Featured Competitions

Critical Langauages Scholarship (CLS) Program

Deadline: November 15, 2011

The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.

Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.  

Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website: www.clscholarship.org/applicants. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found here: http://www.clscholarship.org/applicants.htm#prerequisites.

 Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

 The CLS Program has planned outreach events at universities across the U.S. in fall 2011. Please visit the CLS webpage or our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CLScholarship, as we may be coming to your institution.

 For more information about the CLS Program and to access the on-line application, please visit the CLS website: http://www.clscholarship.org.

American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS)

Full proposals due December 31, 2011
Fellowship awards up to $10,000

The American Institute for Yemeni Studies welcomes proposals from graduate and postgraduate scholars for research project about Yemen. Collaborative or group projects are eligible for funding. There is no restriction as to field or discipline for the research proposal. Research proposals should require a minimum of one month of study.

Previously funded fellowship projects include:

  • 1996-1997, Caterina Borelli, Independent Filmmaker, and Pamela Jerome, Columbia University. The Architecture of Mud (a video-documentary).
  • 1998-1999, Nora Ann Colton, Drew University. Poverty Alleviation and Development in Yemen.
  • 2000-2001, Stephen Day, St. Lawrence University. Local Government and Decentralization in Yemen.
  • 2001-2002, Carolyn Han, Hawaii Community College. Two Children's Books: Sufi Stories of Yemen and Queen 'Arwa of Yemen.
  • 2002-2003, Linda Boxberger, Independent Scholar. Linking Histories: Connections Between Hadhramawt (Yemen) and Dhufar (Oman).

Please note that since there is currently a ban on using State Department-funded fellowships for travel to Yemen the present competition is only accepting fellowship applications for research on Yemen conducted in places other than Yemen. AIYS is not accepting applications for Arabic language study at this time.

For more information or to print out an application, go to http://www.aiys.org, or contact AIYS at aiys@aiys.org. For a full list of previous fellowship projects since 1991, please visit the AIYS website. 

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau.


External Fellowships

Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (MIT & Harvard)
Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Research in Islamic Architecture

American Academy for Jewish Research

American Association of University Women (AAUM)
Fellowship - awards fellowships to women seeking graduate-level degrees

American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan

-   Kress Fellowship in the Art & Archeology of Jordan
-   CAORC Fellowship for humanities and social sciences, pertinent to Near Eastern Studies (pre- & post- doctoral)-   CAORC Senior Fellowship for natural & social sciences, humanities, and associated disciplines pertinent to Near East (post-doctoral)
-   Harrell Family Fellowship for ACOR-approved archeological research (graduate students)
-   Kenneth W. Russell Fellowship in archeology, anthropology, conservation, & related areas (Jordanian citizens only)
-   National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship
-   Jennifer C. Groot Fellowship for ASOR/CAP archeological fieldwork in Jordan (for undergraduate and graduate students)

American Institute of Iranian Studies
Research/Language Fellowship in Tehran

American Institute for Maghrib Studies
Pre-Dissertation Grant Program
Tangier Summer Arabic Language Program (TSALP) Intensive Summer Arabic Program
2004-2005 Grants Program
Research Fellowships for North African Scholars


American Institute for Yemeni Studies Fellowship

American Research Center in Egypt
Pre/Post-Doctoral, various fields

American Research Institute in Turkey

Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs
Fellows Programs (non-residential)

Center for International Exchange of Scholars
Fulbright Awards for Faculty and Professionals

Columbia University Society of Fellows in the Humanities

Cornell University - Directory of Grants & Fellowships
A mega-link page with national post-docs in the humanities (and including diss.
writing grants)


Council of American Overseas Research Center
Fellowship for Advanced Multi-Country Study

Fulbright Grants - Institute of International Education
Graduate Study/Research

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

Getty Foundation Fellowship

Global Supplementary Grant Program

Harvard University Society of Fellows

Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Harvard University's John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships in National Security

Humanities Research Institute (U. Cal.)
Faculty, Post-Doc, and Graduate Fellowships

Institute for Turkish Studies
Grant opportunities for undergrads, grads, and post-docs

Institute of International Education, National Security Education Program
Undergraduate scholarships for study abroad, various fields, languages, and countries

Individual Advanced Research Opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa and more

Israel Studies Association
Many doctoral and post-doc fellowships in and on Israel

The Joan P. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at University
of Notre Dame
Both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral level fellowships


Josephine De Kármán Fellowship Trust
Final year of dissertation research

Middle East Studies Association of North America Grant Listing

The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture
Offers doctoral dissertation fellowships and the Ephraim E. Urbach Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The National Foundation for Jewish Culture
Offers doctoral dissertation fellowships, grants-in-aid, and a dissertation publication grant

The Open Society Institute
Offers grants, scholarships & fellowships

Palestinian American Research Center
Research fellowships, graduate, doctoral, post-doctoral

Penn's Career Services funding information website:

Penn Humanities Forum
Mellon Post-Doc Fellowship in the Humanities

Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts

Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellowship on US-Arab Relations or Islamic Studies

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation, Fulbright Program

US Department of State
Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes

University of Oxford
Post-Doc Research Fellowship, Middle/Near Eastern Studies
email: jane.webber@orinst.ox.ac.uk

W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (Jerusalem)

Yale University, Whitney Humanities Center

Zeytuna Summer Arabic Intensive (Berkeley)