Policy Scholarship Program

The 2022 ISF Scholarship Application is now open!

Have questions? Don't miss the ISF Scholarship Informational Webinar on January 26th at 5PM PST / 8PM EST.

Public Policy · Government · Political Science

Since 2009, ISF has awarded 418 scholarships to American Muslim scholars studying and working in fields with the greatest impact on public opinion and policy, including political science, government, public policy, international relations, and public administration. Policy-related scholarships range from $3,000-5,000. 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 at an accredited university in the U.S. by Fall semester
  • 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 (PhD only)
  • Sociology (PhD only)


  • 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 12 years, ISF has awarded




In 2021, 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.