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Undergraduate Student Fellowship

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 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 funding for all U-M undergraduate students pursuing projects in the field of Islamic studies or attendance of conferences, courses, and internships related to topics in Islam and Muslim Communities.

Islamic studies minors are given priority to this funding. Please note that currently with the U-M travel restrictions, we can only fund projects & attendance of events that are done digitally,  virtually, or locally to Michigan. Please contact islamicstudies@umich.edu for any specific questions.

Funds may be used to pursue individual research projects, virtual/local internships, or to attend/present research that explores topics in Islam and Muslim communities (this includes language learning courses) either locally or digitally.  Awards of up to $500 are granted, depending on the number and character of successful proposals. Awards are disbursed on a rolling basis. Students who are awarded Undergraduate Funding are required to complete a short 1,000-word fellowship report after their research/internship. All fellowship application materials must be received by the GISC office. Submit your complete application materials to islamicstudies@umich.edu.

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.

The GISC Undergraduate Fellowship Funding may be used for the following:

  • Language training - to offset costs of program fees for language learning. Training should be local to Michigan or virtual.
  • Research support - to offset costs for an original project supporting Senior thesis completion.
  • Summer projects in the U.S. or abroad that are held digitally/virtually or locally in Michigan in the field of Islamic studies
  • Internship experiences that are held digitally/virtually or locally in Michigan. This includes stipends for unpaid internships 
  • Covering costs of conference, workshop, or course that is held digitally/virtually or locally in Michigan and explores topics in Islam and Muslim communities (this includes language learning courses). GISC will cover costs for attendance and/or presenting at the online conference, workshop, or course.

Awards are typically announced 1-2 weeks after application submission, by email, on a rolling basis. 

*Due two weeks after project completion*

Students who are awarded Undergraduate 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 two weeks after research/travel completion. Please review the report requirements here before submission.  

All application materials should be submitted to islamicstudies@umich.edu. Reports should be submitted two weeks after research/travel completion to islamicstudies@umich.edu.

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

  • GISC Undergraduate Student Fellowship Funding Application
  • Statement of Purpose: No more than 1,000 words describing what you plan to do with the GISC Graduate Student 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.). Please also include anticipated costs and all sources of support (pending and confirmed)
    • 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.
  • 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 electronic transcript. To be considered official, transcripts must be prepared by the office of the registrar.

We expect applicants will also explore other sources of support, where appropriate. 

A written report on how applicants spent their funding will be required two weeks after completion of the project/internship. This report will be featured on the GISC website and annual report. For more information on what is expected in the report, please review this document carefully.

Successful proposals have demonstrated long-term scholarly impact, shown educational value for undergraduate support, contributed to the broader mission of GISC, and leveraged other sources of support. Please submit all materials to IslamicStudies@umich.edu.

GISC Undergraduate Fellowship Recipients

See how the past fellowship recipients used their grants: 

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)

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

Any student who receives funding from a U-M unit for their travel abroad must follow the directives of the U-M International Travel Policy and the specified guidelines regarding U-M Travel Warning and Restriction locations. Please visit Global Michigan to check the current travel designation for the destination country. Approval MUST be received from The International Oversight Committee (ITOC) prior to departure to a destination on the U-M Travel Warning or medium risk list. Travel to a restricted or high risk destination is prohibited for undergraduate students. Steps for completing requirements are outlined in the Flowchart for Travel and Safety Plans.