awards

The Saidi-Sirjani Book Award

The purpose of the Award is to recognize and promote scholarship in the field of Iranian studies, as well as to honor the memory of Ali-Akbar Saidi-Sirjani (1931-1994), the noted Iranian historian, literary critic, and author, in appreciation for his scholarship, his courage, and his indefatigable struggle for freedom of expression. Website Nominations are now closed.Click here to read more about this award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award

In 2006, under the leadership of President Janet Afary, AIS instituted two new awards for Life-Time Achievement in Iranian Studies. The first Life-Time Achievement in Iranian Studies Award for a Scholar Residing and Working Inside Iran was conferred on Professor Emeritus Iraj Afshar. Professor Ehsan Yarshater was chosen to receive the first Life-Time Achievement in Iranian Studies Award for a Scholar Residing and Working Outside of Iran. Click here to read more about this award.

The Ehsan Yarshater Book Award

The purpose of this award is to advance the scholarship on Ancient Iranian Civilization and its cognate fields. Professor Ehsan Yarshater is an internationally recognized scholar who has made a major contribution to the field of Iranian Studies. The AIS Council designated Professor Yarshater an honorary member in 1999. Click here to read more about this award.

The Latifeh Yarshater Award

The Latifeh Yarshater Award was instituted by the Persian Heritage Foundation to honor the memory of Latifeh Yarshater and her lifelong dedication to the improvement of Iranian women's human rights. Click here to read more about this award.

The Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award

The Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award is presented biannually to the author of an exceptional Ph.D. dissertation dealing with the broad themes of politics and the public sphere in Iran, written in any language. Click here to read more about this award.

The Parviz Shahriari Book Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and promote scholarship in the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology in Iran and the Persianate world. This biennial award is to honor Parviz Shahriari (1926-2012) who through his voluminous writings and translations had a significant role in popularizing mathematics in Iran, and who relentlessly promoted scholarship in the History of Mathematics in Iran. Click here to read more about this award.

Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies Book Award

In line with its mission, the Center has inaugurated a book award to be given every two years for the best scholarly monograph on topics in history, society, politics, economics, and cultures related to modern Iran and the Persian Gulf, broadly defined. The award will be granted by a committee of scholars of Iranian studies, appointed by the director of the center. Click here to read more about this award.

Hamid Naficy Book Award

The Hamid Naficy Book Award is granted biennially by the Association for Iranian Studies on behalf of the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University. Established in 2021, this award acknowledges and supports scholarship in the emerging field of Iranian diaspora studies, and honors the pioneering work of Dr. Hamid Naficy whose critical work on Iranian media and exiles and diaspora subjects in Los Angeles has laid the foundation for new research on the global Iranian diaspora. Click here to read more about this award.

Neda Nobari Dissertation Award

The Neda Nobari Dissertation Award is granted biennially by the Assocation of Iranian Studies on behalf of the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University to the author of an exceptional Ph.D. dissertation (completed within the last three years of the nomination) that investigates topics connected to the global Iranian diaspora. Click here to read more about this award.