Fellow Program 2021

The Iranian-German DFG Priority Program (SPP 2176) 'The Iranian Highlands: Resilience and Integration of Premodern Societies' invites applications for a new Fellow Program in 2021. This fellowship supports short-term research visits for young researchers (early career researchers) at universities or institutions that are associated with the SPP 2176.
The SPP 2176 is an interdisciplinary research program focusing on expressions of resilience in premodern Iranian Highland communities, their environment and long-term developments in the Iranian Highlands. It is represented by 12 individual projects employing archaeology, inorganic and organic archaeometry, geo-sciences, ancient history, Near Eastern studies and linguistic research. Key research areas are: i) Landscapes and raw material regimes; ii) Daily life and institution; iii) Mobility and networks.
We invite researchers and particularly Iranian young researchers to submit proposals for the Fellow Program 2021 to carry out their own research in cooperation with a university or institution that is associated with the SPP 2176. Young researchers can apply for the funds by submitting separate applications for travel cost and research expenses. For both forms of applications (travel and research) the agreement of the respective institution is required. In addition to the fellowship, a family allowance for parents with young children can be granted. Due to the current situation the program will additionally support successful applicants in mandatory measures related to Covid-19 when necessary. The following average rates can be considered as a guideline for the Fellow Program:


Travel costs / fellows from Iran: up to € 800,-
Travel costs / fellows from Europe: up to € 500,-
Travel costs / fellows from Overseas other than Iran: up to € 1000,-
Research grants for Iranian scientists: up to € 2500,-
Family Allowance: up to € 800,-


Applications should consist of a brief project description (max. 700 words) including project goals, applied methods, a research schedule, a feasible and detailed budget plan and a commitment from the host university or institution for research and/or travel costs.
The Fellow Program supports any kind of research activity (e.g. archaeological, laboratory or archival research, museum studies, or workshop or conference contributions) but proposals have to relate to at least one of the listed key research areas; proposals must be submitted in English.
The deadline for submission is 15. November 2020. Proposals submitted after the deadline and proposals that do not meet the above listed requirements will not be considered.
Successful applicants will be notified in January 2021.


Please send your application to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For details of the program, please check https://iranhighlands.com/index.php/en/ or https://gepris.dfg.de/gepris/projekt/402379177?language=en 
For questions, the committee of the grants program is at your disposal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


*** Please note that 'The Iranian Highlands' Fellow Program also includes opportunities for Senior and Junior Fellows starting in late 2021. ***

Applicant: Professor Dr. Walther Sallaberger
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institut für Assyriologie und Hethitologie
Subject Area: Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Term: since 2019
Project identifier: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) - Projekt number 424129577

Project Description

In 2009, cuneiform clay tablets were discovered near the ruins of Goshtaspi in Kohgiluye va Boyer-Ahmad province, which are now in the possession of the Yasuj Museum. A first study shows that these are documents in the Elamite language. They include tables on cattle breeding, both sheep and oxen, as well as agriculture, and letters in the Elamite language. Due to the format of the documents the sealings, the vocabulary and above all the palaeography, the new texts can be considered contemporaneous to those from Tal-i Malyan, the Elamite capital Anšan (dated around 1100 BC), which were edited by M. Stolper. The pottery discovered on the site support this dating. The new documents from Goshtaspi form a unique new discovery that decisively expands our knowledge of the empire of Elam: 1) For the first time Middle Elamite texts do not stem from one of the great royal centres, but from the highlands, more exactly, from the important passage of the Iranian Gate. 2) Unlike the texts from Tchoga Zambil, Susa or Haft Tepe, the Goshtaspi texts deal with subsistence farming, especially the management of livestock and grain. 3) Through the presence of letters - the only evidence of Elamite letters to date already in the 2nd millennium - and there the mention of Haltamti "Elam" and Anzan "Anšan" it becomes immediately clear that the local administration in Manlari, as the place is called in the texts, was connected with the centre of the Central Elamite Empire. A careful edition of this find thus provides essential insights into the hitherto unknown institutional networks in the Middle Elamite period, into the administration of agrigulture within state organisations, and into the dissemination of writing and the practice of written documentation. Historically this period deserves special attention, because after the close entanglement of the Elamite with the Babylonian history up to the middle of the 12th century a new orientation towards Elam and the Iranian highlands took place. At the same time, the foundations are laid here for the New Elamite administration, which ultimately merges into the Achaemenid administration. The evaluation of the documents is to take place in exchange with the archaeological findings on the relevant networks and on settlement geography as well as on cattle breeding and agriculture.