A female scholar reading a book borrowed from IIS library

The IIS is pleased to announce that applications for the newly named Farhad Daftary Doctoral Scholarship are now open. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2023.

On 18 January 2023, in a speech celebrating the work of retiring IIS Co-Director Dr Farhad Daftary and his invaluable contributions to the Institute, Prince Rahim announced that His Highness the Aga Khan had decided to attach Dr Daftary’s name to the IIS PhD Scholarship programme.

The IIS awards Doctoral Scholarships each year to suitable candidates who are interested in pursuing research at PhD level on a topic related to any of the Institute’s core research areas. The most relevant to the Institute’s research needs are:

  • Ismaili studies
  • Shiʿi studies
  • Qurʾanic studies
  • Islamic law
  • Education
  • Manuscript studies

The scholarship is also open to any of the areas germane to the study of Islam and Muslims (historical, theological, philosophical, legal, educational, political, ritual, cultural, gender, environment, material culture, ethics, etc.).

The Institute’s Doctoral Scholarships programme was established in 1997. Since then, more than 53 scholarships have been awarded. The Doctoral Scholarships are a vehicle for intellectual advancement, career progression, and human resources development.

To apply, please download and complete the application form and submit it together with the required documents to scholarships@iis.ac.uk by 31 March. All documents must be submitted in PDF format.
The application form must be accompanied by:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Writing sample
  • Doctoral research proposal
  • Copies of graduate-level academic transcripts, including a copy of your master’s diploma
  • Copy of letter of acceptance to doctoral programme
  • Three letters of recommendation, which may be mailed directly by the recommender to scholarships@iis.ac.uk with your name in the subject line

The IIS Farhad Daftary Doctoral Scholarship is available to Ismaili students from around the globe. Further information on eligibility can be found here.