Resident Scholar 2024 – FAQ

This page answers some frequently asked questions regarding the Resident Scholar program. 

What does a Lebanon-based or Lebanese scholar mean? Who can apply for this program?  

The Resident Scholar program is open to all scholars living and working in Lebanon or who are Lebanese but currently working abroad. We will not require you to provide documentation of your nationality. Having a prior connection to Finland is also not among the selection criteria. On the contrary, our aim is to forge new partnerships and to expand our network within the academic community in Lebanon. 

Do you welcome applications from all academic disciplines? 

The Institute carries out research on Middle Eastern languages, cultures, and societies. While the disciplinary background of potential applicants has not been limited to any particular field, the proposed research project should fall within this wider remit of the Institute. 

I am interested in the position, but I also have teaching commitments with another institution. Can I apply? 

The post can be combined with teaching if it entails no more than one course and the weekly teaching hours do not exceed 4 hours. In case you are planning to teach during your potential term as a FIME resident scholar, please provide details of the course, amount of classroom hours and estimate of time needed for preparatory work during your term. The preference is that the resident scholars will be able to devote most of their time to their own research project. 

I am coming to Lebanon to do field work. Can I apply? 

The resident scholar position is most suitable for scholars in the writing phase of their project, so that they can fully participate in our work community in Badaro. There is some flexibility in this, however, so please indicate in your research plan how you plan to utilize your time during the residency. 

I do not have a PhD, but I have what is considered a terminal degree in my field (e.g., a professional doctorate or a master’s degree in fine arts). Can I apply? 

Due to the program’s nature, applicants without the kind of research training and experience usually gained as part of a PhD are unlikely to be shortlisted. 

I have submitted my PhD dissertation before the start of residency, but do not yet hold my degree. Can I apply?  

Yes, we encourage scholars who have completed the writing of their PhD dissertation to apply, even if the actual date of your graduation is after the start of the residency. In such case, please provide a description and documentation of your situation. 

At what stage in the process do I submit my letters of recommendation?  

In the application you only need to provide the name and contact details of two academic referees. If you are shortlisted and invited for an interview, we ask that you provide full letters of recommendation from both referees.  

My degree certificate is in a language other than English. Do I need to submit a certified translation? 

If your degree certificate is written in French or Arabic, you can submit a copy of the original document without a translation. If your certificate is written in a language other than English, French or Arabic, please include a translation as well.  

What are the research outputs expected from the researcher at the end of the residency? 

This would depend on the nature of your proposed research. We would like to hear what you plan to work on, what you aim to achieve, and how the Resident Scholar program would help you accomplish this goal. The final product could be an article in an academic journal, a book chapter, or any other traditional academic research output. This could be something you are already working on, or it could be a new project. It is not necessarily a requirement that the work should be finalized during the residency. 

If your proposed research is part of a wider research project or a research group, we would urge you to be very specific about what you plan to achieve in the residency period and the relation between the proposed research and the wider research project.  

What does ‘full-time resident scholar’ refer to? Is there a certain schedule that needs to be followed or a certain number of working hours per week? 

The resident scholar is expected to work a flextime 40-hour week on average. The preference is that the resident scholars can devote most of their time to their own research project, but there is some flexibility to this. Please see the question above regarding existing teaching commitments. 

Are the dates of residency flexible? 

The dates of the residency are fixed, but there is a possibility not to utilize all six months. In such a case, please indicate your availability during the residency period clearly in your research plan.  

I am interested in the position, but I am unable to apply this year. Will the Resident Scholar program continue to be offered in the future? 

We aim to continue the resident scholar program in the upcoming years. However, we cannot guarantee the continuation of the program, or that it will be renewed in its current form. Even if you decide not to apply for this position, we encourage you to follow our website and social media to keep up to date on any future opportunities.