IRIS welcomes Fellowship applications on a rolling basis. To be eligible for an IRIS Fellowship, candidates must:

  • Hold a Masters’ degree or equivalent. PhD desirable but not mandatory;
  • Have both a record of relevant work or academic experience and a strong record of achievements;
  • Have a clearly defined area of research or policy interest which falls under one of the research topics specified by IRIS;
  • Have excellent English writing and presentation skills;
  • Preferably have prior experience in Iraq, the Kurdistan Region, and/or the Middle East.

Each research project should fit within one of IRIS’s areas of focus. These are:

  • Peace and security
  • Economic reform and development 
  • Governance and democracy
  • Social relations and civil society

Where applicable, the proposed research project should also link to an existing IRIS project. For details of each area of focus, as well as current IRIS projects, please see here.

Candidates should apply by email, and include the following information:

  • Research proposal. Please use this template.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample (in the form of a 2 to 5 page published policy brief, report, journalistic article or an academic paper on a related topic)

Applications should be submitted to

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance of proposed research project to an IRIS focus area, as demonstrated through the project proposal;
  • The clarity of the proposed research project, as demonstrated through the project proposal;
  • Relevant background experience, as demonstrated through the curriculum vitae;
  • Sufficient English-language ability, as demonstrated through submitted writing samples;
  • andFamiliarity with Iraq and the Middle East region, as demonstrated through the curriculum vitae.  

Following a review of applications, shortlisted candidates will be asked to participate in an interview via Skype. The interview committee will be drawn from IRIS and AUIS staff and faculty. Candidates will be informed of the outcome within two weeks of the interview. The decision of the interview committee is final and no appeals will be permitted. All interviewd candidates will be informed of the outcome of their applications by email.

The average length of a Fellowship is 3 months; however, Fellows are welcome to propose shorter or longer periods. Prior to commencement, successful applicants will be asked to sign a Fellowship Agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of the Fellowship.