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Funding Opportunities

CSME is proud to support the scholarly endeavors of Indiana University students. Please see the below sections for information concerning funding opportunities.

  • Institute of Turkish Studies Grant Program
  • Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS)
  • Schusterman Center Doctoral Student Fellowships
  • Schusterman Center Post-doctoral Fellowships
  • Critical Language Scholarship
  • Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship

The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS)


The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS), based at Georgetown University is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 grants program.


For full details regarding grant categories, application procedures, grant amounts, please follow the below links:

General Instructions:

Applications and Grant Categories:


Please note the deadline to receive all applications is by March 7, 2014.

The Summer Institute for Israel Studies has trained over 225 faculty at colleges and universities to design courses on Israel Studies. Recent participants teach history, international relations, arts, Jewish studies, religion, law, anthropology, linguistics, and security studies. 

Competitive fellowships are open to faculty members in the humanities and social sciences. 


Applications due by January 20, 2015.


June 15 - 29, 2015 Seminar at Brandeis
June 30 - July 9, 2015 Israel Study Tour

  • Stipend of up to $2,500 offered for the full course; $1,500 for the Brandeis seminar only.
  • Travel (from North America), accommodations and meals covered.
  • Engage with world-class faculty from Israel and the U.S.
  • Meet with leading personalities in public life, the academy, and the arts in Israel
  • Create a syllabus and leave equipped to teach a new course in any discipline
  • Join a community of over 225 scholars - teaching at nearly 200 institutions worldwide - supported by a wealth of pedagogical resources, ongoing professional development and networking opportunities

Find out more about the program. 
Contact with any questions.

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies is dedicated to promoting exemplary teaching and scholarship in Israeli history, politics, culture, and society at Brandeis University and beyond. To that end, the Schusterman Center supports and mentors graduate students at Brandeis University who focus on Israel Studies. These full and partial fellowships are granted on a competitive basis to doctoral candidates who have been accepted into the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


The Schusterman Center funds full and partial fellowships for doctoral students focusing on Israel Studies in fields such as history, sociology, politics, Middle East studies, Israeli art, literature and culture. These fellowships—granted through individual departments—will be renewable, after review, for up to five years, with up to a $24,000 stipend per year. If you receive a Schusterman Israel Studies Fellowship, you will receive a full tuition scholarship. You will also receive health care benefits, estimated at a value of $1500.


Schusterman Scholars’ primary affiliations are to their home departments. Therefore, each department will specify teaching and other doctoral requirements for Schusterman Scholars. All Schusterman Scholars will need to demonstrate competence in modern Hebrew and/or Arabic. Furthermore, Scholars’ dissertations must focus on a topic relevant to Israel Studies. Service to the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies may be required.

Schusterman Seminar

Recipients of Schusterman Israel Studies Fellowships, known as Schusterman Scholars, will be expected to participate in a bi-monthly seminar for Schusterman Scholars. This seminar brings together Israel Studies doctoral candidates, along with relevant faculty and other advanced students, to explore issues in the field of Israel Studies. This seminar will allow Israel Studies doctoral candidates to form an intellectual community for their research and academic development. Schusterman Scholars are expected to participate in the seminar every year of their Fellowship.

Travel Awards

Small awards for research trips to Israel may be available for Schusterman Scholars, to supplement their fellowships. These awards will be competitive. Scholars will be required to submit research proposals and recommendations from their research advisors.

Summer Institute for Israel Studies

Schusterman Scholars will be given the opportunity to participate in the Summer Institute for Israel Studies, in which faculty members from across North America and the world participate in seminars at Brandeis and in Israel that will help them design new courses in Israel Studies for their home universities. Click here for more detailed information.


Who is eligible?

Doctoral candidates accepted by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences who are focusing on topics in Israel Studies are eligible to apply for a Schusterman Israel Studies Fellowship. 

To apply to Brandeis' Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, please click here.



Prospective doctoral students should indicate in their applications for admission and in their personal statements that they would like to be considered for a Schusterman Israel Studies Doctoral Fellowship. Individual departments who plan to accept these candidates for admission will discuss the candidates with the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. An awards committee will then consider the application and award the Fellowships.

Doctoral candidates who are not awarded a Schusterman Fellowship may apply the following year for reconsideration.


For more information

Please contact the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies to receive additional information on the Schusterman Israel Studies Fellowship.

