Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

C/DMES, COLA, OGS Fellowships

MES Travel Awards

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 application and 1) an abstract of the paper to be presented, and; 2) documentation that the paper has been accepted by the conference organizers to the MES Graduate Coordinator. Applicants must additionally email evidence of all pertinent costs (airfare, hotel, etc.) to the MES Graduate Coordinator. Students who attend the same conference are expected to share a room in order to keep costs manageable. It is acceptable to submit more than one travel request per academic year, but funding limits will apply. Food is not a reimbursable expense.

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 about potential restrictions and to initiate the travel authorization if necessary.

Eligibility: Graduate students in good standing at UT whose work focuses on the Middle East

Graduate Student Assembly Travel Awards

Offered through the GSA.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Offered through the International Office.

Ann Grabhorn-Friday Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Middle Eastern Studies

The Ann Grabhorn-Friday Fellowship is offered only to CMES master's students with a demonstrated long-term interest in the Middle East. Students who are learning Arabic and whose studies focus on the Arab world are eligible. 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 each year. 

Eligibility: CMES students in good standing at UT with a minimum GPA of 3.50 and admitted without conditions. Must be studying Arabic in the CMES program.
Stipend: $3,500 - $7,000 per academic year

College of Liberal Arts Fellowships

These prestigious awards are offered by COLA to:

  • Attract top-quality Ph.D. students to UT Austin. 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 these fellowships.
  • To support outstanding graduate students who excel in their respective fields.

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

Graduate School Diversity Recruiting Fellowships

Eligibility:  Applicants must be seeking a Ph.D. in MELC and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Applicants must 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 faculty 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 who are continuing in the MELC Ph.D. program will be automatically 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

FLAS Fellowships (Foreign Language & Area Studies)

Open to UT Austin graduate students but not currently offered through the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Please review the FLAS Fellowship page.

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