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The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies offers grants and fellowships to CMENAS affiliated faculty and non-UM scholars and educators to support MENA-related language instruction, curriculum development, travel, workshops, and research.

In addition to these funding offered by CMENAS, the center also shares other fellowships and funding opportunities being offered by other universities and instititions. These info are posted on

Funding for CMENAS Faculty

A Title VI grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education provides CMENAS with limited funds to support language instructors and faculty professional development and attendance at conferences. 

Any faculty member affiliated with CMENAS may fill out a request for funding consideration. Only one request per instructor/faculty member will be considered each year. All requests are contingent upon availability of Center funding. All requests will be reviewed in the order that they are submitted. CMENAS Faculty Funding Request »

Funding for Non-UM Scholars and Educators

Curriculum Development Grant

Funding opportunity for K-12, community college, and 4-year institution instructional staff to support a visit to the University of Michigan

CMENAS grants awards for the purpose of curriculum development related to the Middle East and/or North Africa (MENA) region. Grants can be used to support a visit for up to five days at the University of Michigan. Educators have the opportunity to use the MENA collections available at University of Michigan libraries, museums and archival collections and the opportunity to consult with faculty during their visit. 

All scholars and educators, including K-12 teachers and faculty from two- and four-year colleges and universities, especially those lacking significant MENA resources within their home institutions, are encouraged to apply.  

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To apply, please send:

  • A completed application form
  • A curriculum project proposal, not to exceed 500 words (for more details, download the application form)
  • Resume or CV

Please send to: with subject “Curriculum Development Grant Application.”

Those awarded grants are required to submit a detailed grant report one month after completing visit, which includes a description of materials collected, and details for the integration of MENA content into courses taught, or new courses developed.

Deadline: Rolling.

**Grants and award amounts are dependent upon the availability of center funds.  All applications will be reviewed in the order that they are submitted.  A person may receive an award only once per academic year.