Grant Applications

BIPS Research and Travel Grant Awards are to assist scholars wishing to pursue research in the area of arts, humanities and social science research, relating to the Persianate world, particularly Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Transcaucasia, Iraq, the Persian Gulf littoral and South Asia. Subject areas include, but are not limited to: Art, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Cultural Studies, History, Language, Literature, Politics, Religious Studies, and Sociology. Scholars who apply must be attached to a UK Higher Educational Institution (university, museum or similar).


Most of the grant funds are set aside for collaborative research projects and we are currently seeking to attract applications from scholars under three “umbrella” programmes:

Objects of Empire: Imperial Elites and Material Cultures of Ancient Iran

Objects of Empire: Imperial Elites and Material Cultures of Ancient Iran

Persianisation and Persianate Cosmopolises

Persianisation and Persianate Cosmopolises

Iran and the International in the Modern Period

Iran and the International in the Modern Period

If you are interested in finding out more about any of these projects, please contact the Programme Directors.

Grants are awarded mainly to cover post-doctoral research within Iran and the wider Persian World, but grants may also be available to those who wish to study similar material outside Iran.


Travel Grants

We offer a limited number of travel grants to students, but these funds are NOT available for course work nor will college or university fees be paid. Awards of up to £1,200 will be made.

All applications must include accurate budgets and a detailed breakdown of costs, and candidates are required to satisfy the selectors that their proposals are realistic in this respect.

Publications of the research is an absolute condition of the award and BIPS should see and approve the appropriate acknowledgement of BIPS’s funding in any proposed publication prior to its actual appearance. Grant recipients are also required to submit a short report for the BIPS website. Please note that Student Travel Grants must be paid to a UK bank account.

Applications are currently close and will open on the 22nd of August 2022.

Research Assistant Grant

This funding is offered for scholars at a UK research institution to be used to employ short-term student Research Assistants. This initiative is an ideal way to help Early Career Researchers to start a research project, and also established academics to finalise a research project. Awards of up to £5,000 will be made, and applicants are invited to apply to any one of the three BIPS research programmes, namely: Ancient, Medieval, or Modern. Interdisciplinary and collaborative project are welcome. However, the Principal Investigator must be employed at a UK higher education institution or museum.

Please note that Research Grants/Research Assistant Grants are paid via the PI’s HEI.

Applications are currently close and will open on the 22nd of August 2022.


To apply for the BIPS Travel Grants or Research Assistant Grants, please download the form using the button below.

BIPS Flagship Research Project

BIPS is announcing the call for application from eligible PIs (employed by a UK-based University or other research institute) to propose an exciting and innovative three-year research project that will be the flagship BIPS research project, starting April 2023, running through to March 2026.

The project must be related in some way to the history, literature of culture of the Iranian world in its widest sense, but there are no chronological, geographical, or disciplinary limits to the projects that can be proposed.

The total value of the project over three years will be £60,000 (£20,000 per annum).

The funds could be used across the three years as necessary, to employ a post-doc and/or a research assistant, to fund travel for the PI and relevant partners, and to organises a major conference during the course of the project.

The main ineligible item will be teaching buy-out for the PI of the project.

The aim would be for the project to also attract additional funding, and for external partners to be involved.

Post-docs or research assistants on the project would be employed by the PI’s institution where possible, and additional research funds would be dispersed annually over the three years to the same institution.

The deadline for submission is 1st September 2022, with the result announced in October 2022.


To apply for the BIPS Flagship Research Project, please download the form using the button below. Queries should be directed to BIPS at

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