Fellowship Program

Collaborations with our circle of resident and non-resident Fellows are central to our way of working. Fellows include academics, policy experts, journalists and industry professionals. Their expertise, research and publications strengthen enable IRIS to examine and understand a broad range of governance issues in Iraq and develop comprehensive policy solutions.

Each Fellow will spend the majority of his or her time working on a personal research project that aligns with one of IRIS ’s areas of focus. These include:

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


The primary purpose of the Fellowship is to offer a framework for carrying out fieldwork and on-the-ground research in Iraq. Fellows will benefit from IRIS’s extensive network and receive guidance in designing and carrying out field research and interviews.

It is a requirement that the output from the research project results in a formal IRIS publication. IRIS will provide full support for dissemination and promotion of the publication. Fellows are also expected to contribute in some way to the wider activities of IRIS and AUIS through capacity-building or mentorship activities.

Fellows are responsible for their own flights and living costs. The Fellowship does not provide any salary support; rather, the expectation is that Fellows secure their own sources of funding through a grant, scholarship or sabbatical allowance. IRIS will provide administrative support to obtain a visa, working space within its offices at AUIS, and may provide accommodation.

For details on how to apply, please click here.