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The Abbasi-Markaz Fellowship


The purpose of the fellowship is to foster student-led campus conversations on themes related to Islam or Muslim societies and cultures in any historical or regional context. In consultation with faculty, the Abbasi-Markaz fellow will identify themes of current interest to the Stanford community, curate a number of events with academics or speakers whose work engages with scholarship on Islam and Muslims, and organize the events through the Abbasi Program and the Markaz.

The fellowship has three interrelated components:

  1. Programming: Identify relevant themes and speakers, and curate up to 4 events per year.
  2. Outreach: Publicize events on social media, listservs, etc., and conduct outreach to maximize audience interest and event visibility. Write brief post-event reports for publication in newsletters.
  3. Mentorship: Commit to mentorship by Abbasi and Markaz-affiliated faculty or graduate students, in the form of one meeting a month with the designated mentor(s).


  • Duration: Fellowship to commence September 2023 and end June 2024.
  • Compensation: The Abbasi-Markaz Fellow will receive a stipend of $3000. A separate budget for this series (for speaker honoraria, event logistics, etc.) will be available, to be used in coordination with the Abbasi program staff and faculty. 
  • Eligibility
    • Students must be sophomores, juniors, seniors, or co-terms
    • Students must have either enrolled or continuing status during their fellowship
    • Students from all departments / schools can apply
      • Students in Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, Global Studies, Middle Eastern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (MELLAC), or in other departments working on relevant research, are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 25th at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
  • Application Materials: Applicants will submit the following via application form:
    • Cover Letter
    • Current CV or resume
    • Up-to-date academic transcript 
    • One letter of recommendation by a faculty member, to be sent directly to

Inquiries: For any questions about the fellowship, contact Abiya Ahmed, Director of the Markaz at


Aya Hilal
2022-2023 Fellow Aya Hilal
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2021-2022 Fellow Yusuf Zahurullah


  • Drawing Parallels: College Students, Silicon Valley and the Islamic Golden Age with Dr. Asad Ahmed, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at UC Berkeley (November 3, 2021). Video here.
  • Black Ink: Exploring the Breadth of Black Muslim Art with Dr. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, author of Muslim Cool: Race Religion and Hip Hop in the United States and Professor at the University of Michigan (February 24, 2022). Video here.
  • Untapped History: Islam in Eastern Europe with Dr. Ermin Sinanović the Executive Director of the Center for Islam in the Contemporary World (CICW) at Shenandoah University (June 22, 2022).