Berkay Gulen

Ph.D. 2023, (2015 Cohort)
Berkay Gulen

Dissertation Project

Who Makes Those Decisions? The Shift in Turkish Foreign Policy Decision-Making and Its Reflections on Turkey-Israel Relations

Professional Background

Volunteer Management


Turkish, French, Hebrew, Qualitative Methods



Berkay Gülen received her first MSc. degree in International Relations from Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2011. In 2012, she was awarded the Jean Monnet Scholarship and earned her second MSc. degree in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Berkay’s academic interest in foreign policy-making in the Middle East led her to research at the Moshe Dayan Center of Tel Aviv University in 2013 and the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in 2018. Her research is on decision-making mechanisms in Turkish foreign policy and Turkey-Israel relations.


Grants & Fellowships

  • Annual Conference Travel Award, International Studies Association (ISA), 2019
  • Murray Robinovitch Fellow, Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, University of Washington, 2018
  • Graduate Conference Travel Awards, Henry M. Jackson School and the Graduate School, University of Washington,  2017, 2018, 2019
  • Workshop Travel Award, European International Studies Association (EISA), 2018
  • Conference Travel Award, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, 2018
  • Israel Studies Graduate Research Scholarship, University of Washington, 2017
  • Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace, Middlebury College, Vermont, 2016
  • Opportunity Grant, Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, University of Washington, 2016
  • Samuel and Althea Stroum Fellow, Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, University of Washington, 2015

Post Graduation


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