Ebrahimi Fellowship for Persian Art

The Ebrahimi Fellowship for Persian Art promotes excellence in research and publication on Persian art from the ancient to the contemporary period. Fellowships support research at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art in Washington, DC. Research proposals are evaluated in terms of merit, originality, methodology, and potential for significant publication that will advance scholarly and public understanding of Persian visual arts. Interdisciplinary proposals with a primary focus on Iranian visual arts will be considered.

The Ebrahimi Fellowship is intended to provide an environment conducive to research, writing, and collegial discourse. Fellows are expected to devote themselves full-time to the proposed project, to participate in the museum’s scholarly community and programs, and to present a research-in-progress seminar during the period of the appointment.

Scholars of all nationalities are welcome to apply. Meeting the requirements and obtaining the required visas for residence and research in the United States are the responsibilities of the applicant. If necessary, the Smithsonian will review the individual for participation in an Exchange Visitor Program and will support the individual, if eligible, in their application for a J-1 Visa. This fellowship is offered in partnership with the American Institute for Iranian Studies.

Doctoral candidates, early career scholars, and senior scholars are all encouraged to apply.


Awards will be made for a period of up to three months and are not renewable. Appointments must take place in 2023.


The maximum stipend is $15,000. It will be prorated for shorter terms (approximately $5,000 per month). Additional support not to exceed $5,000 may be provided for approved research and travel expenses.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is December 1, 2022. Notification of awards will be sent by January 15, 2023.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted in English and must include:

  • Curriculum vitae with contact information and complete list of publications.
  • Research proposal consisting of a précis (250 words) and a narrative (maximum length 2,000 words). The proposal should address previous relevant research and published results, the significance of the current project to the study of the arts of Iran (from ancient to contemporary) or related disciplines, methodology, bibliography, and the projected schedule of research and writing.
  • Budget for projected research expenses not to exceed $5,000.
  • Two letters of recommendation emailed to AsiaScholarlyProgram@si.edu. Reviewers should comment on the merits of the proposal and the feasibility of the research plan as well as the candidate’s past publication record and potential for original contribution to the field of art history.

A small number of finalists may be invited to participate in Zoom interviews.

For more information or to submit application materials, please email our Scholarly Programs and Publications Department: AsiaScholarlyProgram@si.edu