The Iran Society Grants 

The Iran Society has provided BIPS with a ONE YEAR bursary of £5000 for 2021-22 to enable a final year PhD student enrolled at a United Kingdom  University to complete, and time permitting, to initiate a post-doctoral research project. The bursary may be divided into £2500 each for two finalists for the same purpose. Applicants either well-into their third year, or in a fourth writing-up year of their programme will be eligible.

Applicants will need to provide a curriculum vitae and:

Publication is an absolute condition of the award, and acknowledgement of both the Iran Society and BIPS, who will be administering it, will be required. The Iran Society and BIPS should see and approve the appropriate acknowledgement of funding in any proposed publication prior to its actual appearance.

Two references are required, and referees should be requested to send these directly to the BIPS Executive Office ( It is the responsibility of the applicants to ensure that the application form and references arrive by the deadline; late applications, or those without references, will not be considered.

Applications should be sent by email to reach BIPS Executive Officer no later than 12.00 noon UK time on 9th October 2021.

[No travel grants to Iran will be offered until further notice]

The Iran Society is offering a small number of grants to students at British universities, or other institutions, engaged in any subject related to Iranian culture in its broadest sense who wish to visit Iran or any other Persian speaking country to further their studies. Preference is given to undergraduates, but graduates are welcome to apply.

The project may be related to language, history, literature, art, science, architecture, anthropology or any other suitable project not related to contemporary politics. Where there are many applicants, preference will be given to those with the most original, enterprising or interesting proposal.

Applicants are asked to submit a proposal by email to by 16th May for consideration. The successful candidates will be notified before the end of June 2020. Awards are conditional on the winners subsequently obtaining a visa to visit the country of choice. The application should contain:

  1. Personal details, including age, citizenship, educational qualifications and details of current studies, together with contact details of a referee.
  2. A full description of the project, with approximate dates of travel and length of project, together with a budget.
  3. Details of applications made to other organisations for a grant to cover the same project.

Award of a grant is conditional on the successful applicants agreeing to submit a report on their travel within two weeks of their return. They may be asked to give a talk to the Society at a later date.