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About Roshan Institute for Persian Studies

Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland aspires to be the premier center for the learning, understanding, and appreciation of Persian culture in the United States.

Toward this end, Roshan Institute seeks to provide outstanding course offerings and programs in Persian language, literature, history, and culture; to foster communication and community ties among people of Persian heritage and those interested in Persian studies; and to serve as a model for encouraging intercultural communication among peoples of varying backgrounds.

History

Since its inception, based on the above mission from Dr. Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali, Founder, Chair and President of Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies has played a leading role in an effort to support and bring to light 3,500 years of Persian history.

Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute is a nonprofit organization that fosters Persian Studies and supports educational programs promoting Persian language and culture.  In 2007, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute made a $3 million leadership gift to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation and in 2008, a major and a minor in Persian language and studies were developed. As a result, the existing four-year old "Center for Persian Studies" expanded into the current Roshan Institute for Persian Studies. Academic programs, research, and scholarships on Persian Studies have significantly expanded at the University of Maryland as a result of Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute’s generosity.  

 

Roshan Institute named endowments:

Roshan Institute Chair in Persian Studies

Meet the Roshan Institute Chair in Persian Studies

Fatemeh Keshavarz

Roshan Institute Fellowship for Excellence in Persian Studies

Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute will fund an annual fellowship(s) for graduate students. Fellowship awards have become available since Fall 2013. They will be offered to students admitted to departments and programs at the University of Maryland whose work in areas related to Persian Studies exhibits high standards of academic excellence. For more information on these scholarships and fellowships, please send an email to roshan@umd.edu

Scholarship for Excellence in Persian Studies

The Amouzegar Undergraduate Scholarship in Persian Studies

Established in 2006 by His Excellency Dr Jamshid Amouzegar, the Ulrike and Jamshid Amouzegar Undergraduate Scholarship in Persian Studies (AMUS) is an endowed fund to provide annual scholarships for freshman or sophomore students who are seeking a double major, major or minor in Persian Studies.
 
Number of Awards
 
5 awards @ $500.00 each
 
Eligibility

  • University of Maryland undergraduate student
  • Seeking double major, major or minor in Persian Studies
  • Freshman or sophomore enrolled in a Persian language course (100-, 200-, & 300-level Persian language courses)
  • Both heritage and non-heritage students are eligible
  • Overall GPA: 3.25
  • Native speakers of Persian are ineligible

Application Materials

  • A short essay (circa 300 words) explaining how the award would be used to advance your Persian Studies, and
  • A letter of recommendation from your course instructor emailed directly to roshan@umd.edu.

Submission Deadline
Complete application packets should be submitted via email to roshan@umd.edu .

Application Deadline April 19, 2021.

The Persian Studies Essay Award

Made possible by a generous gift from the Iranian-American philanthropist, Mr Hossein Amirsaleh, in 2010, The Persian Studies Essay Award is an endowed fund to recognize outstanding undergraduate student essays submitted in partial fulfilment of a Persian Studies course requirements.  

Number of Awards

3 awards @ $500.00 each

Eligibility

    University of Maryland undergraduate student
    Enrolled in a Persian Studies course offered in English
    Previous recipients of this award are not eligible

Application Materials

    An essay/term paper written in partial fulfilment of a regular Persian studies course requirements offered in English in 2019-2020 academic year
    Course syllabus containing a description of the essay/term paper requirements OR  a description of the essay/term paper provided by the course instructor or TA

Submission Deadline

Complete application packets should be submitted in hard copy format to roshan@umd.edu .

Application Deadline April 19, 2021.

Roshan Institute Lectureship

The Mir-Djalali Cultural Events Series

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