The Young Scholar Prize in Middle Eastern Studies

The Middle Eastern Studies Program is now inviting submissions to its annual essay contest, which is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at Syracuse University.

The MES Young Scholar Prize will be awarded to the best two essays dealing with any aspect of the Middle East written by one undergraduate and one graduate student enrolled at Syracuse University. The authors of the winning papers will be presented with an award of $500 and a certificate. 

The entries, which can originate as course papers, will be evaluated by a faculty committee on the basis of originality of research and conceptualization, cogency of argument and clarity of writing. Essays must be no fewer than 5,000 and no more than 7,500 words in length (including bibliography), double-spaced and must have been produced between May 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020. Essays can be nominated by the faculty or by students (with a letter of support from a faculty member). Please send two copies to the MES Young Scholar Award Committee, Middle Eastern Studies Program, 100 Eggers Hall. For further information, please contact Prof. Yüksel Sezgin at (315) 443-4431 or

Submission deadline is April 1, 2020 (5PM).