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The Roshan Institute Fellowships for Excellence in Persian Studies will be accepting applications for two summer research awards from now until January 30. The awards provide up to $1500 (depending on the availability of funds), for travel, reproduction of archival materials, purchasing research-related materials, and other miscellaneous expenses related to graduate student research. The purpose of this award is to provide support to graduate students working in Persian Studies who normally do not have sources of support during the summer months. Preference will be given to applicants who make a strong case for their need to conduct research beyond UNC and its library holdings and who possess the necessary skills to conduct such research.

Evaluation of Applicants:
Reviewers assign points to each application based on the following rubric:

  • Feasibility and Planning. (5 points). Is the project adequate and appropriate to achieve the student’s expected goals? Are the questions who, what, when, where, and why articulated in the narrative?
  • Need (5 points). Is there a clear financial, academic, and professional need for the applicant to receive this award in order to undertake this project?
  • Impact (5 points). Will the project advance the student’s academic and professional career?
  • Budget (5 points). Is the budget clear, adequate, reasonable, and justified?

Application Instructions:
Applications should include basic biographical information in a short CV, a project description with title and summary, detailed budget, and list of additional funding sources. Only completed applications will be considered. Applicants should download and complete the form for the grant, and email completed application materials by January 30 in a single PDF file to

Application Form

Reporting Requirements:

Students receiving this award will be required to submit a final report within a month of the beginning of the fall semester following the grant period.

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