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Funding

For summer 2021, funding will be available for virtual research or internship experiences. 

If you are planning to participate in an in-person internship or research opportunity, please note that undergraduate students are prohibited from international or domestic travel to U-M Travel Restriction destinations. We will accept funding applications for in-person experiences, but GISC will follow U-M policies and funding will not be distributed if by the decision deadline of after the applicant's internship or research is set to take place in a U-M Travel Restriction destination.

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 hmattar@umich.edu.

Fellowship eligibility, requirements, and full details (PDF

Eligibility, Award Announcement, and Post-funding Requirement

Eligibility:

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 hmattar@umich.edu. 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 hmattar@umich.edu 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) seeks applications from undergraduate students for grants up to $500 toward summer projects in the U.S. or abroad in the field of Islamic studies. This award cannot be used for language study. Please note that currently with the U-M travel restrictions, we can only fund projects that are done digitally or virtually.

Please contact islamicstudies@umich.edu for any specific questions. Deadline: February 15

Eligibility and Application Requirements

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Students who have declared a minor in Islamic studies will be given preference.

Application Requirements: Applicants must submit the following application materials:

  • Summer Funding Application Form
  • Statement of purpose (1-3 pages) including proposed time period, institutional affiliation, your reasons for pursuing the project, and how this experience will contribute to your career goals
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae or résumé
  • Official University of Michigan transcript

A written report based on the project will be required at its conclusion.

GISC Summer Fellowship Recipients

  • Jamie Thompson, BA Gender & Health/ Psychology, for the CGIS study abroad program in Israel and Palestine. (2018)
  • Azhar Aboubaker, BA International Studies/Sociology, for an internship with the Felicity Foundation in Ann Arbor. (2017)
  • Edda Hanafi, BS Economics/Women’s Studies, for an internship at the Central Bank of Malaysia. (2017)
  • Komel Khan, LSA Undeclared, for an internship with the Felicity Foundation in Ann Arbor. (2017)
  • Zaryff Razali, BA Economics/History, to conduct research on the "Memali Incident" in Malaysia. (2017)
  • Nur Amirah Amer Hamzah, BA Economics/Political Science, for an internship with the Central Bank of Malaysia's London Representative Office. (2016)
  • Noah Attal, BS Earth & Environmental Sciences, for an internship at the Felicity Foundation in Ann Arbor. (2016)
  • Alaa Hajeissa, BS Neuroscience, for an internship at the Felicity Foundation in Ann Arbor. (2016)
  • Edda Hanafi, BS Economics, for an internship at the Women's Aid Organization in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (2016)
  • Timothy Peterson, BA Comparative Literature/BMus Composition, to study sacred classical Arabic music in Tangier, Morocco. (2016)
  • Muhammad Amier Zaryff Razali, BA Economics/History, for an internship at the Khazanah Research Institute in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (2016)
  • Mohamad Bazzi, BA LSA, for research on the Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi (MTO) centers in California and Texas. (2015)
  • Muhammad Amier Zaryff Razali, BA Economics/History, for an internship with the Central Bank of Malaysia. (2015)
  • Luqman Harith Saifuddin, BS Economics/Actuarial Mathematics, for participation in the Durham Islamic Finance Summer School in England. (2015)

