To deepen the impact of its dialogue programs, the Hollings Center awards small grants and fellowships to selected dialogue participants* for collaborative follow-on initiatives involving research, professional development and exchanges. The Center’s dialogue programs aim to enhance communication and understanding between the United States and countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eurasia. The Center wishes to incentivize participants in these programs to continue and advance dialogue discussions by providing seed funding for follow-on initiatives.
What do we fund?
Proposed small grant projects expand upon the Hollings Center’s program topics and mission through collaborative, cross-cultural pursuits that produce innovative deliverables. The Hollings Center awards these small grants to past dialogue participants. Examples of initiatives that we fund include:
- Follow-up events on a theme that was addressed at a Hollings Center dialogue, but was not covered in sufficient depth;
- Pilot exchanges or fellowships designed to foster exchanges (between students, faculty, experts, and/or institutions)
- Research that will inform policy (with policy-relevant deliverables).
To read more about what we fund or how the application process works, please read our Small Grants Guidelines.*
For eligible past participants who wish to apply for a small grant, click to access the Cover Sheet and Budget Template. The budget template also contains examples of budgets from different types of projects.
Examples of past Hollings Center Small Grants projects:
- Opinion survey of Egyptian university students’ attitudes toward the Obama administration
- Research on the impact of Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Program on governance in Afghanistan
- Launching of student and faculty exchange programs between U.S. universities and campuses in Bangladesh and Morocco
- Evaluation of American “branch campuses” in the United Arab Emirates
- Workshop on higher education quality in the Middle East
- Series of workshops for early-career Turkish and American journalists on Turkey-U.S. relations