Stevens Scholars Project

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  Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020
  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 the study of the Middle Eastern and North Africa.


UC Berkeley undergraduates whose course of study focuses primarily on the MENA region in any discipline, or graduate students in Master’s or Ph.D. programs whose work focuses on the Middle East and North Africa.

Previous Stevens Scholar grants recipients and students who will graduate prior to their proposed research trip are welcome to apply but will be given lower priority.


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 for the Spring competition is Monday, March 2, 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  

Requirements for applying: 

1. Application
2. Cover letter
3. Budget
4. Proposed itinerary
5. A letter of recommendation 

Submit an online application below with a single PDF file that includes the following required information: 

1) a 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;
3) a proposed itinerary including all destinations and dates of travel 

Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.

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


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