Institute for Middle East Studies
The Institute for Middle East Studies regularly hosts scholars from other academic institutions and organizations. Visiting scholars play an important role in enriching the intellectual community here at IMES.
The 2011-2012 Visiting Scholars
Bianca joins IMES as a Fulbright Fellow for the 2011-2012 academic year. She is a PhD Candidate at the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich/ ETH Zurich. Her PhD project, "A Comparative Outlook on the Oil Production Sector in Middle Eastern Countries," examines the motivations behind producer states' decision to grant upstream control rights to International Oil Companies in the Middle East region. During her Fulbright fellowship at the Institute for Middle East Studies, Bianca will conduct research on the oil upstream strategies pursued by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over the last 25 years and on their potential for economic diversification in the medium to long run.
Bianca holds an M.A. degree in Comparative and International Studies from ETH Zurich and a double undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Communication Studies and Public Relations from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest and the National School of Administration and Political Science, respectively. During her studies, Bianca was awarded a 10-month DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship at the University of Trier, Germany and also spent one semester at the University of Porto, Portugal in an Erasmus program. Prior to her doctoral studies, Bianca was involved in political research on water cooperation and conflict, UN humanitarian interventions, political risk analysis and energy security both at the Center for International Relations and the Center for Security Studies in Zurich, Switzerland. Between 2009 and 2010, she was appointed a Youth Delegate of Romania to the United Nations where she served as a liaison between Romanian youth organizations, UN agencies and the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
About IMES Visiting Scholars
Scholars may be in residence at IMES for one semester or one academic year. All will have access to a shared office and computer located in the Institute's office suite in the Elliott School for International Affairs. Scholars will also have library privileges and access to GW's new collection of Middle East rare books.
- Applicants must have a doctoral degree or be recognized as experts in their field.
- Applicants should have outside funding.
- In your application, please indicate the intended period of residence.
IMES is not accepting applications for visiting scholars at this time. Please check back in the Spring 2013 semester for application deadlines for the 2013-2014 academic year.