Fellow Programme


Applications for 2022 are closed

For 2022, the Iranian-German project ‘The Iranian Highlands: Resilience and Integration of Premodern Societies’ announces the second round of fellowship grants.

‘The Iranian Highlands’ 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 to submit proposals for the Fellow Programme ‘The Iranian Highlands’ 2022 to carry out their own research in cooperation with an associated university or institution. Applicants must submit separate applications for travel cost and research expenses. A detailed breakdown of research expenses is necessary. For both forms of application (travel and research) the agreement of the respective institution is required. The Fellow Programme is open to all researchers but is targeted towards young researchers after their PhD-exam. We especially want to invite and support parents with young children and families. Therefore, in addition to the fellowship grant, a family allowance may be granted. Due to the current situation, the programme will provide additional support for successful applicants in regards to mandatory measures related to Covid-19, where necessary. The following average rates can be considered as a guideline for the Fellow Programme:

  • 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 goals, applied methods, a research schedule, a feasible and detailed breakdown of your budget plan, including publication, laboratory and any other expenses, as well as a commitment from the host university or institution for research and/or travel costs.

The Fellow Programme 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 the 10th of January 2022. Proposals submitted after the deadline and proposals that do not meet the listed requirements above will not be considered.


For questions, the committee of the grants program is at your disposal: fellows@iranhighlands.com

The Iranian-German DFG Priority Program (SPP 2176) ‘The Iranian Highlands: Resilience and Integration of Premodern Societies’ hosted a Fellow Program in 2021. This fellowship supported short-term research visits for young researchers (early career researchers) at universities or institutions that are associated with the SPP 2176.

Marziyeh Zarekhalili

PhD, University of Tarbiyat Modares Research interest: My research interest is to work on prehistoric period of Iran and especially, Neolithic of Fars province. I would like to know how …

Sharareh Farokhnia

PhD, Iranian Center for Museum Affairs, Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism My research interest:Cultural material studies, Socio-cultural and economic conditions, Abandonment, Continuity, Discontinuity, Migration, Resilience, Landscape Archaeology, Ceramic …

Saeed Baghizadeh

PhD candidate, Department of Archaeology, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran Research interest: As an archaeologist, my interests are focused on the socio-political complexity and inter-/intra- regional interactions of the Northern Central …

Anooshe Kafash

PhD in Environmental Science, University of Tehran Research interest: I am a multidisciplinary researcher and work in the fields of biogeography, paleobiogeography and archaeology. I apply Geographic Information System (GIS) …

Hamzeh Ghobadi

PhD in Archaeology, University of Tehran Research interest: My general research interest is the archaeology of Iran, especially the Bronze Age archaeology of the Luristan region. I am also interested …

Mina Sarabi

Ph.D. in Architecture Research Interests Mina received her PhD, entitled ‘The Explanation of Iranian Architecture Characters at the Architectural School of Tabriz (12th–16th Centuries AD)’ from Azad University of Tabriz, …

Jaleh Kamalizad

Research interest: As an Islamic archaeologist, my focus is on society and subsistence in Isfahan during the medieval and post-medieval period. My current research interests stem from my desire to …

Majid Mansouri

Research interest: My general research interest is the archaeology of Iran, especially the prehistoric archaeology of the Fars region. I am also interested in socio-economic complexity, nomadic pastoralism, agricultural systems, and …

Yaser Jebreili

PhD candidate, Department of Archaeology, Art University of Isfahan Research Interest: As an archaeologist, I am interested in understanding settlement dynamics during the Bronze Age and inter-/intra- regional interactions in …

Masoud Yousefi

Current research position: Researcher in the Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah Project (CACP). Research interest: I am broadly interested in paleobiogeography, paleoecology, paleoanthropology, archeology and environmental conservation. I use species distribution …