New MES Conference Grants for Students and Non-Tenure-Eligible Instructors

Call for Applications:

The Middle East Studies Program invites applications for grants to defray the expense of attending digital conferences in the 2020-2021 academic year. Grants will be awarded up to $300 each.


Conferences or papers presented must be relevant to the field of Middle East Studies. Priority will be given to students, including both undergraduates and graduate students. The committee also encourages requests from lecturers and other non-tenure-eligible instructors.


In one document, which should not exceed 1 page, please include the following information:

  • Please describe the conference you are attending, your role at the conference, and the significance of the conference for the development of your studies, professional interests, research, or teaching. If you have submitted a proposal to a conference, please indicate the status of that proposal. MESP welcomes applications for attending conferences that charge participation fees, depending on availability of awards. Priority will be given to those with a speaking or organizing role.
  • Please indicate your UW affiliation. For students, please include your major, if you have declared one, and any certificate programs.
  • Please explain how much funding you are requesting from MESP, and identify any other funding sources to which you have applied.

Due date 

For conferences in October or November 2020, please submit your application by October 1. For conferences between December 2020 and May 2021, please submit your application by November 15, 2020.  For other potential dates (e.g. in the summer), please contact

How to submit

Please send your completed application to:

For questions, please contact