Call For Student Grants 2014-2015
The deadline for all student grant applications is February 6, 2015. Students will be notified about awards no later than February 20, 2015.
The UALR Middle Eastern Studies Program invites UALR students to apply for Middle Eastern Studies grants to support their activities and scholarship in the area of Middle Eastern Studies. Grants typically will not exceed $2500 and funding generally ranges from $500-$2000. Grants will be reviewed on a competitive basis by the Middle Eastern Studies Committee.
UALR students are encouraged to think creatively about the activities that the grants could potentially fund. Academic projects related to any aspect of the Middle East or Middle Eastern Studies are eligible. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Examples of what the grant can be used for include, but are not limited to: participation in an archaeological expedition in a Middle Eastern country; historical research in archives in the US or abroad; participation in a biological or geological field project in the Middle East; conducting a cultural anthropological project in a Middle Eastern culture; working with an NGO to improve social, economic, or ecological conditions in the Middle East; a summer language study program of Arabic or another Middle Eastern language either abroad or in the United States.
The National Council on US-Arab Relations has a website (ncusar.org) with a set of internships and programs that students might consider for their grant applications. There are many institutions offering study of Middle Eastern Languages abroad or in the United States. Students might also check the programs at the King Fahd Center at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. All of the above are merely examples; any study program related to the Middle East will be considered. Students are encouraged to seek out and identify these programs first and then to apply for funding with a specific study plan.
Please submit a detailed letter of application together with a résumé, a budget, and at least two letters of recommendation, of which one must be from a UALR faculty member, to:
Dr. Clea Hupp
Department of History
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 South University Blvd.
Stabler Hall 604
Little Rock, AR 72204-1099
Office Phone: 569-8397
In your letter of application, please describe how your activities would fit into your agenda of study, scholarship, and career, and how, due to the grant, you could contribute to the advancement of Middle Eastern Studies at UALR. Also, state the amount that you are requesting and submit a preliminary budget; the budget should be itemized and as detailed as possible.
Grantees will be expected to make a campus presentation about their activities after completion of the grant.
Past grants included funding for:
• Art History research in Uzbekistan
• Anthropological work and language study in the U.A.E.
• Turkish language study in Turkey
• Arabic language study in Jordan
• International business school in Dubai