Seven Graduate Students Earn Fellowships

June 9, 2023

Seven NES graduate students have been awarded fellowships for the 2023–24 academic year.

Michael Brill has received a Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) Graduate Fellowship. His dissertation has the working title of “Baʿthism in One Country: Iraq and the Struggle for the Arab World.”

Simon Conrad, whose dissertation project is tentatively entitled “Return of the Spirit: Mysticism in Modern Arabic Thought, 1919-1967,” has been awarded the Harold W. Dodds Fellowship, “established in 1957 …  in honor of Harold Dodds, fifteenth president of Princeton. The fellowship recognizes exceptional students in their later years of study.”

Jamie O’Connell has been given a PIIRS Graduate Fellowship for the 2023 Fall Semester and a Dissertation Completion Fellowship with an appointment as a Postgraduate Research Associate for the 2024 Spring Semester. O’Connell is interested in cultural exchanges between Zoroastrians and other religious groups, particularly Muslims, in the Late Antique through early modern periods in the Near East.

Kutay Onaylı has been awarded an American School for Classical Studies in Athens Fellowship. His dissertation, tentatively titled the Empire of Rum, is a study of Constantinopolitan Greek discourses on Ottoman history, Rum identity, and imperial belonging from the 1900s to the 1930s.

Rachel Richman has received a PIIRS Graduate Student Fellowship. Richman works with the Cairo Geniza to explore the social history and material culture of the Medieval Islamic world.

Xinyi Wei has been given a University Center for Human Values Graduate Prize Fellowship. She is interested in the topic of religion, slavery, and gender, and specifically in how they intersect and shaped the medieval Central Asian slave trade.

Alika Zangieva has won a 2023–24 Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) fellowship to be spent in Amman, Jordan, at the Qasid Arabic Institute. Her research has a geographic focus on the Caucasus and seeks to examine not only how Russian-Ottoman migration facilitated change and modernization, but how newly formed identities have resulted from the cultural diffusion of these engagements.