Islamic Scholarship Fund

Application Deadline:  March 21, 2017

The mission of the Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is to increase American Muslim representation in media, politics and government. For the last 8 years, ISF has awarded 221 scholarships and grants. In 2016, it awarded $183,500 divided across 58 awards.

Eligible applicants are:

  • Muslim or active members of the Muslim community
  • Enrolled at an accredited university in the U.S. by August 2017 in either an undergraduate (junior/senior) or graduate program
  • Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average
  • Majoring in an ISF-supported major or degree program related to film, media, journalism, writing, law, political science, public administration, international studies, history, sociology, or religious studies (the complete list of eligible fields is available here)

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.


American Folklife Center Funding Opportunities

Application deadline:   March 15, 2016

The American Folklife Center’s competitive awards provide support for scholars working with ethnographic collection materials at the Library of Congress and for fieldworkers on folklife and related topics.

Opportunities open to graduate student applicants include:

The Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund Award

The purpose of the fund is to increase awareness of the ethnographic collections at the Library of Congress and to make the collections of primary ethnographic materials housed anywhere at the Library available to the needs and uses of those in the private sector. Awards may be made either to individuals or to organizations in support of specific projects. In recent years the available amount has of the award has been between $3000 and $4000 and has usually been divided among more than one recipient.

The Henry Reed Fund Award

The Henry Reed Fund was established in honor of old-time fiddler Henry Reed and first awarded in 2004, with an initial gift from founding AFC director and fiddler Alan Jabbour. The purpose of the fund is to provide small awards to support activities directly involving folk artists, especially when the activities reflect, draw upon, or strengthen the collections of the American Folklife Center. Historically, Reed Awards have ranged from $1000 to $2000.

For complete information about these opportunities, see:

Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship

Application deadline:   December 1, 2015

This creative fellowship for promising young graduates of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and other prestigious institutions recognizes alumna Kate Neal Kinley’s dedication to the arts. Those interested in seeking advanced study in art, architecture, dance, landscape architecture, music, theatre, or urban and regional planning are invited to apply.

Three major fellowships are awarded:

  1. One of up to $20,000 in any field of music
  2. One of up to $20,000 in architectural design and history, art and design, theatre, dance, or instrumental or vocal music
  3. One of up to $9,000 in art, architecture, dance, landscape architecture, theatre, or urban and regional planning

Up to three additional fellowships of lesser amounts may also be granted upon committee recommendations.

The fellowships are to be used by the recipients toward defraying the expenses of advanced study in the United States or abroad. The fellowships are open to graduates of the College of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and to graduates of similar institutions of equal educational standing whose principal or major studies have been in the fields of art, architecture, dance, landscape architecture, music, theatre, and urban and regional planning.

Although there is no age limitation for applicants, other factors being equal, preference will be given to applicants who have not reached their 25th birthday.

Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of unusual promise in the fine arts as attested by:

  • high attainment in the applicant’s major field of study as evidenced by academic marks and quality of work submitted or performed
  • high attainment in related cultural fields as evidenced by academic marks
  • the character, merit, and suitability of the program proposed by the applicant
  • excellence of personality, seriousness of purpose, and good moral character

While receiving a stipend from the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, recipients are precluded from holding appointments as instructors, lecturers, or faculty members but may hold other remunerative employment with advance approval of the fellowship committee.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

Application deadline:   November 3, 2015

Webinar:   October 13, 2015

The program

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.


The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences—regardless of citizenship—enrolled in PhD programs in the United States. Applicants to the 2016 IDRF competition must complete all PhD requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2016, whichever comes first.

The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on non-US topics. It will consider applications for dissertation research grounded in a single site, informed by broader cross-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as applications for multi-sited, comparative, and transregional research. Proposals that identify the United States as a case for comparative inquiry are welcome; however, proposals that focus predominantly or exclusively on the United States are not eligible.

Applicants from select disciplines within the humanities (Art History, Architectural History, Classics, Drama/Theater, Film Studies, Literature, Musicology, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Theory, and Religion) are welcome to request three or more months of funding for international on-site dissertation research in combination with site-specific research in the United States, for a total of nine to twelve months of funding. All other applicants (for instance, those in Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology, among others) must request nine to twelve months of on-site, site-specific dissertation research with a minimum of six months of research outside of the United States. Research within the United States must be site-specific (e.g., at a particular archive) and cannot be at the applicant’s home institution unless that institution has necessary site-specific research holdings. Please note that the IDRF program supports research only and may not be used for dissertation write-up.

