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Graduate Project Assistantship in Middle East Studies

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job No: 507281
Division/Organization: International Division
Department: Middle East Studies Program
Job Type: UW Student Assistant
Remote Eligbility: Partially Remote
Salary/Wage Range or Lump Sum: $34.00
Job Categories: Interpersonal Communication, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Digital Technology, Teamwork/Collaboration, Professionalism/Work Ethic, Data Analysis, Graduate Assistant-Research, Graduate Assistant-Programs/Projects, Department and Office Assistants, Honoring Context and Culture

Department Overview:

The Middle East Studies Program’s mission (MESP) is to foster knowledge of the Middle East, its past and current economic, social, cultural, and political developments. MESP seeks to facilitate teaching, learning, research, and public awareness of the diverse array of Middle Eastern languages, cultures, and peoples that make this region so unique.

All countries, topics and political positions are studied. Our broad interdisciplinary approach encompasses the humanities and social sciences as well as the arts and natural sciences. MESP sponsors conferences, speakers, training programs, and other activities related to the Middle East. MESP further seeks to guide and train students who plan to make a career in or related to the region. We prepare tomorrow’s leaders by equipping them with well-grounded knowledge about Middle Eastern languages and cultures.

Anticipated Start Date:

August 19, 2024

Anticipated End Date (If Applicable):

January 1, 2025

Remote Work Eligibility Detail:

Partially Remote


Anticipated Hours Per Week:



20 hours/week

Salary/Wage Range/Lump Sum:


Number of Positions:



Applicants must be UW-Madison full-time graduate students in good standing (or enrolling for AY 2024-25 in the fall), making normal progress toward a graduate degree. Ideally, they should have experience outside the United States and currently working on a degree that has an international research dimension, ideally including sustained research abroad. More practical requirements include demonstrated administrative experience in particular with coordinating faculty/student activities and processing documents; good communication skills, basic computer skills; have experience in cross-cultural issues; have good organizational skills and attention to detail. A working knowledge of one Middle Eastern language is also desirable.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

• Data collection and visualization
• Event planning and promotion
• Website maintenance and social media outreach
• Grant writing and editing
• Administrative support for the Director and Assistant Director

Position Summary/Job Duties:

The purpose of the PAship is: (1) to help Middle East Studies locate and compile data for upcoming grant applications, including Title VI; 2) to interface extensively with in-person event management and Zoom; and (3) to assist in maintaining an effective and attractive website and social media presence for our various campus, local, national and international constituencies. We are especially interested in applications from students whose academic work focuses on some aspect of regional and international studies and Middle East studies in particular, who anticipate careers that might involve administration to some extent, and who would appreciate receiving training and mentoring in international studies, program management, and grantmaking.

Physical Demands:


Institutional Statements:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

UW-Madison is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background-people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit:

Accommodation Statement:

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