SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL
Academia in the Public Sphere: Islam and Muslims in World Contexts
A Small Grants Program
The SSRC is pleased to announce a grants program to support public engagement on the subject of
Islam and Muslims in world contexts. These grants are available to all Title VI funded National
Resource Centers (NRCs) on U.S. campuses. The program aims to develop infrastructure and
successful strategies permitting the dissemination of academic research on Islamic societies and
regions to targeted constituencies, including the general public, media, and policy institutions.
Current Title VI NRC recipients on U.S. campuses are eligible to apply individually for grants
up to $50,000 to be used over a period of fifteen months. Extraordinary projects involving
multiple NRCs may be considered for grants up to $100,000.
The grants are available to projects that effect change by creating new or enhancing existing
engagement capacities on university campuses. Additionally, grants are available to projects that
draw faculty into processes of public engagement by developing new forums and activities that
promote better public understanding of the diversity of Muslim societies and communities across all
geographical regions. Partnerships and engagement with media, business communities, policy
institutions, advocacy groups, and the general public are encouraged. Funds, however, cannot be
used for outreach to K-12 education.
Activities to be proposed by applicant centers may include (but are not limited to) one or more of
Enhancing the public visibility of individual university faculty and researchers (including
graduate students) through media appearances or other forms of engagement with print and
broadcast journalists. These may include activities promoting sustainable partnerships
between academics and journalism schools. The activities may also include the hiring of
op-ed specialists to work with and train scholars and graduate students, or