Supports talented graduate students through admissions recruitment fellowships. Eligible applicants must be applying to a graduate program at UNC. They may be students in any discipline, but their research and career interests must address Persian studies. These fellowships provide a recruitment or top-up stipend, for one year, which is designed to complement standard departmental graduate fellowship offers. The stipend is $5000 in addition to any stipend offered through the applicant’s department, and it does not include tuition, fees, or health insurance. Holding a concurrent teaching assistant or research assistant position, or a Graduate School merit award, is required. Depending on funding, the award amount may change from year to year.
Applicants cannot apply directly, but must be nominated by a department as part of its graduate admissions process. Every year, nominations should be forwarded to the Persian Studies Committee at email@example.com by 5:00 P.M on Feb. 10, and the committee will notify departments of their selection in approximately one month. Students offered this award must give written acceptance to the Graduate School by April 15.
Nominations should consist of a single PDF including a statement of support from the DGS for the student, why the student’s academic history or research interest appeals to your department and why you want the student in your graduate program, a statement of the level of financial support the department is prepared to offer the student, and a clear indication of the candidate’s interest in Persian studies. In the case of departments nominating more than one student, a detailed ranking of the nominees should also be provided.
Students receiving these fellowships are required to submit a final report at the end of the grant period, summarizing their coursework and research relating to Persian studies.