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Funding Opportunities

CSME is proud to support the scholarly endeavors of Indiana University students. Please see the below sections for information concerning funding opportunities.

  • Institute of Turkish Studies Grant Program
  • Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS)
  • Schusterman Center Doctoral Student Fellowships
  • Schusterman Center Post-doctoral Fellowships
  • Critical Language Scholarship
  • Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship
  • The 9th Ancient and Modern Prize for Original Research
  • National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Washington, DC Summer Internship Program
  • Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society Grants
  • Istanbul Policy Center, The Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program

The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS)


The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS), based at Georgetown University is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 grants program.


For full details regarding grant categories, application procedures, grant amounts, please follow the below links:

General Instructions:

Applications and Grant Categories:


Please note the deadline to receive all applications is by March 7, 2014.

The Summer Institute for Israel Studies has trained over 225 faculty at colleges and universities to design courses on Israel Studies. Recent participants teach history, international relations, arts, Jewish studies, religion, law, anthropology, linguistics, and security studies. 

Competitive fellowships are open to faculty members in the humanities and social sciences. 


Applications due by January 20, 2015.


June 15 - 29, 2015 Seminar at Brandeis
June 30 - July 9, 2015 Israel Study Tour

  • Stipend of up to $2,500 offered for the full course; $1,500 for the Brandeis seminar only.
  • Travel (from North America), accommodations and meals covered.
  • Engage with world-class faculty from Israel and the U.S.
  • Meet with leading personalities in public life, the academy, and the arts in Israel
  • Create a syllabus and leave equipped to teach a new course in any discipline
  • Join a community of over 225 scholars - teaching at nearly 200 institutions worldwide - supported by a wealth of pedagogical resources, ongoing professional development and networking opportunities

Find out more about the program. 
Contact with any questions.

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies is dedicated to promoting exemplary teaching and scholarship in Israeli history, politics, culture, and society at Brandeis University and beyond. To that end, the Schusterman Center supports and mentors graduate students at Brandeis University who focus on Israel Studies. These full and partial fellowships are granted on a competitive basis to doctoral candidates who have been accepted into the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


The Schusterman Center funds full and partial fellowships for doctoral students focusing on Israel Studies in fields such as history, sociology, politics, Middle East studies, Israeli art, literature and culture. These fellowships—granted through individual departments—will be renewable, after review, for up to five years, with up to a $24,000 stipend per year. If you receive a Schusterman Israel Studies Fellowship, you will receive a full tuition scholarship. You will also receive health care benefits, estimated at a value of $1500.


Schusterman Scholars’ primary affiliations are to their home departments. Therefore, each department will specify teaching and other doctoral requirements for Schusterman Scholars. All Schusterman Scholars will need to demonstrate competence in modern Hebrew and/or Arabic. Furthermore, Scholars’ dissertations must focus on a topic relevant to Israel Studies. Service to the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies may be required.

Schusterman Seminar

Recipients of Schusterman Israel Studies Fellowships, known as Schusterman Scholars, will be expected to participate in a bi-monthly seminar for Schusterman Scholars. This seminar brings together Israel Studies doctoral candidates, along with relevant faculty and other advanced students, to explore issues in the field of Israel Studies. This seminar will allow Israel Studies doctoral candidates to form an intellectual community for their research and academic development. Schusterman Scholars are expected to participate in the seminar every year of their Fellowship.

Travel Awards

Small awards for research trips to Israel may be available for Schusterman Scholars, to supplement their fellowships. These awards will be competitive. Scholars will be required to submit research proposals and recommendations from their research advisors.

Summer Institute for Israel Studies

Schusterman Scholars will be given the opportunity to participate in the Summer Institute for Israel Studies, in which faculty members from across North America and the world participate in seminars at Brandeis and in Israel that will help them design new courses in Israel Studies for their home universities. Click here for more detailed information.


Who is eligible?

Doctoral candidates accepted by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences who are focusing on topics in Israel Studies are eligible to apply for a Schusterman Israel Studies Fellowship. 

To apply to Brandeis' Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, please click here.



Prospective doctoral students should indicate in their applications for admission and in their personal statements that they would like to be considered for a Schusterman Israel Studies Doctoral Fellowship. Individual departments who plan to accept these candidates for admission will discuss the candidates with the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. An awards committee will then consider the application and award the Fellowships.

Doctoral candidates who are not awarded a Schusterman Fellowship may apply the following year for reconsideration.


