Thanks to our generous donors, the Centre has been able to grant scholarships to MA and PhD students.

The Centre has a significant number of Research Students and focuses on building a strong research community in and outside Exeter.

Teaching

Students form an important dimension of the Centre for Kurdish Studies activities and participate in the activities of the Centre. Therefore we are committed to provide the best education experience as possible through a strong curriculum and extra-curricular activities including seminars, workshops, master classes and conferences. Thanks to our generous donors, the Centre has been able to grant scholarships to MA and PhD students.

PhD programme

The Centre for Kurdish Studies has a PhD Programme in Kurdish Studies. Staff members can offer supervision in their area of expertise. A total of 11 PhD studentships were funded in 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13. The awards were made available through a grant awarded to the Centre for Kurdish Studies  by the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq.

Details of future PhD scholarships will be provided on this page when available. More information about the PhD programme.

MA programme

The Centre for Kurdish Studies has an MA Programme organised around two core modules : “Critical Kurdish Studies” and “the Kurds: history and politics”. However, as the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies is currently redesigning all its MA Programmes, the MA in Kurdish Studies is suspended for 2014-2015.   This webpage will be updated when there are further details available relating to MA programmes and scholarship applications for future years.

Kurdish language

The Centre for Kurdish studies is one of the rare places in Europe teaching both Kurmanji and Sorani. Language training is provided for undergraduate students of Middle Eastern Studies and Graduate students of Kurdish studies.

Enhancing Graduate Training: master classes, seminars, workshops

The Centre has a significant number of Research Students and focuses on building a strong research community in and outside Exeter. Our research students fully participate in this research community. The Centre is focusing on enhancing research skills and training for Graduate students, in particular through master classes, seminars, and doctoral workshops, led by high profile scholars in the field of Kurdish Studies and beyond.

  • In February-March 2010, Ioannis Kanakis, an ethnomusicologist trained in Paris, and CKS research fellow (2009-2012), organised Arah music masterclass flyer with a world famous Iranian musician, Arash Moradi. He gave Master classes in tanbur, the string instrument sacred to the Yaresan community, and the daf, the Sufi ritual percussion instrument.
  • In March-December 2011, Dr. Selim Temo, from Mardin Artuklu University, visited Exeter as an associate research fellow. He gave a series of seminars on Kurdish literature.
  • In March 2012, Professor Nicole Watts, from San Francisco State University, gave a PhD master-class on ‘How to Prepare Work for Publication in Social Science Journals’, and a MA master-class on “framing and theorising dissent, with reference to Kurdistan”.
  • In November 2012, Professor Gilles Dorronsoro, University Paris 1 – Sorbonne gave a seminar for MA and PhD students in Kurdish Studies on “The collective production of challenge” in which he exposed his research on Diyarbakir with Professor Nicole Watts, and discussed it extensively with our students.
  • In March 2013, Professor Hamit Bozarslan, EHESS, Paris, led a seminar with our PGR students.
  • In March 2013, Professor Zeynep Gambetti, University of Bosphorus, Istanbul, led Master classes around Annah Arendt, Giorgio Agamben, and Michel Foucault, and their applications to Kurdish studies.
  • In April 2013, the Centre hosted, in collaboration with the English Department (University of Exeter) and Oxford University, a doctoral workshop “Bringing Middle-Eastern Literatures together”. Programme available here.