Employability and progression opportunities
Three-year programme of study prepares graduates to pursue higher education in Islamic studies and related areas of the humanities and social sciences, or to seek careers in specific fields or in areas which aim to address issues faced by contemporary Muslim societies. These may include careers in religious education or the management of religious education programmes of the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Boards. Opportunities may also be available to GPISH graduates in the IIS and in Aga Khan Development Network agencies or other non-governmental organisations focusing on education, strengthening civil society, cultural preservation, poverty alleviation or sustainable development. Previous GPISH graduates have also found careers in the media which represent Muslims and Islam to a wider audience or as artists or writers who, through their work, represent individual perspectives towards their received Muslim heritage.
Leadership Workshop and Careers Seminars
GPISH aims to train graduates for pursuing leadership positions and runs enrichment activities including a Leadership Workshop and series of Careers Seminars. Interviews for internships following successful completion of the programme also form part of these, and appropriately qualified students will be offered short-term internship opportunities.
IIS Postgraduate Research Fellowship (PGRF)
This fellowship is available to applicants interested in working with Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Boards (ITREBs) after completing their GPISH studies. Based on their HR needs, ITREBs may sponsor students to undertake the PGRF, which aims to help GPISH graduates acquire specific knowledge, analytical tools and skills to contribute more effectively to the needs of the Jamat and ITREBs. PGRF candidates will select topics of their field research and their third-year Master’s degree in consultation with their sponsoring ITREBs. Following the successful completion of GPISH, PGRF candidates will embark on a bespoke three-month residential episode which builds upon the GPISH curriculum, followed by a nine-month paid professional internship at sponsoring ITREBs, which will include a field assignment. Thereafter, they will return to the IIS for a four-week residential episode to consolidate their learning and field experience. Sponsored graduates will have the possibility of participating in a range of continuing professional development opportunities offered by ITREBs and the IIS before returning to the IIS for a two-week final residential episode. On successful completion of their training, candidates will join ITREB in a full-time capacity. During their professional engagement with ITREBs, candidates will be entitled to use their affiliation as an IIS Post Graduate Research Fellow to publish articles in academic journals as well as on the IIS website, in the annual IIS Update and the Alumni Newsletter. As affiliates of the IIS, they may also present papers at academic conferences. GPISH students who opt for ITREB sponsorship and the PGRF will be committed to working with ITREBs for at least three years after the successful completion of the PGRF.
Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Boards (ITREBs) may sponsor some students to undertake GPISH. Sponsored students will be offered the GPISH Extension Programme, which aims to help them acquire specific knowledge, analytical tools and skills to contribute more effectively to the needs of ITREB; they will select their topic of field research and third-year Master’s degree in consultation with their sponsoring ITREBs. Following the successful completion of GPISH, the Extension Programme will involve a three-month residential module which builds on the GPISH curriculum, followed by a nine-month paid professional internship at sponsoring ITREBs, which will include a field assignment. They will return to the IIS for a two-week residential programme to consolidate their learning and field experience. Having completed the internship, sponsored graduates will be offered a range of continuing professional development opportunities by ITREB and the IIS to enable them to keep abreast of the emerging scholarship in their fields and to develop their competencies. GPISH students who opt for ITREB sponsorship and the Extension Programme will be committed to working with ITREBs for at least three years after the successful completion of the GPISH Extension Programme.
Doctoral Scholarships Programme
For those interested in deepening their analysis and contributing intellectually to the academic world, as well as to the IIS and the Ismaili community, the IIS offers a limited number of scholarships to pursue studies at doctoral level. There is a great need for research in Islamic Studies. Among these, the most relevant to the Institute’s research needs are education, Ismaili studies, the wider Shi‘i studies, Qur’anic studies and Islamic law. Scholarships are also open to any area in which Islam can be analysed in one of its various manifestations (historical, theological, philosophical, legal, educational, political, ritual or cultural). Research can be conducted from any of the various perspectives and disciplines related to the Humanities and Social Sciences.