Brigham Young University

Middle East Studies/Arabic

Study Abroad Funding Sources

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Study Abroad Funding Sources

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Alfred Russell Wallace Grants
Operation Wallacea (a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programmes)
U.S. undergraduate students looking to join one of the Operation Wallacea biodiversity teams
1 grant of $1500, 1 grant of $750, and 3 grants of $500
February 27, 2015 for summer 2015
http://opwall.com/about-us/alfred-russel-wallace-grants/

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Applicants must be Pell Grant recipients and are encouraged to select underrepresented destinations and study critical-need languages
up to $5,000; Critical Need Language Awards up to $8,000
October 7 for spring and summer (early application)
March 3 for summer (regular application), fall semester, and academic year
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Conflict in the Middle East: Current Perspectives

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Conflict in the Middle East: Current Perspectives

This Kennedy Center Conversation will draw on the expertise of James A. Toronto, an associate professor of Arabic and Islamic studies, who teaches courses in Islamic religion and humanities and was formerly a faculty member in the Department of Church History and Doctrine, where he taught courses in comparative world religions.

RSVP to join us Thursday, 13 November at noon in the offices of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, 525 W. Monroe Street, in Chicago.

Toronto’s research and publications are in Islamic education, immigration and integration of Muslim minorities, and the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Italy and the Middle East. Read More…

Presidential Internship Program

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Presidential Internship Program

Professional development and cultural experience at The American University in Cairo
(must be post-undergraduates)

Interns spend one academic year working at AUC. Each intern fulfills a full-time position in one of seven offices, aligned with their academic and professional interests, where they develop the substantive skills and experience needed to contribute to the AUC community and succeed in their future endeavors. Interns have utilized the skills, knowledge and networks they develop during the program to pursue a variety of meaningful opportunities and careers, including in the fields of government, academia, journalism, and law.

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Evolution of ISIS: The Islamic State 2007–14

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Evolution of ISIS: The Islamic State 2007–14

Documentary film producer and director Dodge Billingsley will share his insights on  Wednesday, 5 November at noon in 238 HRCB. Billingsley, a fellow at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU, is the founder of Combat Films and Research and a senior faculty member at the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Civil Military Relations.

He has been a long-time observer of many wars and contested regions and has spent considerable time with U.S. and foreign militaries worldwide, including Chechen insurgent forces, Turkish Special Forces, and Republic of Korea Marines and has has embedded with U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. From his field work, he has produced a wide variety of media, Read More…

WW I and the Making of the Modern Middle East

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WW I and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Kent F. Schull, an associate professor of Ottoman and modern Middle East history at SUNY Binghamton, will speak to a campus audience on Wednesday, 22 October at noon in 238 HRCB.

Schull is a twice Fulbright Scholar to Turkey. His research interests include crime, punishment, and criminal justice in the late Ottoman Empire, the history of World War I in the Middle East, socio-legal history, Islamic criminal law, and Muslims in North America and Europe. Read More…