Applying for a Grant

2013-14 The Abbasi Program Student Grants for the Study of Islam and Muslim Societies

The Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies invites proposals from continuing Stanford 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.  Awards will be up to $4,000 per proposal and made on a competitive basis. Projects may be pursued during the summer or the academic year.  Applicants are encouraged to apply for matching funds from other Stanford units or external agencies. The deadline for 2013-14 grant applications is Friday, March 14, 2014.

The following types of projects are supported:

UNDERGRADUATE AND CO-TERM STUDENTS:
The grant projects can be conducted in the United States or in a country not included on the U.S. State Department’s Travel Warning list.

  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. Community or Public Service 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.

GRADUATE STUDENTS (M.A. and Ph.D. students):
The grant projects can be conducted in the United States or abroad in accordance with Stanford University’s International Travel Policy.

  1. Intensive language study in the United States or abroad
    The proposed course of language study must be integral to the applicant’s academic development or research such as the dissertation. 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 and Advanced Research Projects
    Proposals should be related to advanced work connected to the dissertation topic or exploration of an area that may lead to the dissertation.

Eligibility

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

According to Stanford University’s International Travel policy, we cannot fund undergraduate travel to countries where a U.S. State Department Travel Warning has been issued or where there is other reliable information of significant health or safety risks. In the case of graduate students, Stanford University strongly recommends against, but does not prohibit, travel to such countries. The final decision is up to the individual making the trip, and the University reserves the right to require the execution of an appropriate release or waiver before permitting such travel. Please click here for Stanford University’s International Travel Policy and  here for a list of current travel warnings.

Expenses

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; travel costs to attend or present at professional conferences; or dissertation write-up.

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.

Requirements

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

Applications must be submitted online at Friday, March 14, 2014. Please complete the application form and submit the following documents as a single MSWord or PDF file at http://www.stanford.edu/dept/islamic_studies/ISStudentGrant2013-2014.fb :

  1. Project proposal limited to 750 words, describing the project to be undertaken, its relevance to the study of Islam and Muslim societies, and its significance for the student’s research and academic development.
  2. Full academic CV, listing the applicant’s academic standing, previous academic accomplishments, publications and/or conference presentations.
  3. Completed Itemized budget template available here
  4. A copy of unofficial transcript from AXESS, saved as a PDF document.
  5. A single letter of recommendation from the applicant’s thesis advisor or the primary faculty member with whom s/he is working. If applying for language study, please submit two recommendation letters, only one of which may be from a language instructor. The letter/s should speak to the specific project being proposed and sent directly by email to kambayec@stanford.edu by March 15, 2013.

Applications that do not follow these procedures will not be accepted.

Grant applications are reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee of faculty members and staff affiliated with the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. Decisions will be made within a month after the application deadline. For questions, please contact Abbasi Program Associate Director Dr. Burcak Keskin-Kozat.