The Afaf Kanafani Prize Details

DEADLINE: May 17th, 2017
ELIGIBILITY: UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students

The Afaf Kanafani Prize is awarded to UC Berkeley students whose academic work focuses on women in the Arab World. One prize of $500 will be awarded to the best paper dealing with any topic related to the subject of women in the Arab world. The paper must have been produced in a UC Berkeley class.

The Kanafani Prize is made possible through a generous donation by Fay Afaf Kanafani from the proceeds of her autobiography, Nadia, Captive of Hope: Memoir of an Arab Woman.


UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students registered for the academic year in which they are applying.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Results will be announced in early summer.

To apply:

Applications must include a cover letter introducing the applicant and three copies of the applicant’s submission paper. Applicants must include his or her name, UC Berkeley identification number, email address, phone number, year in school, major, and the class in which he or she produced the paper. The applicant’s name should appear on every page of the application.

Please email applications as a single PDF to with “Afaf Kanafani Prize” in the subject line.