The Nahrein Network


Updates and events

Communications and Social Media Officer (part-time)

The Network's London team is looking for a new part-time team member to help with online communications (project, social media posts, mailing lists, podcasts, etc.) in both English and Arabic. Other responsibilities include support with designing and producing annual reports and other documentation (brochures, flyers, posters etc.), web brand and visual identity management as well as event co-ordination.

The Communications and Social Media Officer will work closely with the Network's Director and UCL History's Communications Officer on our communication strategy, the website, social and print media. 

A full job descriptions and criteria for selection are availbale on the UCL Human Resources webpage, where candidates can apply directly by 15 April 2021. 



Awardees of the Bonus Round (October 2020)

In the autumn of 2020, the demands on the Nahrein Networks budget have shifted as a result of the global pandemic impact, allowing us to present our own version of a silver lining: a Research Grant Awards Bonus Round. 

As a result we we able to award a further 5 small grants, of up to £10,000 each.

We are pleased to announce that the new awardees are: 

  • Dictionary of the colloquial and Marsh Arab dialects in Southern Iraq (University of Thi-Qar)
  • Digital documentation of heritages sites that affected by armed conflicts in Tikrit Province, Northern Iraq  (University of Tikrit)
  • Digital documentation of heritages sites affected by armed conflicts in Anbar Province, Western Iraq (University of Al-Anbar
  • The impact of armed conflicts on the cultural heritage in Diyala Province, Northern Iraq (University of Diyala)
  • Post-ISIS Identity (Re)construction in the War-torn Areas: Al-Karma as a Case Study (University of Kufa)

These projects are currently ongoing and set to finish in June 2021. More details on our Small Research Grant page. 


Latest research Grants announced (December 2019)

We are delighted to announce the awardees of the last round of our Research Grants Awards

The Research Grants Scheme is now closed and will not be reopened. 


Latest Visiting Scholars Scheme awardees (1 November 2019)

We are happy to announce the latest awardees, in collaboration with our partners BISI and BIAA and CBRL:

Latest research Grants announced (13 September 2019)

We are delighted to announce the awardees of Round three of our Research Grants Awards

  • Recall the social fabric and cultural heritage of Al-Farouk Street, Old Mosul city (Mosul University)

  • The plural heritage landscapes of Najaf: Creating a sustainable plan for Christian heritage (University of Kufa)

  •  Creating an Intangible Cultural Heritage teaching module for Iraq’s national undergraduate university curriculum (University of Al-Qaddisiyah)

  • Protecting Minority Heritage by Documenting and Promoting Plural Landscapes (Al-Mustansiriya University)

  • Heritage Buildings of Kufa (Kufa University)

  • Rural Heritage Recovery and Post-Conflict Development in Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG): The Case of Erbil’s Rural Periphery (American University of Beirut)

  • Open Cultural Heritage Resources and Education (OCHRE): Open Educational Resources as a Platform To Raise Academic Skills and Public Awareness of Cultural Heritage Recovery in Iraq (University of Bristol)

For more information visit our dedicated pages

Three new Visiting Scholarships awarded (5 March 2019)

We are happy to announce the latest awardees, in collaboration with our partners BISI and BIAA:

  • Dr Laith Majeed Hussein (University of Baghdad – hosted by University College London), Print and online edition of cuneiform tablets from Tell aḍ-Ḍibāʿī (ancient Zaralulu in the kingdom of Ešnunna)
  • Dr Dlshad Abdulmutalb Mustafa (Directorate of Antiquities, Soran, Iraq – hosted by McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge), Researching museum display materials and outreach activities for Shanidar Cave
  • Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Hatay Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey – hosted by SOAS, London), Identifying dimensions of sustainability for traditional music of Sanliurfa, Turkey

Our scholars will begin their placements in the UK later this year.


Latest Research Grant Awards announced (8 January 2019)

We are thrilled to announce a further three projects funded by our Research Grants Awards.

  • Babylon: modern heritage site or ancient ruin? (Leicester University and Babylon University)
  • A Society in the Wind: Call to Rehabilitate a War Torn Community — Mosul (Nineveh University and Mosul University)
  • Postgraduate Teaching Programme: A Scientific, Historical and Intercultural Dialogue (University of Kurdistan Hewler)

For more details see our Research Grants Awards page. The next call for research grants will open in early March 2019 with a deadline of 15 May 2019.

Four further Visiting Scholarships awarded (15 September 2018)

As our first Visiting Scholars start to arrive in the UK, the Network and its partner BISI are delighted to announce a further four awardees:

  • Dr Maher Al-Helli (Mustanisiriyah University — hosted by Sheffield University), Developing university teaching skills for the effective study of history 
  • Dr Alaa Hamdon (Mosul University — hosted by the EAMENA project, University of Oxford), Updating the information of Hatra and the valuable connection with the local community 
  • Dr Ali Naji (University of Kufa — hosted by the Bartlett, University College London), The role of intangible cultural heritage in the revival of Najaf's tangible heritage
  • Mr Saqiq Khalil (Iraqi Prime Minister's Office — hosted by Kingston University), Building effective advocacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religious heritage in crisis 

First four Research Grant Awards announced (14.08.2018)

The Nahrein Network is delighted to announce the first four projects funded by its Research Grants Awards

  • A cultural heritage network for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: challenges and opportunities (Sulaimani Polytechnic University with the Universities of Leicester and Reading)
  • Integrating comprehensive, cross-community history with reconciliation and heritage protection (Qadissiyah University with the Arab Human Rights Academy
  • Post-conflict textile crafts of Iraq: scoping study of Samawah and Erbil (Middlesex University with Safina Projects, Khawla Bint Alzwar Feminist Association, and the Kurdish Textile Museum)
  • Thesiger's Tarada: Using art to reconnect the archival, local, and archaeological strata of memory of Iraq's vernacular watercraft heritage (Safina Projects with the Pitt Rivers Museum, Basrah Museum, and Nature Iraq)

Find out more about these projects at the UCL History Department's website.

Visiting Iraqi Scholarships: first awards announced (11.05.2018)

The Network has announced the first round of its Visiting Iraqi Scholarships. To read more about the successful candidates, visit the UCL History news page. The next deadline for applications to the scholarship scheme is 15th August 2018.

Nahrein Network hosts Iraqi Minister (26.01.2018) 

On 24 January 2018, the Iraqi Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr Abdulrazzak al Issa, visited at the invitation of Professor Eleanor Robson two of the Nahrein Network's UK partners, the British Library and the National Archives. Read more about the visit on the UCL History news page.

Nahrein Network team visits Baghdad (05.01.2018) 

UCL's Nahrein Network team visited Baghdad in December 2017 to develop collaborative research partnerships with Iraqi universities, domestic organisations, and government institutions. Read more about the visit on the UCL History news page.