The Iran Society, founded in 1935


The Iran Society’s Travel 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 for two finalists for the same purpose. Applicants must be either well into their third year, or in a fourth writing-up year of their programme to be eligible.

Applicants will need to provide a curriculum vitae and:

  • a brief summary of the project in c. 100 words and a c. 500 word description in greater detail.
  • a timeline plan indicating the stages of their project and the anticipated final date of submission.
  • realistic details of their current funding position, budget and the costs of the study up to completion. If they will complete well within the year they must give the financial details involved in any postdoctoral project till the final date of this award.​
  • the names of two referees, one of whom should be their supervisor.

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.

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

Small travel grants may be offered to current registered undergraduates of UK universities or members of other UK institutions to pursue their studies on any subject related to Persian culture, history, language, architecture or other subjects unrelated to contemporary politics. Post-graduates may also apply, but preference will be given to undergraduates.

Awards are normally made in mid-end May and applications should be received by the beginning of May. Applicants must supply the following by email to 

  • Description of the project.
  • CV.
  • Detailed budget for the trip.
  • Details of available funds and of any other grants received or applied for.
  • Names and contact details of two referees.