Resources for Graduate Students

Research Grants

This is a list of external funders that provide grants for graduate students at various stages of dissertation research (including pre-dissertation grants).

American Research Center in Egypt (pre-dissertation and dissertation research grants)

American Institute for Maghrib Studies (short-term and long-term grants)

Cosmos Club Foundation (research grants for students at Washington area universities)

Council of American Overseas Research Centers

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Institute of Turkish Studies

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Orient Institute Beirut

Palestinian Americn Research Center

Social Science Research Council (Dissertation Proposal Development Program, Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship)

Students may also wish to consult the Graduate School’s compilation of research awards, as well as its Dissertation Research Grants.

Grants for Language Study

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)

Critical Language Scholarship, U.S. Department of State

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Program
– For information regarding FLAS please contact Kelli Harris.

Institute of Turkish Studies

Other Resources

Advice for writing grants from the American Council of Learned Societies

The SSRC’s The Art of Writing Proposals

Academic job opportunities in Middle East and Islamic Studies are compiled by UNC-Chapel Hill, the Middle East Studies Association, and the American Academy of Religion.

The Professor Is In offers commentary and advice on everything from graduate school and the dissertation to applying for academic jobs and tenure. The corresponding book The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. into a Job goes into even more detail.

The book Graduate Study for the Twenty-First Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities is another resource covering all aspects of graduate school.