Made in honor of the Hanafi family, this award supports an independent student project outside of the U.S. that explores religious traditions other than the student's own.


  • One grant of up to $5,000 is awarded annually by the Dean Rusk Program. Projects that do not receive Hanafi funding will be considered for general Dean Rusk grant support.
  • The grant supports individual, independent projects; study abroad programs and group projects are not eligible for this grant.
  • The project must involve at least seven weeks outside of the U.S.

Application Process

  • Start planning your proposal early.
  • Your proposal should include details about how this project reflects your own intellectual interests, course of study, or your future plans.
  • Talk to advisers and establish promising contacts abroad such as organizations, individuals, or institutions.
  • Include a budget that accurately presents the project's costs.
  • Apply during the spring Dean Rusk Program grant cycle (mid-February deadline).

For more information, email Dean Rusk Director Jane Zimmerman at