Travel Grants

The Islamic Legal Studies Program invites Harvard Law School students to submit travel grant proposals for the funding of proposed research trips. All projects associated with Islamic law or with the legal systems of Muslim countries qualify, internships included. The Program distributes a limited number of awards on a competitive basis, to a maximum of $2,000. Recipients of these funds may use them to supplement an award from another source.

You will find summaries of the most recently awarded grants here.

J.D. Students

The travel grant for J.D. students specifically applies to the winter (January) term. J.D. students may apply pending the approval of their independent application to the Winter Term Clinical Committee or the Winter Term Writing Course.

The final deadline for submission from J.D. students is November 15. Late applications will not be considered. Applicants should expect consideration of the proposal to take two to three weeks.

LL.M and S.J.D. Students

The proposed research of LL.M. and S.J.D. students must form part of their approved thesis research.

Application Procedure

At least 30 days in advance of the proposed travel, applicants should submit a proposal of up to three pages, a detailed budget, and a curriculum vitae. If applicable, the proposal should identify all individuals at the proposed destination who have been contacted and with whom the student will be conducting research. The proposal should also identify dollar amounts and potential sources of all other funds sought by the applicant.

Proposals should be submitted by email to the Program Administrator,

Applicants should expect consideration of the proposal to take two to three weeks.

Students who receive an ILSP travel grant must acknowledge it in all written documentation, including future publications, relating to the research results. In addition, all travel grant recipients must submit to ILSP a brief report on the scholarly results of the travel within two months after the student has returned, for possible inclusion in the Program's Newsletter.