About the Doctoral Scholarship Programme

The Institute of Ismaili Studies awards Doctoral Scholarships each year to suitable candidates who are interested in pursuing research at PhD level on a topic related to any of the Institute’s core research areas. The IIS Doctoral Scholarship Programme was established in 1997. Since then, more than 52 scholarships have been awarded.

Funding and Conditions

The scholarship covers university fees, up to a maximum of three academic years, as well as a living stipend of £15,480 a year (£1,290 a month), up to a maximum of four academic years.

The award is reviewed after each academic year and its renewal is conditional on the student’s satisfactory academic progress. Progress reports must be sent to the IIS as and when requested (usually twice a year by the recipient, as well as once a year by the supervisor).

During the duration of the scholarship, the recipient is bound to provide 30 days’ work a year to the IIS when requested (reasonable notice will be given). After completion of the degree, and subject to being requested by the IIS, the scholarship recipient must contribute in a professional capacity to the work of the IIS or other related institutions (AKDN or the Ismaili community). When possible, the IIS will have first right to publish the final dissertation produced by the scholarship recipient.