Middle East Studies

The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) 2018-2019 Fellowships

December 1, 2017

The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) is pleased to announce that it will offer CASA I Fellowships for advanced Arabic language study for the 2018-2019 academic year. The application deadline is Monday, January 22, 2018. 

CASA I Fellowships: (September 2018-May 2019)
The CASA I fellowships provide intensive language and culture training in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial for two semesters (fall and spring) and allow students in the spring semester to take content courses in Arabic in their respective areas of specialization.*

To qualify for a CASA I Fellowship, the successful applicant must be a US Citizen or permanent resident. They also must be one of the following categories: (a) current graduate students; (b) undergraduate students in their senior year; or (c) holders of either a bachelor’s or master’s degree. In addition, the Selection Committee is looking for applicants who are committed to a career in Middle Eastern Studies and who do well on the CASA selection exam, which usually requires three years of college-level language study.

  • You will be able to take the Reading and Listening sections of the exam with a remote proctor on your own time as long as the exam is completed by February 16, 2018.
  • The Writing Exam will need a proctor and can be taken on the proctor’s choice of the following dates: February 7, 8, 9, or 16, 2018

Applicants for CASA I have the option of participating on a Pay-Your-Own-Way basis if they have other sources of funding. CASA programs can often accommodate more students than our funding can support; therefore, applicants are encouraged to seek funding from other private and government sources.

Please note that non-US citizens are also welcome to apply for CASA, and if accepted, may participate only on a Pay-Your-Own-Way basis due to our funding restrictions,

A CASA I fellowship award covers tuition, round-trip airfare, and a monthly stipend.

*Our goal is to send Fellows to both program locations (American University in Cairo and Qasid Institute in Amman); however, this will depend on the assessment of the security and funding situations in the spring. We encourage anyone who is interested to apply and we will share updates once we have them

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