The Spring 2019 application cycle is now CLOSED.

Crown Center Research & Travel Grants

The Crown Center invites applications for travel, research, and study grants for Brandeis undergraduate and graduate students. These grants may be used for winter, spring, and summer travel/study or for thesis research.


  • Research expenses (such as travel to the Middle East, room and board, photocopying, etc).
  • Study of a Middle Eastern Language
  • Study of relevant Middle East topics at a foreign institution
  • It does not fund the purchase of durable equipment (such as tape recorders, cameras, laptop computers, etc.)


  • Current Brandeis first years, sophomores, juniors, as well as current Brandeis graduate students. Seniors and graduate students in their last year may apply for grants to be used prior to graduation.
  • Any field of study may be considered, but the research must be related to the Middle East.
  • Students may only receive one grant during their Brandeis undergraduate years and one grant during their graduate years.
  • Applicants must be in good academic and community standing.
  • The grant funds may be used throughout the academic year.

Amount of Award:
The maximum grant award is $3000.

Application Deadline:
March 15, 2019

April 1, 2019

Recipients must confirm their acceptance of the award within ten days of notification.

Application Requirements:

  1. A five page (double spaced) proposal which includes:
    • cover sheet with the applicant's name, undergraduate class or expected date of graduate degree, mailbox, phone number, and e-mail address, and project title
    • concise description of the proposed travel project or language program with a well-thought-out abstract of the project's objectives and how it fits into the applicant’s program of study
    • dates and destination of the trip
    • budget
    • summary of the applicant's qualifications to conduct this research, including foreign language skills when applicable
  2. Two letters of recommendation from Brandeis professors. If applying for a research grant, one of the letters should comment on the feasibility of the proposed project as well as the applicant's ability to conduct the research.  If you are applying for language study, one of the letters must be from a language instructor or a professor who can comment on the necessity of overseas language instruction to your studies.
  3. Brandeis University transcript, official or unofficial. 


  1. Email the proposal and transcript to Marilyn Horowitz at
  2. Request that your letters of recommendation be emailed directly from your professors to Marilyn Horowitz at

For further information, please contact Kristina Cherniahivsky at