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Najmaldin Karim

Dr. Najmaldin Karim Fellowship in Kurdish Political Studies

The Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP) introduces the Dr. Najmaldin Karim Fellowship for undergraduate students at UCF. The fellow will be provided a research space conducive to educational and professional development and conduct a research project related to Kurdish politics, broadly defined, under the supervision of KPSP faculty in the spring 2018 semester. This research will have the aim of producing a final paper that is worthy of publication. It aims to enrich the fellow’s academic credentials, providing a unique opportunity to gain in-depth insights about Kurdish politics through independent research. The fellow will receive $500 for the semester.  All financial aid rules and regulations apply.*

Application Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 3.5
  • A one-page letter of interest
  • A writing sample (e.g., term paper submitted in a class)
  • An unofficial copy of transcript
  • A resume with two listed academic references

Students should submit their application to Dr. Güneş Murat Tezcür, Jalal Talabani Endowed Chair of Kurdish Political Studies, at tezcur@ucf.edu. The application deadline is November 6, 2017. A committee of UCF faculty will select the fellow.

The KPSP, hosted in the Department of Political Science, is the first academic program dedicated to the study of Kurdish politics in the United States. It promotes academic studies and public awareness of Kurdish issues, facilitates exchanges and collaborations between UCF and Kurdish universities, and develops curriculum focusing on themes related to the Kurdish experience.

*Awards and scholarships are considered a “resource” and must be included in a student’s financial aid budget. If a student is awarded a scholarship that exceeds her/his financial aid cost, a reduction or payment of financial aid may occur.