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The Global Islamic Studies Center (GISC) offers this fellowship opportunity only for summer 2021. 

Available to U-M students, the fellowship awards are capped at $3,000 for undergraduate and $5,000 for graduate students. Awards are disbursed on a rolling basis for the spring-summer term in a single payment to the student. 

The application deadline is rolling with a final submission date on May 31, 2021.

All fellowship application materials, including recommendations and transcripts, must be received by the GISC office before or on Monday, May 31, 2021, at 5 PM Eastern. Submit your complete application materials to Hana Mattar at

Fellowship eligibility, requirements, and full details (PDF

Eligibility, Award Announcement, and Post-funding Requirement


All students currently enrolled at the University of Michigan (U-M) in an undergraduate or graduate/professional degree program (master's or doctoral level) and are affiliated with the GISC are eligible to apply for the  2021 Summer Fellowship Funding. 

Note: If you have questions on your current affiliations status, please email Hana Mattar at Any U-M undergraduate students with a declared or an intention to declare a Minor in Islamic Studies or graduate students who are members or intending on becoming members of the Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar (IISS) may be considered student affiliates of GISC.

The GISC 2021 Summer Fellowship Funding may be used for the following:

    Language training - to offset costs of program fees for language learning.

    Research support - to offset costs for an original project supporting Senior, Master’s, or Doctoral thesis completion.

    Travel expenses (graduate students only) - associated with conducting original research or language training. Please see important travel policy guidelines at the end of this document/page.

Funding Announcement: 

Funds are typically announced in mid and late May, thru June, by email, on a rolling basis.

Post-Funding Reporting (due September 30, 2021): 

Students who are awarded GISC 2021 Summer Fellowships Funding are required to complete a short 1,000-word fellowship report summarizing their activities to be shared in the GISC News & Events Newsletter. Reports are due on September 30, 2021.

All application materials should be submitted to Hana Mattar at on a rolling basis, anytime before Monday, May 31, 2021, at 5 PM ET at the latest.

Application Requirements

Required Application Materials:

The following application materials are required of all applicants. Please read the instructions carefully.

  • Statement of Purpose: No more than 1,000 words describing what you plan to do with the GISC 2021 Summer Fellowship Funding.
  • Budget Statement: Please attach a budget statement with exact costs (e.g., tuition statements), or reasonable estimates of costs citing 2-3 references (e.g., airline tickets, rental estimates, etc.).
  • You may request tuition and mandatory fees, health insurance, living costs, direct research expenses (such as books, photocopy, small equipment, library and museum fees, and subject fees) as well as travel expenses related to your language study (such as airfare, ground transportation, and lodging).
  • Computers, including laptops, are not allowed.
  • If you are requesting living costs, please provide an estimate of rent, utilities, and food.
  • If you are requesting direct research expenses or travel expenses, please give a detailed breakdown.
  • Please note that if your fellowship project involves travel outside of North America, you are required to purchase international travel health insurance. Please include the cost of this insurance in your budget.
  • Academic letter of recommendation: At least one academic recommendation should be completed by a U-M affiliated instructor.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): Your up-to-date CV.
  • Current U-M Official Transcript: You may include a signed note granting permission to the GISC staff to access electronically your current U-M transcript and to place a copy in your fellowship application file. If you choose NOT to do so, you must submit a current official U-M transcript. To be considered official, transcripts must be prepared by the office of the registrar.

The Global Islamic Studies Center (GISC) welcomes proposals from graduate students for research and conference engagements. Funds may be used to pursue individual research projects domestically and internationally, or to attend/present research for a conference or workshop that explores topics in Islam and Muslim communities.  Awards of up to $500 are granted, depending on the number and character of successful proposals.

Funds may be requested for pilot projects or to supplement existing projects. GISC reviews funding requests on a rolling basis. Please submit all materials to

Eligibility and Requirements

Proposals should include: 

  • GISC Graduate Student Funding Application
  • An explanatory statement no longer than 1,000 words
  • The applicant's current CV
  • 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. GISC reviews funding requests on a rolling basis. Please submit all materials to

Graduate Student Research and Conference Travel Grant Awardees

2018-19 Graduate Student Research and Conference Travel Grants

Sahin Acikgoz, PhD Comparative Literature, for research on the history of authoritarianism and resistance to civil democracy in Turkey.

Andy Buschmann, PhD Political Science, for research on Myanmar, specifically to conduct the Myanmar Political participation survey.

Chantal Croteau, PhD Sociocultural Anthropology, for research on Thailand, specifically to conduct fieldwork in Phang Nga.

Albert Hawks, PhD Sociology, for research on Islamic minorities in East Asia, particularly focusing on Shanghai, China.

Salman Hussain, PhD Anthropology and History, for research on Punjab, Pakistan, specifically on the gendered impact of migrations to the Arabian Gulf.

Brittany Puller, PhD Student Asian Languages and Cultures, for archival research in India.

2017-18 Graduate Student Research and Conference Travel Grants

Maja Babic, PhD Architecture, for research on citizens of Skopje to inquire about Yugoslav identity, Ottoman heritage, and Albanian Muslims.

Ashley Dimming, PhD History of Art, to present at the College Art Association Annual Conference on 19th Century Ottoman Fabric and Architecture.

2016-17 Graduate Student Research and Conference Travel Grants

Layan Charara, JD Law, to study inclusive social development in Arab and Muslim societies, specifically disabled and marginalized peoples in Beirut, Lebanon.

Matthew Schissler, PhD Anthropology, to present on anti-Muslim violence at the Biennial Burma Studies Conference.  

2015-16 Graduate Student Research and Conference Travel Grants

Sahin Acikgoz, PhD Comparative Literature, for research on the use of Islamic discourse in the self-representations of gendered and sexualized subalterns in Turkey.

Roxana Maria Aras, PhD Anthropology & History, to research olfactive religious rituals of Sunni Muslims and Rum Orthodox, particularly focusing on the usage of bukhūr, in Beirut, Lebanon.

Maja Babic, PhD Architecture, to research the relationship between architecture and politics in the former Yugoslav successor states in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Belgrade, Serbia.

Niloufar Emami, PhD Architecture, to reserach geometric patterns in Islamic architecture at Hakim Mosque in Isfahan, Iran.

Angubeen Gul Khan, MPH Health Behavior & Health Education, to support a pilot study assessing the reproductive health needs of Muslim immigrant and Muslim-American survivors of intimate partner violence at the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services in Dearborn, Michigan.

Matthew Schissler, PhD Anthropology, to conduct archival research on the history of anti-Muslim violence in Burma in London, England.

2014-15 Graduate Student Research and Conference Travel Grants

Jonathan Brack, PhD History, to participate in a panel about the Mongols’ conversion to Islam at the Iranian Studies Conference.

Ashley Dimmig, PhD History of Art, to attend the College Art Association Conference.

Paige Milligan, PhD Near Eastern Studies, to study classical Arabic and Morisco texts in Amman, Jordan.

Chanon (Kenji) Praepipatmongkol, PhD History of Art, to attend the South-South Axes of Global Art Conference.

Elizabeth Young, PhD Sociology, to travel to Tunisia to research the relationship between Islam and national identity following the revolution.

2013-14 Graduate Student Research and Conference Travel Grants

Dustin Gamza, PhD Political Science, to present the paper "Repressing the Nation: Religious Repression, Islam, and Political Identity in Central Asia" at the annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Travel Policy

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, all travel must follow current guidelines, which are detailed in the International Institute Travel Policy.