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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms


ERC PhD Studentship
Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms
The University of Manchester - School of Arts, Histories and Culture

State Date September 2012

Nature of Award: Fully funded Ph.D. studentship, comprising all fees (whether domestic or overseas) and maintenance of £13,500 p.a.

Deadline Applications must be received by 15 May, 2012

Research Project & Supervision

The Hippocratic Aphorisms have exerted a singular influence over generations of physicians both in the East and in the West. Galen (d. c. 216) produced an extensive commentary on this text, as did other medical authors writing in Greek, Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew. The Arabic tradition is particularly rich, with more than a dozen commentaries extant in over a hundred manuscripts. The present project breaks new ground by conducting an in-depth study of this tradition through a highly innovative methodology: it approaches the available evidence as a corpus, to be constituted electronically, and to be analysed in an interdisciplinary way. Professor Peter E Pormann has obtained ?1.5m from the European Research Council, and he will be the project lead.

Applicant Particulars & How to Apply

Applicants for the studentship should hold or be expecting a First Class degree award, and a Distinction in a related Masters degree. Good knowledge of Arabic is essential, as is knowledge of Classical Greek, or the proven ability to acquire it over the course of the Ph.D. programme. Knowledge of Syriac, familiarity with Hippocratic and Galenic texts, and experience with Arabic manuscripts would be advantageous, but are not a prerequisite.

Applicants must apply to the Classics & Ancient History PhD programme through the standard online postgraduate application process at this link: . They should also submit the standard supporting documentation detailed on that page: transcript; degree certificate; language test certificate (where applicable). Please indicate on the online application form (under the heading 'Funding') that you would like to be considered for this award.

Applicants should submit a research proposal of no more than 1000 words (the word-count to include footnotes but exclude bibliography), detailing how they would approach this research topic. Before writing this proposal, they should contact Professor Pormann for additional guidance. They must also arrange for two academic references to be submitted by the deadline. (References should be submitted using the online form available here:

Any inquiries should be directed to Professor Peter E Pormann at<>

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme (LExS)


For excellent Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master's degree programme and for excellent students from all nationalities enrolling in a Master of Law Advanced Programme or MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy.


For whom?

  1. Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master's degree programme starting September 2012 or February 2013 ( All MA, MSc and LL.M programmes as mentioned on the website Master's programmes in Leiden).
  2. All nationalities enrolling in the following programmes starting September 2012 or February 2013: 
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Air and Space Law
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European and International Business Law 
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Tax Law 
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Public International Law 
    • MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy

LExS awards ceremony 2011
LExS awards ceremony 2011


Additional requirements:

  1. In his or her prior academic education abroad, the applicant must have achieved excellent study results which are relevant for the programme for which the student wishes to enroll. As an indication, the student will be among the top 10% for the relevant programme followed abroad
  2. The applicant will hold a non-EU/EEA passport and will not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans ("Studiefinanciering"; more information)
  3. Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who have already obtained a Leiden University master’s degree
  4. Students who are granted a Leiden Excellence Scholarship must comply with and confirm in writing their agreement with the terms and conditions (pdf) attached to the scholarship prior to the granting of the scholarship.


Scholarship Amount:

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme has 5 awards: 
Platinum Covers the tuition fee minus the home fee* and an allowance of €10,000 for living costs
Gold Covers the tuition fee minus the home fee*
Silver Covers 75% of the tuition fee
Bronze Covers 50% of the tuition fee
Ivory Covers 25 % of the tuition fee

The number and type of award of the scholarship depends on the budget available for each Faculty department. The type of award has no reflection on the students' academic level of excellence. * The tuition fee will be reduced to the amount of the home fee. Students who have been awarded a Platinum or Gold award still have to pay the home fee themselves.


Application procedure for September 2012 / February 2013 intake

Step  Procedure Deadline
1A Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden University Deadline 1 March 2012  for programmes starting in September 2012.

Deadline 1 April 2012 only for programmes of the Leiden Law School starting in September 2012.

