IIIT Summer Student Program 2018

The Summer Student Program (SSP) is structured to provide students with intensive instruction in Islamic studies, directed research, and training in an area of their academic interest. The program offers instruction in the Qur’an, Sunnah, Islamic Jurisprudence, Muslim History and Civilization, and other relevant courses. Our faculty come from the top academic institutions in the US and abroad.

IIIT Summer Student Program 2018
June 25 – July 31, 2018

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is pleased to announce its 2018 Summer Student Program (SSP), which will be held in the period of June 25 – July 31, 2018. SSP is an intensive, residential program in Islamic studies and related subjects.

The 2018 Faculty include:

Aminah Al-Deen (DePaul University)
John Esposito (Georgetown University)
Mona Hassan (Duke University)
Younus Mirza (Allegheny College)
John Voll (Georgetown University)
Maria Dakake (George Mason University)
Jasser Auda (Universiti Brunei Darussalam)
Ovamir Anjum(University of Toledo)
SherAli Tareen (Franklin and Marshall Colleges)
Basma Abdelgafar
Jonathan Brown (Georgetown University)
Ermin Sinanović (IIIT)

This residential program is designed for graduate students and exceptional senior undergraduates – regardless of the field of study – who have a particular interest in developing their knowledge and research skills in the core areas of Islamic studies such as methods in the study of Islam, the Qur’an, the Sunnah, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and Maqasid al-Shari‘ah (Objectives of Islamic Law and Ethics), Foundations of Belief, Knowledge, and Science, Muslim History and Civilization, and Contemporary Islamic Thought. The program also provides analysis and discussions – in seminar format – on subjects related to Islamophobia, Islam in America, Muslim female scholarship, Muslim spirituality, Maqasid and public policy, and Islam and Peacemaking.

A distinguishing feature of the IIIT Summer Student Program is that it combines faith-based normativity with best academic practices and approaches. The program is characterized by pedagogical innovativeness and academic rigor, while welcoming religious expressions and spirituality. As a part of their SSP experience, students also attend the IIIT Summer Institute for Scholars, which is held on July 11-13, 2018.

Accommodations for out-of-area students will be provided by the IIIT at a local hotel on a shared basis. In addition, IIIT will pay each student a stipend of $1,000 to cover their living and other expenses, which will be paid in two installments. Students must have their own health insurance coverage. IIIT does not provide health – or any other form – of insurance to students. The program will be held at the IIIT offices in Herndon, VA. Transportation to and from Herndon is each student’s responsibility. The Institute will not cover transportation costs.

Interested applicants should fill out the online application form and submit it with the following:

1. Current resume/C.V.
2. Recent transcript
3. 250-word statement on why the student wants to study at SSP and what s/he hopes to accomplish
4. 250-word statement on current research interest that may be carried out as a research project during SSP

Application deadline: March 15, 2018.

Official transcripts should be sent to the following address: Director of Research and Academic Programs, International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), 500 Grove St., Suite 200, Herndon, VA 20170, or by email to

Eligibility: The prospective applicant must be currently enrolled as a graduate student or a graduating senior at a North American university (in the US or Canada). The program is open to students of all national, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.