DISC is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the University of Michigan as an initiative of the Global Islamic Studies Center, a member of the International Institute.


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, it supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. The Foundation makes grants in five core program areas: Higher Education and Scholarship in the HumanitiesArts and Cultural HeritageDiversityScholarly Communications; and International Higher Education and Strategic Projects.


Big Ten Academic Alliance

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (originally the Committee on Institutional Cooperation) was established by the presidents of the Big Ten Conference members in 1958 as the athletic league’s academic counterpart and currently includes all Big Ten schools. The Big Ten Academic Alliance works closely with each participating university to provide students of the Big Ten Conference with an extensive network of academic resources, including library access and digital course sharing. Click here for an informational video and list of Big Ten Academic Alliance universities.


International Institute

The University of Michigan International Institute brings together distinguished and diverse faculty and scholars with deep area studies and international expertise to enrich the university’s intellectual environment and provide the U-M community with the knowledge, tools, and experience to become informed and active global citizens.


Global Islamic Studies Center 

The Global Islamic Studies Center (GISC) serves students, faculty, and the extramural community by promoting the understanding of global Islamic culture and Muslim societies worldwide, through pioneering research, innovative instruction, and a commitment to building partnerships on campus and beyond. It mobilizes U-M’s outstanding faculty to contribute to instruction, research, and public affairs programming. GISC is designed to establish the University of Michigan as a national leader in the field of Islamic studies, benefiting undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.