The Middle East Insitute - Columbia University



The Middle East Institute
Columbia University
Phone: 212-854-2584
Fax: 212-854-1413
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New York, New York 10027
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Unfortunately, for summer 2015, the Middle East Institute will not be able to offer summer fellowships.


The Eric J. Posner Fellowship will fund student summer travel to the Middle East. Undergraduates who are doing research for a senior thesis project are eligible. The fellowship will cover costs up to a maximum of $3,000.

Summer Internship Support: MEI will award stipends to undergraduate students pursuing unpaid internships in the Middle East or anywhere throughout the world as long as the program or project deals specifically with the Middle East.

The application must include proof that an offer has been extended by the organization and a description of the program and/or institution offering the internship. The fellowship will cover costs up to a maximum of $2,500.

Please email the following application materials to and copy Indicate clearly which fellowship you are applying for in the email subject line.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 14, 2014

For the Eric J. Posner Fellowship

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter describing your research project, name of advisor
  3. Amount request and Budget (please include all your expected expenses and information about other funding sources if applicable)
  4. Recommendation letter from Columbia faculty member (to be emailed by faculty member)
For the Summer Internship Support
  1. CV
  2. Cover letter describing your internship project
  3. Amount Request and Budget (please include all your expected expenses and information about other funding sources if applicable)
  4. Letter from organization offering the internship


Regional Travel Research Fellowship

Application Deadline: Friday, March 14, 2014

Provides up to $3,000 to graduate and professional school students to support summer travel to the Middle East for the purposes of work on a sustained research project.

Separate grants will be awarded for travel and research to each of the following four regions of the Middle East:

  1. Arab countries
  2. Turkey
  3. Israel/Palestine
  4. Iran
Fellowship requirements: Students must be Columbia University graduate students in good standing. The project for which they seek funding must be ongoing and sustained. Language study programs will not be funded. Fellowship recipients will be required to submit a brief trip report within six weeks of their return.

Application requirements: Proposal - (2 page max.) (Include any arrangements you have made with host institution)

  • Budget - include cost of airfare

  • Curriculum vitae - students should include information on academic standing- also include Social Security Number on CV

  • 1 letter of recommendation

Fellowship applications should be emailed to; the letter of recommendation should be emailed directly by the recommender to the same email address.

Conference Travel Grants

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Provides reimbursement of up to $350 to doctoral candidates for costs related to presenting a paper at an academic conference. The candidate must first attempt to secure funding from GSAS and/or home department and provide an explanation as to why additional funds are being sought from the Middle East Institute.

Application procedure: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but no later than 4 weeks before the date of the conference for which the student is seeking funding. In your request, please indicate the title/organizer, location, and dates of the conference as well as the title of your paper, session you will present at, and a brief paragraph stating why you want to attend the conference. In addition, please include the following information: academic department, year, name of advisor. Funding sought: indicate total amount needed, funds provided by other sources (academic department, etc).

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