The Center for Middle Eastern Studies Undergraduate Research Grant is designed to assist students wishing to undergo further research for undergraduate senior thesis projects that focus on Middle East related topics.

Eligibility: U.C. Berkeley undergraduate students only. Priority will be given to students with declared majors in Middle Eastern Studies expecting to graduate in May of 2012.

Funding: Grants for up to $500 are available to defray the cost of domestic and international travel. Please note that this funding applies to airfare only, and 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 Deadline: The application deadline for all travel is November 3, 2011 at 4:00 PM.  No late or email applications will be accepted. Funding should be used for travel during the winter break (December –January).

How to Apply: Complete applications must include: 1) a cover letter detailing thesis project, 2) a complete expense budget (including airfare plus other expenses), and 3) a proposed itinerary including all destinations and dates of travel. Please indicate clearly the amount of funding requested from this program (airfare only) 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 U.C. Berkeley I.D. number in your cover letter.

Please send applications to:

Professor Nezar AlSayyad
Chair, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
340 Stephens Hall, MC #2314
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2314

For questions regarding this program, please contact the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at or 510-643-4130.