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Olivia Howes | February 21, 2019

The UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies is thrilled to announce a handful of small travel grants available for community college faculty to attend our upcoming annual conference “Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities” at UNC-Chapel Hill, March 22-24, 2019.  Rockets fired out of Gaza; protesters shot near the fence; Egypt mediating between Hamas and Israel–when the Gaza Strip is mentioned in U.S. news outlets, it is usually in response to that day’s sensational events with little (if any) context provided. This conference will shed much needed light on the current realities in the Gaza Strip, giving participants a deeper understanding of the context of these realities and offering concrete options that can better the lives of Gazans. The conference also highlights Gazan culture–music, films, food, and art–to showcase the beauty that goes along with the challenges of life in the Gaza Strip. For more information about the conference, click here.

To Apply: Click here to learn more about how complete and submit your application. Applications are due by March 5, 11:59pm EST.



  • This travel grant is open to all community college faculty in North Carolina.
  • Applicants must live at least 60 miles away from the event location (FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516)
  • Applicants must intend on teaching in the upcoming academic year.
  • Applicants must be able to attend the entire reception and keynote performance on Friday, March 22, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., and the full day of panels on Saturday, March 23, 9:00 – 5:30 p.m. Attending the film festival on Sunday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. is optional but encouraged.


  • The grant includes single occupancy accommodations in Chapel Hill for up to two nights (Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23), as well as a mileage stipend of $50, given as a reimbursement after the conference.
  • Optional: You may submit your resume or CV along with the completed application
  • Reporting Requirements: Grantees must respond to a brief survey immediately following the conference, and complete a second survey six months after the event.