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The Iran Heritage Fellowship in the Arts of Iran

Appointment at the Freer and Sackler Galleries (Washington D.C.),
supported by the Iran Heritage Foundation

Plate; Shamsuddin al-Hasani Abu Zayd (Iranian, Saljuq period); Kashan, Iran, December 1210; stone-paste painted over glaze with luster; purchase,F1941.11.

Deadline for applications: 31st March 2012
Appointment to begin: September 2012


As part of its Institutional Partnerships Programme, Iran Heritage Foundation is supporting a Fellowship in the Arts of Iran at the Freer and Sackler Galleries (Washington D.C.).

During the course of the fellowship, the incumbent will propose, develop, and implement a project on the museums' post-seventh-century Persian collections. These are particularly strong in three areas: ceramics of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, illustrated manuscripts from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, and late nineteenth and early twentieth-century photographs in the Archives. Preference will be given to projects on Persian manuscript painting. Otherwise, proposals will be evaluated in terms of merit, originality, and methodology that will advance scholarly and public understanding of the arts of Iran.

This is a two-year postdoctoral appointment beginning in September 2012 with an annual stipend of $45,000. Additional support not to exceed $5,000 may be provided for approved research and travel expenses. Research space, a networked computer, and access to art collections, archives, and Smithsonian Institution libraries are provided.

Applicants should have completed their PhD within the last five years or have submitted their dissertations by the start of the fellowship.

Further information can be found here.


With the exception of letters of recommendation, all materials must be sent electronically to: Nancy Micklewright, Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Please indicate "IHF Fellowship Application" in your subject line.

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About: The Iran Heritage Foundation is a non-political UK registered charity with the mission to promote and preserve the history, languages and cultures of Iran and the Persian world. The objectives of the Foundation are pursued by organising, on a worldwide basis, diverse activities of cultural or scholarly merit. IHF programmes include academic research, publishing and fellowships at top universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews, and Exeter and at museums in the United Kingdom and abroad. Most recently, the IHF launched its Institutional Partnership Programme with posts supported at the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, and St Andrews and at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution. (read more)

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