An overview of current scholarships in Islamic studies in Leiden, Oxford and Princeton
We present to your attention a small overview of the current competitions for scholarships for young specialists in Islamic studies from leading universities in the world. This review contains information on current contests in Leiden, Oxford and Princeton. Please note that deadline for some applications very soon - March 31 and April 1.

Leiden University (Netherlands)

Two scholarships for monthly internships for beginner Islamic studies at the University of Leiden.

Drewes Fund Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2019. The scholarship is annual, so in the following years there will be a chance to get it.

The objective of the Drewes Fund is to promote the research and study by graduate philologists - holding a MA degree at least- of texts on Islam and Indonesia, especially on Islamic mysticism and more specifically Islamic mysticism as described in the so-called Suluks. The fund provides in a financial contribution. The allowance/grant is, in principle every two years, awarded to one person. The stipend is € 2,000 maximum.

All details here:


Juynboll Fellowship 

Also a one or two month scholarship at Leiden University for scholars who plan to work with special collections of Islamic and Arabic manuscripts of the University of Leiden.

Deadline: April 1, 2019. But the program is also annual and allows you to visit Leiden University every year.

The Juynboll Foundation and the Scaliger Institute of Leiden University Libraries have founded a collaborative fellowship program to enable one or two scholars to study the Arabic and Islam special collections of Leiden University Libraries.

All details here:


Scholarships of The Barakat Foundation in Oxford (United Kingdom)

Numerous grants from the British The Barakat Foundation to study Islamic heritage. Emphasis on the study and preservation of the material culture of the Islamic world, as well as an emphasis on educational programs and events dedicated to Muslim culture.

The Barakat Foundation issues a series of short-term and long-term scholarships for both students and researchers to continue their work, as well as projects to digitize Islamic art (up to 50,000 pounds sterling). In addition, there is a grant for reputable Islamic scholars for a 3-month internship at Oxford University.

Deadlines for some applications are already March 31, 2019.

The entire list can be found here:


Princeton University (USA)

For research scholars who recently defended a dissertation on Islamic studies. Postdoc position at Princeton at the Institute for advanced study for 2020-2021, where among other specialties are supported by experts in Islam.

Deadline for the application - October 15, 2019