The IIS is pleased to announce that applications for the Annemarie Schimmel Fellowship and the Dissertation Writing Fellowship are now open. The deadline to apply for both is 31 May 2023. 

The Annemarie Schimmel Fellowship is awarded every three years to a scholar working in the fields of interest of the late Professor Schimmel, such as Islamic mysticism, Arabic, Persian and South Asian literature and literary and artistic expressions of Muslim devotional life. The £10,000 award is intended to assist the recipient to complete research leading to the publication of a book. 

Professor Schimmel (1922-2003) was one of the world’s foremost experts on Persian poetry and Sufism. Her publications included hundreds of articles and books on Islamic art, theology, poetry, calligraphy and mysticism, as well as translations of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu and Sindhi poetry into German and English. 

To apply, please submit the following to by 31 May: 

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Writing sample (preferably a publication)
  4. Research proposal (2,000 words maximum)

The Dissertation Writing Scholarship is open to applications from graduate students in the field of Islamic studies who are researching an Ismaili topic. The scholarship carries a stipend of £3000 (or local equivalent) and has been established to assist promising graduate research students and doctoral candidates to complete their fieldwork or dissertation.

Special attention will be given to topics related to Ismaili studies, Shi‛i studies, Qur’anic studies, Islamic law, education, and manuscript studies.

To apply, please send the following by email to

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Dissertation description (including abstract, table of contents, and detailed chapter-by-chapter descriptions)
  4. Writing sample (preferably a chapter)
  5. Letter from PhD supervisor
  6. Two further academic references

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