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GISC Faculty Grants

The Global Islamic Studies Center (GISC) welcomes proposals from affiliated faculty for research, conferences, and event co-sponsorships:

  • Research and Conference Travel Grants: Funds may be used to pursue individual research projects domestically and internationally, to attend and/or present research for a conference or workshop that explores topics in Islam and Muslim communities.
  • Event Co-Sponsorship Awards: Funds may be used to support any event that promotes the understanding of global Islamic culture and Muslim societies worldwide, with preference for events that include an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multi-confessional dimension.

Awards of up to $500 are granted, depending on the number and character of successful proposals. GISC reviews funding requests on a rolling basis. Please submit all materials to  

Proposals should include:

  • GISC Funding Request Form
  • An explanatory statement no longer than 1,000 words;
  • A current CV for each principal organizer/participant; and
  • A budget detailing anticipated costs and all sources of support (pending and confirmed).

We expect applicants will also explore other sources of support, where appropriate. Successful applicants will be asked to submit a project description for the GISC website and annual report; a final report is expected as a condition of future support.

Successful proposals have demonstrated long-term scholarly impact, shown educational value for graduate or undergraduate support, contributed to the broader mission of GISC, and leveraged other sources of support. Funds may be requested for pilot projects or to supplement existing projects.


2018-19 Faculty Research and Conference Travel Grants

Farina Mir, History, for archival research in London, England.

Sascha Crasnow, Residential College, for paper presentation in Oxford, England.

2014-15 Faculty Research and Conference Travel Grants

Erdem Cipa, History/Near Eastern Studies, for archival research in Istanbul, Turkey.
Christiane Gruber, History of Art, for research in Istanbul, Turkey.
Farina Mir, History, for research in New Delhi, India.

2014-15 Faculty Event Co-Sponsorship Awards

Evelyn Alsultany, American Culture, and Shazia Iftkhar, Communication Studies

  • Oct 21, 2014 - Sherene Razack, “Law’s Preoccupation with the Muslim Psyche: Contemporary Biological Racism”

Gottfried Hagen, Near Eastern Studies

  • Nov 20, 2014 - Robert Morrison, Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Lecture: “Is Science Part of Islam?”

2013-14 Faculty Research and Conference Travel Grants

Erdem Cipa, History/Near Eastern Studies, for archival research in Istanbul, Turkey.

2013-14 Faculty Event Co-Sponsorship Awards

Shazia Iftkhar, Communication Studies

  • Nov 14, 2013 - Daisy Khan, “Imagine: Muslim Women as Co-Stewards of Society”
  • Dec 5, 2013 - Precious Rasheeda Muhammad, “To Be Young, Gifted, Black, American, Muslim, and Woman: Reflections from a 21st-Century, Muslim History Detective”
  • Dec 9, 2013 - Shazia Iftkhar, “Good and Bad Muslims, Good and Bad Citizens: Media Coverage of the French Veil Debates”

Evelyn Alsultany, American Culture

  • Jan 30-31, 2014 - Leila Buck, “Hkeelee (Talk to Me)”

University of Michigan Travel Policy

Faculty who lead students on trips abroad or who are engaged in research or other work connected with academic, professional, or University-related business should review U-M's Travel Policy. For information about the U-M international travel policy and other international education resources, see Global Michigan.