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The current application cycle is for grants to be distributed between July 2017 and June 2018. Applications are now available. The deadline is May 31, 2017.

The annual awards program will in sha Allah distribute approximately $10,000 in grants to new applicants. Renewal recipients typically receive between $25,000-$30,000 in grants each year.

The Fadel Educational Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit educational foundation supporting education for non-incarcerated Muslim U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The awards are distributed on a need/merit basis up to $3,500 a year for post-secondary education.

Use the pages in the menu bar at the top to access any available application forms, instructions for award recipients and a Frequently Asked Questions document about all facets of the application and disbursement process.

Use these social networking services to have FEF news delivered to your PC or mobile device:

Yahoo! Group: (probably will reserve this exclusively for supporters of the foundation rather than updates for applicants)

We encourage all who deal with the foundation to submit a review at

The foundation also accepts donations.

Updated March 4, 2017.

2016-2017 Awards Summary

Fourteen new applicants were awarded $20,900, and 19 renewal applicants were awarded $31,500.00.

To find out if you were given an award, check the list for new applications or renewal applications. If you received an award, you must follow the instructions for recipients before money will be disbursed.

2015-2016 Awards Summary

Ten new applicants were awarded $16,000, and 21 renewal applicants were awarded $35,751.46.

2014-15 Awards Announced

Updated April 3, 2016: Five (5) new applicants were awarded $10,900. Twenty-three (23) renewal applicants received $37,650.

The 2014-5 awards for the new applicants and the renewal applicants are now posted. You will need your FEF ID to look up your award. Those receiving awards should immediately read the instructions to applicants to facilitate disbursement.

Many deserving applicants did not receive awards due to lack of funds.

If you have received an award and you decide that you do not want it or need it, please contact FEF so that the award can be distributed to another applicant.

Why don’t you want me to send material requiring a signature?

When you send to a PO Box a package require recipient signature, the Post Office places in the PO Box a small piece of paper which must be presented to a clerk who then retrieves the package. Because the foundation receives a lot of mail, it is easy to lose this small piece of paper by not noticing it in between the other envelopes in the box. Furthermore, it forces the secretary to stand in line during business hours to retrieve your package. Also, if nobody checks the PO Box for a period of time, the package may be returned to you. Finally, the Foundation accepts application materials by postmark date, not receipt date. So you’re just wasting your money sending things by Express Mail and Priority Mail and FedEx and Certified Mail, etc.

If you do need to send something through a delivery service, contact FEF first for instructions.

I’m ABD. May I still receive a grant?

If you are ABD, you must have your advisor write a letter confirming that you are making progress towards completion of your dissertation. The letter should set a date for completion.

If you receive an award, and then later you request a renewal, your advisor must write a similar letter to support your renewal request. If the expected completion date changes, the advisor must explain why in writing.

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Is this person OK for my recommendation letter?

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire has some good tips about recommendation letters.

I received this question:

I have only completed one semester of college work. My professors do not know me that well. Is it okay to get a recommendation from a high school teacher who [has] known me for the past 4 years?

Applicants have to figure out things for themselves. The review committee is not going to know who did not write your letter of recommendation. They will only look at the letter of recommendation the foundation receives.  So just get the best one you can get.

If the letter of recommendation only talks about things you did 10 years ago, then the reviewers will probably wonder what you’ve done the last 10 years. But one year is not a huge length of time.

Finally, if you think that a gap in time is a problem, send in two letters of recommendation. Send in both the stronger one from the more distant past and the weaker, more recent one.

Don’t go overboard with this. For traditional age students, i.e. 18-24, transcripts are a much more important indication of your academic ability than recommendation letters.

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