Middle East Studies

2014-15 Undergraduate and Graduate Research Awards

January 21, 2016


Brown Middle East Studies announces the second year of its Undergraduate Award Program for research in Middle East Studies. Awards will be granted in two cycles: a Winter cycle awarded in December 2014, and a Spring cycle awarded in March 2015. This program is for Brown undergraduate students with a declared concentration in Middle East Studies only. Priority will be given to students using the funds towards research for the senior Capstone or Honors Thesis, but is open to all concentrators.

This year, Brown Middle East Studies is also awarding graduate students conducting research in Middle East Studies. The same conditions apply.


Grants for undergraduates are available for up to $600 ($800 for graduate students) to defray the cost of transportation for  research projects that focus on Middle East-related topics. Please note that all grants will be paid as reimbursements upon completion of travel. Grantees will be required to provide detailed travel documentation in order to receive reimbursement. Travel is not limited to the Middle East.

Application Deadlines: 

Winter Cycle: November 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM.  No late applications will be accepted. Notifications will be made in December.

Spring Cycle: March 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM. No late applications will be accepted. Notifications will be made in late March.

Research travel and submission of expenses for reimbursement must be completed by May 15 , 2015. 

Due to limited funds, we encourage students to apply early.

To Apply:

Complete applications for research and/or conference grants must include:

1) Cover letter describing your project

2) Detailed budget (including airfare plus other expenses)

3) Proposed itinerary

4) A letter of support from the student’s faculty advisor.

5) Contact Information

6) If international travel is involved, evidence of compliance with Brown University international travel policies as managed by the Office of International Programs.  Brown international-travel/policies

Please clearly indicate the amount of funding requested from this program and any other funding sources available to you. Projects with at least some matching funds will be given preference. Be certain to include your name, email address, phone number, year in school, major, thesis advisor’s name, and Brown I.D. number in your cover letter.

Please send applications to:

Associate Director, Middle East Studies: cmes@brown.edu

For questions regarding this program, contact Middle East Studies at 
Middle East Studies
Box 1970
Watson Institute for International Studies
Brown University
111 Thayer Street. Providence, RI 02912
Tel.: +1-401-863-6924
Fax: +1-401-863-1270