The 2024 ISF Scholarship Application is now closed.

Law · Policy · Film · Media

Since 2009 ISF has funded American Muslim scholars studying and working in fields with the greatest impact on public opinion and policy. Our scholarships range from $3,000-$10,000. Our goal: to improve negative portrayals of Muslims in the news, increase the number of Muslim policymakers, and invest in the creation of positive and engaging stories about American Muslims.


  • Muslim or active member of the Muslim community
  • Enrolled full-time at an accredited university in the U.S. by August 2023; OR employed full-time in an ISF Supported Field and a part-time student at an accredited university in the U.S;
  • An undergraduate (junior or senior) or of graduate standing (master's, PhD, or law degree)
  • Studying an ISF-supported major
  • Maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • A U.S. citizen, DACA recipient, or permanent U.S. resident

Supported Majors

  • International Relations
  • International Affairs
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy (Social Justice & Civil Rights)
  • Public Administration (Government)
  • Anthropology (Ph.D. only)
  • Sociology (Ph.D. only)
  • Law
  • Public Interest Law
  • Human Rights Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Writing
  • Journalism
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Print Journalism
  • Digital Journalism
  • Acting
  • Film and Television Production
  • Theater


  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Video introduction
  • Essay questions
  • College transcripts
  • Work samples
  • Two letters of recommendation by a professor, mentor, religious leader, and/or employer

Past Awarded Scholarships

For the last 13 years, ISF has awarded




In 2022, ISF awarded



Scholarships ranged from

$3,000 - $10,000

Program Timeline

  • November to March - Accepting Applications

    ISF starts accepting applications in November for a period of 5 months. The deadline to submit a complete application is typically in late March.

  • April to May - Application Reviews

    The Selection Committee will review the applications from April-May.

  • June - Phone Interviews

    Finalists will move to the next round and complete phone interviews in June.

  • July - Scholarship Awarded

    Final decision will be made in July and scholarships will be awarded shortly after.