Academia in the Public Sphere Grants Program

Working to ensure that academic knowledge on Islam and Muslim societies informs public policy

This page contains historical information and is preserved here as a matter of record. This project operated at the SSRC from 2008-01-01 to 2011-12-31.

Left to right: Reza Aslan (UC Irvine), William Beeman (University of Minnesota), and Deborah Amos (NPR) review proposals for the Academia in the Public Sphere Grants Program.

The Academia in the Public Sphere Grants Program currently supports collaborative projects advancing informed conversations on Islamic traditions and Muslim communities. Begun in 2007, to date the program has awarded $3.4 million to forty-nine projects. We support interdisciplinary research centers and institutes on university campuses. The program encourages partnerships with journalism schools and international affairs programs in order to foster innovative projects promoting public engagement as well as collaborative activities with nonacademic partners, including practitioners, policymaking institutions, and media groups. The program also convenes grantees and expert panels to provide networking forums, leadership training, and capacity development opportunities.

Please visit the past competition page for more information.

Program Director
Thomas Asher


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