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Israel Studies Undergraduate Student Research Grant

UCLA undergraduate student research grants are available to conduct research in Israel Studies during the academic year or the summer.

Award Amounts: $500-1,500

Maximum Award Period:

• Fall and Spring Funding Cycles: 1 year from date of decision
• Summer Funding Cycle: Summer term only

2023–24 Grant Deadlines:

There are three funding cycles for the grant:


Applications Accepted Beginning: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Applications Due: Monday, November 13, 2023
Applicants Notified By: Monday, December 11, 2023


Applications Accepted Beginning: Friday, January 5, 2024
Applications Due: Monday, February 12, 2024
Applicants Notified By: Monday, March 11, 2024


Applications Accepted Beginning: Monday, March 11, 2024
Applications Due: Monday, April 15, 2024
Applicants Notified By: Monday, May 6, 2024

Who Should Apply:

• Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at UCLA
• The Center welcomes applications from undergraduate students in a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to history, political science, economics, sociology, literature, visual and performing arts, management, engineering, law, public health, environment and sustainability.

To Apply:

Applicants are invited to complete the electronic grant application. Applications must be submitted online by the advertised deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Guidelines:

Materials required to complete the application include:

• Current Curriculum Vitae
• Transcript – unofficial is accepted
• Research project abstract (200 word limit) - provide the project title and briefly describe the topic of research.
• Research proposal (1,000 word limit) that demonstrates how your project will advance knowledge of Israeli society, history, or culture. Describe the project in terms that can be understood by an academic audience who may not specialize in your chosen field and include a detailed outline of the research agenda (e.g., specific research activities and locations such as field locations, archives and libraries)
• Itemized budget as per the budget template provided (click here)
• Letter of support (1) – The letter of support should come from the faculty member the applicant is proposing to oversee the research project. The mentor should address the relevance of the proposed research for the applicant's course of study, as well as the applicant's overall academic potential.
  o Applicants provide the name and contact information of the proposed mentor in the online application; once the application has been submitted, the mentor will receive an automated email from the system, instructing them where and how to upload their letter of support. Applicants should therefore ensure they submit the application as early as possible.


Grant Terms and Conditions:

Funds must be used during the period for which they are awarded; requests for project extension/carryover of awards must be submitted to the Y&S Nazarian Center in writing at least one month prior to award period end date.

Recipients must agree to the following:

  • Submit a final report describing the project outcomes. For Fall and Spring funding cycle award recipients, these reports are due when your project is completed and no later than the end of the maximum award period (one year from the date of the decision). For Summer cycle award recipients, the report is due within the first four weeks of the Fall Quarter directly following the Summer award period.
  • Proof of travel, as applicable (e.g., e-ticket or passenger receipt with form of payment clearly indicated; or a redacted credit card statement with travel expense highlighted)
  • Prepare a project-related article for publication on the Center’s website or newsletter and/or participate in the Center's Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies.
  • Acknowledge the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies in all public informational materials and publications resulting from the grant (e-mail citations/links for any publications that result from the project).
  • Inform the Y&S Nazarian Center in a timely manner about any academic presentations or publications made possible due to the financial support of the Y&S Nazarian Center. This includes publications or presentations made after the funding period has ended that were made possible by research conducted thanks to the support of the Center.

Note: Students interested in the undergraduate research grants should also review the Student Research Program (SRP). Through the SRP, students can earn a limited number of course credits for the research they conduct with the support of the Y&S Nazarian Center. For more information, visit the UCLA Undergraduate Research Center website.

For more information about the grant and the application process, please contact the Center at israel@international.ucla.edu or (310) 825-9646.

For technical assistance, please contact help@international.ucla.edu.