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The Iran Heritage Fellowship in the Arts of Iran

The Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF) Fellow at the Freer and Sackler Galleries is intended to promote collection-based research and curatorial training in the arts of Iran. During the course of the fellowship, the incumbent will propose, develop, and implement a project on the museums’ post-seventh-century Persian collections. These are particularly strong in three areas: ceramics of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, illustrated manuscripts from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, and late nineteenth and early twentieth-century photographs in the Archives. Preference will be given to projects on Persian manuscript painting. Otherwise, proposals will be evaluated in terms of merit, originality, and methodology that will advance scholarly and public understanding of the arts of Iran.

Plate; Shamsuddin al-Hasani Abu Zayd (Iranian, Saljuq period); Kashan, Iran, December 1210; stone-paste painted over glaze with luster; purchase, F1941.11
The incumbent will work with the Freer and Sackler’s curator of Islamic art (and other staff members as necessary) and participate in museum activities to gain experience in collections-based research and curatorial responsibilities. The fellowship culminates in a small exhibition, which the incumbent is responsible for conceiving and executing in consultation and collaboration with Freer and Sackler staff.

Application Deadlines

Applications are not currently being accepted.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted in English and must include:
  • Application cover sheet (PDF, 36kb)
  • Curriculum vitae with contact information
  • Research proposal consisting of a précis (250 words) and a narrative (maximum length 2,000 words). The proposal should outline a project related to the collections of Islamic Iran or related archival materials at the Freer and Sackler that will advance scholarship and access to these holdings and result in a small exhibition. Please also include a schedule of work and a select bibliography on recent related scholarship.
  • Two letters of recommendation. The original versions must be delivered to the mailing address below in sealed envelopes signed across the flap. Reviewers should comment on the merits of the proposal and the feasibility of the research plan, as well as the candidate's potential for curatorial work.

Top: Detail, Antoin Sevruguin (late 1830s–1933); Luggage Bearers, ca. 1890; Gelatin Silver Print; Myron Bement Smith Collection; Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

Bottom: Prince Reclining; ca. 1530; Aqa Mirak; Safavid period; Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper; H: 33.6 W: 21.2 cm; Tabriz, Iran; S1986.300.

Left: Plate; Shamsuddin al-Hasani Abu Zayd (Iranian, Saljuq period); Kashan, Iran, December 1210; stone-paste painted over glaze with luster; purchase, F1941.11.

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