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Fully Funded Institute of Ismaili Studies Doctoral (PhD) Scholarships

Institute of Ismaili Studies PhD Scholarships

  • Any University
  • Fully Funded
  • Worldwide
  • Selected Subjects
  • Any Country
  • March 31 (every year)

Applications are invited for Fully Funded Institute of Ismaili Studies PhD Scholarships at any institute/university.


The Institute of Ismaili Studies awards Doctoral (PhD) 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 Institutes’s Doctoral Scholarships programme was established in 1997. Since then, more than 40 scholarships have been awarded. The IIS views the Doctoral Scholars both as a vehicle for intellectual advancement, career progression and human resources development.


The Institute of Ismaili Studies PhD Scholarships covers university fees (and, if applicable, college fees), up to a maximum of 3 academic years, as well as a living stipend of £15,240 per annum (£1270 pcm) up to a maximum of 4 academic years.

The award is reviewed after each academic year and renewal of the award is conditional upon 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 thesis supervisor). During the duration of the scholarship, the recipient is bound to provide 30 days’ work per 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.


The Institute of Ismaili Studies Doctoral (PhD) Scholarships are available to Ismaili students from around the globe.

To be eligible for IIS Doctoral Scholarships applicants are required to meet: 

  • Acceptance to a PhD degree: Only applicants providing a copy of the acceptance to a university PhD degree will be considered. In exceptional circumstances, when the applicant has not received the acceptance letter by the time of the IIS applications deadline (see below), evidence of the application to the university may be considered conditionally.
  • Academic record: Applicants must have an excellent academic record. A Masters’ degree is a sine qua non.
  • Languages: Applicants are expected to have linguistic competence in languages traditionally used by Muslims (at least one language, and ideally also Arabic or Persian) and in European languages (English and ideally at least one other). English proficiency must be as at the level required by the university where the student has been accepted for a PhD degree.
  • Age: There is no age limit, although historically the Scholarship has been awarded to an age band of between 22-35 years.
  • Nationality and visa: Students from all countries may apply. Visa requirements are those set by the university where the student has been accepted for a PhD degree. The IIS is will not be involved in the visa applications process, nor does it cover visa application costs.


For Institute of Ismaili Studies Doctoral (PhD) Scholarships, applicants are required to submit:

  • Application form
  • A Cover letter
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement of commitment
  • Copies of graduate level academic transcripts, including a copy of Master’s Degree
  • Copy of letter of acceptance to doctoral programme
  • Three letters of recommendation (sent directly from your referees to IIS) 
  • Writing sample
  • Your doctoral research proposal