Applicants who have completed significant funded dissertation research in one country by the start of their proposed IDRF research may be ineligible to apply to the IDRF to extend research time in the same country. Eligibility will be at the discretion of the IDRF program, depending on completed research time and funding. The IDRF program expects fellows to remain at their research site(s) for the full nine- to twelve-month funding period. The IDRF program will not support study at foreign universities, conference participation, or dissertation write-up. The program does not accept applications from PhD programs in law, business, medicine, nursing, or journalism, nor does it accept applications in doctoral programs that do not lead to a PhD.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

Asian Cultural Council Grants

Application deadline:   November 2, 2015

The Asian Cultural Council supports transformative cultural exchange by awarding grants to artists, scholars, and arts and humanities professionals, as well as organizations and educational institutions from the United States and Asia for research, study, and creative work in the United States and Asia and within the countries of Asia.

To apply, you must be an artist, an arts or humanities professional, a scholar, or a graduate/post-graduate student in a related field. Your country of permanent residence must be within Asia or the United States, and your proposed project must take place outside of your home country, also in either the United States or Asia.

Please note that our fellowship grants are process-oriented, not product-oriented. They are intended for exploration, not exhibition.

The majority of ACC’s grants are awarded after our May board meeting. Since we are unable to provide support retroactively, the project for which you are seeking funding should begin no earlier than June 1st of the year after you apply.

Disciplines Funded
ACC supports individuals working in the following disciplines:
Archaeology, Film/Video, Architecture, Literature (for projects to and from Japan only), Art History, Arts Administration, Museum Studies, Arts Criticism, Music, Conservation, Photography, Crafts, Theater, Curation, Visual Art, Dance

Eligible Countries
Applicants must originate from, and be travelling to, the following countries:

Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Bhutan, Korea, Singapore, Brunei, Laos, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Macau, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, East Timor, Mongolia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Myanmar, United States, India, Nepal

Projects NOT Funded by the Asian Cultural Council

  • activities conducted by individuals in their home countries
  • commercial and industrial design
  • film and video production costs
  • individual artist exhibitions and performance tours
  • publications
  • undergraduate and secondary school study
  • full tuition costs — ACC can help cover living and travel expenses for graduate/post-graduate students only
  • projects retroactively

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

2015 UW Distinguished Dissertation Awards & WAGS/UMI Outstanding Innovation in Technology Award

UW Graduate School 2015 Distinguished Dissertation Awards

Nomination deadline:   June 22, 2015 (by noon)

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2015 Distinguished Dissertation Awards competition in the following four categories:

  • Biological sciences
  • Humanities & fine arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Physical sciences & engineering

These awards recognize outstanding and exceptional scholarship and research at the doctoral level. Nominations are due by noon on June 22, 2015. Each department may submit only one nomination per category, and must be submitted by the department Chair or Graduate Program Coordinator.

For more information, including details about the nomination process, see:

WAGS/UMI Outstanding Innovation in Technology Award

Nomination deadline:   June 22, 2015 (by noon)

The Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and University Microfilms International (UMI) are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 WAGS/UMI Outstanding Innovation in Technology award.

This $1,500 award may be given either to a master’s thesis or to a doctoral dissertation and is intended to recognize the innovative application of technology to scholarship. Each member institution may submit one nomination for this award; internal UW submissions are due to the Graduate School by noon on June 22, 2015.

This award may be given either to a master’s thesis or to a doctoral dissertation for the development of an innovative technology and its utilization for the creative solution of a major problem. Each department may submit only one nomination; nominations must be submitted by the department Chair or Graduate Program Coordinator. The UW Graduate School, in turn, will submit one nomination to the Western Association of Graduate Schools.

For more information, including details about the nomination process, see:

Winter 2015 TA Position in the Anthropology Department

Application deadline:   December 15, 2014

The UW Anthropology Department has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time, 50% Teaching Assistant for ANTH 209, Anthropology through Visual Media.

The Teaching assistant for ANTH 209, Anthropology through Visual Media (theories of culture and cultural variation, as seen and understood through visual media such as films, video, and photography) is expected to have knowledge and/or experience with theories and methods of visual anthropology or a relevant, related field; attend lectures regularly; meet scheduled sections; hold regular office hours; be available to students by appointment; provide academic advising on study, writing, and production skills as appropriate; prepare and make presentations (lecture, group discussion, demonstrations) in sections as requested by the faculty member in charge of the course; prepare visual aids and class handouts as appropriate; meet regularly with the faculty member in charge and with other TAs for course planning; prepare test questions; aid in the physical production of tests; monitor examinations; keep accurate records of student grades for sections as necessary; assist with grading; conduct sections evaluations; and any other duties appropriate to the successful conduct of the course.

