AUIS announces first round of women AUIF Humanities Scholars

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:45

The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) proudly announces the first round of recipients of the American University of Iraq Foundation (AUIF) Humanities Grant supporting female students currently pursuing majors in English or International Studies.


Through this anonymous donation facilitated by the Foundation, first- and second-year female students showing exceptional promise and a strong interest in pursuing a path or course of study in the Humanities will be awarded funding to cover one semester of tuition fees. A separate annual scholarship will be awarded to emerging upper-level female Humanities students to cover all tuition expenses for their remaining time at AUIS.

Additionally, funding will be provided to the Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) at AUIS as well as to Kashkul.

The four scholars chosen for this first round of the Humanities Grant have shown dedication to academic excellence as well as promising futures in careers related to the humanities.

Meet the scholars:

Aya Khidir Abbas was born in Baghdad. She is in her freshman year, majoring in IT, with a minor in Business. Aya is also interested in learning languages, such as Korean and Japanese, and is fluent in English and Arabic. Her favorite class is Western Civilization due to her curiosity about world history. Her dream is to work in Japan because of its advances in technology and beautiful nature.

Raz Sadoon Yadulla was born and raised in Sulaimani and is majoring in English Literature and minoring in Gender Studies. She has shown interest in writing short stories and producing short films as a member of the Drama Club and “Freedom Writers” Club. Raz is planning to publish her short stories in the near future along with directing and producing her own films.

Tavan Ahmad Salim was born in Sulaimani and is majoring in International Studies, with a double minor in both Law and English Literature. Tavan has many hobbies, and is dedicated to volunteerism, learning about different cultures and ethnic groups, baking, and trying new makeup products. Her favorite classes are history and politics. Tavan aspires to become Iraq’s ambassador to the US and earn a post-graduate degree in Psychology.

Noor Kamaran Omer is also from Sulaimani and is majoring in International Studies with a planned double minor in Law and English Literature/Translation. She aspires to become a famous author to “educate and enlighten people through the power of [her] words.” She is a member of the Book Lover’s Club, Creative Writing Club, Language Club, Action Group, and Women’s Soccer team. Noor has high hopes to prosper in her community and believes in leadership over heroism as a tool to change one’s community for the better.


If you would like to apply for the next round of the AUIF Humanities Grant, submit a statement of intent of up to 500 words discussing what you have found useful in Humanities courses at AUIS and what you hope to achieve with a degree in Humanities, as well as a writing sample of up to five pages to by April 19, 2018.

Submissions are open to either of the following:

  • Female AUIS students with less than 60 completed credits at the time of submission, a declared major in English Literature, English Journalism or International Studies, and a GPA above 2.0
  • Female AUIS students with more than 60 completed credits at the time of submission, a declared major in English Literature, English Journalism, or International Studies and a GPA above 2.0