Fellowship Recipients

GISC Summer Fellowship Recipients

  • Jamie Thompson, BA Gender & Health/ Psychology, for the CGIS study abroad program in Israel and Palestine. (2018)
  • Azhar Aboubaker, BA International Studies/Sociology, for an internship with the Felicity Foundation in Ann Arbor. (2017)
  • Edda Hanafi, BS Economics/Women’s Studies, for an internship at the Central Bank of Malaysia. (2017)
  • Komel Khan, LSA Undeclared, for an internship with the Felicity Foundation in Ann Arbor. (2017)
  • Zaryff Razali, BA Economics/History, to conduct research on the "Memali Incident" in Malaysia. (2017)
  • Nur Amirah Amer Hamzah, BA Economics/Political Science, for an internship with the Central Bank of Malaysia's London Representative Office. (2016)
  • Noah Attal, BS Earth & Environmental Sciences, for an internship at the Felicity Foundation in Ann Arbor. (2016)
  • Alaa Hajeissa, BS Neuroscience, for an internship at the Felicity Foundation in Ann Arbor. (2016)
  • Edda Hanafi, BS Economics, for an internship at the Women's Aid Organization in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (2016)
  • Timothy Peterson, BA Comparative Literature/BMus Composition, to study sacred classical Arabic music in Tangier, Morocco. (2016)
  • Muhammad Amier Zaryff Razali, BA Economics/History, for an internship at the Khazanah Research Institute in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (2016)
  • Mohamad Bazzi, BA LSA, for research on the Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi (MTO) centers in California and Texas. (2015)
  • Muhammad Amier Zaryff Razali, BA Economics/History, for an internship with the Central Bank of Malaysia. (2015)
  • Luqman Harith Saifuddin, BS Economics/Actuarial Mathematics, for participation in the Durham Islamic Finance Summer School in England. (2015)

The Global Islamic Studies Center (GISC) welcomes proposals from undergraduate students for event co-sponsorships. 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 $1,000 are granted, depending on the number and character of successful proposals.

Requirements and details

Proposals should include:

  • GISC Funding Application Form
  • An explanatory statement no longer than 1,000 words
  • 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 campus-wide impact, shown educational value, 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 IslamicStudies@umich.edu.

Undergraduate Event Co-Sponsorship Awards

Muslim Law Students 
Nov 11, 2018 - Muslim Law Students Explore Dearborn

Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar
Nov 15-16, 2018 - Shauna Huffaker Lecture & Workshop

Malaysian Students Association
Feb 1, 2019 - Malaysian Cultural Night  

Malaysian Students Association
March 17, 2019 - Malaysia Studies Forum (MSF): Multiracialism: Exchanging Perspectives between the US and Malaysia

Yemeni Students Association
April 7, 2019 - Fundraising Dinner for Yemen 

Muslim Students Association (MSA)
Oct 7, 2018 - Presenting Islam to Fellow Americans Workshop

The Ann Arbor Palestinian Film Festival
Mar 10-13, 2016 - The Ann Arbor Palestinian Film Festival

Indonesian Student Association (PERMIAS)
Feb 20, 2016 - Indonesian Cultural Night

Malaysian Students Association (MiMSA)
Mar 28, 2016 - Malaysian Cultural Night

Muslim Students’ Association
Jan 19-20, 2016 - Sacred Time Project

Albanian American Student Organization
Mar 18, 2015 - Besa: The Promise

The Ann Arbor Palestinian Film Festival 
Mar 19–22, 2015 - The Ann Arbor Palestinian Film Festival

Indonesian Student Association (PERMIAS) 
Mar 21, 2015 - Indonesian Cultural Night

International Policy Students Association (IPSA) 
Mar 30, 2015 - Is Genocide Unfolding in Myanmar?

Malaysian Students Association (MiMSA)
Mar 22, 2015 - Malaysian Cultural Night 2015 
Apr 4, 2015 - Malaysian Studies Forum 
May 22–24, 2015 - Malaysian Midwest Games 2015

Muslim Students' Association 
Nov 10, 2014 - Fast-a-Thon 
Nov 14, 2014 - Traditional African Islam: At the Crossroad of Muslim and Ethnic Cultures 
Jan 23–25, 2015 - Sacred Time Project 
Mar 20, 2015 - Defining the Muslim American Feminist

Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE) 
Oct 6 & 10, 2014 - Palestinian Awareness Week (PAW)

Indonesian Student Association (PERMIAS) 
Feb 22, 2014 - Indonesian Cultural Night

Malaysian Students Association (MiMSA) 
Mar 15, 2014 - Malaysian Studies Forum Mar 30, 2014 - Malaysian Cultural Night

Muslim Students' Association 
Mar 20, 2014 - #Trending: Muslim Women Journalists and the Politics of Representation 
Mar 21, 2014 - Ustadh Usama Canon, Director of Ta’leef Collective, "Assimilation, Isolation, and Integration of Muslims in America"

Travel Policy

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