[Closed] Call for applications | Research grants on exiting violence

Offered by Columbia Global Centers | Application deadline: September 15, 2021

As part of the sustainability of the IPEV project (2017-2021), in partnership with the FMSH and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Columbia Global Centers | Amman has co-established a six-month virtual fellowship to support scholars working in the social sciences on themes relating to exiting violence. While there is a substantial amount of research on the issue of violence as well as on its causes and modalities, very little research has been done on the issue of ‘exiting’ violence.

Thus, this virtual fellowship program aims to involve researchers, including young researchers, from the MENA region, and provide them with opportunities to investigate how to exit violence by analyzing the processes involved in exiting violence as part of an ongoing dialogue with policy-makers and practitioners.

Fellows will be part of the International Panel on Exiting Violence (IPEV), which is a multidisciplinary community of researchers and specialists internationally recognized for their work on contemporary forms of violence.

During the six-month virtual fellowship, fellows are expected to produce and publish articles and op-ed pieces on exiting violence in publications in the region, as well as in international online publications (such as The Conversation, the Huffington Post, Slate, etc.), participate in a series of virtual webinars, and contribute by offering recommendations in video or podcast format to international, regional and national institutions, policy-makers, NGO representatives, and practitioners on this issue.

Support mechanisms for Fellows include:

  • Creating collaborations between researchers in the MENA region and their peers in the U.S. and Europe;
  • Enhancing visibility of the issues addressed by IPEV in the media and among policymakers internationally;
  • Disseminating the research work and ideas through media content;
  • Building capacity of researchers through access to two virtual training workshops designed by the Columbia Writing Center and the Journalism School; and,
  • Fostering a network of fellows by linking them to other related Columbia initiatives that support social science researchers.


Eligible candidates are scholars:

  • from the MENA region;
  • in the social sciences who have been researching and publishing on issues of exiting violence, and identifying good practices for exiting contemporary forms of violence and their tragic consequences including exile and forced migration.

Fellows are expected to investigate how to put an end to these issues and to provide solutions to these crises. They will be thinking about the exit of violence at the various levels where it is used (de-radicalization, disengagement, reconciliation, memories of groups and individuals, etc.).

Related themes include:

  • For a Comparative Anthropological, and Contextualized Approach to Radicalization
  • De-radicalization
  • Between Salafism, Sectarianism, and Violence
  • Separatism and Exiting Violence
  • Women and Violence with a Gendered Approach: MENA Region and Diaspora
  • Uses and Misuses of Memory
  • Public Policies Against Violence
  • Reconciliation and Justice
  • Roles of Strong States and Weak States in the Production of Violence in the Arab World
  • Reconstructing the Self

Application procedure

Applicants must submit a dossier that includes the following materials by September 15, 2021:

  • A curriculum vita that includes academic credentials and professional experience;
  • A personal statement (two pages) that includes motivation for applying to this program, as well as a description of research work in relation to transitioning from violence;
  • A proposal describing the research that will be undertaken during the six-month fellowship;
  • One to two writing samples/publications;
  • Letter of recommendation from an academic colleague who is familiar with applicant’s previous work; and,
  • Copies of academic transcripts.

Please direct any inquiries regarding eligibility to Nour Laswi, Program Officer of the Fellowship Program on Exiting Violence, at nl2795@columbia.edu.

Terms and conditions

Fellows will receive a stipend of USD $6,000 for a six-month fellowship, and will have access to a virtual training at Columbia University.

How to apply

Please send all the materials listed in section 2 (eligibility requirements) in a combined pdf file to: Lina Sharaan, Human Resources and Finance Senior Officer, at ls3002@columbia.edu, with the subject line: Application - Fellowship Program on Exiting Violence.


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International panel for exiting violence 2

The International Panel on Exiting Violence (IPEV) brings together an international community of researchers in order to construct “exiting violence” as a new field of study. Composed of thematic working groups, this panel aims to produce both knowledge and recommendations for policy makers and civil society. Launched in 2017, the first phase of the Panel produced a report that will be published in the second half of 2019.

The second phase of the Panel focuses its activities on the Middle East and North Africa, with developments towards sub-Saharan Africa. New institutional partnerships are being created with the southern Mediterranean countries to facilitate renewed working groups. Young researchers from these countries will be able to
benefit from mobility grants.

Ultimately, a new report will be published at the end of the second phase to present the results of each working group, in the form of a scientific summary accompanied by policy recommendations.

Interdisciplinary working groups

Groups from IPEV 1

  • Violent radicalisation and disengagement
  • Public policies, justice and reconciliation
  • History and memory in the wake of extreme and mass violence
  • Legitimacy and viability of the state in the Middle East and beyond (North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, etc.)

New groups in IPEV 2

  • Metamorphosis of ISIS
  • Religious populism
  • Economies of violence

The theme of gender will be integrated into the different working groups.

Key points

  • Renewed themes and working groups
  • New institutional partners
  • Mobility grants for students from the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa
  • A report with new findings and themes


Carnegie Corporation of New York

Contact & website

Coordinator : Vlad Berindei

Find full information on the dedicated website and follow IPEV on social networks twitter @ExitingViolence and facebook International Panel on Exiting Violence


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