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What is ISF's mission and why do we provide merit-based scholarships?
Our mission is to increase American Muslim representation in media and politics in order to improve public opinion and public policy. We are achieving that goal by empowering students and professionals through academic scholarships, film grants, mentorships, internships and fellowships.

How many scholarships has ISF awarded in the past?
Since our founding in 2009, we have awarded $1.9 million to 450 alumni, with 60 alumni receiving multiple award receivings.  Scholarships ranged from $3,000-$10,000. 


What is the scholarship program timeline?
ISF  starts accepting applications in November for a period of 5 months. The deadline to submit a complete application is March 21st, 2022. The Selection Committee will review the applications from April-May.  Finalists will move to the next round and receive remote interviews in  June. The final decisions will be made in July and scholarships will be awarded shortly after.  


Is the program open to international students?
At this time we are only able to accept U.S. citizens, DACA recipients, and green cardholders.

To learn more, check out our website:

Law Scholarships

Policy Scholarships

Film Scholarships

Media Scholarships


Minimum requirements to apply for the ISF Scholarship:


• Muslim or active member of the Muslim community;
• Enrollment at an accredited university in the U.S. by August 2022;
• Majoring in an ISF Supported Field;
• Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average;
• U.S. Citizen, U.S. green card holder, or DACA recipient;
• Undergraduate (incoming junior or senior) or graduate/PhD

The ideal candidate will demonstrate potential in impacting public opinion, alignment with the ISF mission and vision, excellent communication skills, and leadership.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.