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Giving Opportunities

 Recess in the Jordan Valley
Scott Williamson, Recess in the Jordan Valley, 2011

To further the study of Islam at Stanford, we are actively seeking support for our general operations and specific projects. Your contribution may take the form of an expendable gift, annual pledge or endowment. Endowment gifts provide naming opportunities for specific programs.

General Operations/ Program Support: 

Your gift supplements our research and teaching initiatives by bringing visitors from around the world to the campus for academic and public events, including lectures, workshops, conferences and arts events.


An endowed professorship is the highest academic honor that the university can bestow upon a member of its faculty. The holders of Stanford’s approximately 400 endowed professorships represent the most distinguished scholars in the university, and the donors of endowed professorships are among the university’s most generous and far-sighted benefactors. Endowing a professorship includes an opportunity to name the endowed chair and enables Stanford to expand its course offerings. Your gift may qualify for matching funds. We are currently seeking funds to endow a Professorship in Turkish Studies at Stanford University.


Endowed funds support lecturers and the costs associated with their coursework, ensuring a wide range of rich offerings for Stanford students. We are currently seeking funds to endow a Turkish Language & Literature Lectureship at Stanford University.

Visiting Professorships: 

Complementing the teaching of the Stanford faculty, scholars and professionals are recruited to teach Stanford students. Endowed funds support these visiting professors and the costs associated with their coursework, ensuring a wide range of rich offerings for students.

Graduate Fellowships: 

One of the highest priorities for the program is to provide financial aid to students pursuing the Ph.D. in Islamic Studies. Graduate students play a vital role in education and research at Stanford University. They also represent the future of academics, civic life, and the professions. Because of limited external resources, the responsibility for supporting them falls largely to universities, often through generous gifts of donors. Donors have an opportunity to name a fellowship, which would provide support for advanced study to a succession of our most promising doctoral students. Each fellowship recipient would receive funding for four to five years of advanced study toward completion of the degree.

Other Projects: 

Should you like to designate your gift to support other projects (such as an endowed lecture series, postdoctoral fellowships, or language instruction programs), please contact us by email at or by phone at (650) 736-8169.

Please click here to make a gift in support of Islamic Studies at Stanford. For further information, please contact our interim Associate Director Lalita du Perron.