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CNES offers several fellowships, scholarships and small grants for UCLA undergraduate and graduate students studying the topics related to the Middle East and North Africa across a wide range of disciplines. Fellowships and scholarships are awarded annually, with application deadlines set in winter and spring. For more information and application deadlines, please read about each funding opportunity below.

Arabic Language Fellowship

Summer fellowships for UCLA undergraduates from any discipline to study advanced Arabic.

Conference Travel Grant

Travel grants to UCLA graduate students who will be presenting conference papers/posters with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Ebrahimi Fellowship

Academic Year predoctoral fellowships are intended to support graduate students conducting research on the Iranian diaspora.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)

Federal funding for Summer and AY study of the Middle East region and it's modern languages including Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish.

Kerr Family Fellowship

Provides funding for a graduate student from the Greater Middle East to pursue studies at UCLA in disciplines in the humanities or social sciences. (Currently not accepting applications.) 

Mosafer Centennial Fund for Near Eastern Scholars

Travel funding awarded for research and conferences, supporting interdisciplinary studies of the Middle East and North Africa.



Funding opportunities lists from the UCLA Graduate Division and the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Language and Cultures

Fellowships and scholarships are available for the study of Middle East and North African topics across a wide range of disciplines.

American Institute for Maghrib Studies  travel award
Deadline: Various

American Institute for Yemeni Studies
Deadline: February

American Institute of Iranian Studies
Deadline: Various

American Research Center in Egypt
Deadline: Various

American Research Institute in Turkey
Deadline: Various

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline: late January

Center for Arabic Study Abroad
Deadline: January

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
Year round

Critical Language Scholarship Program
Deadline: mid-November

Fulbright Programs
Deadline: October

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
Deadline: July

Institute for Turkish Studies
Deadline: March

Library of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies: Funding Sources for Judaic Studies
Deadlines: Various

Middle East Studies Association
Deadlines: Various

Multi-Country Research Fellowship
Deadline: January

Palestinian American Research Center
Deadline: December

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Research Fellowship Program
Deadlines: Various

Wenner-Gren Foundation (Anthropology)
Deadline: Various

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Deadline: Various