The Iran Society invites applications, through British Institute of Persian Studies, for a ONE YEAR bursary of £5000 for 2020-21 to enable a final year PhD student at a UK Higher Educational Institution (university, museum or similar) to complete and, time permitting, initiate a post-doctoral research project. The bursary may be divided into £2500 each for two finalists for the same purpose.

Applicants will need to provide:

  • a curriculum vitae (CV);
  • a brief summary of the project in under 100 words and a longer description in greater detail in not more than 700 words;
  • a timeline plan indicating the stages of their project and the anticipated final date of submission;
  • realistic details of their current funding position, budget and the costs of the study up to completion. If they will complete well within the year, they must give the financial details involved in any postdoctoral project till the final date of this award;
  • names of two referees, one of whom should be their supervisor.

Publication is an absolute condition of the award, as is acknowledgement of both the Iran Society and BIPS, who will be administering it. The Iran Society and BIPS should see and approve the appropriate acknowledgement of funding in any proposed publication prior to its actual appearance.

Enquiries and applications should be sent by email to reach the BIPS Executive Officer ( no later than 11th October 2020 at 6.00 p.m. UK time. The referees should be requested to send their references directly to the Executive Officer. It is the responsibility of the applicants to ensure that the application form and references arrive by the deadline; late applications, or those without references, will not be considered.