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Applications are invited for Fellowships of up to 9 months in duration, for research into the Persian Arts of the Book.

Research areas may include but are not limited to studies in Art History, Codicology, Calligraphy, Miniature Painting, the History of Islamic Book Production and Scribal Practices, Manuscript Cataloguing, and the Editing and Translation of Texts. Academics or university staff of at least post-doctoral level or equivalent, with a current institutional affiliation, are welcome to apply. The main focus of any research proposal should be on an aspect or aspects of the Bodleian’s Persian and Islamic Collections. Applications should include details of the Collections to be consulted and of the larger project that the research visit will support, including planned outcomes.

The Bodleian’s Persian collections date back to the very beginning of the 17th century and consist of around 2,500 manuscript codices containing about 5,000 works in all classical disciplines. Particularly well represented are Histories, Biographies, and Classical Persian Poetry. The collection of illustrated manuscripts containing miniatures is world class. For a glimpse into the collections based on a recent exhibition, please visit:

Basic records of a large part of the Bodleian’s Islamic Manuscript Collections may also be found here:

A maximum of three awards will be made for 2015-16.

The Fellowship must be taken up in the year beginning 1 August 2015.

Reimburses up to £1,500 per month for allowable expenses.

Application deadline: 27 February 2015

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