Small Research Grants for Faculty and Graduate Students

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies is pleased to announce that it will be awarding a number of seed research grants in 2015-16 designed to foster and cultivate the development of new projects in the study of Muslim societies and Islamic Studies, and to support the ongoing work of advanced research students.

We particularly welcome applications from faculty conducting initial exploratory work towards the eventual pursuit of larger, externally funded grants, as well as advanced graduate students seeking support for direct expenses associated with conduct of original research.

Eligibility: All George Mason University faculty (excluding adjunct and visiting faculty) working on topics relating to Islam or Muslim societies; advanced graduate students whose research focuses on Islam or Muslim societies.

Research grants must be utilized within two academic years of award, and faculty who receive awards are expected to author a short research essay (1500-2000 words) suitable for publication by the Center.

Amount: Funding will generally be awarded in the $500-$3,000 range, but in exceptional circumstances may extend to $5,000.

These grants are designed to cover direct expenses associated with conducting research (e.g. travel, materials, research assistance) rather than stipends, living expenses, or other forms of salary support for the primary investigator.

To apply, please submit:

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. A description of the project (2-5 pages)
  4. Itemized estimate of the costs to be reimbursed

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Application materials should be submitted to: Ann Birkelbach, Asst. Director, Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at

Any questions about this program may be directed to the Center’s Director, Huseyin Yilmaz, at