Andrew Mellon Foundation Conference & Research Grants

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  Deadline: Sunday, September 15, 2019
  Eligibility:  UC Berkeley graduate students, faculty, lecturers, and staff


Program Components and Eligibility

UC Berkeley faculty, lecturers, staff, and graduate students may apply for funding in the following categories:

1. Research Grants

Up to $2,000 to cover the cost of travel for modern Middle Eastern language study, dissertation research, or faculty projects.

2. Conference Grants

Up to $600 to cover to cover the cost of travel to attend conferences in the U.S. and up to $1,500 for conferences abroad. Please note that this funding applies to airfare only.

Please note that both types of grants are disbursed as stipends or through internal accounting transfer into research accounts.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the Fall competition is Sunday, September 15, 2019.  The Fall competition covers travel between October 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020. Applications for the Spring competition are due on February 15, 2020, and covers travel between April 1, 2020 and September 31, 2010. 

To Apply

A complete application includes 1) Your name, department, address, phone, email, and UCB ID number; 2) A short statement (1-2 pages) describing the research project, or an abstract of your accepted conference paper; 3) The letter of acceptance and/or conference program in which the paper appears; 4) A complete project budget indicating the total amount of funding that you are requesting. Include an airfare price quote from a travel agent or website, and please note any other funding sources to which you have applied, including Committee on Research funding; 5) A letter of recommendation (graduate students only).

Please include your name on every page of the application. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF via email to with “Mellon Application Fall 2019” in the subject line.

For additional information, please contact the CMES at (510) 642-8208 or

Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
340 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA  94720-2314


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