Dissertation Writing Scholarship

The Institute of Ismaili Studies welcomes application from graduate students in the field of Islamic Studies who are researching an Ismaili topic for its Dissertation Writing Scholarship. This scholarship carries a stipend of £3000 (or local equivalent), and has been established to assist doctoral candidates to complete their fieldwork or dissertation.

The next Scholarship will be awarded in September 2021.

How to apply


Previous Recipients

Shatha Almutawa (University of Chicago)
The Use of Narrative in Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa: Imagination at the Intersections of Religion, Philosophy and Science
Farès Gillon (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris)
Un traité ismaélien primitif, le Kitâb al-Kashf (Livre du dévoilement) attribué au Dâ’î Ja’far B
Mansûr al-Yaman (présentation, édition, traduction, commentaire)
Maryann Shenoda (Harvard University)
Imagining Persecution: Copto-Arabic Opposition to Islamisation and Arabisation in Fatimid Egypt.
Jamel A. Velji (University of California at Santa Barbara)
Apocalyptic Hermeneutics and the Strengthening of Empire: The Case of the Early Fatimids.
Zackery M. Heern (University of Utah)
Laying Foundations for Orthodoxy: Transformation of Shi'ism during the Time of Muhammad Baqir Bihbihani.
Jennifer Pruitt (Harvard University)
A Tale of Two Cities: Locating the Courtly and the Urban in Classical Fatimid Visual Culture (975-1036 CE)
Hasan Ali Khan (School of Oriental and African Studies)
Shi‘ainfo-icon Connections of the Sufi Heritage of the Indus Valley: With Special Reference to Ismaili Monuments.
Aliaa Ezz El Dininfo-icon El Sandouby (University of California, Los Angeles)
Remembering the Ahl al-Baytinfo-icon: The Shrines of the Family of the Prophet in Cairo, Damascus and Aleppo.
Orkhan Mir-Kassimov (Sorbonne University)
A Study of ancient Hurufi texts and manuscripts.
Samer Traboulsi (Princeton University)
The Tayyibi Isma‘ilisinfo-icon in Medieval Yemen: A Case Study in the Formation of an Islamic Sect.

David Hollenberg (University of Pennsylvania)
Interpretation after the End of Days: The Isma‘ili spokesman Ja‘far ibn Mansur al Yaman (d. ca. 980 CE) on Prophets and Politics.

Elisabeth Alexandrin (McGill University)
The Sphere of Walayah: Isma‘ili Ta’wilinfo-icon in Practice according to al-Mu’ayyad (d. 1078 CE).