Industry Arabic scholarships

Supporting future linguists in mastering Arabic

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 (all fields are required). Questions? Please email:


Currently enrolled” means you are enrolled in a program as of the date that applications close each year (May 31). For example if you are college senior graduating in June, you would still be eligible to apply in the May before you graduate.

We do not take into consideration genre or time period of the source text. We do however consider overall text difficulty. For example, if we are comparing a flawless translation of a basic newspaper article to a flawless translation of a difficult literary text we would weight the latter more heavily. For this reason, we advise you to select the most difficult text that you can do an excellent translation of.

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Upload a sample Arabic to English translation that you completed along with the source text if available.
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Past Winners

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.

Laura Y. Catterson
(2017 awardee)