Fellowships & Associateships

2019–2020 Postdoctoral Associateship Program (non-stipendiary)

2019–2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (funded/partially funded)

Advanced Historical Research in Islamic Art and Architecture






The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture is pleased to invite applications for self-supported (unfunded) Associateships and for Harvard-funded Fellowships, to conduct advanced historical research in Islamic art, architecture, and archaeology at Harvard University. AKPIA Associateships and Fellowships are intended principally for overseas scholars--preferably, but not exclusively, from Muslim countries--to support research in art and architectural history and archaeology. Our program’s Associateship and Fellowship positions are not intended to sponsor professional design, conservation, or urban development projects, nor are they intended to support research travel. Recipients are expected to be in residence, except for one or two short research-related trips. Please note—we offer unfunded Associate positions, and a limited number of funded (or partially funded) Fellowships. We will consider applications of scholars who can provide partial funding, or who have no other outside funding.  Application proposals may be for up to an entire academic year in duration.


AKPIA Associateships are unpaid positions, and are for scholars who have already procured their own funding.

AKPIA Fellowships may partially fund a scholar for up to an entire academic year, or it may fully fund a scholar for one semester, or more. Fellowship applicants are asked to include a detailed budget and timeline with their proposal materials.

We welcome applications both from senior scholars and from recent graduates. Research projects should preferably be publishable in the annual publication of the Aga Khan Program, Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World. It is potentially publishable, original projects that will be given preference. AKPIA Associates and Fellows have an affiliation with Harvard University's Department of History of Art and Architecture (HAA). They are free to pursue their own research without any obligations other than presenting a public lecture on their research project, as part of the AKPIA lecture series A Forum for Islamic Art and Architecture and submitting an article based on the research at Harvard for consideration by the editor for publication in Muqarnas. AKPIA Associates and Fellows have access to all Harvard University libraries, museums, and facilities; they are also welcome to audit Harvard seminars, if they so choose.


Applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, or equivalent). A solid command of written and spoken English is required (the AKPIA lecture will be delivered in English). Associates and Fellows must remain in Cambridge for the duration of the appointment.

Application materials must be submitted in hard copy or (preferably) via email in a single message; the Committee will not consider incomplete applications or applications submitted after the deadline: April 1, 2019.

The following materials are required of applicants:
   Completed, signed application form
   Curriculum vitae
   Research proposal, with timeline (for Fellowship applicants, please include a budget proposal)
   Two different writing samples of previous research publications
   * Letters of recommendation from two professors or scholars familiar with the applicant's research
   * Original transcripts--when possible--in sealed enveloped from institutions where graduate work was conducted. Copies of original transcripts will be considered

* Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be mailed directly to the Program from the institutions or recommenders (preferred), sent by a professional dossier and credentials service (such as Interfolio), or may be included with the other application materials in their original, sealed envelopes. Letter writers may also email their letters directly to agakhan@fas.harvard.edu. All other materials should be submitted together in a single envelope/package or via a single email message.

Materials should be mailed to:
          Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
          Harvard University
          AKPIA Associateship/Fellowship Program
          485 Broadway, Sackler 415

          Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

Alternately, materials may be emailed in a single email message to: agakhan@fas.harvard.edu


All application materials must be received by April 1, 2019. Results will be announced by late May.


Please direct any inquires about AKPIA Associateships and Fellowships at Harvard University to agakhan@fas.harvard.edu or 617-495-2355.


AKPIA Associateships and Fellowships

AKPIA Associates and Fellows are scholars given Harvard library and museum access in furtherance of a well-defined, specific research project. These positions enable post-doctoral scholars greater flexibility in carrying out independent research. Associates and Fellows are given access to Harvard's extensive library system as well as the University's museums, and they are given the opportunity to participate in the AKPIA lecture series, A Forum for Islamic Art and Architecture, and departmental symposia.


Residency is required for Associates and Fellows. Applicants who plan to spend a significant amount of time conducting travel research are not encouraged to apply. Associates and Fellows are responsible for finding their own housing; the Program does not provide housing for its scholars, nor does the Program assist with finding or securing lodging.


The maximum duration of Associateships and Fellowships is twelve (12) months. Minimum duration (normally 3 months) may be negotiable depending on each case. The duration of a Fellowship may also depend on the funding proposal.


Associateships are unfunded positions; Fellowships are awarded some funding. Applicants with outside sources of funding are encouraged to apply for either Associateships or Fellowships.


To view past research topics, see our previous
Associates and Fellows.



Application Coversheet

The required application is available as a writable PDF. All applicants should download this document and complete all relevant fields.


Other Opportunities  

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