External Fellowships

The following sites provide information and tools for researching scholarships and fellowships. Please note: the links will lead you to sites outside of MEI; we are not responsible for the contents of any of these sites.

Individual Fellowships/Grants

  • Islamic Scholarship Fund
    The mission of the Islamic Scholarship Fund is to increase "American Muslim representation in media and politics in order to improve public opinion and policy." ISF awards merit scholarships to U.S. citizens and permanent residents attending graduate school who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who are Muslim or are an active member of the Muslim community. Applications generally open in November or December and are due between late March and early April.

  • Academy for Educational Development/NSEP
    David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships

Unique opportunity to expand your understanding of countries and languages critical to U.S. national security. NSEP makes it possible for 85-90 graduate students to pursue the study of languages and cultures annually. 

  • The American Academic Research Institute for Research in Iraq (AARIIT)
    Offers two competitions for fellowship programs, one for citizens of Iraq, and one for US citizens. Proposals are invited from individual post-doctoral and advanced pre-doctoral researchers for fellowships to conduct research related to Iraq in any field of the humanities or social sciences. Requests should not exceed $4,000.

  • American Institute for Iranian Studies
    Offers fellowships for research in Iran to scholars of varying levels of expertise.

  • American Institute for Maghrib Studies
    Offers a number of fellowships for Maghrebi scholars, as well as grants for scholars and graduate students conducting research in North Africa.

  • The American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS)
    AIYS Fellowship for Study and Research in Yemen offers two separate competitions for fellowship programs of in-country residence and research in Yemen, one for U.S. citizens and one for citizens of the Republic of Yemen

  • American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT)
    The American Research Institute in Turkey will offer ARIT fellowships for research in Turkey at its branch centers. Scholars and advanced graduate students engaged in research on ancient, medieval, or modern times in Turkey, in any field of the humanities and social sciences, are eligible. ARIT also offers fellowships for intensive advanced Turkish language study in Istanbul: full travel and fellowships for ten advanced students and scholars for participation in a summer program in Turkish language at Bogazi’i University in Istanbul.

  • The Anna Sobol Levy Foundation
    Provides fellowships for U.S. citizens who are college graduates to study at the prestigious Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • Institute of Turkish Studies
    Offers grants to graduate students, faculty members, post-doctoral and independent scholars, academic departments, and university libraries to pursue academic interests and expand the field of Turkish Studies.

  • Mellon Research Fellowships for Central and Eastern European Post-Doctoral Scholars in Turkey
    Scholars from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, holding a PhD, may apply for fellowships to engage in individual research projects in any field in the humanities and allied social sciences involving Turkey.

  • Open Society Foundations
    Global Faculty Grants Program offers awards for mid-career and senior level faculty from select countries of the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Nepal to visit Western universities.

    The Global Supplementary Grant Program offers support to doctoral students from select countries in Southeastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Mongolia, the Middle East/North Africa, and South Asia.

  • Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
    Visiting Fellowships are awarded annually to enable scholars or writers with academic interests in the Islamic world to spend an extended period of independent study and research at Oxford. The King Faisal Foundation Award enables a British citizen to undertake research at postdoctoral or equivalent level at an academic institution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

  • Palestinian American Resource Center
    The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) awards a number of fellowships every year. They offer two research fellowships for scholars of Palestine and a travel seminar competition for scholars who are not Palestine experts but who are eager to learn more about Palestine. Applications are usually due in January.