The Department of Middle East Studies (MES) enjoys collaborating with faculty, departments, graduate student interest groups, and undergraduate student groups on events that align with our mission, vision, and areas of study. MES co-sponsors guest lectures, conferences, and other scholarly activities that contribute to the academic and research mission of the department and LSA. Preference will be given to events that demonstrate a strong interdisciplinary focus.
Since many units request co-sponsorship from our department, we have a streamlined process for reviewing requests. If you are interested in receiving sponsorship, please read the relevant subsections below and then click "Apply Here."
If you have difficulty with the site, please contact Julianne Purcell, Chief Administrator. We welcome your comments on how to improve this process!
Resources are limited, so requests should be conservative.
In order to be eligible for funding, your organization and the event must be affiliated with the University of Michigan.
Application Deadline & Submission: Proposals must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the event and must include:
· a brief narrative
· details regarding the planned event, including dates, location, scheduled activities or itinerary.
· a budget, including information about other sources of funding sought and/or confirmed.
· contact and account information
Consideration of incomplete applications will be delayed until all the needed information is received.
Additional Requirements and Information:
Approved funding requests must include the Department of Middle East Studies as a sponsor in all publicity, acknowledgments of support, and on any recordings of the event. Please tag our department as a sponsor on Happening @ Michigan so your event will appear on our website calendar. Our event coordinator will also share tagged posts on social media as appropriate. You must notify us if any changes are made to your event.
Note for Student Interest Groups: We usually limit funding to one event per group each year. The department will prioritize student interest groups (e.g. Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshops) affiliated with MES. Events proposed by students outside of the department must be open to Middle East Studies graduate student participation. Middle East Studies does not provide funding for charity, cultural or social events, or conference/research travel for individual students.