Publication Awards

Awards are intended to promote opportunities for graduate students to work closely with a faculty mentor and to encourage creative and diverse scholarship and research.

CNES awards $500 - $1,000 summer 2022 stipends for UCLA graduate students to prepare a paper based on their research on the Middle East and North African (MENA) to be submitted for publication. Students in the humanities, social sciences, and professional disciplines are eligible to apply.

 Articles may be either single-authored by the student or co-authored with the faculty mentor and submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal between October 1, 2023 and September 30, 2024. By the end of the summer, students must notify center staff to verify that they have fulfilled this program requirement. Students enrolled for any length of time during the 2023-2024 academic year are eligible to apply.  

 We urge awardees to attend CNES events. The full schedule of remote programs can be found here.

Application Requirements:

1. Curriculum vitae (no more than three (3) pages of 12-point font)

2. Unofficial university transcripts

3. Intended publication(s): List of potential journal(s) or other publications for which the student intends to submit the article.

 4. Summary or abstract of paper from the student’s dissertation project (maximum two (2) double-spaced pages of 12-point font); Briefly describe the paper topic in terms that can be understood by an academic audience who may not specialize in your chosen field. Explain how your research will address pedagogical concerns or generate innovative approaches to teaching and advance knowledge of MENA societies, histories, or cultures. The description of the project should present the following, as appropriate to the subject:

·       The question(s), thesis or hypothesis being addressed;

·       The project scope and research approach or methodology;

·       The significance, creativity, originality and/or and impact of the work.

5. Letter of recommendation: include one letter of recommendation from the applicant's principal faculty advisor/committee chair who agrees to mentor the student during the writing process. They should describe the mentoring relationship and the paper that the student will complete during the summer. The mentor should also address the relevance of the proposed paper for the applicant's dissertation research project, as well as the applicant's overall academic and professional potential. All recommendations must be submitted through the online system by the advertised deadline. The applicant will provide the name and contact information of the recommender in the online application; once the application has been submitted, the recommender will receive an automated email instructing them where and how to upload their recommendation. Applicants should therefore ensure that they submit the application well in advance of the advertised deadline, and that they have provided the correct contact information for their recommender. A submitted application can be edited up until the deadline.



The student application is available HERE.

The deadline is April 15, 2023. 


For more information please contact:
Johanna Romero, CNES Program Manager

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Published: Monday, December 6, 2021