Small Grants Opportunity: SSRC-funded grant initiative – “Academia in the Public Sphere: Islamic Traditions and Muslim Societies in World Contexts”, Deadline: January 19, 2010

The SSRC is pleased to announce the availability of grants to support public engagement by academic experts on Islamic traditions and Muslim societies. The grants program seeks to encourage projects permitting the dissemination of academic research on Islamic traditions and Muslim societies to targeted constituencies, with particular emphasis on media and policymakers. With this program the SSRC looks to nurture the public relevancy of area studies research by promoting strategic partnerships that will break down barriers and build connections between academic researchers, journalists, policymakers, and practitioners. The SSRC also seeks to assist faculty in developing the necessary skills they require to be able to engage specialized nonacademic audiences on the topic of Islam in the world. Applications must be submitted through the online application portal which can be found on the SSRC website and will be live on October 31, 2009. No hard copies will be accepted. Interested applicants are encouraged to review the online materials athttp://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/islam-and-muslims-in-world-contexts/ in advance of submitting a proposal. Contact Tom Asher, Program Officer, at apsg@ssrc.org for more information. Deadline: January 19, 2010.

Application portal: http://soap.ssrc.org/

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