Ayhan Kaya

+90 212 311 5306

Santralistanbul / E5 307


  • BA in International Relations, Marmara University, 1991
  • MA in International Relations, Marmara University (1993) / MA in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick, UK, 1994
  • PhD in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick, UK, 1999


  • Europe and Migration
  • Islam and the West: Bridging the Gap
  • Cultural Diversity in Europe
  • Politics  (PhD)
  • Introduction to Politics

Areas of Interest

  • Political Theory
  • Ethnicity and the Global Order
  • Contemporary Political Ideologies
  • Politics of Cultural Diversity
  • International Migration
  • Politics of Transnationalism

Rewards and Achievements

  • ERC Advanced Grant (2018). Project title: “Nativism, Islamophobism and Islamism in the Age of Populism: Culturalisation and Religionization of What is Social, Economic and Political in Europe”. The project will last for 5 years between 2019 and 2024. European Research Council Advanced Grant, ERC AdG, Call: ERC-2017-ADG, Type of Action: ERC-ADG, Acronym: ISLAM-OPHOB-ISM, Number: 785934, Duration: 60 months, GA based on the H2020 ERC MGA, Mono - 4.0, Start Date: 01 Jan 2019 – End Date 31 December 2023. Requested EU Contribution:€2,276,125.00
  • Best Teaching Award at Istanbul Bilgi University, 2017-2018 Academic Year, awarded 5 April 2018.
  • Fully-salaried sabbatical leave from Istanbul Bilgi University during 2016-2017, spent at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence
  • Jean Monnet Fellowship, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence (2016-2017)
  • Sabbatical 2016-2017 to be spent in the EUI, Florence
  • Success Story Prize for Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics of Interculturalism by the European Commission (2016)
  • Best Teaching Award, 2013, Istanbul Bilgi University, 9 January 2014.
  • Aziz Nesin Chair, European University Viadrina, European Studies, Frankfurt-Oder, Germany (2013)
  • Jean Monnet Chair in European Politics of Interculturalism 2011-2014, awarded by the European Commission
  • Turkish Academy of Sciences “Best Textbook Prize 2013” for Introduction to European Union (Avrupa Birliğine Giriş) co-edited with S. Aydın, Ö. Onursal and Yaprak Gürsoy.
  • Jean Monnet Chair, European Commission (2011-2014) 
  • Willy Brandt Professorship 2011-2012, awarded by Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), Malmö University, Sweden
  • Euroactiv News Portal European Award 2009, awarded by Turkey Euractiv
  • Jean Monnet Module Europe and Migration 2008-20013, awarded by the European Commission
  • Research Award on Internally Displaced People in Turkey, 1001 Program awarded by the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBİTAK) in 2007
  • Winner of the Turkish Academy of Sciences Prize in Social Sciences 2005 (TÜBA-GEBİP Prize)
  • Winner of the Sedat Simavi Prize in Social Sciences 2005 (together with Ferhat Kentel, for “Euro-Turks” Book 2005), awarded by the Turkish Association of Journalists
  • International Visitors Programme Participant in “Multiculturalism in a Democratic Society”, organized by USA Department of State and Phelps Stokes Foundation, Washington DC (21 April – 15 May 2003)
  • Turkish Association of Social Sciences Award, 2003: Best Book, Sicher in Kreuzberg: Berlin’deki Küçük İstanbul, Diyasporada kimliğin oluşumu  (İstanbul: Büke Yayınları, 2000)
  • Meawards, awarded by the Population Council, Cairo (2001-2003), for the scientific project on Circassian Diaspora in Turkey
  • Istanbul British Council Research Grant (1997 Summer);
  • German Academic Exchange Grant, DAAD (1996)
  • University of Warwick Home Students Only Fee (1996-1997)
  • British Government Overseas Research Student Fellowship (1995-1997)
  • European Union Jean Monnet Fellowship (1994-1995)
  • Honoured Student of the Institute of Social Sciences, Marmara University (1991)

Other Information

“Jean Monnet Chair”             

“Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence”  

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