About the IAL Award


The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Award is an annual fellowship at Columbia University. The award recognizes and seeks to foster innovative and groundbreaking scholarship on issues related to Palestine and Palestinians. The award will support a post-doctoral scholar working on a book project in any field of the humanities or social sciences.

The Fellow will spend the academic year at Columbia University, pursuing her or his research and writing, teaching one undergraduate course, and participating in the intellectual life of the Center for Palestine Studies at the Middle East Institute. The Fellow will present a seminar paper in the Middle East Institute’s colloquium series and may be invited to speak at other universities in the United States.

Established in 2010, the IAL Award is made possible through the generosity of the late Abdel Mohsin Al-Qattan in honor of his friend, the Palestinian scholar and intellectual, Ibrahim Abu-Lughod (1929-2001). Their close friendship began in the aftermath of the Nakba of 1948 and evolved into a shared commitment to justice for Palestinians to be realized through support for excellence in higher education and scholarship. The IAL Award also is supported by other donors and by the Arts & Sciences at Columbia University.