Deadline January 15, 2017

CERF grants support original research leading to the publication of a book or monograph concerning Persianate culture by individual scholars from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Northwest China. Grants do not exceed US $1500 and provide funding for the following: publication costs for a book or monograph, technical equipment necessary for specific research projects, such as computers, printers, scanners, voice recorders, or digital cameras; travel expenses for archival research that will directly result in an original book or monograph. The deadline for receipt of electronic submissions is January 15th of each year. Awards are announced on March 1st. The award period is for one year.

CERF does not support the publication of periodical articles. The publication of previously published works, including translations from English, will be considered only in exceptional circumstances when the applicant can demonstrate a critical need for such a work. Applications for projects based on original archival or field research and those leading to the publication of previously unpublished manuscripts, lithographs, documentary sources or material culture are strongly encouraged.


A minimum degree equivalent to a B.A. Grantees may only reapply for a CERF Grant after five years from the receipt of a previous CERF award.


Awards are made once a year. An ASPS evaluation committee reviews applications. Every effort is made to provide regional balance in the distribution of grants based on:

  •     Importance of the topic
  •     Academic merit of the proposed project
  •     Demonstrated career commitment to the field
  •     Feasibility of the project
  •     Potential impact of the research
  •     Adequate academic and professional experience of the candidate


CERF candidates must submit an electronic application in MS Word format by January 15th to the Director of the CERF program, Dr. Jo-Ann Gross, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following required information:

A. Background Information

  •     Name and address, email address, fax number
  •     Place and date of birth
  •     Citizenship
  •     Institutional name and address
  •     Research field or discipline
  •     Highest degree obtained

B. Research Proposal

  •     Title of research project
  •     Description of project (1-2 typewritten pages). The description should include: Theme, Purpose, Methodology, Potential impact and importance of the publication, and Language of publication

C. Budget (including detailed account of specific expenses)

Please keep a copy of the application requirements for your records and check off each category prior to application submission. Incomplete applications will be invalidated.

Award and Final Report

Grant recipients must submit a written report and two copies of any publication resulting from the award within two months of the award completion period. The report must include the following: name of project and objectives; extent to which the objectives were met; impact of project; receipts of all expenses.

Final reports, including receipts of all expenses, must be remitted at the end of the project period in order for the CERF to meet its own internal accounting requirements that ensure the CERF’s continued operation.


ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar Fellowship

The 2016 Round of Applications to the ASPS/MANUU Grant is Now Closed. Thank you for your interest and please be sure to visit us again in December for Information on the 2017 round.

The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) and the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) are pleased to announce the second year of the ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar Fellowship, beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Scholars applying to the ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar Fellowship will be attached to the H.K.Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad.

Theme of Research: The selected scholar will carry out research in the domain of Deccan-Persian Relations/Indo-Persian Culture of the Deccan.

Duration of the Award: Six months

During the six-month visit at the Centre for Deccan Studies, the Centre will provide the scholar with letters of introduction to various institutions that will be required for research in Hyderabad or other research facilities in India. During this period the Centre will also organize a couple of lectures to be given by the scholar at MANUU and, if possible, other universities and/or research institutions in Hyderabad.

The visiting scholar will be provided free accommodation in the university guest house during the six-month research period. The expenses toward meals will be borne by the scholar.

Any potential absences in between the six month period of the award can only be given under urgent/emergency conditions after proper consultation with the Centre. Preferably, the scholar should work continuously for a six month period.

Terms of the Award:

The funding that the scholar will receive will be as follows:


Local Conveyance     

Rs. 25,000


Purchase of books /periodicals on the subject in lieu of submission of bills

Rs. 75,000


Honorarium every month for six months to meet miscellaneous expenditure (@Rs.20,000 per month)




Rs.220,000 = ~ USD 3,250

Please note that at the termination of the scholar’s visit, she or he is required to provide the H. K. Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies at MANUU with a brief report of 50 pages.

** Fully cognizant of the importance of intellectual property, the H.K.Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies at MANUU hereby guarantees that the said report only serves to fulfill the bureaucratic regulations affecting all researchers who have been awarded fellowships in India; that it will simply be archived and not made accessible to anyone; that it will not be disseminated by any means or any form whatsoever, upon its receipt by the Centre, and that it will remain the personal intellectual property of the selected visiting scholar.

Should the scholar wish to proceed with the publication of a complete monograph of his/her research in Hyderabad at a later date, nonetheless, he/she should provide the H.K.Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies with such a monograph for publication, and the Centre would arrange for its publication.

Please note that any publication that would ensue from the result of the research as an ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar should explicitly carry an acknowledgment of both MANUU and the ASPS. Please also note that besides acknowledging MANUU and the ASPS in any forthcoming publications that will result from the scholar’s research, we request that a short report of the research activities and experiences as an ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar may be provided. This report will be published and disseminated through the ASPS Newsletter and venues of choice at MANUU.

Candidates are required to electronically submit their letter of application, proposal for research of (no more than 1500 words, including bibliography), curriculum vitae and two letters of reference to Parvaneh Pourshariati, Chair, ASPS/MANUU Visiting Scholar Selection Committee, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for the submission of application is May 15, 2016. The recipient of the award will be announced by June 15, 2016.