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.