Scholarships and Financial Aid for MAAS Students

Funding Your Study at Georgetown

Tuition Scholarships

The MAAS program offers full and partial-tuition scholarships, as well as a limited number of stipends, to highly qualified applicants.

Applicants to the MAAS program are automatically considered for merit-based aid from the MAAS program.  Decisions about scholarships awards for incoming students are made at the time of admission.  Scholarship awards are judged on the basis of academic record and intellectual promise. Approximately one-third of incoming students receive tuition scholarships.

The MAAS program awards funding on a yearly basis.  All students who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarships for their second year must apply for funding at the end of their first year.  Scholarship decisions for continuing students are made after spring semester grades are received. 

The MAAS program typically allocates more funding to second-year students. More than two-thirds of MAAS students have received scholarships during their two years in the MAAS program.  For the past two years, all of the returning students who applied for funding received a full or partial scholarship.

The major criteria that the committee considers in the awarding of funds are academic achievement and potential. MAAS students who wish to apply for renewal of scholarships or for first-time awards should therefore be aware that actual performance within the program is an important element in the committee's evaluation process. 

Tuition support is provided by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and friends of the Center.  CCAS offers scholarships in the names of: Sheikh Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qassimi, Hanna Batatu, A.J. Howar, Hisham Sharabi, Al-Sayyid Hassan Taher, and the Kuwait-America Foundation.

Fellowships and Assistantships

The MAAS program has a limited number of stipends available, which are awarded in the form of fellowships or assistantships. Incoming students are automatically considered for stipend assistance during admission; returning students are considered when they apply for merit-based funding at the end of their first year. 

Additionally, CCAS faculty and staff are able to hire several students each year who work as hourly-paid research assistants or student employees.  MAAS students are notified of such employment opportunities as the positions become available.

Language Study Scholarships

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers students Language Study Scholarships to cover the cost of one undergraduate-level language course (courses numbered below 350) per semester.  All Arabic language classes needed to reach proficiency are undergraduate, so MAAS students receive scholarships for these courses and do not pay additional tuition for Arabic instruction.  

Once students have passed the Arabic proficiency exam, they are permitted to take courses in other languages for which they may receive a Language Study Scholarship.  The Language Study Scholarship may also be used for post-advanced Arabic content courses numbered below 350.  Please click here for a list of Arabic content courses.

Undergraduate-level language courses are taken in addition to the required graduate coursework for the MAAS program and do not count toward the degree.

FLAS

The National Resource Center on the Middle East (NRC-MENA), which is housed in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, provides academic-year and summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to students who combine study of the region with the study of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish.

Academic-year FLAS fellowships provide $18,000 in tuition (the remaining tuition/fees are covered by the department) and a $15,000 stipend; the summer fellowships provide $5,000 in tuition and a $2,500 stipend.

FLAS is currently being offered to continuing students only.  Continuing MAAS students may apply for academic year and summer fellowships in the spring semester of their first year.  Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.  Please see the NRC-MENA website for more details. 

Kuwait-America Foundation Scholarship

Thanks to a generous donation from the Kuwait-America Foundation, the Kuwait-America Foundation Scholarship provides residents of the MENA region with full tuition, fees, and a living stipend to attend the MAAS program.  The scholarship is only available to applicants to the MAAS program. 

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a resident of a country in the Middle East or North Africa region
  • Plan to concentrate their studies in politics or development
  • Express an interest in working in the MENA region following graduation

For more information, please download the Kuwait-America Foundation Scholarship brochure.

 

Because scholarship funding is limited, applicants should seek outside funding while applying to MAAS, including federal assistance. For information on sources of funding, please consult Georgetown's Office of Student Financial Services website.

Additional Funding Opportunities

 

Summer Grants

MAAS students may apply for grants to support thesis research, internships, and language study in the summer between their first and second year. Funding for summer opportunities is provided by the CCAS and the School of Foreign Service.  Students apply for summer funding through the MAAS program. The number and amount of awards are based on the amount of money available and are subject to change each year.  

Click here to see how MAAS and other SFS students have used summer grant funding.

Conference Travel Grants

The Graduate School supports the professional development of graduate students by providing Conference Travel Grants. These grants may be used toward travel and other expenses associated with participation in a professional meeting, and may be requested in advance. For more information, please visit the Graduate School's website.

Additionally, MAAS students who present at a conferences may apply for funding from CCAS to help with transportation and accommodations associated with the conference.  Students should apply directly through the MAAS program for such funding.  Grants are awarded on a rolling basis.

For more information about scholarship support and other funding opportunities for MAAS students, please contact Kelli Harris, Assistant Director of Academic Programs, at kmh79@georgetown.edu.