Undergraduate Grants and Scholarships

The King Fahd Center supports the best of our undergraduates with scholarships in support of academic excellence, research, and study abroad. All prospective MEST Scholarship applicants must have secured admission to the University of Arkansas prior to the review of their application materials.

Deadlines and requirements subject to change without prior notice.  Please address any questions about deadlines and the application process to Nani Verzon, Program Coordinator for the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at hverzon@uark.edu or 479-575-2175.

Deadline: February 1

The King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas offers scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in Middle East Studies to be used toward summer study abroad programs in the Middle East and North Africa.  Programs must be approved by the King Fahd Center and the Office for Study Abroad and International Exchange. A limited number of grants will be available on a competitive basis.  

Requirements:

  • Declared major in Middle East Studies
  • 2 faculty recommendation letters, at least one affiliated with the MEST program.  Transfer students are also eligible and may solicit letters from professors at their prior institution who can speak to their interest and academic potential.

In granting scholarships, the King Fahd Center considers the applicant’s academic record, letters of recommendation, and financial need.

Download the application:  PDF | Word

Deadline: February 1

The King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas offers offers scholarships for advanced undergraduate MEST majors who have demonstrated serious commitment to study and excellence in their coursework and scholarship. Full and partial scholarships range between $5,000 and $10,000 per academic year.

In granting scholarships, the King Fahd Center considers the applicant’s academic record, letters of recommendation, and financial need. Students are encouraged to apply for funding in the upcoming academic year if they will be undergraduate juniors with a minimum of 60 credit hours.

Requirements:

  • Declared major in Middle East Studies
  • Minimum 3.25 overall GPA, and a GPA of 3.5 in MEST courses
  • Attainment of junior status (minimum 60 credit hours)
  • 2 faculty recommendation letters, at least one affiliated with the MEST program.  Transfer students are also eligible and may solicit letters from professors at their prior institution who can speak to their interest and academic potential.

Scholarships are granted for 1 academic year (2 semesters) beginning in the Fall term, and are renewable for up to 2 years (4 semesters) with approval. Scholarship awardees must maintain a 3.5 GPA in MEST core courses and a 3.25 overall GPA, and must continue to pursue a relevant course of study.

Renewing Scholarships:

Scholarship recipients seeking continued funding must submit a formal request for renewal to the King Fahd Center, along with a letter of recommendation from a faculty member affiliated with the MEST program. 

In order to qualify for a renewal, recipients must: 

  • Have maintained a 3.5 GPA in MEST core courses and a 3.25 overall GPA, and continue to pursue a relevant course of study
  • Submit a letter formally requesting consideration for funding renewal
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member affiliated with the MEST program

Renewal applications will be considered in conjunction with new applicants and will have the same deadline.

Download the application:  PDF | Word

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and should be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the conference date

The King Fahd Center supports the professional development of undergraduate students by providing a limited number of competitive conference travel grants to students who are presenting papers at academic conferences. Any undergraduate student funded by the King Fahd Center and/or working on a relevant geo-cultural topic under the supervision of a MEST faculty member may apply for travel funds to support participation (presentation of a paper/poster or participation in a workshop or round-table) at an academic conference. Priority will be given to MEST majors.

Proposals will be judged on merit and the amount of support will be determined by available funds. These grants may be used toward travel and other expenses associated with participation in a professional meeting.

Requirements:

  • Invitation to participate in an approved regional or national conference
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member affiliated with the MEST program

Download the application:  PDF | Word