UCI Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture is pleased to announce the establishment of the Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies at UC Irvine.The University of California, Irvine has received a $1.5 million challenge commitment from the Massiah Foundation to establish the Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies – the first of its kind in the United States. Additionally, the University of California will support the chair with up to $500,000.
The Massiah Foundation was founded by Fariborz Maseeh, Ph.D., an Iranian American businessman and pioneer in the field of microelectromechanical systems who lives in Newport Beach. Maseeh has a history of making philanthropic investments in education, the arts and health-related causes through the organization.
In 2005, the Massiah Foundation funded the creation of UCI’s Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture, the first independent, interdisciplinary center focused on Iran within the UC system. The new Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies will be affiliated with the Jordan Center.
“We are incredibly grateful to Dr. Maseeh for establishing this new chair to expand research into Zoroastrian studies,” said UCI history professor Touraj Daryaee, the Maseeh Chair in Persian Studies and Culture and director of the Jordan Center. “The chair will enhance the already rich global historical and cultural study that takes place in the center, further raising its distinction not just at UCI but throughout the world.”
The new chair is named in honor of Ferdowsi, the 10th-century Persian poet who is often credited with saving the Persian language by writing Shahnameh (Book of Kings), the national epic of Greater Iran. Maseeh hopes the chair will challenge and inspire the diasporic Parsi community – the ethnoreligious group of followers of Zoroastrianism who immigrated to the Indian subcontinent during and after the Muslim conquest of Persia – to help him revive an ancient Persian philosophy.
“By broadening UCI’s Persian studies program to include Zoroastrianism, we encourage young people to enrich their multicultural awareness – an essential component of working and living in a modern, multiethnic society,” Maseeh said.
The Jordan Center is both UCI’s dedicated hub for Persian studies and a global destination for Persian scholars. Since its inception, the center has hosted international conferences on the Iranian world and created clusters uniting researchers from a multitude of disciplines across campus. It has also established an online, peer-reviewed journal called the Digital Archive of Brief Notes & Iran Review.
UCI students can minor in Persian studies and take courses about ancient and modern Iran; graduate students can pursue a specialization in ancient Iran and the premodern Persianate world. The Ferdowsi Chair will be UCI’s fifth endowed chair in Persian studies – more than any other university in the United States.
The holder of the chair – which will be supported by the Department of Classics and the Program in Religious Studies – will be a recognized expert in Zoroastrianism, one of the world’s oldest continuously practiced religions.
“Zoroastrianism has been one of the leading religious and philosophical forces of the ancient world,” said Andromache Karanika, associate professor and chair of classics. “The establishment of the Ferdowsi Chair will enhance the understanding of antiquity and its vast legacy in today’s world and bring exciting new intersections for scholars at UCI.”
Brian T. Hervey, vice chancellor for university advancement and alumni relations, added: “Zoroastrianism represents a cultural legacy for tens of thousands of Persians, many of whom live right here in UCI’s surrounding Southern California region. Through Dr. Maseeh’s generous gift, we will grow our offerings in Persian studies and serve the public interest.”
The Massiah Foundation’s $1.5 million gift elicited an additional $500,000 from the UC Presidential Match for Endowed Chairs program.
The Fali Chothia Charitable Trust is now accepting applications for its 30th annual scholarship awards. Scholarships are open to Zoroastrian students in North America enrolled in four-year or graduate-level programs. Awards are based on financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activity and community service. They are given as outright gifts or no- and low-interest loans.
The Fali Chothia Charitable Trust was established in 1988 under the Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Washington, Inc. (ZAMWI). The Trust provides scholarships to deserving Zoroastrian students enrolled in universities in North America, regardless of their country of origin. Applications may be downloaded from: https://zamwi.org/fcct/
A list of fellowships offered for the social sector—for professional development, in the field, or in academia. The list includes fellowships offered within India, as well as some offered internationally.
*The fellowships in each section are listed in alphabetical order. This list was last updated on March 26th, 2020. If you would like to suggest any edits to this page, or would like us to add something we missed out, please email@example.com.