Deadline 1 October 2012 for programmes starting in February 2013.
B Upload all necessary documents
C Indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page
D Upload your letter of motivation for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page
E Submit your online application
F Pay the application fee
All LExS applicants will be informed by the scholarship department of Student Educational Affairs.
The end of May 2012 for September 2012 intake.

Mid November 2012 for the February 2013 intake.


Letter of motivation

To apply for the scholarship, you should write a letter of motivation (in Word) of a maximum of 500 words, in which you indicate why you believe you should be considered for this scholarship. The Word document should then be attached on the scholarship page in your online application for the master's programmes for which you are applying.

It is possible to submit applications for more scholarship programmes simultaneously. However, it is not possible to obtain more than 1 scholarship from Leiden University for the same study programme. (terms and conditions (pdf))

If you have already submitted your online application for admission to Leiden University, but would still like to apply for the LExS scholarship, we kindly request you to submit the LExS motivation letter to the Scholarships department (e-mail).


Selection process

The Faculty selection committee will review the applications. Students are selected on the basis of academic merit.



The student is responsible for submitting a complete application, according to the steps described under 1A-F by the aforementioned deadline. Leiden University cannot be held responsible for late and/or incomplete applications.


Please note

Students should be aware that the LExS is not a full scholarship. It is necessary to find additional funding to be able to finance their study and stay completely.

One of the requirements for being granted a residence permit in the Netherlands is that students must submit proof that they have sufficient financial means to finance their study period in the Netherlands. Leiden University advises a budget, not including the tuition fee, of approx. €10,000 to €14,000 per year to cover the costs for rent, insurance, living expenses, course books and local transportation. How much money students actually spend will of course depend on their life style and spending habits.

Middle East Politics and World Affairs


Summer course in Middle East Politics & World Affairs (June 11-22, 2012)

The Lebanese American University offers an intensive two-week 3 credit hour summer course in Middle East Politics and World Affairs (POL421/INA814) at its Beirut Campus.

The course provides an ideal opportunity to examine relevant topics in the politics of the contemporary MENA region with particular reference to the following core thematic areas:
  • Introduction to the Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • The Expansion of Civil Society and Media Roles in Contemporary Transitions
  • The revisited paradigms of political transitions in the Region against the backdrop of the uprisings
  • Political Pragmatism of Islamists and liberals
  • Transformation of Political Economy
  • Comparative MENA country survey and analysis
  • International Relations of the Middle East
With a strong policy-oriented component, the course offers graduate and undergraduate international students the opportunity to:
  • Interact with prominent guest speakers, politicians, and diplomats from the Region
  • Visit local organizations, media and research centers
  • Participate in focus group meetings with local activists in various extracurricular activities.
Who can take the course?
  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students
  • Researchers on Middle East politics or international affairs
Class Time: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am -12:40 pm (June 11 – 22)
Cost: undergraduate course fees $1,569; graduate course fees $1,743
Student housing cost for the 2 weeks: $600 for single room; $450 for double room
Health insurance fees: to be announced
Students interested in acquiring or advancing their Arabic language skills may choose to continue their study on campus with the SINARC program throughout the following six weeks.

Eligibility requirements
  • Non-LAU students
  • Undergraduate student: at least at the junior level (2nd year), in good academic standing with introductory background in Political Science/International Affairs
  • Graduate student: in Political Science/International Affairs or related fields
Application process:
  • Applicants will apply online
  • When applying select the “Two weeks Summer program”
  • Deadline for applications is April 20, 2012
  • Application fees $50
  • Copies of supporting documents (see below) should be uploaded or e-mailed to the following address:
Original copies should be submitted at arrival, which is a requirement for issuing a transcript at the completion of the course.
Supporting documents:
  • A transcript from the home University.
  • Applicants coming from a university where English is not the language of instruction, are required to sit for the International TOEFL IBT and get a minimum score of 80.
  • A clear photocopy of the identity card or passport.
  • One passport size photo (digital)
Once you are accepted into the course, a non-refundable registration fee will be required by: May 6, 2012.

For further information you can contact:
Academic advisors:
Dr. Imad Salamey
Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury
Study Abroad Coordinator:
Dina Abdul Rahman

We look forward to hosting you this summer at the
Lebanese American University, Beirut!

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