Travel Grants

The Program in Islamic Law 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 PIL travel grants to supplement an award from another source. 

Travel grants are open to JD, LLM, and SJD students for the Winter Term in January (J-Term) and for LLM and SJD thesis research. JD students should secure approval of their independent study application from their faculty advisor through the Winter Term Clinical Committee or the Winter Term Writing Course. LLM and SJD student applications should relate to their approved thesis research.

How to Apply 

 Via the online application form, 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 noting proposed use of the grant funds, and
  • a 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.


Deadline: The deadline for travel grants for the 2018-2019 academic year has passed. New applications will be available in Fall 2019 for the 2020 grant cycle. The application deadline is typically the last week in November for Winter Term travel and the last weekend in April for Summer travel. Late applications will not be considered. Applicants should expect consideration of proposals to take one to two weeks.

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

Past Recipients

Sarah Abraham (JD ’17) and Lauren Blodgett (JD ’17), Statelessness and the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Jordan; Mariam Boxwala (JD ’16), legal aid internship and research on women and minorities, Pakistan; Ari Schriber (PhD candidate, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences),  The Evolution of Sharia in Early Protectorate Morocco, France
Akhila Kolisetty (JD ’15), legal rights of Muslim women in the Mewat district of Haryana state, India; Paul Lee (JD ’15), Islamic securities regulation, Dubai; Matthew Steele (PhD candidate, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), history of Islamic juridical scholarship, Mauritania
Anna Gressel (JD student) research Moroccan criminal procedure, Morocco; Daniel McMann, internship at the Supreme Court of Pakistan