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Zahedi Family Fellowship in Iranian Studies, Stanford University, USA

Publish Date: Mar 15, 2020

Zahedi Family Fellowship

The Zahedi Family Fellowship is a twelve-week residential fellowship focusing on the new Zahedi Archive (which includes both diplomatic correspondence and collected photos) at Stanford University's Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies. 

During the fellowship period, the Zahedi Fellow is expected to pursue their independent research in residency and hold a lecture, seminar, or workshop on their research, organized by the Iranian Studies Program. 

The Zahedi fellow will have access to Stanford University Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, as well as a community of scholars at Stanford.


Fluency in Persian is required. A terminal degree or equivalent experience is required.

The fellowship is open to scholars and artists working on Iran's modern history, particularly the period of 1941 to 1979. Preference will be given to scholars who have worked on modern Iranian foreign policy, history, and culture. 

The fellowship funds international travel, health insurance, visa support, and a $12,000 stipend for living expenses. In addition to library access, the fellow will use a shared workspace at the Hoover Archives, where the Zahedi Collection is housed.

Read through the archive's finding aid to determine if the collection's material is relevant to your research topic. 

How to Apply

**Please note: due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the fellowship for 2020-2021 has been postponed.

A complete application consists of the following materials:

  1. Zahedi Fellowship application form
  2. A letter of application/research proposal 
  3. A Curriculum Vitae
  4. A writing sample (book chapter or article length, in English or Persian)
  5. A short proposal for a public lecture/workshop to be held at Stanford (can be related to research proposal)
  6. Two (2) letters of recommendation

Important: All materials listed above (except for the letters of recommendation) should be submitted as attachments to the online application form. Please note: all material submitted must be in English to be considered. The writing sample is the only item that can be in Persian/Farsi or English. 

Letters of recommendation should be sent as signed PDF documents to

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

Further Official Information

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