Summer Institute

The Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University Middle East Studies Center, and Qatar Foundation International present a summer institute for 6-12 educators:

Dimensions of the Middle East

A Summer Institute for Educators

Sunday, June 23 - Friday, June 28, 2019 | Duke University

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40 teachers from across the country will join us this summer for a five-day institute designed to introduce teachers to different dimensions of the Middle East. From social movements to geopolitics to cultures and more, teachers will deepen their understanding of both the historic and modern Middle East. Participants will learn from scholars and community experts, engage with readings, and participate in experiential learning activities. Throughout the institute, participants will reflect on integrating content learned into the classroom.

Institute Curriculum

This five-day summer institute will provide intensive training for teachers of grades 6-12 in Middle East studies. Topics covered will be applicable to secondary school curriculum such as migration, region demographics, politics and cultures, and connections to current events will be made throughout the program. To deepen the week-long experience, teachers will be provided with readings in advance of the institute as well as an online forum to reflect and respond to the texts.

Sessions will make connections between content and pedagogy; participating teachers will gain resources and teaching strategies to engage students in learning about and developing new perspectives of the region. For a sample schedule, please click below to download the 2018 summer institute program:

(Please note that future institute schedules will be unique, possibly changing in format and content.)

All participating teachers will be required to develop a lesson plan or activity integrating workshop content. The final day of the institute will feature a half-day workshop reserved for curriculum design. Teachers will submit their final lesson plan within two months following the institute.

Professional Development Credit

Each participant will be awarded a professional development certificate at the end of the institute. Given that each state has different rules regarding obtaining professional development credit, the amount of credit an educator receives for participating in the program may vary.

Housing, Meals, and Travel

All travel-related logistics and expenses will be arranged and covered for selected participants including travel, lodging, and meals. Any expenses associated with materials required for the program will also be covered. Teachers will be housed in a hotel in downtown Durham, and will be transported to and from Duke University and other institute activities. Flight expenses or mileage reimbursements will be available to all selected participants.

Eligibility and Conditions 

• This institute is open to currently practicing educators teaching grades 6–12 in the United States.

• Applicants must continue teaching in the next consecutive school year.

• Given the themes of this institute, this program is open to teachers in the social sciences, humanities and arts fields.

• Selected participants will be required to develop and submit a lesson plan or activity within two months of the institute’s completion.

How to Apply

Application Deadline EXTENDED to Sunday, March 31 at 11:59 pm EST or until 125 applications have been received.
To apply, you must register for an account on Qatar Foundation International’s Grants Management Portal, FluidReview, at Visit for more information.


For more information about the program, please contact Emma Harver at or 919–962–6732.

For questions about the QFI application portal, please contact Craig Cangemi at or 202–618–3862.

To learn more about the experience of teachers who have participated past summer institutes run by Duke University and QFI, please visit the following links: “The Middle East and Islam: New perspectives of Islamic History from the 16th century to the present” (2017); “Dimensions of the Middle East: Foundations, Cultures, and Geopolitics” (2018).

For a PDF download of the application announcement, please click below:


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