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Premio Fred Halliday

The Fred Halliday Award is established in the framework of the Barcelona Summer School of the Mediterranean and Middle East, and aims to commemorate Fred Halliday’s tremendous contributions to the field of International Relations. This award is created to recognize and support an outstanding mid-career scholar whose research focuses on the study of the Mediterranean and/or the Middle East. The winner, who will be selected by an international committee of experts, will receive €1000 and expected to give a keynote lecture at the annual session of the Summer School.


Mid-career scholars who are within 10-20 years from the award of their doctoral degree are eligible to apply, either individually or through institutional nomination. The Scientific Committee of the Summer School is also entitled to nominate candidates to be considered by the Award Selection Committee. 

The Award is given to boost the profile of a scholar who has already published extensively in the fields of Mediterranean and/or Middle Eastern Studies, within a critical materialist and/or historical sociological tradition which were the defining features of Fred Halliday's legacy, and with a distinguished track record as an instructor and researcher. No account will be taken of the applicant's physical age or current title, and the Award Committee will make due allowance for applicants who have had career breaks.

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following to csanchez@ibei.org (IBEI research coordinator):

  • Your CV
  • A 1,000 word statement of your present and future work
  • Three sample publications (only articles in peer-reviewed journals, no older than 5 years)
  • Names and email addresses of two academic referees

For more information, please email uozkirimli@ibei.org.

Scheme opens date: 1 May 2023

Deadline date: 25 June 2023, 17:00 CEST

The Award Committee

Fred Halliday

Fred Halliday was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1946. He was an expert in the field of International Relations and the Middle East. He was from 1985 to 2008 Professor of International relations at the London School of Economics In 2002, he was elected Fellow of the British Academy. He landed in Barcelona in 2004, as visiting research fellow at CIDOB. In 2005 he became the first visiting professor at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). From 2008 to 2010 he was an ICREA Research Professor at IBEI. In 1981, he published one of the first studies on the Iranian revolution, Iran: Dictatorship and Development. Among his publications are Islam and the Myth of Confrontation (1996), 100 Myths about the Middle East (2005), The Middle East in international relations: Power, Politics and Ideology (2005), The Fate of Solidarity: Uses and Abuses (2008) and Britain's First Muslims: Portrait of an Arab Community (2010). He wrote regularly for the newspaper La Vanguardia as a political analyst. He died in Barcelona, the 26th of April 2010.