Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars are an integral part of our interdisciplinary work of MESC. Scholars contribute to the research and academic life of the center in numerous ways, from holding 'brown bag lunch' seminars or public lectures to conducting research for peer-reviewed publications or as part of our own working paper series. 

1- International visiting scholars application form

2- Work permit for non-Egyptians

3- Exact dates of the scholar’s research activities to be identified in the invitation letter

4- Copy of passport

5- Copies of certificate of the last academic degree

6- Curriculum vitae

7- Statement of research objectives, including a description of the research methodology and tools the applicant plans to use in Egypt: Please indicate where you learned about AUC's international visiting scholar program

8- Letter of reference from employer or institution

9- Proof of financial funds or a letter of commitment for self-financing

10- A recommendation and willingness to consult/supervise from an AUC full-time faculty member assuming responsibility for the scholar’s commitment to laws and regulations in Egypt, including obtaining the required permits if and when needed, in addition to

11- Endorsement by the chair of the sponsoring department.

12- Endorsement by the dean of the sponsoring School.

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Further details can be found here.


Engin KOÇ, Uludag University

MESC Visiting Scholar, Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

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Engin is a PhD student at the Department of International Relations in Uludag University, Turkey, and since 2015 has been working at Dicle University as a research assistant in the Department of International Relations. He recently won a Tubitak Scholarship (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) to fund his position at the Middle East Studies Center.



Research Summary:

Engin's research focus is on ethnic, national and state identities in the Middle East, religion/state-society relations, Iran - Saudi relations, China - Middle East relations, and Turkish foreign policy. He will work on several projects at MESC, including completing his PhD thesis and other academical works.

"I came to MESC because of Its international reputation in Middle East Studies, perfect location into Arab World, great academic staff and huge academic sources in International Relations studies. Definitely choosing AUC and MESC and staying in the cultural center of the Middle East, Cairo, is the best experience in my life."


Anné-Marie Condacse, Oklahoma University

MESC Visiting Scholar, Fall 2017


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Dr Condacse earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance with a minor cognate area in Vocal Pedagogy and Vocal Science from the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, and her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University. Her principal voice teachers include Katherine Ciesinski, Joseph Evans, William Murray, Arta Florescu, and Venera Rogozea.



Research Summary

The birth of opera in Egypt is closely linked to another important event in the history of this country, the opening of the Suez Canal, and to the birth of one the most well-known operas, Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. Inspired by the construction of Opéra Garnier, Ismail Pasha, Khedive of Egypt, contemplated the idea of building an opera house modeled on La Scala of Milan as part of his plan of making Cairo one of the greatest cultural centers in the region. In 1969, Khedive Ismail ordered the construction of the first opera house in Egypt and planed that its inauguration to be part of the celebration of the opening of the Suez Canal.