For more information

Please contact the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies to receive additional information on the Schusterman Israel Studies Fellowship.

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies is dedicated to promoting exemplary teaching and scholarship in Israeli history, politics, culture, and society at Brandeis University and beyond. To that end, we invite applications for a post-doctoral fellowship in 2015-2016.

Candidates teach one course per semester in Israel Studies, related to programs in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Israeli arts and culture, politics, sociology, economics, or other relevant disciplines.

The fellow is expected to be in residence at Brandeis, to participate actively in the intellectual life of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, and to present at least one public lecture. There may also be an opportunity for participation in the Summer Institute for Israel Studies.

The annual stipend is $52,500 plus a $3,000 research fund, and is benefits-eligible. The fellowship may be renewable for a second year. 

How to apply

Click here for our online form. It will ask for contact information and the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Project proposal
  • Two letters of recommendation (emailed directly to
  • Description of proposed courses
  • Abstract of PhD


Applications are due by January 15th. A PhD must be in hand by September 1st of that academic year with no exceptions, and may not have been received more than five years prior.

For more information: 781-736-2154; Email:

Selection Criteria

Decisions concerning applications will be made on the recommendation of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. We respond to applications by the end of March.


Find out more about the fellowship.

The U.S. Department of State would like to remind you that the deadline for submitting applications for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is fast approaching! We are now a little under a month away from the deadline: November 12th, 2014 at 8pm EST. 


The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.


Persian is among the thirteen critical languages offered! Other languages include: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.


Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the thirteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website:


The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.


There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.


Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program.

The application is available online at:

Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.


Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website:

We have hosted 2 webinars so far and their recordings can be found here:

Webinar #1:

Webinar #2:

There’s one final webinar coming up on Friday, October 17th 2014 at 3pm EST and its focus is on application tips! Please RSVP to Sarah Bartfeld at  

The link to access the webinar (on Friday, October 17th) is here:


For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!


CLS Website:

CLS Facebook page:

For questions, please contact us at:

Boren Scholarship and Fellowship



The applications for the 2015-2016 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in in world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.  Applications are now available. 

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.  




Undergraduate students:  Can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad.
Graduate students:  Can receive up to $30,000 for language study and international research.
Both:  In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.


National Application Deadlines
Boren Fellowship:       January 27, 2015 at 5 p.m. EST
Boren Scholarship:      February 4, 2015* at 5 p.m. EST
*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.

For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education. 


Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Institute of International Education (IIE)
1400 K Street NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone 1-800-618-NSEP (6737)

Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarships/ Internships


Graduate and undergraduate students, studying at American colleges and universities or Americans studying at foreign universities, who aspire to become foreign correspondents, are invited to apply for one of fourteen scholarships/internships to be awarded by the Overseas Press Club Foundation.


From among the scholarship winners, the Foundation selects up to nine scholars and pays travel and living expenses for them to intern at foreign bureaus at such leading news organization as the Associated Press, Reuters, GlobalPost and Forbes.  Students win either a $2,000 grant or funding for their overseas experience.  In many cases, winning a prestigious OPC Foundation award has helped launch careers.  Winners are also invited to join the Overseas Press Club family.  They are encouraged to network and keep the organization informed of their career moves.


The judges require that applicants submit a Cover Letter, Resume and Essay.  The applicant’s name and school should appear at the top of each page.  The Essay of approximately 500 words should concentrate on an area of the world or an international issue that is in keeping with the applicant’s interest.  It can be in the form of a news story, analysis, or essay.  Recent winners have written on such diverse topics as playing black jack on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, political activism in Morocco, and social upheaval in China.  Applicants are also encouraged to submit essays showing a strong understanding of, or interest in, global economic issues such as trade, finance, emerging markets, immigration or environmental impacts.  While the writing sample need not be new work, it should be submitted in a form that meets the application requirements.


The Cover Letter should be autobiographical in nature addressing such questions as how the applicant developed an interest in this particular part of the world, or how he or she would use the scholarship to further journalistic ambitions.  The judges respond well to applications showing strong reporting skills, color, and understanding or passion. 


Winners will be contacted in December so that arrangements can be made for them to attend the Foundation Scholarship Luncheon in February 2015 in New York City at the Foundation's expense.  Recipients are expected to attend.  The results will be posted on the Web site in mid-December.


Applicants do not have to be US citizens.  Applications may be sent by mail, fax or email.   Please choose one.  Email is preferred (Word or PDF).

