For Students

ILSP: Law and Social Change Student Travel Grants

The Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change invites Harvard Law School students to submit travel grant proposals to secure funding for proposed research trips related to work on or the study of Islamic law. All projects associated with Islamic law or with legal systems that entail a component of Islamic law qualify, internships included. The Program distributes a limited number of awards on a competitive basis, up to a maximum of $1,000 per student. Selected grantees may use ILSP: Law and Social Change travel grants to supplement an award from another source. All application materials should be submitted via the online application process by Monday, November 13. (For required materials, see “How to Apply” below.)

Students who receive an ILSP: Law and Social Change travel grant must acknowledge support of the grant in all written documentation relating to the research results, including future publications – which they should send to ILSP: Law and Social Change when published. In addition, all travel grant recipients must submit to ILSP: Law and Social Change a brief report on the scholarly results of the travel within two months after the student has returned.

JD and LLM Students

Travel grants for JD and LLM students specifically apply to the winter term in January (J-Term). JD 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 JD and LLM students is Monday, November 13 for winter term 2018 travel. Late applications will not be considered. Applicants should expect consideration of the proposal to take two to three weeks.

SJD Students

Both ILSP: Law and Social Change and ILSP: SHARIAsource invite travel grant proposals from SJD students as part of their approved thesis research. There is no deadline for SJD grants. Instead, applications are received on a rolling basis and must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the proposed travel for ILSP: LSC and 60 days in advance of the proposed travel for ILSP: SHARIAsource.

How to Apply

Via the online application process, all applicants should submit a project proposal of no more than 500 words, a curriculum vitae, a current HLS transcript (pdf copy downloaded from the Registrar’s Office via your student web page will be accepted), a detailed budget, and letter of recommendation from your faculty supervisor for this project. 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. Applicants should expect consideration of the proposal to take two to three weeks.

Without [ILSP’s] generous funding, I would not have had the confounding and equally rewarding experience of studying in one of the Islamic World’s most remote and understudied frontiers.     
—Matthew Steele, 2014 travel grant recipient