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Gliozzo Scholarship / Awards

Each year MSP provides up to 2 scholarships of roughly $700 each to qualified undergraduates with academic programs focused primarily upon the Muslim world. These scholarships are designed to facilitate study and research about the Muslim world and to enhance students' linguistic competencies.

Gliozzo Endowment for Muslim Studies

In 2007, Professor Emeritus Charles A. Gliozzo and Mrs. Marjorie A. Gliozzo established the first endowment for the Muslim Studies Program. Their generosity provides a scholarship to undergraduates with a principal interest in studying some facet of the Muslim world. The scholarships are administered through the Muslim Studies Program. Scholarships that are awarded may be used during spring, summer, and/or fall academic terms.

To qualify, prospective recipients must:

  • have a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA at the time of the award, and
  • be MSU undergraduate students enrolled in the Muslim Studies minor,
    be MSU undergraduate students enrolled in related and approved academic programs with appropriate content (e.g., a student majoring in Arabic, or a student working on the equivalent of an undergraduate thesis devoted to the study of the Muslim world)

MSP faculty may nominate students for the award. Students engaged in studying the Muslim world may also self-nominate. In the case of self-nomination, however, students must submit a letter of support from at least 1 faculty member.

The submission window for the Gliozzo Scholarship will open at the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester, and run through December 14, 2018.

2018 MSP Graduate Student Essay Award ($500)

This award recognizes an outstanding research paper by a current MSU graduate student whose studies focus on Muslims in any contexts and/or Muslim-majority communities/societies.  

Published or unpublished papers must have been written between March 2016 and the deadline, 31 March 2017.

Please submit papers by email attachment (15-25 pages with complete works cited) to Mohammad Khalil (khalilmo(at) and Mary Firdawsi (firdaws2(at)

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2018.