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2018-19 The Abbasi Program Undergraduate Student Grants for the Study of Islam and Muslim Societies

Application deadline is March 15, 2019.

We invite proposals from continuing undergraduate and co-term students for projects pertaining to the study of Islam and Muslim societies. Projects may focus on any historical period and on Muslim-majority or Muslim–minority contexts.  Projects may be pursued during the 2019 Summer Quarter or the 2019-20 academic year.  Awards will be up to $6,000 and made on a competitive basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply for matching funds from other Stanford units or external agencies. 

The following types of projects are supported:

  1. Intensive language study 
    The proposed course of language study must be integral to the applicant’s academic or professional development. Priority will be given to training in languages not offered on campus or for advanced training in languages where the student has exhausted campus resources.
  2. Fieldwork or Advanced Research Projects
    Priority will be given to projects that may lead to a senior or honors thesis.
  3. Public Service or Internships in the U.S. and Abroad
    Funds may be used to fully or partially defray the costs of a relevant internship opportunity in a local, national, or international organization.
  4. Study Abroad Programs 
    Funds may be used to fully or partially defray the costs of attending an overseas study program with an academic focus on Islam and Muslim societies.


Applicants must be continuing undergraduate or co-term students at Stanford while conducting the proposed grant project.  Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received an Abbasi Program grant. Professional school students are not eligible. Proposals submitted by a group of students will not be accepted.

Stanford policy may restrict undergraduate student travel to countries with State Department advisoriesClick here for Stanford University’s International Travel Policy. Please contact Abbasi Associate Director if you have questions about how this policy would affect your project or grant application.


The grant may be used for travel, lodging, and living costs associated with off-campus research or training; the purchase of research materials; research-related services (e.g. duplication costs, production of questionnaires/surveys, human subject costs, data entry, transcribing interviews, running focus groups); and costs associated with training (e.g. tuition,  registration fees, tutoring costs).

The grant may not be used for the purchase of equipment (e.g. computer, recording equipment) and software; or travel costs to attend or present at professional conferences.

Requests must be for expenses that are not covered through other sources of funding. Applicants may simultaneously apply for other sources of funding, but they may not accept multiple sources of funding for the same expenses. The itemized budget should clearly list sources of confirmed and/or pending funding.


Recipients are expected to submit a 1-2 page report upon the completion of their project, describing how the grant project has developed, what was learned, and next steps regarding their research project and career. Recipients who use the grant toward language training or a study abroad program are also expected to submit a transcript or training completion certificate.

Application Procedure

To apply, please use the form at  You’ll be asked for the following items.

  1. project proposal (1-2 pages) with details of your intended course of study, research or internship
  2. budget estimate for your proposed activity
  3. CV or resume
  4. one letter of recommendation from a faculty member, i.e. thesis advisor or research supervisor (submit name and contact)

Grant applications are reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee of faculty members and staff affiliated with the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. Decisions will be announced within a month after the application deadline.

For questions, please contact Abbasi Program Associate Director Dr. Zack Al-Witri.