DEADLINE:  Sunday, December 1, 2014


Fax: 201-612-9915
Mail:  William J. Holstein, President, Overseas Press Club Foundation, 40 West 45 Street, New York NY 10036  


Web site:

Ancient & Modern A Prize for Original Research

The 9th Ancient & Modern Prize, an award of £1,000, will be given to a candidate aged under 26 or over 60 for an original research project. The Godfrey Goodwin Prize of £500, in honour of the distinguished Ottoman architectural historian Godfrey Goodwin (1921–2005), will be awarded to the runner-up. Sponsored by HALI and CORNUCOPIA and by BONHAMS, CHRISTIES and SOTHEBY’S

Description: The Ancient & Modern Prize was established in 2000 to provide support for scholars who miss out on funding because they are either too young or too old. It is easy to apply, with no references needed, simply a statement of age and a brief summary of the project in no more than 500 words.The applications are judged by an anonymous committee, on a scale of 1 to 25. They never meet, and there is no discussion. The scores are added up by the honorary secretary, and the highest gets the Ancient & Modern prize; the runner-up gets the Godfrey Goodwin distinguished Ottoman architectural historian, who died in 2005).’

How To Apply:

The project should relate to any of the subject areas covered by the sponsoring journals: and Applications should be short and outline the project in up to 500 words, accompanied by your age, anticipated results, and contact address. The award can be used for travel, material expenses and sustenance whilst the research is underway. Priority will be given to projects which would not easily find funding and which display originality.HALI and CORNUCOPIA reserve the right to publish the results, the winner to submit a printable article for publication within a year.

Entries are judged on the following criteria:

  • Presentation of the application
  • Worthiness of the subject
  • Likeliness to produce results
  • Appeal to Halı or Cornucopia readers of the resulting print article
  • How the prize money would contribute to the project

  • Applications by email to Word doc or pdf preferred. Images max. 4 up to 500 kb each By post to The Secretary, Ancient & Modern, PO Box 13311 Hawick, TD9 7YF, United Kingdom

    Deadline: April 30, 2015
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National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Washington, DC Summer Internship Program

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.

  • Professional workplace experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab world-related organizations in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours/week under the direct supervision of their host organizations.
  • Academic seminars: Interns take part in twice-weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab world, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations. There will be a particular emphasis, though not exclusively, on Arabia and the Gulf.
  • Site visits: Interns receive a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.

About the Program:

The National Council's Summer Internship Program offers professional work experiences combined with twice weekly evening seminars that bring academic experts and experienced foreign policy practitioners to meet with the interns in candid off-the-record discussions and freewheeling question and answer sessions. Our goals are: (1) to provide a realistic Washington, D.C. work experience that will pave the way to career development; (2) to provide interns with first-hand experience behind-the-scenes of the foreign policy analysis and advocacy process in Washington, D.C.; (3) to provide a strong academic component dealing with U.S. political, economic, and cultural relations with Arabia and the Gulf region; (4) to help participants begin the process of career networking by introducing them to working professionals in government, business, journalism, and NGOs; and, (5) to highlight the wide range of career opportunities awaiting those who aspire to work in the field of U.S.-Arab relations as well as to provide counseling on the graduate school and fellowship application processes. As complements to the program, interns will also be exposed to D.C. in a less formal manner via films, cultural events, embassy and museum visits, off-the-record conversations with former diplomats, group dinners, and suggestions for exploring the sights and sounds of Washington, D.C. This allows students not only to experience living and working in the city but also encourages them to appreciate the cultural diversity of the urban environment and the exciting cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities available in the nation's capital.

Cost and Fellowship Stipend:

A $125 non-refundable program fee must be submitted with the application. This fee helps to defray the costs of administering the summer internship program and the accompanying seminar presentations. Internship program participants, upon successful fulfillment of the program's academic and internship requirements, will receive a $1,000 fellowship stipend

How To Apply:

Interested undergraduate and graduate students, or recent graduates, are asked to submit the following materials prior to the application deadline in order to be considered for acceptance into the Summer Internship Program:

