The British Institute for the Study of Iraq

BISI-Nahrein Visiting Iraqi Scholarship Co-ordinator

Part-time, Flexible position, Fixed term 12-month contract

Salary: £13.21 per hour, equivalent to university Grade 5, Spine point 15, including London allowance

About us

The British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI) is a small charitable organisation which aims to advance research and public education relating to Iraq in the arts, humanities and social sciences from the earliest times until the present. 

Since 2005, BISI has been running a Visiting Iraqi Scholarship Programme, sponsoring academic visitors from Iraq to come to the UK. To date, BISI has enabled c. 50 scholars to engage in research, training and collaborative projects in this country. 

Starting from 2018 the BISI has worked with the Nahrein Network ( to fund BISI - Nahrein Visiting Scholarships aligned to the aims of the Network. This partnership will continue for a further ten years from 2021. BISI may also on an exceptional basis directly fund scholarships for Visiting Scholars working in areas covered by BISI's remit but not covered by the Network

About the Post

We are currently looking for a confident, self-motivated Co-ordinator to manage the 8-week visits of c. 6 scholars per annum subject to the selection process of eligible candidates. The Co-ordinator will play an important part in assisting these scholars from Iraq to achieve their academic goals and aims of the Nahrein Network and to have an intellectually enriching experience in the UK. 
Duties will include: 

- Preparing the selected scholars for their visit to the UK, guiding them through the visa application process and making travel and accommodation arrangements. 

- Liaising with the Nahrein Network and ensuring that the scholars meet their output requirements. 

- Helping the scholars and the host institutions with a programme of activities relevant to the scholars' research interests and project aims. 

- During the scholarship, acting as a first point of contact and escorting scholars to their various appointments if required. 

- Ensuring scholars feel welcome throughout their stay by arranging social outings and trips with BISI volunteers and Council Members and with the host institutions, if possible. 

- Offering ad hoc assistance for other BISI projects aimed at supporting Iraqi academics and institutions, such as events, travel and visa arrangements, report writing, and book donations. 

Further Particulars can be accessed here: Further Particulars

The ideal candidate will have excellent organisational and communication skills and an evident interest in the history and culture of Iraq. An ability to converse in Arabic is desirable, but not essential. 

This is a part-time, flexible position, which could be worked around post-graduate study. On average the post is c. 30-40% FTE, 12-16 hours a week, depending on the work that needs to be done in any one week. The hours of the post will increase during the scholars' visits to the UK and may involve evening and weekend work and overnight stays. A requirement of the post is that the Co-ordinator can easily travel to Central London to meet with BISI staff and trustees. The role may also require you to travel to cities outside of London depending on the scholars' appointments and host institutions or places of study/research. 

The post is offered on a self-employed basis and is mainly home-based. It is for 12 months in the first instance, with the potential for renewal. There is a three-month grace period for mutual review. 

The Institute values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK on a self-employed basis. 

How to apply

Applications should consist of a covering letter, CV and the names and contact details of two referees. Referees will be contacted only for short-listed candidates. Applications should be emailed to [email protected] 

Application Deadline: 31st October 2021

Interviews: November 2021

Start Date: TBD