The Center connects scholars, journalists, and the general public to a rich array of resources on the Middle East and North Africa.

The UCLA Newsroom maintains a Media Guide to UCLA Experts. Click here for Middle East experts and their specialties. 

The Newsroom also offers fast facts about UCLA and further information for journalists.

The Center supports acquisitions for the UCLA Library’s Middle East and Islamic studies research collection, which is available to both scholars and the public. With over 500,000 volumes, it is the largest Middle East collection in the western United States.

Middle East Bibliographer David Hirsch maintains a web portal with online guides to assist researchers. The Department of Special Collections houses over 10,000 manuscripts in Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Ottoman Turkish and Persian. Other specialized collections are housed in the Art, Biomedical, Music and Law Libraries.

Area-studies research guides

The guides are portals to online research resources on the Middles Eastern Studies, Ancient Near East and Egypt, Jewish studies, and Jewish Los Angeles. They offer links to online dictionaries, encyclopedias, and bibliographies; databases and indexes; e-book and journal collections, and online archives, image repositories and maps.

Instructional Media Library

Over a thousand Middle East-related film titles are available from UCLA’s Instructional Media Library and Film and Television Archive, including features, documentaries and newsreels from the region, Middle East-themed Hollywood films (from The Sheikh of 1921 to Three Kings of 1999), and works on the Middle Eastern diaspora such as the CNES-produced documentary Arabs in America. These resources are widely used in undergraduate courses, language instruction, film studies, and for individual viewing.

Center for Primary Research and Training

The UCLA Library created the Center for Primary Research and Training to integrate special collections materials more fully into the teaching and research mission of the university. The Center trains graduate students in archival methods through creation of resource guides for other library users.

The Minasian Collection of Persian and Arabic Manuscripts

The Minasian Collection of Persian and Arabic manuscripts consists of works related to the studies of theologians and scholars in centers of learning in Iran from the 16th through the 19th centuries. The manuscripts, which include both bound collections and single works, chiefly date from the 14th to the 17th centuries, and shed light on the social, religious, and political history of Iran and Shi’ism.

Fellowships and scholarships are available for the study of Middle East and North African topics across a wide range of disciplines.

American Institute for Maghrib Studies
Deadline: January

American Institute for Yemeni Studies
Deadline: January

American Institute of Iranian Studies
Deadline: January

American Research Center in Egypt
Deadline: mid-January

American Research Institute in Turkey
Deadline:  Various

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline:  late January

Center for Arabic Study Abroad
Deadline: early January

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)

Critical Language Scholarship Program
Deadline: mid-November

Fulbright Programs
Deadline: mid-October

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
Deadline: May

Institute for Turkish Studies
Deadline: March

Library of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies: Funding Sources for Judaic Studies
Deadlines: various

Middle East Studies Association
Deadlines: various

Multi-Country Research Fellowship
Deadline: January

Palestinian American Research Center
Deadline: December

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Research Fellowship Program
Deadlines: January and September

Wenner-Gren Foundation (Anthropology)
Deadline: May 1st and November 1st

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Deadline: October 1st

Funding opportunities list from the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Language and Cultures

Funding opportunities list from the UCLA Language Alliance

Centers within UCLA’s International Institute have been producing innovative language teaching and reference materials for several decades. Here we offer a sample of Middle Eastern language-learning resources from UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies, Center for World Languages, and other language resource centers across the nation.


Turkish Tutor

An innovative self-paced online program that enables students to learn colloquial Turkish through lessons based on culturally nuanced vignettes from the popular Turkish television program Bizimkiler, produced by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies and the UCLA International Institute.

Listen to Learn

An interactive multimedia resource for introducing Arabic (Lebanese, Egyptian, Iraqi, Moroccan,and Modern Standard), Persian, Turkish and Urdu languages to middle and high school students. The lessons are built on video clips of high school heritage speakers introducing themselves and talking about activities, food, and proverbs. Produced by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies and the UCLA International Institute.

Alphabet Tutorials

U.S. heritage speakers of a language grow up speaking the language, but may not have had formal training for reading and writing it. To help them learn the alphabets, the UCLA Center for World Languages created these free tutorials with funding from the federal Startalk program.

UCLA Language Materials Project

A comprehensive bibliographic database of teaching resources for 150 less commonly taught languages, along with a K-12 portal that provides tools and lesson plans for developing an entire year’s course.

Teaching Heritage Languages

A free online workshop for language teachers seeking differentiated instruction for students who grew up speaking the  language at home. Produced by UCLA's NationalHeritage Language Resource Center.

From other universities and institutions

National Middle East Language Resource Center

Tools for professional development, program evaluation, and student assessment in teaching Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. From Brigham Young University.


Downloadable video clips of authentic conversations with people of different ages and walks of life who speak less commonly taught languages, including colloquial Arabic (Egyptian, Levantine, North African, Western Saharan, and Yemeni), Persian, and Turkish.  Topics include family, food, school, work, sports, and customs. From the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages.

Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning

Free language learning materials for Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. From the University of Texas, Austin.

Arabic Accent Library

A collection of audio narratives on a range of topics, each recorded in Modern Standard Arabic and 10 regional dialects. From the Defense Language Institute.

Global Language Online Support System

Online lessons developed by the Defense Language Institute, for independent learners to maintain their language skills in less commonly taught languages, including Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and several varieties of Arabic.

Persian Online

An online reference grammar of Persian for use as a supplemental resource for teachers and students. Additional features include a history of the language, instructions for writing and typing Persian, cultural videos, audio vocabulary lists, and  multiple choice quizzes.

Today's Front Pages

Produced by the Newseum in Washington, DC, this resource displays current front pages of over 800 newspapers from around the world in many languages. Each listing includes the newspaper’s web address for further reading. Use the “Sort by Region” box to select a world region. Newspapers within each region are displayed in alphabetical order of the country names.

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