Funding & Awards for Students

MESP & IRIS Funding Opportunities

  • 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 2020-21 academic year and summer 2021. Grants will be awarded up to $300 …

  • MESP Undergraduate Paper Awards – Deadline May 7, 2021

    Participating area and international studies centers of the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) are each awarding up to $1,000 (actual award amounts vary) to the best paper(s) and multimedia project(s) by an undergraduate …

  • MESP Graduate Student Paper Award – Deadline May 7, 2021

    The Middle East Studies Program will award $500 to an outstanding graduate student paper or papers. Eligibility You must be currently enrolled as a graduate student at UW-Madison. The paper must focus on a topic …

  • IRIS Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Award – Deadline March 1, 2021

    This award is for graduate students for 6 weeks or more of summer fieldwork, and up to $3000 in funding. Please see full details about this award here: https://iris.wisc.edu/funding/students/summer-fieldwork-award/

  • Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship – Deadline March 1, 2021

    In memory of Scott Kloeck-Jenson, a scholar dedicated to global peace and justice, the Institute for Regional and International Studies annually offers two awards: the SKJ Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships to support overseas travel to potential field research …

  • Boren Fellowship: Applications due January 4, 2021

    Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to support or add an important international and language component (including through support of in-country research/fieldwork) to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, …

  • FLAS Awards for 2021

      Fund your language study with a Foreign Language and Area Studies Award FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UW’s National Resource Centers to assist students in …

UW-Madison Funding

External Funding & Other Resources

  • Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship for Palestinian Youth

    The Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship aims to provide a space to re-engage the Palestinian narrative and explore the complexity of our identity in diaspora, and how our existence relates and connects to other marginalized …

  • Waheed Samy Award for Excellence in Arabic Writing, due June 15, 2021

    Application and additional information: https://waheedsamyaward.org/guidelines/ Submission deadline is June 15, 2021. You will need to submit two writing samples, a letter of endorsement from an Arabic teacher familiar with your writing, and a completed application. …

  • Call for Nominations for the 2021 MES Student Paper Award, deadline 8/15/2021

    The Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association requests submissions for our Student Paper Award. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. The winner will receive a prize of $500, plus a chance to summarize the award winning paper in AN (Anthropology News, a …

  • Apply for the 2021 Jack Shaheen Scholarship! Due April 12, 2021

    Apply for the Dr. Jack Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship! The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is offering scholarships of $2,500 in honor of Dr. Jack G. Shaheen for Arab American students who excel in Media Studies. …

  • Call for Proposals – International Field Research Grants in the UAE (faculty and grad students) – Deadline March 1, 2021

    The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research is currently accepting submissions for its Doctoral Research Grants, Faculty Research Grants, and Seed Grant opportunities. As an existing Foundation friend and collaborator, I am hoping you will help share …

  • 2021 Internship and Summer Scholars Program Information (deadline 2/26/21)

    Virtual Internship and Summer Scholars Program Dates: May 24 – July 30, 2021 This opportunity is open to undergraduate, graduate, and recent graduates. The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ 2021 Internship and Summer Scholars Program offers …

  • AUC International Graduate Student Conference

    Call for Papers: Literature and Human Rights The Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECLT) at The American University in Cairo (AUC) will host an International Graduate Student Conference on Human Rights and Literature. The …

  • AIMS Research Grants, applications due Jan. 31st

      AIMS Research Grant Awards for 2021 The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) announces its annual Grants Program for academic year 2021-2022 beginning in July 2021. The Grant Program offers grants to U.S. scholars …

  • CLS Applications Close November 17th

      Critical Language Scholarship Program The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks …

  • ACW Spring 2021 Virtual Internship

      ACW Spring 2021 Virtual Internships Arab Center Washington DC is now accepting applications for the spring internship program, which will take place from January to April 2021. We offer three internship opportunities for undergraduate …

  • AIMS Student Paper Prize, submissions due Dec. 31st

      2020 Mark Tessler Graduate Student Prize Award Submissions due December 31st, 2020 AIMS announces the 2020 Annual Graduate Student Paper Prize open to student members of AIMS. The prize is named for Professor Mark …