The Nahrein Network


Academic Mentorship Programme

The Academic Mentorship Programme is designed for Iraqi researchers in the fields of arts, social sciences and humanities. Registration is now closed.

The Academic Mentorship Programme is designed for Iraqi researchers in the fields of arts, social sciences and humanities. Applicants should demonstrate their interest in strengthening their knowledge of academic skills, writing, publishing and research collaboration. 

This programme consists of a series of in-country and online workshops. Through these workshops participants will start, develop and complete a research project, beginning with formulation of a research question (or a research paradox or hypothesis), surveying the available literature in relation to the research topic, choosing a suitable research design, choosing appropriate research techniques dictated by the research design and collecting the necessary data, and finally reporting their research results in the form of a publishable research article. This process is expected to be completed within one year.

The mentorship programme will guide, encourage and support participants through constructive criticism and feedback from fellow participants and the programme supervisor. The problems related to writing an academic article in the English language will be discussed in the context of publication in respected academic journals and the expectations of academic journal editors. The participants will also write an abstract as one of the first steps in the publication process. Specific attention will be paid to the writing conventions that generally inform publications in the fields of social sciences and humanities in the English-speaking world.

Workshops will focus on: 

  • Research questions
  • Using theory
  • Literature review
  • Preparing abstracts for publication 
  • Research design and data collection techniques

How to Apply

To apply, you must complete the form below, and meet the following eligibility criteria:  

  • You must be currently affiliated to a recognised academic institution in Iraq, including Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).
  • You must have, or be currently enrolled for, an MA or a PhD in an arts, social sciences or humanities discipline.
  • You must be actively involved in research and have experience or an interest in publishing academic articles.
  • You must be proficient in the English language.
  • You must show commitment to completing the programme and engaging with peers in Iraq. 

Registration is now closed.

A course outline will be sent to successful applicants. The first workshop will be conducted in early February 2024 and this cohort will complete the programme in February 2025. There will be two in-country workshops, on dates to be determined. Online sessions are held every two months and are on average three hours long.

A certificate of completion will be issued to participants at the end of the course. This is not a credit-bearing programme. 

Email iraq@ucl.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Programme Convener 

Ersun N Kurtuluş

Ersun N Kurtuluş is an Asscociate Professor at the Department of International Relations, Social Sciences University of Ankara (ASBU). Prior to his appointment at ASBU, he held academic positions at TED University, University of Kent, Imperial College London, Open University and Stockholm University. He has published extensively in Review of International Studies, The Middle East Journal, Global Society, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Third World Quarterly and Critical Studies on Terrorism. Kurtuluş is also the author of State Sovereignty – Concept, Phenomenon and Ramifications published by Palgrave/Macmillan. His research interests include contemporary trends in terrorism and counterterrorism, Lebanese politics, state sovereignty, politics of the Middle East and collapsed states. He has been an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (BJMES) since 2007.