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Aga Khan U Ins. for the Study of Muslim Civilisations seeks Visiting Scholars

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    Alexis McMaster


    The Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations based in London (AKU-ISMC) is inviting experienced scholars to join the Institute as a visiting scholar within the 2017-2018 academic year.

    We are looking to host two categories of visiting scholars. Between September and December 2017 we would be open to hosting scholars from one to three months. We are also looking to host one or two visiting scholars for periods of three to twelve months throughout the academic year.

    The Institute aims to focus on issues of relevance to Muslim societies and is seeking to attract voices from Muslim contexts through its visiting scholars programme. The Institute focuses on three broad research themes:

    A key outcome of the visiting scholars programme will include the organisation of a public event or workshop which will be funded by the Institute. Other expected outcomes will depend on the duration of the visit and may include:

    • Public lecture(s)
    • Research workshop(s)
    • Teaching within the Institute’s Masters’ and/or Professional Programmes
    • Publication (for longer term positions)

    Visiting scholars would also be expected to engage in discussions about their work and that of colleagues at the Institute as well as dialogue through seminars with students.


    The Institute invites applications from experienced scholars and researchers with an international reputation and strong academic knowledge who will offer distinctive perspectives on a particular area of study relevant to the Institute’s research interests.

    Candidates should have:

    • A PhD linked to one of the areas of interest to the Institute
      Extensive scholarly publications and experience within the field
    • Demonstrated research and teaching experience within Muslim majority contexts
    • Proficient communication skills in English

    Salary level

    Depending on the candidate’s academic profile, the Institute will pay gross salaries based on its current scales ranging from £50,000 to £65,000 per annum pro rata. Where applicable, an economy class return flight will be paid. Please note that accommodation in London will need to be independently organised by the researcher(s). Other benefits include: office space, access to computer facilities and access to the Library.

    Application Procedure

    Interested candidates should send their CV and a proposal for a public event/workshop (maximum 2 pages) to

    The proposal should include a timeline for the public event/workshop, potential participants, budget and outputs.

    Application Deadline: 15th June 2017

    Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interviews (either in person or online, as appropriate) during the month of July 2017.

    More information about AKU-ISMC’s research themes can be found on our website.

    Note: We will only contact candidates short-listed for interview. If you have not heard from us within four weeks after the closing date, please presume that your application has not been successful.

    By submitting an application to AKU-ISMC you provide your consent to the Institute under the Data Protection Act 1998 for the Institute to share the contents of your application with relevant colleagues based at other locations of the University (including in Pakistan and East Africa), and with its nominated agents for the purpose of completing this recruitment exercise.


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