Stevens Scholars Project

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  Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2019
  Eligibility: UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students


On September 11, 2013, the family and friends of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens announced the creation of The Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Fund for Middle Eastern Studies to honor the memory of Ambassador Stevens, who died in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. The fund is dedicated to deepening and extending knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa, particularly in the areas of culture, language, politics, and history. The fund will support research and travel by graduate and undergraduate students who demonstrate a high level of distinction in Middle Eastern Studies.


UC Berkeley undergraduates in Middle Eastern Studies or other relevant majors, or graduate students in Master’s or Ph.D. programs whose work focuses on the Middle East and North Africa.

Students are eligible to apply for travel in the summer after they graduate, but priority will be given to candidates who are still UC Berkeley students during the travel period.


Grants for up to $5,000 are available to defray the cost of international travel to conduct research on Middle East-related topics or to support overseas study of Middle Eastern languages.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Wednesday, October 31, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

To apply

Complete applications must include: 1) cover letter addressed to Prof. Emily Gottreich, CMES Chair, detailing proposed project or activity not to exceed 2 pages in addition to appendices; 2) complete expense budget; and 3) a proposed itinerary including all destinations and dates of travel 4) a letter of recommendation. Please indicate clearly the amount of funding requested from this program and any other funding sources available to you. Projects with at least some matching funds will be given preference. Be certain to include your name, email address, phone number, year in school, major, thesis advisor’s name, and UC Berkeley I.D. number in your cover letter.

Please email applications as a single PDF to with “Stevens Scholars Project” in the subject line.

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


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