Faculty Fellowships and Grants

Funding opportunities for faculty members, visiting researchers, postdocs, and other research or academic affiliates

CMES Grants

Andrew Mellon Foundation Conference & Research Grants

Program Components and Eligibility

UC Berkeley faculty, lecturers, academic 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 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.

Application Deadline...

The Sultan Program in Arab Studies

The Sultan Program in Arab Studies is made possible through a generous endowment from the Sultan bin AbdulAziz Al-Saud Charity Foundation. The Sultan Program supports teaching, research, and public outreach on topics related to the Arab and Arab-Islamic world, with the overarching goal of promoting a deeper understanding of this important region at UC Berkeley and beyond. The program encompasses the social sciences, humanities, and professional fields, with a special emphasis on anthropology, sociology, architecture, history, literature, political science, and urban studies.


External Grants

American Institute of Maghrebi Studies Research Grants

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) announces its annual Grants Program for academic year 2023-2024 beginning in July 2023. The Grant Program offers grants to U.S. scholars to conduct research on North African topics in Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco, or Tunisia. AIMS Overseas Research Centers in Oran, Tunis, and Tangier facilitate AIMS grants and support AIMS scholars. AIMS funds only primary research conducted in the Maghrib.

Short-Term Research Grants

AIMS awards short-term grants for one to three months for up to $6,000. These awards...

American Institute of Yemeni Studies U.S. Scholars Research Fellowship

The American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS) holds an annual fellowship competition supporting research on Yemen and Yemeni Studies for U.S. citizens funded by grants from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The U.S. Scholars Fellowship supports advanced research on Yemeni Studies for U.S. citizens to conduct research outside of the U.S. and Yemen.

Proposals are invited from graduate and post-graduate scholars in all disciplines. Collaborative or group projects, including collaborations with Yemeni researchers, are also invited. Although there is currently a travel ban for using AIYS fellowships for funds within Yemen, a project related to Yemen involving research outside of Yemen or the United States can be funded.

Projects are not normally funded above $5,000.

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) Fellowships

The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) at the University of Arizona annouces three programs for students and faculty to conduct research or coursework in Arabic abroad

The application deadline is April 5, 2024. For full details and application information, click here.