The Industry Arabic Scholarship Program

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Learning Arabic is hard and, unfortunately, only getting harder. Regional wars have reduced opportunities to learn in places like Syria and Yemen while programs like CASA have had their funding cut. With so many of our own translators coming from U.S. Arabic language programs, we decided it’s time to do our part to support the next generation of linguists working to master this beautiful and challenging language.

About the Scholarship

  • Each year, Industry Arabic will award scholarships of $2,000 to support tuition and living expenses for 1-2 students pursuing advanced, immersive Arabic study.
  • Scholarship funds may be used for private study or applied to a program such as CASA and may be combined with other funding sources.
  • Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program that incorporates advanced Arabic language skills (a major / concentration in Arabic language is not necessary).
  • We are looking to support the next generation of superior Arabic linguists regardless of field (linguistics, area studies, literature, anthropology, political science, etc).
  • Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of practical skill as demonstrated in the sample translation, as well as overall academic merit.

How To Apply

Applications are due 31 May of each year, with winners announced on 30 June.

To apply, please complete the form below (all fields required).

Questions?  Please email

Scholarship Application Form


Past Winners

Laura Y. Catterson: Laura is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies. She is currently in Meknes, Morocco completing her capstone year with the Arabic Flagship Program. After this year, she hopes to work with refugees before attending law school, with the goal of using her Arabic and Persian skills as an immigration attorney.

Betty Rosen: Betty Rosen earned her AB in Comparative Literature from Harvard and her MA in Arabic Literature from SOAS. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Near Eastern Studies at UC-Berkeley, where she focuses on studying and theorizing the development of concepts such as imagination, originality, literality/figuration, and the role of the public intellectual in classical and modern Arabic literary-intellectual culture. She will be spending the coming year in Cairo as a fellow through the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), where she will intensively study advanced Modern Standard and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. After CASA, she plans to return to Berkeley to complete her doctorate and subsequently become a professor of Arabic Literature.