Georgetown University's National Resource Center on the Middle East (NRC-ME), founded in 1997, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education through Title VI of the Higher Education Act and through the support of Georgetown University. The NRC-ME is comprised of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Lauinger Library's Middle East Collection, the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, the Program for Jewish Civilization and the Turkish Studies Program.
These five departments form a comprehensive NRC with a focus on a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East with a strong emphasis on the less-commonly taught languages (LCTL) of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish. The NRC-ME also maintains a strong elementary and secondary (K-12) outreach program that brings the knowledge and experience of Georgetown faculty and local experts to DC area teachers and students.
As a part of the Title VI Program, Georgetown also offers fellowships under the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program. FLAS Fellowships provide opportunities for intensive study of LCTL and world areas both domestically and abroad during either the summer or academic year. Through the FLAS Fellowship Program, Georgetown graduate students have taken advantage of these resources to support their in-depth study of the of the Middle East and the Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish languages.