Nadim Makdisi Memorial Fund (NMMF)

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About

​​​​​​​​​​Background

AUB' Issam Fares Institute received a generous endowment from the Makdisi family to honor the memory of Nadim A. Makdisi, one of Lebanon's accomplished journalists and publishers. Issam Fares Institute is honored to host the Nadim Makdisi Memorial Fund (NMMF) to support media and journalism students and research at AUB. Nadim Makdisi was born in 1921 in New York, the son of the late AUB professor Anis Makdisi and Selma Khoury. Dr. Makdisi an AUB student, completed his education at Columbia University and the American University, where he obtained a PhD in mass communications.

Dr. Nadim Makdisi had a long and prolific professional career in media and mass communications which included working for Lebanese, Arab and American news media, including the Christian Science Monitor, the BBC, and TeleLiban in Lebanon. He created the first business magazine to cover the Arab region, "Alam Attijara".

A World War II veteran, Makdisi's adventurous spirit lead him to work as a cab driver in New York City in order to discover the stories of the city. Makdisi established 2 programs at AUB; in 1996, the Pauline Nadim Makdisi Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of his wife, who died of cancer in 1990, and with his brother, AUB Economics Professor and former Minister Samir Makdisi, the Anis Makdisi Program in Literature at AUB.​

​Grants and Lecture

The Nadim Makdisi Memorial Fund has two components: 

  • Invites a prominent journalist or expert in current affairs to give an annual public lecture at AUB;
  • Offers AUB students a resea​rch gra​nt to write his/her thesis on contemporary issues in journalism and current affairs.​​​​

Call for Graduate Student Grant Proposals

​Deadline - December 10, 2019. The committee will begin reviewing applications on December 1, 2019.

Nadim Makdisi Memorial Fund (NMMF)​

AUB’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) received a generous endowment from the Richard Makdisi family to honor the memory of Nadim A. Makdisi (1921-2007), one of Lebanon’s accomplished journalists and publishers. In addition to hosting an annual lecture by a prominent journalist or media personality focusing on current affairs related to the Arab world, IFI is honored to provide the Nadim Makdisi Memorial Fund (NMMF) to support graduate students from AUB.

The NMMF Graduate Student Grant Eligibility Criteria​​

  1. Be an AUB graduate student in good standing;
  2. Be working on a thesis or other significant graduate research project on contemporary issues in media or current affairs related to the Arab region;
  3. Provide a detailed recommendation by their direct research advisor; and
  4. Not have been previously awarded a grant from the NMMF.

Terms of t​he Grant

  • Grants generally do not exceed $2,000 USD to support the applicant's research. Rare exceptions to this limit may be made if a clear and detailed justification is provided;
  • Grants shall be for a period of 9 months from the award date;
  • Before receiving any grant money, the recipient must be approved by the Institutional Review Board for research;
  • The recipient must submit all receipts of purchases covered by the fund to the Issam Fares Institute;
  • If the recipient needs an extension for his/her thesis/project, the NMMF Committee must be notified and approve the extension;
  • The recipient must include in their finalized thesis or any other publications resulting from the NMMF grant the following acknowledgement sentence: “This thesis [or other publication] was supported by the Nadim Makdisi Memorial Fund at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affair, AUB";
  • At the end of the grant period, recipient will submit a 1000-word synopsis of the thesis/project for publishing on the Issam Fares Institute website.

For questions and for application submissions, please contact Ms. Sarine Karajerjian (sk63@aub.edu.lb)

Access previous successful proposals: Application Example​ ||| Prop​​osal Example

NMMF Awarded Students