Student Funding for Iranian Studies: Summer 2016

The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies offers limited and competitive funding for students interested in studying Iran and/or the Persian language. Funding requests may focus on any aspect of Iranian history, culture, politics, and language. Projects are to be pursued during the summer, with limited exceptions. Applicants are encouraged to apply for matching funds from other Stanford units or external agencies. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

The following types of projects are supported:

  1. Intensive language study 
    The proposed course of language study must be integral to the applicant’s academic or professional development. Priority will be given to those minoring in Iranian Studies.  
  2. Fieldwork or Advanced Research Projects
    Priority will be given to those minoring in Iranian Studies.

**Funding for Internships**

The Iranian Studies Program also provides several $4,000 stipends for summer internships through the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program. For more information, please visit


Preference will be given to students minoring in Iranian Studies and to applicants who have not previously received Iranian Studies funding.

According to Stanford University’s International Travel policy, we cannot fund undergraduate travel to countries where a U.S. State Department Travel Warning has been issued or where there is other reliable information of significant health or safety risks. Please click here for Stanford University’s International Travel Policy and here for a list of current travel warnings.


Recipients are expected to submit a 1-2 page report upon the completion of their project, describing how the grant project has developed, what was learned, and next steps regarding their research project and career. Recipients who use the grant toward language training are also expected to submit a transcript or training completion certificate.

Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted via email by Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Please complete the application form and submit the following docuemnts to iranianstudies at stanford dot edu.


1. Application Cover Sheet (see PDF below)

2. Project proposal limited to 750 words, describing the project to be undertaken, its relevance to the study of Iran, and its significance for the student’s research and academic development. Include a detailed outline of what funds will be used for.

3. Full academic CV, listing the applicant’s academic standing, previous academic accomplishments, publications and/or conference presentations.

4. A copy of unofficial transcript from AXESS, saved as a PDF document.

5. A single letter of recommendation from the applicant’s thesis advisor or the primary faculty member with whom s/he is working. The letter/s should speak to the specific project being proposed and sent directly by email to Roma Parhad: rparhad [at] stanford [dot] edu by March 30, 2016.

Applications that do not follow these procedures will not be accepted.

Grant applications are reviewed by the Iranian Studies Program and decisions will be made within a month after the application deadline. For questions, please contact Iranian Studies Program Manager rparhad [at] stanford [dot] edu (Roma Parhad).


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