Dates: 12/16/2014  to  03/15/2015,    50% FTE
Salary information:

Application Timeline
Application review begins immediately.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
Notification Deadline:  by December 19,2014
Acceptance Deadline:  December 15, 2014


  • Currently registered UW Graduate Student in good standing
  • Completion of ANTH 536 or equivalent course work is required. The coursework requirement will be waived if an individual has a demonstrable background in visual theory and method.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Application Process

Apply for this position through UW Hires (Req # 115215).

Graduate Staff Assistant, Center for Performance Studies (Winter/Spring)

Priority deadline: December 13

Winter 2013, Spring 2013
20 hours a week

–Maintain and update the webpage and the Center for Performance Studies’
web presence
–Assist in expanding and refreshing the Center for Performance Studies’
(CPS) web site content
–Reach out to CPS members, refreshing and growing the Center’s presence
on campus
–Update and maintain listservs for CPS faculty and students
–Grow CPS membership by attracting more current graduate students
–Restore the schedule of graduate teaching workshops
–Embark on a grant writing process to secure funding for a major project
–Organize the in-house guest series
–Coordinate the 2013 Performance Lecture Series
–Research and facilitate the creation of a certificate program
–Other duties as assigned

–Experience in web authoring software, particularly Dreamweaver and/or Drupal
–Graduate student standing
–Excellent verbal and written communication skills

–Familiarity with performance studies

More information and applications instructions at:

2013-14 Fritz and Boeing Graduate Fellowships for International Research or Study

Deadline:  February 11, 2013, at 12 noon (PST)

For 2013-2014 the Graduate School will award Chester Fritz and Boeing International one-quarter fellowships to support international study or research abroad by UW graduate students. These grants are available to fund research and/or study periods of three months, corresponding to regular UW quarter dates. During the quarter of their award, fellows are required to register for study abroad through the Office of International Programs and Exchanges. The IPE fee is covered by the fellowship. Graduate students in fee-based programs are not eligible to apply. No extra money is included for airfare.

In allocating these awards, priority will be given to applications that address the following:

  • Clear statement of the research and/or study that will be done on the fellowship
  • Evidence of the relationship between the proposed study/research and the applicant’s academic program;
  • Evidence of the necessity to go overseas to conduct the study/research and the relevance of the university or locale to the planned research (including evidence of affiliation, if required or appropriate, to carry out the proposed project); and
  • Evidence of appropriate language competence.

Students who have already received a Graduate School Pembroke Award, a Graduate School Fritz or Boeing Fellowship, or Western Europe Travel Grant are ineligible to receive this fellowship.

For more information and the application form, please go to:

Questions can be directed to the Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards:, 206.543.7152.

Pride Foundation Scholarships for LGBTQ Students and Allies

Deadline: January 31, 2013

Pride Foundation offers over 50 different scholarships, but only one application to complete. Most scholarships are available for straight ally or questioning students as well as student of LGBTQ parents. All promote leadership and diversity in the LGBTQ community. Scholarships are organized in four distinct categories: academic pursuits, community leadership, cultural identities, and geography. Since students may be awarded more than one scholarship, total awards vary. The average award amount per recipient last year was approximately $4,300.

The following are required criteria for all Pride Foundation and Greater Seattle Business Association scholarships:

Northwest Residency: Applicants must be a resident of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington but may study elsewhere. Applicants are considered a resident of one of these states if they:

  1. currently live within that state and have done so for at least three months prior to the application deadline; or
  2. have lived within that state for at least one year at any time within the five years prior to the application deadline; or
  3. have lived within that state for more than one year at any time and have been continuously enrolled in an accredited academic institution for the five years prior to the application deadline.

LGBTQ Community Involvement: Preference is given to students who are self-identified LGBTQ, members of LGBTQ families, or straight allies who have been strongly supportive of the LGBTQ community. All scholarships emphasize demonstrated commitment to equality and civil rights for all people.

Pursing Post-Secondary Education: Applicants must be pursuing post-secondary education. This includes community college, four year public or private college or university, certificate programs, vocational/technical/trade programs, law school, medical/dental/veterinary school, or graduate education. Current college students and those individuals planning to enroll in a program next year are eligible as are current high school seniors. High school freshman, sophomores, or juniors are not eligible nor are individuals who are not planning to enroll in higher education next year.

For more information, to apply, and to learn about upcoming application workshops, see: