Established in 1998 through a generous endowment from Xenel Industries Ltd. and the families of Sheikh Salahuddin Yusuf Hamza Abduljawad and Khalid Alireza, alumni and friends of UC Berkeley, the Al-Falah Program in Islamic Studies seeks to promote understanding of Islam and to encourage the reciprocal transfer of knowledge and technology between the United States and the Muslim World, particularly Saudi Arabia.
The Al-Falah Program awarded its first grants in 1998. In this cycle, the Al-Falah Program will support (I) a Research and Scholarship Program and (II) an Outreach Program. Priority will be given to research, teaching, and outreach projects that focus on building academic and cultural bridges between the United States and the Middle East and broader Islamic world. Current recipients of Al-Falah grants are not eligible to apply.
Members of the UC Berkeley academic community—faculty, students, and other affiliates—are invited to submit proposals for consideration within these categories:
1. The Yusuf Hamza Abduljawad Student Fellowship
UC Berkeley graduate students conducting research on topics related to Islam and the Islamic world may apply for fellowships to be used for research travel, fieldwork, and dissertation writing. Awards will be in the form of stipends, with proof of departmental tuition grants. A maximum of $10,000 per grant may be awarded. Up to 2 fellowships may be available.
2. Outreach Fund
UC Berkeley undergraduates are eligible to apply for proposals within the Outreach category only.
The application deadline is Saturday, February 1, 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Awards will be announced in mid-spring semester 2019. 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.
An application form is required. 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 five double-spaced pages outlining all proposed activities during the grant term; 4) a current C.V.; 5) a complete project budget clearly indicating the amount of funding being requested from the Al-Falah Program and other funding sources. Proposals with full of partial matching funds from other sources, within and outside of the University, will be given priority.
Applicants for the Student Fellowship are required to submit at least one letter of recommendation with their application. All other applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit letters of recommendation.
Please include your name on every page of the application. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Al-Falah Application 2020” in the subject line. Recommendations can be submitted directly to email@example.com.
For additional information about the Al-Falah Program, please contact the CMES at (510) 642-8208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.