants in India.


"Best Economics Paper" award at the 9th International Business and Social Science Research Conference
Researcher:

  • Alexis Antoniades
  • Caroline Abi Saleh (SFS-Q '14)

Alexis Antoniades and Caroline Abi Saleh (SFS-Q ’14) received the "Best Economics Paper" award at the 9th International Business and Social Science Research Conference, held in Dubai, UAE, in January 2014. The award was granted for their presentation of the paper, ‘The Economics of Voting: Credit (Un)Availability and Voting Behavior’.


Fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program (ILSP) at Harvard Law School
Researcher: Ayman Shabana
Ayman Shabana was named a fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program (ILSP) at Harvard Law School. Dr. Shabana will be in residence at the ILSP for the academic year 2013-14, where he will continue his work on Islamic biomedical ethics (funded by the QNRF National Priorities Research Program) and work on a project about “Paternity Regulations: Between Islamic Law and Bioethics.”


2013 Palmer Award
Researcher: Atul Menon (SFS-Q '15)
Atul Menon was announced as one of the three students worldwide to receive the 2013 prestigious Palmer Award in September 2013. The award, which includes $700 in prize money, is given in collaboration with the U.S.-based LeaderShape Institute, and recognizes the achievements of committed students who bring their vision for a better world to reality. Atul’s award was based on the vision he presented at the annual LeaderShape training seminar that took place in Doha, January 2013. Atul’s vision included providing migrant workers with financial education, so the economic benefits of working abroad could be maximized.


Harold N. Glassman Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences
Researcher: Steven Ward
Steven Ward was named the 2013 recipient of the Harold N. Glassman Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences. This is a major annual award given at Georgetown University's commencement in Washington, D.C., for the outstanding doctoral dissertation in the social sciences. The formal award will be presented at a dinner in Washington on May 16, followed by official recognition during the Graduate Commencement ceremony on May 17.


Senior Associate Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford University
Researcher: Mark Farha
Mark Farha was appointed as a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford University for the 2013 Trinity Term (April 26th to June 15th). He edited a number of scholarly articles and prepared a manuscript entitled: "Secularism under Siege in Lebanon: Regional and Global Dimensions of a Malaise." When published, this promises to be the first book to concisely trace the historical genealogy of political secularism in Lebanon, and within the broader Arab context, from the pre-modern period to the predicament of the present day.


Scholar in the “Seminar on Religion and U.S. Empire” sponsored by the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University
Researcher: Karine Walther
Karine Walther was among 15 scholars selected to participate in the “Seminar on Religion and U.S. Empire” sponsored by the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Participants are selected through an international competition. The seminar will convene four meetings over the 2013-2015 period.


Research Grant from the U.K.’s Economic and Social Research Council
Researcher: Gerd Nonneman
Gerd Nonneman was awarded a grant from the U.K.’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The project is headed by Marc Valeri at the University of Exeter and was awarded in 2012 to be carried out over a period of three years. The project entitled, “Renegotiating the social contract in the GCC: State-business relations and reforms in the oil-rentier Gulf monarchies,” studies the relationship between the private sector and the political decision-makers in the Middle East. It examines the influence of the business elite on the economic choices and reform policies of the Gulf regimes during the past decade.


“Best Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities and Islamic Studies Research Program of the Year 2012” at Qatar Foundation's Annual Research Forum
Researcher: Ayman Shabana
Ayman Shabana received the prestigious award for “Best Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities and Islamic Studies Research Program of the Year 2012,” at Qatar Foundation's Annual Research Forum, held at the Qatar National Conference Center in Doha, October 21-23, 2012.  He received the award for his NPRP-supported project on “Sustaining Islamic Bioethics Research.” The award came with $100,000 additional support for Dr. Shabana’s continued research in this area.


Research Fellowship on "Rethinking Diplomacy" from the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
Researcher: Edward Kolla
Edward Kolla received a major research fellowship on “Rethinking Diplomacy” from the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Under the fellowship, Professor Kolla was in residence at the Institute for the 2012 Fall semester.


Globalization and Governance Fellowship in Regional Political Economy from the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance
Researcher: Alexis Antoniades
Alexis Antoniades was awarded the Globalization and Governance Fellowship in Regional Political Economy from the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. The Center is located at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he was in residence for the 2012-13 academic year.


“Best Student Research” Award at the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum
Researcher: Mashael Al-Hajri (SFS-Q '14)
Mashael Al-Hajri won the “Best Student Research” award at the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum in December 2011. As a result of her summer internship at Msheireb Properties, where she worked as a research assistant on the Gulf Encyclopedia for Sustainable Urbanism (a project led by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design), Mashael conducted an empirical study of urbanism in the Gulf, with special emphasis on the ‘fireeq’ (an indigenous urban settlement model).