Arab American Studies

NOT available for 2024-2025 academic year.

The Francis Maria Fellowship in Arab American Studies provides support for a full-time UMN graduate student in good academic standing with demonstrated potential in their field who will be committed to and involved with the work of the Immigration History Research Center. Open to students broadly researching in areas common to Arab American history: migration, displacement, religion, ethnicity, diaspora, and the historical and current experiences of Arab and Muslim Americans in the United States and globally. Preference given to students studying Arab American history, including the experiences of Arab Americans and Arabic-speaking immigrants and refugees in the US, and possessing knowledge of Arabic. However, all students with demonstrated archival research, writing, and digital humanities skills are encouraged to apply. The fellowship may be used for living expenses as well as research travel and expenses. Fellowships may be awarded more than once to the same student during their enrollment in the University.

For more insight into the type of work supported by this fellowship, you may wish to read about previous fellows.

Application Materials:

  1. A completed fellowship application form
  2. A two-page description of your research topic and how the fellowship supports your plan of study next year
  3. A 500-word description explaining your interest in Arab American history and your Arabic language ability (if applicable) OR an explanation of your research, writing, and digital humanities skills and experience
  4. Current academic transcript from the University of Minnesota (unofficial copy acceptable)
  5. A letter of recommendation from your graduate advisor 


Not available for the 2024-2024 academic year.