Undergraduate Fellowships and Grants

CMES Grants


As of Summer 2023, CMES no longer offers Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. FLAS awards at UC Berkeley for Turkish are available through the Institute of European Studies, and for Persian/Tajik through the Institute for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.

The Afaf Kanafani Prize

The Afaf Kanafani Prize is a $500 award given for the best paper by a UC Berkeley student dealing with any topic related to the subject of women in the Arab world, with priority given to those dealing with MENA women’s struggles for rights and freedoms in the Arab world. The paper must have been produced in a UC Berkeley class during the current academic year. Chapters of dissertations are also accepted.

The Kanafani Prize is made possible through a generous donation by the late Fay Afaf Kanafani from the proceeds of her autobiography, Nadia, Captive of Hope: Memoir of an Arab...

The Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Fund for Middle Eastern Studies

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,...

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 Research Institute in Turkey Summer Language Institute

For summer 2024, the American Research Institute in Turkey will offer fellowships for participants in the summer program in intensive advanced Turkish language at Boğaziçi University* in Istanbul. This is a unique opportunity for intensive and immersive study of advanced Turkish language.

Deadline: February 16, 2024. More information here.

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.

Global Internship Program in Haifa

The Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies invites applications for summer internships in Haifa, Israel.

Information and application can be found here.

For more information or any questions, please contact Matthew Gordan at mgordon@law.berkeley.edu.