Summer Research Institute


The Summer 2020 DISC Summer Research Institute is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis and the suspension of in-person activities at the University of Michigan through Summer 2020. 


The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) brings together distinguished faculty from the member institutions of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) to offer courses in a synchronous virtual classroom setting to students across the BTAA campuses on a variety of topics related to Islam and the Muslim world. These courses reflect both the diversity within Islam and the expansiveness of the Muslim world. This one-week DISC summer research institute (SRI) builds on DISCs approach to teaching courses in Islamic Studies. It is designed to familiarize undergraduate students with the broader field of Islamic Studies, including the variety of scholarly approaches and disciplines that comprise this field of study, in order to prepare them for pursuing advanced research or a graduate degree in Islamic Studies. In particular, the DISC SRI will emphasize the theories, methods, and resources that encompass Islamic Studies so that  students can understand and contribute to broader intellectual conversations occurring in the field of Islamic Studies across disciplines. The 2020 Summer Research Institute will be held from June 7 to 13, 2020


Students from Big Ten Academic Alliance universities interested in any discipline, era, or geographical area related to Islam and the Muslim world are welcome to apply. The DISC SRI will be particularly useful for students who would like to pursue advanced study in the field of Islamic Studies and related fields. The DISC SRI is held on the beautiful campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and is made possible through the generous financial support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


The DISC Summer Research Institute is designed to provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Gain a sophisticated understanding of the development of the field of Islamic Studies in the United States
  • Engage critically with some of the major theories and approaches in the field of Islamic Studies 
  • Access the resources available to pursue advanced research and graduate study in the field of Islamic Studies 
  • Explore the diversity of Islam in the United States through engagement with the Muslim community of Southeast Michigan

How to Apply

Faculty participating in the DISC program or your campuses’ DISC faculty liaison select students to participate in the Summer Research Institute. Contact information for DISC faculty liaisons can be found here


Program Logistics, Lodging, and Meals

DISC covers all program travel and lodging costs through the generous financial support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Participants lodge for 6 nights in student housing located on the University of Michigan’s Central Campus in Ann Arbor, MI. U-M Housing will provide linens and bedding. DISC will provide a modest award to cover the cost of meals and incidentals.


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