Applications in all categories are due Monday,
February 3, 2014, by 5:00 PM.

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The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at U.C. Berkeley is proud to announce the annual competition of the Sultan Program in Arab Studies, made possible through a generous endowment from the Sultan bin AbdulAziz Al-Saud Charity Foundation. The Sultan 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 this important region at U.C. Berkeley 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.

Program Components & Eligibility

The program currently offers grants in the following categories:

1. The Visiting Scholar/ Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship

The Sultan Visiting Scholar 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 three years (or will receive it prior to holding the fellowship) and have not yet held a tenure-track position. Visiting Scholars may hold doctorates from institutions other than U.C. Berkeley.

2. The Graduate Fellowship

U.C. Berkeley students conducting research on topics related to Arab Studies at the dissertation stage may apply for fellowships to 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 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 may apply for scholarships 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 from U.C. Berkeley faculty, students, and affiliates for conferences, workshops, multimedia projects, websites, 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 3, 2014, by 5:00 PM. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

An application form is required. Please pick up an application form at the CMES, or download one from the CMES website at Please submit a concise proposal including all of the following: 1) Application form; 2) a one-page executive summary specifying 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 (note: undergraduate proposals should be between one and two pages); 4) a current C.V.; 5) a complete project budget clearly indicating the amount of funding requested from the Sultan Program.

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 one letter of recommendation from the main advisor.

Please include your name on every page of the application. Applications may be submitted via email to cmes [at] berkeley [dot] edu with “Sultan Application 2014” in the subject line. Hard copies may be mailed to:

Professor Nezar AlSayyad
Chair, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
340 Stephens Hall, #2314
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2314

Awards will be announced in mid-spring semester 2014, and grant recipients will have access to funds by July 1. 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.

For additional information about the Sultan Program, please contact the CMES at (510) 642-8208 or cmes [at] berkeley [dot] edu.