Scholarship & Awards

Edward W. Said Memorial Scholarship ($4,000)

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide annual support for a graduate student in the academic study of Muslim societies and cultures, past and present, consistent with the mission of the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies (CCMS) at Simon Fraser University.

The award is valued at $4,000 and it may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies, where permitted by those agencies. The award is tenable in the Summer semester.

Eligibility criteria

  • Full-time registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program;
  • Demonstrated academic and research excellence at the post-graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and research skill.

Application Requirements

  • A current unofficial SFU transcript or a copy of the official transcript of the most recent degree program completed;
  • A concise description (one page or less) of the proposed program of studies which includes the importance of the scholarship to his/her research goals;
  • Two letters of reference: one letter of reference from the student's supervisor and a second letter of reference from someone other than the supervisor who is familiar with the applicant's research and planning activities.

Application Process

  • The completed application and all supporting documentation must be received by the Dean of Graduate Studies by February 8, 2019. Please visit gradawards.sfu.ca.
  • The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Director of the CCMS, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

For more information about SFU Private Awards and application process, please see here → 

Muslim Studies Graduate Student Travel Award ($2,000)

The Muslim Studies Graduate Student Award supports a graduate student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who has undertaken research on Muslim societies and cultures. To be eligible for this award, students must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral thesis program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The award, supported by the Dossa Endowment Fund is currently valued at $2,000. The award will normally be held in the summer term, but may be held in any semester in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies, where permitted by those agencies.If a successful applicant is not identified, the award will be advertised in the next award cycle in a given academic year. 

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Full-time registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program;
  • Completion of at least one semester in a graduate program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences;
  • A program which requires travel abroad to undertake research on some aspect of a Muslim society or culture.

Application Process

  1. Application must be made through the Graduate Awards and Application System and must be accompanied by:
    1. Supporting evidence of the need for research abroad for the applicant’s research;
    2. Current unofficial SFU transcript and a research proposal concerned with Muslim societies and cultures;
    3. A letter from the student’s supervisor attesting to the quality of the applicant
  2. The completed application and all supporting documentation must be received by The Dean of Graduate Studies by February 8, 2019. Please visit gradawards.sfu.ca.
  3. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the recommendation of the Chair of the Steering Committee, Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures, Department of History.

For more information on these awards and to download the application form, visit the website of the Dean of Graduate Studies →

Dossa Family Essay Prize

Established in 2015, the Aziz and Parin Dossa Endowed Essay Prize in Islamic and Muslim Studies to recognize outstanding essays of graduate students within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, as measured by innovation in research and clarity in communication within Islamic and Muslim Studies. 

The Essay demonstrates excellence in the analysis of Islamic and Muslim data within social, cultural, and/or political contexts. The Essay will be adjudicated by the center and placed on our website for a larger readership.

About the Donors

As valued supporters of University programs for many years, Aziz and Parin Dossa have established the Dossa Family Endowment Fund. In addition to the Essay Prize, it also supports the Dossa Family Undergraduate Scholarship of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Muslim Studies Graduate Student Travel Award of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures.

More information about the Essay Prize →