Falak Sufi was born in Pakistan in 1983. She possessed a generous heart, the urge to engage with and change the world, and a brilliantly original, vivacious mind. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with first class honors in Political Science. While young, she began to publish the work that showed her great gifts and talent. Among her interests were women and gender in South Asia, the historiography of this region, and the strength of the humanities. However, no list can capture the range of subjects about which she thought, spoke and wrote. She was a much beloved, deeply admired graduate student in Near Eastern Studies at New York University when she died tragically in Spring 2008. In honor of her memory and with the support of her family, the Kevorkian Center launched the Falak Sufi Scholarship and Memorial Essay Prize in 2010.
The Falak Sufi Scholarship
in fond memory of Falak Sufi...
The Falak Sufi Scholarship, inaugurated in 2010, is awarded annually to support students from countries with a majority Muslim population in South Asia who might not otherwise be able to obtain a graduate education in the United States. These students, preferably female, enroll in the two-year master's program in Near Eastern Studies. The scholarship recipients embody the intellectual spirit and promise of Falak Sufi and possess a deep and abiding commitment to the role of women in academia and to the questions that she explored, primarily the study of gender in the countries of the Near East, Middle East, and/or South Asia with a majority Muslim population. The scholarship includes an academic-year stipend ($25,686 for the 2015-2016 academic year), tuition, student health insurance, and registration and services fees for up to two years, provided that academic standards of the Graduate School and the graduate program are met.
Falak Sufi Scholars
7th Falak Sufi Scholar: Shandana Waheed (MA Candidate 2018)
6th Falak Sufi Scholar: Sabahat Zakariya (2017)
5th Falak Sufi Scholar: Aqsa Khalid (2016)
4th Falak Sufi Scholar: Maham Javaid (2014)
3rd Falak Sufi Scholar: Fatima Malik (2013)
2nd Falak Sufi Scholar: Mehvash Ansari (2012)
1st Falak Sufi Scholar: Wajiha Naqvi (2011)
|The Falak Sufi Scholars and Essay Prize Winners celebrate with members of Falak Sufi's family at the Kevorkian Center on April 2, 2015. From left to Right: Raza Sufi' Azhar Sufi; Aqsa Khaled, '16; Maham Javaid, '15; Anna Reumert, '15; Jeffrey Eamon, '15; and Rashiq Sufi.
The Falak Sufi Memorial Essay Prize
In honor of the memory of Falak Sufi and with the support of her family, The Kevorkian Center awards the annual Falak Sufi Memorial Essay Prize in recognition of outstanding and innovative scholarship by MA students of Near Eastern Studies.
6th Falak Sufi Memorial Essay Contest
- Winner: Stephanie Kraver: "Palestinian Diary Writing: A Performance of Human Rights"
- Honorable Mention: Nadeen Shaker: "“Egypt’s Prison Nostrums: Why the Prison System is Broken"
5th Falak Sufi Memorial Essay Contest
- Winner: Jeffrey Eamon: "Colonial Policing in the Bahrain Islands: Labor, Migration, and the Outsourcing of Bahrain’s Security Apparatus"
- Honorable Mention: Anna Reumert: "Intimate Strangers: Practices of Syrian Refugees in Beirut"
4th Falak Sufi Memorial Essay Contest
- Winner: Sarah Yozzo (2014): “Producing Intifada: Security Narratives and Imagined Social Identities”
- Honorable Mention: Nate Christensen (2014): “Tribalism, the ‘War on Terror,’ and the State in Yemen”
3rd Falak Sufi Memorial Essay Contest
- Winner: Gayatri Kumar (2014): "'Hebrew is the only Israeli Thing. What is Israeliness?' Shimon Ballas , Writing in Hebrew and Confronting the Literary Canon"
- Honorable Mention: Katherine Cella (2013): "The Politics of Invisibility: Statelessness in the United Arab Emirates
2nd Falak Sufi Memorial Essay Contest
- Winner: Susanna Ferguson (2012): "Gender-Based Violence and Women's Human Rights"
- Honorable Mention: Walker Gunning (2012): "Toward a Cinema of Revolution: 18 Days in Tahrir Square"
1st Falak Sufi Memorial Essay Contest
- Winner: Sophie Chamas (2011): "The Honourable People: Becoming Hezbollah"
- Honorable Mention: Laura Goffman (2012): "Education and the New Egyptian: Producing Class Distinctions in Nineteenth-Century Egypt"
Competition for next year’s award will take place at the beginning of the spring semester 2018. The Hagop Kevorkian Center remains indebted to the family of Falak Sufi for supporting this recognition of outstanding and original M.A. scholarship.