The Institute of Ismaili Studies has established an Alumni Research Grant. The purpose of this grant is to support alumni who wish to pursue further research, present research papers at academic conferences (not including papers that are based on research undertaken during their studies at the IIS), publish articles, or undertake field studies in areas of relevance to the IIS.
The Alumni Research Grant will be awarded based review of applications. The deadlines for applications will be the 15th of March, June and September of each year. All applications received during the preceding quarter will be reviewed collectively by an Alumni Grant Committee, appointed by the IIS and comprising four of its scholars. The Alumni Grant Committee will communicate their recommendations to the IIS Co-Director who will make the final decision. Under normal circumstances, the decision will be communicated within two weeks following the deadline for each quarter (i.e., by 30th March, June and September).
Each grant would be for an amount not exceeding £1,000 for field research/publication and not exceeding £500 for presenting papers at academic conferences. Please note that any individual who has received a grant is not eligible to re-apply for a period of three years.
- The award is made towards the named alumnus/na conducting field research, presenting at an academic conference, or publishing.
- All applications for support to present at a conference must be submitted at least three months prior to the date of the conference. Preference will be given to alumni attending conferences within their region. Please note that the IIS will not consider applications to present papers that are based on research undertaken by the alumnus/na as part of their graduate programme at the IIS.
- The alumnus/na is required to supply the Alumni Relations Unit with a detailed abstract/report, along with an assessment of the contribution made by the alumnus/na, together with a final statement of expenditure, within one month of the conclusion of the project/conference.
Dagikhudo Dagiev, Class of 2003Conducted field research in Tajikistan to collect materials relating to Ismaili Studies for the Bibliographical Studies of Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet scholarsAzmeena A Goawala, Class of 2010Presented a paper entitled “Understanding the ways and the impact of students making personal connection with the content of the curriculum in Pakistani Religious Education context” at the International Journal of Arts & Sciences (IJAS) Conference for Academic Disciplines, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USAAbdulmamad Iloliev, Class of 2002Presented a paper entitled “Migration and Racism: A Case Study of Tajik Labour Migrants in Russia” at a Joint Regional Conference of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Central Eurasian Studies Society, Astana, KazakhstanMunir Jaria, Class of 2012Presented a paper entitled “International Islam On The Crossroads Of Religio-Cultural Appropriation: Case Of Nairuzi (Mwaka Koga) And Pomeri Chid (Pamiri House)” at the International Journal of Arts and Science Conference, Ryerson University's International Learning Center, Toronto, CanadaShahida Khan, Class of 2010Presented a paper entitled “An Investigation of the Impact of Active Learning Approach within an Ismaili Religious Education Class in Karachi, Pakistan” at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference for Academic Disciplines, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USAParvez Kotadia, Class of 2012Presented a paper entitled “Use of Problem-Based Learning Approach to teach Islamic Ethics: An Action Research in the Indian context” at the International Academic Forum, International Conference on Social Sciences, Brighton, UKNacim Pak-Shiraz, Class of 2002Presented a paper entitled “Constructions of Masculinity in Iranian Cinema” at the Tenth Biennial Iranian Studies Conference, International Society for Iranian Studies, Montreal, CanadaMuzaffar Zoolshoev, Class of 2004Conducted research to identify archives and material relating to the Panjebhais in the state library and regional archives in Tajikistan
Karim Javan, Class of 2004Conducted research to identify Ismaili texts and manuscripts in library collections in IranAnisha Lakhani, Class of 2011Presented a paper entitled “Kohlberg in Mumbai: A Study of Cultural Implications of the Moral Reasoning of Indian Secondary Religious Education Students” at the Joint National Conference, Centre for Islamic Studies, Baton Rouge, USA
Sultonbek Aksakolov, Class of 2002Conducted field research on the Soviet state policy towards Islam (Ismailis) 1941-1991 in archives and libraries in Russia and TajikistanKarim Mitha, Class of 2011Presented a paper entitled “A Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name: The Role of the Faith-Based Community in Developing Mental Health Resiliencies amongst Diasporic and Post-Diasporic Muslim Youth in Australia” at the Health and Mental Resilience Conference, Krakow, PolandPresented a paper entitled “The View ‘Down Under’: Australian Ismaili Muslim Youth and the Quest for Identity” at the International Conference ‘Interculturalism, Meaning and Identity’, Lisbon, Portugal.
Shezeleen Kanji, Class of 2011Presented a paper entitled “Addressing Challenges of Globalisation Faced by Ismaili Muslim Students of Gujarati Ancestry in Toronto, Canada” at the Gujarat Studies Association 4th Biennial Conference, Dubai, UAEDr Khurshid Sana Khan, Class of 2002Presented a paper entitled “Community Connectedness and School Choice of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Ismailis in Karachi: A Story of Success or Encapsulation?” at the European Society for Central Asian Studies Conference, University of Cambridge, UKPresented a paper entitled “Social Capital and Community in the Lives and Education of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Ismailis in Karachi” at the 4th International Social Science Research Society Conference, Izmir, TurkeySharaf Oshurbekov, Class of 2005Conducted doctoral research on Ismaili Muslim Shrines in Tajikistan
Sehreen Noor Ali, Class of 2006Participation in the Concordia Forum in SpainDr Zuhal Avzalshoeva, Class of 2005Participation in the International Summer School at Osnabruck University, GermanyAziz Ali Dad, Class of 2003Conducted research on material culture across Gilgit-Baltistan focussing on music, PakistanNazmin Halani, Class of 1998Conducted doctoral research in ethnographic field work to investigate the religious nurture of Muslim children growing up within mixed faith families in the UKDr Anil Khamis, Class of 1992Participation in Action Research study on quality of education in Puntland, SomaliaDr Miriam Ali-de-Unzaga, Class of 2000Presented a paper entitled “Travelling Motifs and Motifs of Travel: Andalusi and Fatimid Textiles (Two Case Studies)” at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UKPresented a paper entitled “Bridging the Gap between Muslims, Christians and Jews: Andalusi Textiles” at the Third World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, Barcelona, SpainDr Amal Sachedina, Class of 2000Conducted doctoral research at the British Library (India Office Records) and the National Archives in London
Dr Karim Gillani, Class of 2003Presented a paper entitled “New Sufi Trends in the Popular Music of India and Pakistan” at the 54th Annual Conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology, New MexicoDr Otambek Mastibekov, Class of 2002Presented a paper entitled “The Leadership and authority of Ismailis: A case study of the Badakhshani Ismaili community in Tajikistan” at the Central Asia and Caucasus Studies Conference, University of St Andrews, ScotlandMehmonsho Sharifov, Class of 2003Conducted research in Tajikistan
Please send the following information to the IIS address by post or via email (email@example.com):
- Current CV
- Completed application form
- Details of methodology used along with a detailed abstract of the paper (1000 words).
- Any other information relevant to the project, conference, publication or field trip – please include acceptance letters and/or publication contracts (if relevant).
Please note: Applications submitted without the above mentioned documentation will not be considered by the Alumni Grant Committee. Completed applications must arrive at the IIS no later than 5 pm of the deadline date for each quarter. Late applications will be considered in the following quarter. Please plan your application submission accordingly.
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