The Afaf Kanafani Prize

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  Deadline: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
  Eligibility: UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students


The Afaf Kanafani Prize is a $500 award given for the best paper by a UC Berkeley student dealing with any topic related to the subject of women in the Arab world, with priority given to those dealing with MENA women’s struggles for rights and freedoms in the Arab world. The paper must have been produced in a UC Berkeley class during the academic year 2019-2020. Chapters of dissertations are also accepted.

The Kanafani Prize is made possible through a generous donation by the late 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 12, 2021. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Results will be announced in late May.

To Apply:

Submit an online application below with a single PDF file that includes a paper written for a UC Berkeley course during the  academic year 2019-2020 and a cover letter.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMES' award competitions and associated deadlines are subject to change.  At this time we will not be considering requests for travel-related support. Please email with any questions.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
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