Kristen Kao

Fellowships and Research Grants



  • FORMAS Challenges & Opportunities of Urbanization Grant with Ellen Lust, Lise Rakner, Boniface Dulani, Adam Harris, and Pierre Landry, Tanzania, Zambia, and Kenya. (9.1 million SEK; ~1.1 million USD)

  • MENA Workshop Research Grant, American Political Science Association. Funding for coding of tribal voting and election data in Jordan, 2016.

  • APSA MENA Workshop, Qatar and Kuwait, 2015.

  • Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship, 2014.

  • Political Science Department, UCLA, Doctoral Dissertation Writing Grant, 2014-2015.

  • Charles F. Scott Fellowship, 2013-2014.

  • Project on Middle East Political Science, Summer Travel Research Engagement Grant, Kuwait, 2013. “Comparing Jordanian and Kuwaiti Electoral Systems."

  • The National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, Jordan and Kuwait 2012.

  • Boren Fellowship, Jordan and Kuwait. 2011-2012.

  • American Center for Oriental Research Dissertation Grant, 2010-2011.

  • Social Science Research Council, Summer Dissertation Proposal Development Grant – Syria & Jordan 2010. “Voting for Islamism versus Tribalism."

  • Political Science Department, UCLA, Summer Research Mentorship Grant, Syria, 2009. “The Salience of Ethnic Identity in Displacement: Iraqi Refugees in Syria.”

  • Department of Education, Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship, Advanced Arabic/Middle East Studies, 2008-2010.

  • Department of State – Critical Language Scholarship, Intensive Intermediate Arabic Summer Program, Oman, 2008.

  • Political Science Department, UCLA, Summer Fieldwork Grant, Egypt, 2008.

  • International Institute of Education, Fulbright Student Grant Program, Egypt, 2006. “Islamic Education and the Cultivation of Egyptian National Identity.”