Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

C/DMES, COLA, OGS Fellowships

MES Travel Awards

Online application

DMES/CMES offers travel fellowships to help defray the costs such as airfare, lodging, and registration fees associated with delivering conference presentations. Students must submit the online application form above, and upload both an abstract of the paper to be presented as well as documentation that the paper has been accepted by the conference organizers. Also email the MES Graduate Coordinator evidence of all pertinent costs (airfare, hotel, etc.). Students attending the same conference are expected to stay with friends at the location, if possible; if not, then students should plan to share lodging in order to keep costs manageable. It is acceptable to request multiple travel fellowships throughout the year, but funding limits may apply.

Travel Restrictions:  Depending on the international destination, overseas travel may first require travel authorization through the Study Abroad Office. Many Middle Eastern countries have travel warnings, are considered restricted regions, and therefore require prior approval before funding can be released to the student. Please begin on this page to learn more and to get the authorization process started, if necessary.

Eligibility: Graduate students in good standing at UT whose work focuses on the Middle East
Stipend:  $100 - $1,000 per year

Graduate Student Assembly Travel Awards

Offered through the GSA.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Offered thorugh the International Office.


Ann Grabhorn-Friday Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Middle Eastern Studies

The Ann Grabhorn-Friday Fellowship is offered to graduate students in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ MA program with a demonstrated long-term interest in the Middle East. Preference is given to female students whose studies focus on the Arab world. Awards may be used for language or area studies at UT or at an approved overseas institution. CMES students and applicants are automatically considered for this award.

Eligibility: CMES students in good standing at UT with a minimum GPA of 3.50 and admitted without conditions
Stipend: $3,500 - $7,500 per academic year


College of Liberal Arts Fellowships

These prestigious awards are offered by COLA to:

  • Attract top-quality graduate students to UT. Applicants who are deemed to be in the top ten percent of national peer groups as measured by GRE scores and grade point average may be nominated for the award.
  • Support currently outstanding graduate students who excel in their fields.

Eligibility: Incoming/current graduate students nominated by the department. PhD and PhD-track only.
Stipend: $10,000 - $20,000; tuition coverage for 9 credit hours of coursework per semester


Graduate School Diversity Recruiting Fellowships

Eligibility:  Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be admitted to a graduate program at UT-Austin for the first time, meet a diversity need for that program, and be nominated by the graduate adviser of the program for which the student is applying for admission. The nomination must demonstrate the outstanding credentials of the student, and how the student would contribute to the diverse educational environment of that program.

Stipend:  $18,000 - $24,000; tuition coverage for 9 credit hours of coursework per semester


Graduate School Fellowships (various)

Academically competitive students will be considered for these awards.

Eligibility: Graduate students in good standing
Stipend: $1,000 - $26,000 applied toward tuition and fees and eligibility for resident tuition rates


GAANN Fellowships (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need)

Open to PhD students in MELC. Please review the GAANN Fellowship page.

FLAS Fellowships (Foreign Language & Area Studies)

Open to UT Austin graduate students. Please review the FLAS Fellowship page.

CMES Summer Internship Award - NOT OFFERED IN 2015-16

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is pleased to offer support to students participating in unpaid or underpaid summer internship programs. The awards are designed to help defray the costs of travel, accommodations, and living expenses related to completion of the internship, as well as tuition for enrollment in a Middle Eastern Studies internship course.

Preference will be given to students completing a degree in Middle Eastern studies or a closely related field and to students who have already been offered an internship. Preference will also be given for internships conducted in the Middle East and internship with well-known, established agencies, organizations, and corporations.

Eligibility: Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in good standing at UT who are eligible to register for MES 383 (graduate) or MES 370 (undergraduate)
Stipend: Up to $5,000


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