Funding Opportunities for Conducting and Publishing Academic Research Related to Islamic Ethics

Update: We are no longer accepting applications. Thanks for your interest and stay tuned for more opportunities soon.


As part of its plan to play a leading role in the emerging field of Islamic Ethics, the Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE) provides various platforms for talented researchers worldwide to come together, examine critical questions, and produce high-quality and impactful academic publications.


Funding Opportunities

Currently, CILE has permanent faculty members who lead activities in the research fields of Moral Philosophy, Bioethics and Migration & Human Rights.

In order to widen the scope of its research fields, CILE is offering funding opportunities for researchers interested in conducting research, or leading research projects, in other applied research areas that can be incorporated into the broad discipline of Islamic Ethics. The list of other possible research areas includes, but is not exclusive to, the interplay of Islamic ethics with scholarly disciplines like politics, economics and business, gender, psychology, environment, arts, media, education, and food ethics.


Research Projects

Against the above-sketched background, interested researchers can make use of this funding opportunity to work on various forms of research projects related to Islamic Ethics. Below, we just give examples of possible research projects, but applicants can always propose alternative topics and themes, as long as they will result in academic publications.

Possible projects can include working on the publication of a new monograph, or a revised version of a PhD dissertation, as long as it is related to Islamic Ethics. In such cases, CILE will cover the publication costs in the Brill book-series Studies in Islamic Ethics, via Open Access.

A project could also be funded to organize an interdisciplinary seminar/workshop, where a number of researchers from various disciplines will work together on producing a thematic issue to be published in the Journal of Islamic Ethics or an edited volume in the book-series Studies in Islamic Ethics. Besides covering the publication costs, CILE will also cover the costs of organizing the seminar/workshop, including the flight tickets and accommodation of the participants in the seminar (if conditions permit organizing a face-to-face event). More details on funding this type of research projects are available via this link. As shown below, CILE will also provide a generous stipend to the selected candidates upon the successful completion of the project.


Qualifications & Tasks

All applications will be evaluated by a review committee. As per the review process, the ideal candidate is a highly qualified academic researcher who has:

  • A strong publication record in applied research areas related to Islamic Ethics,
  • An academic career demonstrating the ability to lead group-oriented research and organizing of interdisciplinary seminars and workshops,
  • Multilingual excellence, which enables the researcher to critically engage with both primary and secondary sources,
  • A clearly-formulated project proposal or research plan that will result in an academic publication, either as a thematic issue in the Journal of Islamic Ethics, as a monograph or as an edited volume in the book-series Studies in Islamic Ethics.

Please note that the selected candidates will not have to move to Doha during the preparation of the proposed project. If the proposed project is organizing a research seminar/workshop, he/she will have to be in Doha during the days of the event, if they are held face-to-face.



CILE will offer the following benefits and facilities for the selected candidates:

  • For those who plan to organize a research seminar/workshop, the funding will cover the related logistic costs of the successful candidate and up to a maximum of twelve participants in the seminar/workshop,
  • Covering the costs of making the prospective publication available via Open Access,
  • An additional generous stipend will be paid to the successful candidate upon the successful completion of the research project,
  • To formalize their affiliation with CILE, successful applicants will be offered a six-month contract.


How to apply?

Please send the following documents/information to with "CILE Funding Opportunities" as subject of the email.

  • A short biography and updated CV
  • An outline of the proposed research project.



Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. However, please note that there is a limited number of funding opportunities and preference will be given to those who apply first.


About CILE

The Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE), affiliated with the College of Islamic Studies (CIS), at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), is a Doha-based academic center with an international orientation and an ambitious interdisciplinary research agenda. CILE is committed to addressing the critical questions related to the broad discipline of Ethics through the lens of the rich and diverse Islamic tradition.

CILE has established the first-of-its-kind peer-reviewed Journal of Islamic Ethics (recently accepted for inclusion in Scopus Index) and the book-series Studies in Islamic Ethics, both published by Brill. With regards to education, the CIS benefited from CILE’s expertise in building a unique MA program in Applied Islamic Ethics. Additionally, CILE has developed partnerships with various stakeholders, including reputable institutions with an interest in Ethics, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations.



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