Scholarships, Fellowships and Forms


There are several sources of financial aid for qualified students. This year, in addition to the Virji Foundation scholarships, we are happy to announce a new source of financial aid through the IMAM Foundation for those students who choose to concentrate on the Shi‘a track.

After the first year of success in the Shi‘a track, we are happy to announce that over half of the newly admitted students for the academic year 2020-2021 have chosen to concentrate on Shi‘ism. Four of them received the IMAM Foundation Scholarship, and the fifth candidate received a Fulbright scholarship.

In addition to these sources of support, outside funding through scholarship such as FLAS, Fulbright and several other sources are also available for qualified candidates. We have also been actively negotiating with local and national community leaders and Muslim-Shi‘a organizations for further funding of the Islamic Studies program and anticipate that they will support our program.


Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

The Rangel program seeks students interested in working as Foreign Service Officers for the U.S. Department of State. The fellowship is open to undergraduate seniors and graduates entering 2-year master's programs in international affairs, public administration, business administration, public policy or related fields at U.S. universities.  Rangel Fellows receive up to $90,000 to cover tuition, fees and living expenses. The Fellowship includes 2 summer internships, professional development opportunities and mentoring. Students must be U.S. citizens and a minimum GPA of 3.2.

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships

The Pickering Fellowship prepares participants academically and professionally to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. The award, up to $40,000 per year, funds fellows' senior years and their first year of graduate study at participating universities. Fellows study fields such as international studies, international affairs, public policy, administration, economics, political science or foreign languages.

The Boren Awards for Language Study

The deadline for these is around mid-January each year.

The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships at GWU

GWU's OGSAF maintains a database of assistantships and fellowships.

Islamic Scholarship Fund

Internship Opportunities

  • Institute for Women's Policy Research
  • KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
  • Middle East Institute
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • American Islamic Congress
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council
  • Muslim Advocates
  • Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy
  • Rumi Forum
  • Salam Institute for Peace and Justice
  • Pew Research Center
  • Public Religion Research Institute
  • International Center for Religion and Diplomacy

(Get funding for unpaid internships through GW's KACIF program.)

Guidelines and Forms for Completing the MA

Consortium School Schedules of Classes

New MA in Islam Bridges Gaps

Something rather special, even symbolic, happened at GW in 2012 when Religion Department faculty members Robert Eisen and Mohammad Faghfoory collaborated together to create a new master’s degree program  in Islamic Studies.

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