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Research and Conference Travel Grants

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.

Graduate students going to Travel Warning/Restriction destinations must have an approved safety plan. Safety plans must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to departure and MUST be approved before funding can be released. More info here and here

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

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.

Other Funding Resources

Travel Policy

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