Duration: One year, extendable to a maximum of two years with the possibility of full-time employment post-completion of Fellowship
Eligibility: Masters degree in Counselling, Clinical Psychology, or Social Work; fluency in Tamil
Format: Part-time, paid role based in Chennai. The Fellow will be placed in a school for 3 days a week and is expected to provide on-site behavioural and emotional health consultation and support to schools to address barriers that interfere with students’ academic, social and emotional development.
Eligibility: Entrepreneurs with a new system changing idea that addresses pertinent social or environmental issues
Format: Fellows receive a stipend for the three year period to work on their initiative full-time. They also receive access to a network of like-minded social entrepreneurs, wellbeing support, peer-learning opportunities, and so on
Eligibility: Under 20 years of age, founder/co-founder of an initiative that is addressing social or environmental issues at the community level
Format: Young Changemakers receive mentorship, access to curated opportunities, media support, leadership training, invitations to Ashoka events and programmes; and are expected to lead local-level initiative to empower young people
Eligibility: Early stage social entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-35 years, running a social change initiative (on ground for at least six months; which need not be registered) working on inclusion, creating democratic spaces and constitutional literacy with youth
Format: Three touch point workshops for inputs on organisational development; fortnightly mentoring to enhance leadership; seed funding of upto two lakhs; inputs on instructional design and facilitation; access to a network of more than 400 like-minded social entrepreneurs
Format: Fellows are assigned to work with Ministers and/or senior officials across various departments of the Government of NCT of Delhi, providing analytical support in the formulation of policies, implementation of projects, and so on
Format: Fellows can work and receive mentorship in one of six thematics (natural resource management; basic needs fulfilment; employement generation; enterprise development; strengthening institutions; clean technology)
Eligibility: Interest in implementing solutions to climate change
Format: A one-year immersive programme for 20 fellows, based on a mentor-mentee framework (Track 1: Fellows willing to commit to a 1 year fully residential fellowship; Track 2: Fellows who are advanced in their careers and continue to work will have their curriculum and mentorship experience made flexible and customised to their availability)
Eligibility: Fluency in Hindi; demonstrable passion about working with children
Format: Fellows will work with children in Uttarakhand at the Happy Children’s Library, on areas such as learning sessions, reading and writing activities, library outreach, documentation, and impact assessments
Eligibility: Indian citizens; a college/university degree or five years equivalent work experience; fluency in English
Format: Fellows are responsible for implementing high-impact projects defined by Indicorps and local grassroots organisations to address community challenges. Fellows attend periodic workshops to share progress and collectively solve challenges
Eligibility: Graduates with 3+ years of work experience; strong data analytical skills; strong technical skills to manage the MIS system
Format: Fellows have a three-phase rotation across the year during which they get an understanding of the organisation and the work that happens across functions and how policies are implemented across the country
Eligibility: Above 18 years of age; at least 1 year of college education completed; experience with planning and facilitation; formal or informal experience with art form (poetry, storytelling, theatre, or visual arts)
Format: Fellows are placed in low income classrooms and use the transformative power of performance and visual arts to build essential life skills in children and enable them to find their voice through creative expression
Format: The fellowship enables young professionals to get hands on experience working in development and fellows spend six months to a year working in Wayanad, and are responsible for overseeing a project or programme most suited to their interests
Eligibility: Fluency in Hindi; bachelor’s/master’s degree; critical thinking and problem solving; applicants should be courageous and determined to bring about the change at scale and demonstrate interpersonal skills through their interactions with various stakeholders
Format: A 6-week induction, post which fellows will work on the Sampark Smart Shala Programme towards improving learning outcomes for children in government primary schools in India
Eligibility: Indian citizens with a bachelor’s degree
Format: The social entrepreneurship programme is divided into 25 percent classroom facilitated learning and 75 percent practicum (where participants work with established social enterprises and develop business verticals for them)
Eligibility: Minimum: B.Ed/Masters in Special Education/Masters in Counselling (with minimum 2 years of teaching experience) [Candidates with relevant volunteering experience in the space of Inclusive Education are also welcome to apply]
Format: Fellows will be placed in different under-resourced schools to understand the grassroot realities of India’s education system in the context of inclusion and strive to create an ecosystem of inclusive spaces in mainstream education (stipend will be given through the two years)
