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Now Closed – Student Placement Opportunity: ‘The Early Islamic World’

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Date(s) - 08/10/2015 - 10/12/2015
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University of Edinburgh (Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies)


Student Placement for Research Network

‘The Early Islamic World’

with Dr Andrew Marsham, The University of Edinburgh

Six-month part-time placement offered by the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) and funded by the AHRC.

The Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) are offering a student placement for six months (part-time), beginning at the end of January 2016 and based at the University of Edinburgh.

Placement Description

The placement offers an opportunity to develop experience in editing a major collaborative academic publication on early Islamic history (The Umayyad World, to be published with Routledge). Other opportunities relating to the dissemination of the research of the network may also become available (such as organising academic conferences or exhibitions).

Applicants should have an interest in the early history of Islam and the early medieval Middle East. They should also have excellent written English, with experience in academic writing as well as good organisational skills and communication skills. Some experience of editorial work (copy-editing, proof-reading etc.) would be preferable, as would some knowledge of relevant languages (especially Arabic).

Hours & Duration

The placement will run as follows: Friday 29 January 2016 – Friday 29 July 2016. The placement will be on a part-time basis, with the expected hours of 17.5 (on average) per week.

Maximum monthly stipend: £655.25 funded by CASAW (for a part-time placement). This is provided in line with AHRC Postgraduate Studentship guidelines and is to cover living, travel and subsistence of the student.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a relevant postgraduate Masters degree programme at The University of Edinburgh or in a postgraduate PhD degree programme at The University of Edinburgh.  Eligibility follows AHRC Postgraduate Studentship guidelines. Applications from other universities will not be considered.

Applicants must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if: 

  • The student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the date of application, and
  • Has not been resident in the UK, during any part of that 3-year period wholly or mainly for the purposes of full-time education (EU students – see below), and
  • Has settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (i.e. is not subject to any restriction on the period for which he/she may stay).

A relevant connection may be established for an EU student if the student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the start of the placement (including for full-time education). British citizens are not subject to immigration control but only those other nationals who have been granted written permission to stay in the UK permanently are settled.

Eligibility will be checked prior to interview and before a placement offer is made. Student eligibility follows AHRC Postgraduate Studentship guidelines. For more information, please see AHRC Postgraduate Studentships – Guide to Student Eligibility, pages 7 – 8.

Essential Requirements: 

  • Excellent writing and research skills in English
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Excellent project management skills
  • IT skills: proficiency in Microsoft Office (including Word and Excel)
  • Excellent time-management and problem-solving skills
  • Capacity for initiative, working independently, long-term planning and decision- making

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience of editorial work, including copy-editing and proof-reading
  • Knowledge of the early history of Islam and academic literature on the same period
  • Knowledge of Arabic (especially classical Arabic) and/or other modern languages or languages of the medieval Middle East

Further Information 

For eligibility enquiries, please contact the CASAW Administrator, admin@casaw.ac.uk To discuss the placement in more detail, please contact Dr Andrew Marsham (Andrew.marsham@ed.ac.uk)

How to Apply

Please send a letter of application and CV (including names of two references) as attachments to the CASAW Administrator, admin@casaw.ac.uk by 4.00pm on Thursday 10 December 2015.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held in early January 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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