Kerr Family Fellowship

CNES is not accepting applications from prospective incoming students entering UCLA during the 2024-2025 academic year.

The Kerr Family Centennial Endowment confirms the enduring power and importance of international education. The intent of this fellowship is to provide access to higher education for students from the Greater Middle East who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible for financial reasons to successfully pursue graduate study at UCLA in the humanities or social sciences.

The Kerr Family Fellowship will cover non-resident supplemental tuition (NRST) for three years so long as the applicant remains in good standing. 

A faculty advisory committee carries out the competitive application and selection process, ensuring that the Kerr Family’s intent is respected. Competitions and awards occur periodically, not annually.

Visit this web page for background information on the Endowment and the Kerr family’s connections to the Middle East.


• For entering master’s or doctoral students from the Middle East who are interested in a career in college or university teaching and research in a discipline in the humanities or social sciences.
• Citizens of any country of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region who completed their undergraduate education in the MENA region and are applying for graduate study in the social sciences or humanities may apply.
• Students applying for MD, MS, MBA, DDS, JD, LLM, or SJD degree programs are not eligible. Students applying to PhD programs in the sciences or engineering are also ineligible.
• Departments that qualify for the Kerr Fellowship include: Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Economics, English, Ethnomusicology, French and Francophone Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Germanic Languages, History, Islamic Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Political Science, Philosophy, Public Policy, Sociology and World Arts and Cultures.

How to apply

***CNES is not accepting applications from prospective incoming students entering UCLA during the 2024-2025 academic year.***

• Applicants should indicate their eligibility for the Kerr Family Fellowship when applying for UCLA admission and will then be nominated by the relevant department at UCLA should they be deemed admissible.
• The deadline for the Fellowship application is the same as the deadline for your admissions application.
• Together with your regular admissions application, complete the Kerr Fellowship Application Statement.

Submit the Statement together with your application materials to the prospective UCLA graduate program/department.

For more information, please contact the Center for Near Eastern Studies.

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Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017