Apply for the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) Summer Research Institute (DSRI)

Are you a current UW-Madison undergraduate student interested in Islamic Studies? Check out the 2nd Summer Research Institute: The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, an exciting fully funded 10-day summer program that will take place June 3rd – 13th, 2024 in Washington D.C. and Ann Arbor, Michigan! Undergraduate students from schools in the Big Ten Academic Alliance (of which UW-Madison is a member!) are eligible to apply. Note the Priority Deadline of Saturday, February 10th and Final Deadline of Sunday, February 25th!

The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) Summer Research Institute (DSRI) is a 10 day fully funded research program designed to develop and expand undergraduate students with the broader field of Islamic Studies. The program will prepare them in pursuing advanced research or a graduate degree in Islamic Studies or incorporate Islamic Studies components into their current degree program as a possible minor.

DISC Summer Research Institute builds on DISC’s approach to teaching courses in Islamic Studies by providing students with a truly global perspective on Islam and the Muslim world. The DSRI will emphasize the theories, methods, and resources that encompass Islamic Studies so students can understand and contribute to broader intellectual conversations occurring in the field of Islamic Studies across disciplines. While students participate in a series of seminars, workshops, and individualized mentorships on the University of Michigan and University of Maryland’s campus, they will have the opportunity to engage in the distinctive cultural experience Southeast Michigan and the Washington, D.C. Metro Area has to offer.

To accommodate student’s academic training, two tracks are offered through the program: the Gateway track for students who are new or have just begun exploring the field and Capstone track for students who a familiar with the field and want to expand their knowledge in the field.

Gateway Track Participants will:

  • Learn approaches, issues, and research methodologies in the field of Islamic Studies
  • Develop a research prospectus
  • Gain the tools to be competitive in the graduate school application process

Capstone Track Participants will:

  • Advance their knowledge with research methodologies and managing projects
  • Access special collections and material, systems, and tools to further their research
  • Receive individualized mentorship on their research, thesis, or career path

Apply Here: DISC Summer Research Institution Application

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Endorsement/Recommendation Form (1)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Interest (500 word max)
  • Capstone Students Only – Research Proposal (500 word max)

Who can apply?

Any undergraduate student from the Big Ten Academic Alliances are able to apply. May 2024 graduates are also eligible to apply.

Where does it take place?

The DISC Summer Research Institute is hosted on the University of Michigan and University of Maryland’s campus. Participants are housed in one of the student dormitories located on the University of Michigan’s Central Campus in Ann Arbor, MI and the University of Maryland’s Main Campus.

How much does it cost?

The DISC Summer Research Institute is a fully funded program. If you are accepted into the program, DISC covers all program travel, lodging, workshops, and all excursions. DISC will also provide a modest award to cover the cost of meals and incidentals.

How do I find out more information?

Find out more information at one of the information sessions held in Feb or email

Information Sessions:
Thurs, Feb 1st 12pm-12:45pm EST

Friday, Feb 9th 10am-10:45am EST

Friday, Feb 9th 4-4:45pm EST

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