Dissertation Awards

THE RAHIM M. IRVANI DISSERTATION AWARD

The Rahim M. Irvani Dissertation Award is presented biennially to the author of an exceptional PhD dissertation on Persian literature and its cognate fields, written in any language. Established by Zinat Irvani in memory of her philanthropist husband, in addition to a cash prize, this award also includes the option of a contract for the publication of the revised and peer-reviewed manuscript by I.B. Tauris. ISIS is now calling for nominations for dissertations completed between Winter 2012-Fall 2013. The second Rahim Irvani Award will be presented at the Opening Reception of the Tenth ISIS Biennial Conference August 2014 in Montreal, Canada. Nominators should be the thesis supervisor or member of the thesis committee. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MARCH 31, 2014.

The Rahim Irvani Dissertation Award Committee

Past Winners

  • The 2012 Rahim M. Irvani Dissertation Award was presented at the 2012 Biennial in Istanbul Turkey to Marjolijn van Zutphen for her thesis 'Faramarz, The Sistan Hero: Texts and Traditions of the Faramarzname and the Persian Epic Cycle'. University of Leiden, Institute for Area Studies, School of Middle Eastern Studies. Advisors: J.J. Witkam and G. R. Van den Berg. Defended 13 December, 2011.

THE MASHAYEKHI DISSERTATION AWARD

The Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award is presented biannually to the author of an exceptional Ph.D. dissertation dealing with the broad themes of politics and the public sphere in Iran, written in any language. This award is established by the Mehrdad Mashayekhi Foundation in memory of his dedication to the cause of democracy and social justice in Iran. ISIS is now calling for nominations for dissertations completed in Winter 2010-Fall 2013. The first Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award will be presented at the Opening Reception of the Tenth ISIS Biennial Conference August 2014 in Montreal, Canada. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MARCH 31, 2014.

The Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award Committee