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Deadline: Ongoing

Application: Duke-UNC Consortium for  Middle East Studies Funding Application

The Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, in conjunction with the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, welcomes proposals from UNC units and organizations seeking support for projects that increase awareness of the history and cultures of the Middle East and Muslim civilizations.

Funding for projects that meet this goal will not normally exceed $200, and the amount of support the Center offers should be matched by funds from at least one other unit on campus. To encourage interdisciplinary work, preference is given to proposals that involve more than one department or school. Also, we look favorably upon proposals that engage faculty, students, and staff, and we discourage using funds to purchase food. Projects must be organized by a person or unit affiliated with UNC. The Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies does not fund or sponsor events that are primarily political, or presentations by current ambassadors, politicians, or government officials (domestic or international).

To apply for funding: Please fill out the Duke-UNC Consortium for  Middle East Studies Funding Application in full and submit it via email to

Omar ibn Said Initiative

Deadline: Ongoing

Application: Omar ibn Said Initiative Funding Application

As part of their commitment to investigate and overcome racism in all its forms, the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies launched the Omar Ibn Said Initiative in June 2020 to support events and instructional activities on racism as it relates to Middle East and Islamic studies.

The initiative is named in honor of Omar Ibn Said, a Muslim scholar from West Africa who was enslaved in North Carolina. His Arabic writings are the subject of a faculty-student collaborative research project at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill, and related to a digitization project by UNC-Chapel Hill, the Endangered Archives Programme of the British Library, and the West African Research Center (WARC), to preserve endangered manuscripts by Islamic scholars in Senegal.

The initiative includes a grant program of $10,000 for in-person or online events and instructional activities organized by faculty, students, and staff at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill during the 2020-2021 academic year. There is no deadline for funding requests, which will be considered on a rolling basis.

To apply for funding: Please complete the Omar ibn Said Initiative Funding Application. Colleagues at UNC-Chapel Hill who wish to participate in this initiative are encouraged to submit their application to Shai Tamari,; colleagues at Duke who wish to participate are encouraged to contact Griffin Orlando,

Image: Ambrotype daguerreotype of Omar Ibn Said by unknown photographer. Half-length formal portrait. Identification from manuscript note found underneath the plate. Image courtesy of the Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American Collection, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University.