Applications in all categories are due Monday,
February 4, 2013, by 5:00 PM.
The Sultan Endowment for Arab Studies Program supports teaching, research, and public outreach on topics related to the Arab and Arab-Islamic world, with the overarching goal of promoting a deeper understanding of the Middle East on the U.C. Berkeley campus and beyond. The program encompasses the social sciences, humanities, and professional fields, with a special emphasis on integrating insights into the Arab world from the following disciplines: anthropology, sociology, architecture, history, literature, political science, and urban studies.
This program is made possible through a generous endowment from the Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud Charity Foundation.
Program Components & Eligibility
The Sultan Program in Arab Studies offers grants in the following categories:
1. The Post-Doctoral Fellowship
The Sultan Post-Doctoral Fellow engages in research related to the theme of Arab Studies, and will deliver a public lecture as part of the CMES Interdisciplinary Lecture Series. S/he is hosted by the CMES. (The fellowship is available for one semester, and provides a stipend of $18,000/semester. In exceptional circumstances, the fellowship will be available for a full year.)
Applications are accepted from scholars who have received their Ph.D. within the last 3 years (or will receive it prior to holding the fellowship) and have not yet held a tenure-track position.
2. The Graduate Fellowship
Students conducting research on topics related to Arab Studies at the dissertation stage are welcome to apply. Fellowships may be used for travel, fieldwork, and/or dissertation writing. While the fellowship is primarily intended for students who have advanced to candidacy, advanced pre-dissertation work may be accepted under exceptional circumstances. (The maximum Graduate Travel Pre-dissertation Fellowship is $4,000, and Post-dissertation is $12,000. The maximum Writing Fellowship is $12,000 depending on the other sources of support from the home department.)
Applications are accepted from enrolled U.C. Berkeley graduate students who have advanced to candidacy within the last three years. Students who are currently receiving the Dissertation Completion Fellowship are not eligible for the Sultan Graduate Fellowship.
3. The Undergraduate Scholarship Fund
U.C. Berkeley undergraduates working on projects and theses related to Arab Studies are welcome to apply. Scholarships may be used to support research or conference travel, overseas or domestic summer Arabic language study, and/or internships. (The maximum undergraduate scholarship is $1,200. Note that most awards are below this level.)
4. Other Scholarly Initiatives
The Sultan Program accepts proposals for conferences, workshops, multi-media projects, web-sites, public radio and television projects, and collaborative and public outreach activities related to the Arab world. (The maximum grant in this category is $10,000.00.)
Applications in all categories are due Monday, February 4, 2013, by 5:00 PM. Applications must be submitted in hard copy to the CMES and must be received on or before the due date. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. (For selected applicants, funds will be available as of July 1.) Applications for the Post-Doctoral Fellowship are only accepted from non-UC Berkeley Ph.D.s. For all other program categories, proposals are accepted from UC Berkeley faculty, students and affiliates only.
An application form is required. Please download (see gold box above) or pick up an application form from the CMES.
Please submit a concise proposal including all of the following: 1) Application form; 2) a one-page executive summary (please specify the program category to which you are applying); 3) a detailed project narrative not to exceed six double-spaced pages outlining all proposed activities during grant term and their relevance to Arab Studies; 4) a current C.V.; 5) a complete project budget clearly indicating the amount of funding requested from the Sultan Program. Please put your name on every page of your application.
1. Applicants for the Visiting Scholar/Post-Doctoral Fellowships must include two letters of recommendation, including one from an advisor.
2. Applicants for the Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowship must include two letters of recommendation including one from the main advisor.
Recipients of all grants in the Sultan Program in Arab Studies must provide a short report within three months after the conclusion of grant term.
Awards will be announced in mid-spring semester 2013. Grant recipients are required to provide a short report and financial accounting within three months following the conclusion of the grant term. Further dissemination of materials produced under the auspices of this Program may also be carried out by the CMES.
Please send applications to:
- The Sultan Program
- Center for Middle Eastern Studies
- 340 Stephens Hall, #2314
- University of California
- Berkeley, CA 94720-2314
For additional information about the Al-Falah Program, please contact the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at (510) 642-8208 or cmes [at] berkeley [dot] edu.