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies is dedicated to promoting exemplary teaching and scholarship in Israeli history, politics, culture, and society at Brandeis University and beyond. To that end, we invite applications for a post-doctoral fellowship in 2015-2016.

Candidates teach one course per semester in Israel Studies, related to programs in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Israeli arts and culture, politics, sociology, economics, or other relevant disciplines.

The fellow is expected to be in residence at Brandeis, to participate actively in the intellectual life of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, and to present at least one public lecture. There may also be an opportunity for participation in the Summer Institute for Israel Studies.

The annual stipend is $52,500 plus a $3,000 research fund, and is benefits-eligible. The fellowship may be renewable for a second year. 

How to apply

Click here for our online form. It will ask for contact information and the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Project proposal
  • Two letters of recommendation (emailed directly to
  • Description of proposed courses
  • Abstract of PhD


Applications are due by January 15th. A PhD must be in hand by September 1st of that academic year with no exceptions, and may not have been received more than five years prior.

For more information: 781-736-2154; Email:

Selection Criteria

Decisions concerning applications will be made on the recommendation of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. We respond to applications by the end of March.


Find out more about the fellowship.

The U.S. Department of State would like to remind you that the deadline for submitting applications for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is fast approaching! We are now a little under a month away from the deadline: November 12th, 2014 at 8pm EST. 


The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.


Persian is among the thirteen critical languages offered! Other languages include: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.


Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the thirteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website:


The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.


There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.


Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program.

The application is available online at:

Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.


Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website:

We have hosted 2 webinars so far and their recordings can be found here:

Webinar #1:

Webinar #2:

There’s one final webinar coming up on Friday, October 17th 2014 at 3pm EST and its focus is on application tips! Please RSVP to Sarah Bartfeld at  

The link to access the webinar (on Friday, October 17th) is here:


For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!


CLS Website:

CLS Facebook page:

For questions, please contact us at:

Boren Scholarship and Fellowship



The applications for the 2015-2016 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in in world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.  Applications are now available. 

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.  




Undergraduate students:  Can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad.
Graduate students:  Can receive up to $30,000 for language study and international research.
Both:  In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.


National Application Deadlines
Boren Fellowship:       January 27, 2015 at 5 p.m. EST
Boren Scholarship:      February 4, 2015* at 5 p.m. EST
*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.

For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education. 


Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Institute of International Education (IIE)
1400 K Street NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone 1-800-618-NSEP (6737)

Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarships/ Internships


Graduate and undergraduate students, studying at American colleges and universities or Americans studying at foreign universities, who aspire to become foreign correspondents, are invited to apply for one of fourteen scholarships/internships to be awarded by the Overseas Press Club Foundation.


From among the scholarship winners, the Foundation selects up to nine scholars and pays travel and living expenses for them to intern at foreign bureaus at such leading news organization as the Associated Press, Reuters, GlobalPost and Forbes.  Students win either a $2,000 grant or funding for their overseas experience.  In many cases, winning a prestigious OPC Foundation award has helped launch careers.  Winners are also invited to join the Overseas Press Club family.  They are encouraged to network and keep the organization informed of their career moves.


The judges require that applicants submit a Cover Letter, Resume and Essay.  The applicant’s name and school should appear at the top of each page.  The Essay of approximately 500 words should concentrate on an area of the world or an international issue that is in keeping with the applicant’s interest.  It can be in the form of a news story, analysis, or essay.  Recent winners have written on such diverse topics as playing black jack on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, political activism in Morocco, and social upheaval in China.  Applicants are also encouraged to submit essays showing a strong understanding of, or interest in, global economic issues such as trade, finance, emerging markets, immigration or environmental impacts.  While the writing sample need not be new work, it should be submitted in a form that meets the application requirements.


The Cover Letter should be autobiographical in nature addressing such questions as how the applicant developed an interest in this particular part of the world, or how he or she would use the scholarship to further journalistic ambitions.  The judges respond well to applications showing strong reporting skills, color, and understanding or passion. 


Winners will be contacted in December so that arrangements can be made for them to attend the Foundation Scholarship Luncheon in February 2015 in New York City at the Foundation's expense.  Recipients are expected to attend.  The results will be posted on the Web site in mid-December.


Applicants do not have to be US citizens.  Applications may be sent by mail, fax or email.   Please choose one.  Email is preferred (Word or PDF).

DEADLINE:  Sunday, December 1, 2014


Fax: 201-612-9915
Mail:  William J. Holstein, President, Overseas Press Club Foundation, 40 West 45 Street, New York NY 10036  


Web site: