Fellowships and Scholarships


The Institute of Ismaili Studies awards a limited number of Visiting Research Fellowships. The recipients engage in fields of research which are of interest to the Institute. Usually, the Fellows join the faculty of the Department of Academic Research and Publications and the results of their research may eventually be published.  For further details on the visiting fellowships awarded by the Institute click here.

Zahid Ali Fellowship Programme: The  Zahid Ali Fellowship  was established in 1997 by the Institute of Ismaili Studies in the name of Professor Zahid 'Ali (1888-1958), a pioneer of modern Ismaili Studies, at the bequest of Professor Zahid 'Ali's son, the late Professor Abid 'Ali, and his family. The fellowship, in the amount of £5000, is awarded once every five years to an internationally renowned scholar working in the field of Classical Arabic Literature who intends to use the award to carry-out research on a topic of relevance to Ismaili Studies.

Annemarie Schimmel Fellowship Programme: Inaugurated in 2004, this fellowship is awarded every three years to a scholar working in the fields of interest to the late Professor Schimmel such as Islamic mysticism, Arabic, Persian and South Asian literatures 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. 


Scholarship Programmes

The Institute has various scholarship and fellowship programmes available for suitable candidates with a focus in Islamic Studies or other areas of interest to the IIS. 

Doctoral Scholarship ProgrammeThe Institute awards doctoral scholarships each year to suitable candidates who are interested in pursuing careers in Islamic studies.More specifically, the  Doctoral Scholarship Programme  aims first to encourage the study of certain neglected areas of Islamic and related studies, such as Qur’anic studies and second, to foster a community of scholars in the areas of interest to the IIS. The next application deadline is 31 March each year. Application reviews will take place in May. Shortlisted candidates may be called for an interview in June. The successful candidate will receive notice by late June/early July. No legal entitlement shall be constituted by applying to the programme. Reasons for rejection will not be disclosed.

Mohammed Arkoun Doctoral ScholarshipIn recognition of the late Professor Mohammed Arkoun’s contribution to the the field of Islamic Studies and allied disciplines, the Institute of Ismaili Studies has established a new scholarship entitled the Mohammed Arkoun Doctoral Scholarship.

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 promising graduate research students and doctoral candidates to complete their fieldwork or dissertation.