Ibn Battuta Merit Scholarships for Peace & Diplomacy

Ibn Battuta Merit Scholarships
“I set out alone…swayed by an overmastering impulse within me and a desire long-cherished in my bosom to visit these illustrious sanctuaries. “
-Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta Merit Scholarships for Peace & Diplomacy

Sponsored by:
Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies


ANNOUNCEMENT:  Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic studies is pleased to announce new scholarships available for intensive study of Modern Standard Arabic.  The Ibn Battuta Merit Scholarships aim to reward students for excellence and dedication to the study of the Arabic language as well as promote the study of Arabic as a foreign language.  Prospective students may apply to either one of the semester programs (fall, spring) or else to the winter and summer programs. 



  • Full Scholarships cover all tuition and housing costs for the duration of the program (an approximate value of $3715.00 for semester programs,  and $1250.00 for the winter and summer sessions).
  • Partial Scholarships cover tuition-only costs for the duration of the program (an estimated $2100 for semester programs, and $700 for the winter and summer sessions)
  • Transportation to/from Morocco is the responsibility of awardees.



Year: 2012 – 2013


Session Duration Start End Deadline
Fall 12 weeks 10 Sep. 2012 30 Nov. 2012 15 Jun. 2012
Winter 4 weeks 03 Jan. 2013 * 25 Jan. 2013 12 Oct. 2012
Spring 12 weeks 28 Jan. 2013 19 Apr. 2013 16 Nov. 2012
Summer 4 weeks 20 May. 2013 15 Jun. 2012 01 Mar. 2013



Year: 2013 – 2014


Session Duration Start End Deadline
Fall 12 weeks 09 Sep. 2013 29 Nov. 2013 30 Jun. 2013
Winter 4 weeks 30 Dec. 2013 24 Jan. 2014 15 Oct. 2013
Spring 12 weeks 27 Jan. 2014 18 Apr. 2014 15 Nov. 2013
Summer 4 weeks 19 May. 2014 13 Jun. 2014 01 Mar. 2014




REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must write a 600-1,000 word essay answering “What do you hope to achieve through your study of the Arabic language?”  Applicants must have completed a minimum of four University semesters in Modern Standard Arabic or equivalent study (at least 240 documented contact hours at a private institution). Applicants must have three written recommendations, including at least one from an Arabic Language Instructor/Professor.  Applicants must provide graded transcripts documenting previous Arabic study. 


All applications must be postmarked by the specified deadline for each session.   Applications sent after the deadline will not be considered.


HOW TO APPLY:  send completed application form and all required attachments (photocopy of passport, recommendation letters, essay, and transcripts) via email or post to Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies attn: Ibn Battuta Scholarship




What are my chances of winning?
We review each application carefully and grant full scholarships to candidates who demonstrate a dedication to studying the Arabic language and a potential to play a positive role in their communities and around the world.  We typically receive 50 -200 applications for each scholarship sessions.

  • Five (5) full scholarships (tuition & housing) are awarded for each session
  • Ten (10) partial scholarships (tuition only) are awarded for each session.
When and how will the results be announced?
The results are announced one calendar month after the submission deadline.  The winners’ names are posted on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/qalamcenter .  The winners are also informed of their successful candidacy via email.
Do I have to be enrolled in University to apply?
No, you do not have to be enrolled in University to apply. You must have acquired 240 hours of documented study of the Arabic language, but it does not have to have been through university enrollment in order to apply.
How should I submit my documents?
We prefer you to submit your documents via email (Arabic@qalamcenter.com). Though it is possible to submit them by mail, we are not responsible for lost or stolen documents mailed to Morocco.
What languages are acceptable for my essay and recommendations?
We accept documents in English, French or Arabic. Translated documents should include a copy of the original.
What types of candidates are the judges looking for?
We are primarily looking for students who have demonstrated excellence and dedication to study of the Arabic language.  We are also looking for students with clear goals and plans for their Arabic skills. Students from countries where it is very difficult to find Arabic courses or who have never had the opportunity to participate in Arabic immersion are also given preference.
Can my professors email my recommendations directly?
Yes, your professors or Arabic instructors can email your recommendations directly to the school. Please ask them to include your full name in the subject line, as well as in the body of the email.

Thank you, and good luck with your application!

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