  • Letter of Interest: Describe why you are interested in the program and how it fits into your academic and career goals, background, experience and interest in the Arab world, and any other information you think is important for the selection committee to know. Please limit the letter of interest to one page single-spaced, or two pages double-spaced.
  • Writing Sample: Compose a short paper on the topic "U.S.-Arab Relations: Assessing the successes and failures of American policy toward the GCC since 2008." Papers must be in Times New Roman font, size 12, double spaced, and may be no longer than three pages. Use citations where necessary.
  • Résumé: Most students need only one page for a resume, which should be neatly formatted.
  • Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts for all university-level work. Candidates may submit an additional letter explaining special circumstances that may have contributed to low (under 2.5) or inconsistent GPA or an excessive number of dropped or failed classes. All transcripts must be official. Official transcripts are those sent directly by the institution, or sealed in a separate envelope by the institution and released to the student. Some institutions facilitate electronic submission of official transcripts. Institutions may take several weeks to process transcript requests, so please plan ahead.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Submit two (2) sealed letters of recommendation, or have the recommender mail them directly, from faculty members or others who knows your academic work well.
  • Application Fee: Submit a check or money order in the amount of $125.00 (non-refundable) payable to "National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations." This fee must be paid in order to be considered. And,
  • A signed Internship Program Application [link below and available at []

Special consideration will be given to applicants who have participated in the National Council's Model Arab League program, but this is not a requirement for selection as an intern. Supplementary materials such as newspaper articles or writing samples that are not required or requested will not be considered during the review of applications.

Internship Program Application

All materials must be postmarked by Friday, February 27, 2015. NCUSAR may review and accept applicants on a rolling basis prior to the final application deadline. Materials may arrive separately, such as official transcripts mailed directly by your college or university or letters of recommendation. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all materials are postmarked by the deadline. Late materials will not be considered.

Deadline: February 27th, 2015

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Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society Grants

  • The Faculty Seed Grant (FSG) is open to IUB tenure-track faculty and awards up to $5,000 on a competitive basis for projects involving research on the topic of race and ethnicity in society. The grant is intended to provide short-term support for pilot projects that will facilitate the development of major proposals for external funding or assist in the completion of an on-going project at the stage of completing data analysis. Preference is given to junior scholars from all disciplines. The application deadline is April 10, 2015.
  • The Graduate Student Research Grant (GSRS) is open to advanced graduate students at IUB in good standing with their departments, and awards up to $2,000 to support original social scientific research (approved by IRB) on the topic of race and ethnicity in society. Funds can be used for data collection, research supplies, transcription, computer software and other needs that are directly related to the proposed research project. This research must be advised by a faculty member at IUB, but cannot be collaborative between faculty advisor(s) and graduate student(s). The application deadline is March 1, 2015, 5:00pm EST
  • The Graduate Student Travel Grant (GSTG) is open to advanced graduate students at IUB who are in good standing with their departments (as determined in a letter of support from the Director of Graduate Studies). Graduate students can receive a $500 reimbursement for travel to national or regional meetings where they are scheduled to present a paper that engages the topic of race and ethnicity. The application deadline is March 1, 2015, 5:00pm EST.

Istanbul Policy Center, The Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program

Academics, journalists and professionals with an interest in Turkey are now invited to apply for the upcoming round of the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program. The 2015/16 fellowships begin September 1, 2015 and the deadline for applications is April 6, 2015.

Application Documents 2015/16 Call for Applications | Thematic Areas and Project Proposals | Application Form | Program Guidelines | Fellowship Brochure

The Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program is part of the Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative, a strategic partnership between Sabancı University and Stiftung Mercator. The program aims to strengthen academic, political, and social ties between Turkey and Germany, as well as between Turkey and Europe by facilitating excellent scientific research and hands-on policy work. It is based on the premise that acquisition of knowledge and the exchange of people and ideas are preconditions for meeting the challenges of an increasingly globalized world in the 21st century.

The Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program allows international scholars, journalists, professionals and civil society activists especially but not exclusively from Germany to work on academic and practical projects at Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) in three thematic areas:

  • EU/German-Turkish relations
  • Climate change
  • Education

There are two types of positions available:

  • (1) Mercator-IPC Fellowships are granted to outstanding young academics, journalists and professionals who have significant prior work experience. The fellows will be expected to work on academic or practical projects at IPC. A Master’s degree (or equivalent) is required for this position, but a PhD is strongly preferred. Applicants without a PhD degree will only be considered if their work experience and expertise meet the program requirements to the jury’s satisfaction. Projects which focus on the German-Turkish nexus are likewise preferred. Applicants cannot apply for fellowships to fund their PhD dissertations.

  • (2) Mercator-IPC Senior Fellowships are granted to internationally renowned scholars and highly respected representatives of civil society or politics who have already made a significant contribution to German-Turkish or European-Turkish relations. Senior Fellows are jointly chosen by the partners of the Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative.
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