IIS is pleased to announce that applications for the Farhad Daftary Doctoral Scholarship are now open. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2024.

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
  • Wider Shiʿi studies
  • Qurʾanic studies
  • Islamic ethics
  • Education
  • Manuscript studies

The scholarship is also open to any areas in which Islam can be analysed in one of its various manifestations (historical, theological, philosophical, legal, educational, political, ritual, cultural, etc.).

The Institute’s Doctoral Scholarships programme was established in 1997. Since then, more than 55 scholarships have been awarded. The Doctoral Scholarships are a vehicle for intellectual advancement, career progression, and human resources development.

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Gurdofarid Miskinzoda, a scholarship recipient in 2001, now teaches as the head of the Shiʿi Studies Unit.

Photo by Jonathan Goldberg.

How to apply

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
  • Updated CV
  • Personal Statement of Commitment  
  • 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
  • Writing sample
  • Doctoral research proposal

The IIS Doctoral Scholarships are available to Ismaili students from around the globe. Further information on eligibility can be found here.

Farhad Daftary Doctoral Scholarship Programme

Learn more about the scholarship programme, view previous recipients and more detailed eligibility criteria below.

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