The best PhD dissertation on a theme of Iranian Studies is chosen based on several criteria, including imagination, novelty of approach, clarity in stating the problematic, theoretical foundation, methodological rigor, efficient and intelligent use of primary source material, and quality of fieldwork, among others.
The Foundation may also recognize up to two runner-up dissertations with honorable mention and subject to budgetary considerations and the decision of an advisory board of readers, may also help towards the publication of outstanding dissertations.
Each year the award is granted to a dissertation approved during that academic year and announced in October/November of the year for which it is granted.
Dissertations must be nominated by the author’s advisor and be accompanied by the Dissertation Committee’s letter of acceptance. A digitized copy of the dissertation must be submitted by August 15 either on a disc to
Foundation for Iranian Studies
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Bethesda, MD 20814
Notice of the awards appears in the MESA and SIS mail lists and journals, in various Persian language and other academic publications. It will also be posted on the FIS website.
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