Rules of Entry/Dissertation Submission
Dissertations must be nominated by the author's advisor and be accompanied by the Dissertation Committee's letter of acceptance. Applicants should submit two copies of the dissertation to:
Secretary, Foundation for Iranian Studies
4343 Montgomery Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814 USA
Deadline for Submissions is August 1.
The award is announced in October of the year for which it is granted.
The Foundation may also recognize up to two runner-up dissertations with honorable mention.
The Committee on the Selection of Best Dissertation of the Year on a Topic of Iranian Studies of the Foundation for Iranian Studies makes its decision following the criteria established by the Foundation Board: contribution to the field of Iranian Studies; imagination; novelty of approach; clarity in stating the problematic; theoretical foundation; methodological rigor; quality of sources; efficient and intelligent use of primary source material; quality of field work; ability to relate theory, method and fact; sensitivity to signification and nuance in linguistic analysis; good use of language in writing; attention to detail; organization of the work.