Eligibility: For the photography fellowship: media and communication students/amateur photographers aged 18-24
Format: For the media fellowship, fellows are required to document stories highlighting under-reported aspects on the theme of urban water. For the photography fellowship, they are invited to document strong, innovative, and diverse visual narratives on water—the crisis and solutions—across India
Eligibility: An university degree (undergraduate), at least two years of practical experience (either working or volunteering) in the social sector & alignment with core values of vision, courage, empathy, changemaking and a global mindset
Format: This blended program runs twice a year, with a 2 month foundation online, followed by a 4 month immersion phase in a global hub of social innovation. Upcoming programs are in São Paulo (Brazil) or Nairobi (Kenya); fellows can attend and complete the fellowship with a postgraduate certificate in social innovation management even if they are currently working
Eligibility: Must have a demonstrable record of experience in one of governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, or regional cooperation; under 40 years of age; conversant in English; citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam
Format: The fellowship comprises of a leadership dialogue and exchange programme in Asia, a forum on leadership for Asia’s future, a leadership dialogue and exchange programme in the US, a professional development award, and a tailored mentoring component
Eligibility: Graduate in any discipline; at least 5 years relevant experience; must meet LSE’s standard English Language Requirement
Format: Residential fellows undertake a full-time, one-year MSc in Inequalities and Social Sciences at LSE; non-residential fellows investigate inequalities over a period of 12 to 18 months via a set of AFSEE modules and project work while remaining based in their home environment
Duration: June-July 2020, in The Hague, Netherlands
Eligibility: Undergraduate degree with at least 5 years of relevant experience or a graduate degree with 3 years of relevant experience
Format: Residential fellows will be exposed to different parts of the humanitarian system and will work on an individual project that addresses a challenge related to the use and impact of data in the sector. The three focus areas for this year are: Data Storytelling (Education), Predictive Analytics, and Statistics (Mosaic Effect)
Eligibility: Work experience in social impact/design agencies, an ability and willingness to travel and proficiency in written and spoken English (French, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi are a plus)
Format: Fellows are embedded within teams and have hands-on experience with projects from the start; each fellowship may vary in length, number of projects, and role within the team; the opportunity is full-time and paid, with flexible start dates
Eligibility: Above 18 years of age, able to secure visa
Format: The fellowship supports social sector leaders to dedicate time to turning ideas into prototypes or action. All fellows will be responsible for designing, proposing, and implementing projects of their choice within one of two fellowship tracks: digital civil society or race and technology
Eligibility: Urban designers, public artists, developers, journalists, civic leaders, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, policymakers, and community development leaders with a minimum 5-10 years of experience in their field
Format: Fellows audit courses at Harvard or MIT, and partake in lectures, symposia, conferences, and exhibitions; fellows also attend weekly seminars and dinners and build a community of fellowship
Eligibility: Minimum two years full-time work experience; proven strategic thinking, problem solving, communication, and analytical capabilities; language requirements based on location of placement
Format: Typical roles involve assessing and identifying opportunities for markets, value chains, and industries, strengthening the operations and/or organisational capacity of TechnoServe clients, evaluating programme impact, and so on
Eligibility: Between 15-28 years old; English proficiency; regular access to email and the internet; access to a bank account
Format: Digital learning, workshops, grants, and speaking engagements to provide young advocates with opportunities to build and strengthen their knowledge and skills, particularly in the areas of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights
Eligibility: Cannot be enrolled in an academic programme
Format: The fellow will be working independently on a public interest research project in the energy sector which could include any mix of desk research, field work, primary data collection, and surveys
Eligibility: CGPA/CPI of at least 8.0 (on a 10-point scale) in all years of four/five year undergraduate or five-year integrated postgraduate degree in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIEST
Format: Research fellowship for full-time PhD programme in one of IISc/IISERs/IITs or Central Universities
Eligibility: Indian citizens with a demonstrated interest in wildlife ecology and conservation; bachelor’s degree; below 30 years of age
Format: This programme funds three activities—a master’s degree in ecology or conservation at an international university, an internship with an international conservation organisation, and a small grants programme for a conservation research project within India
Eligibility: Students enrolled in Indian and Canadian universities which are members of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institutes; additional criteria for each category
Format: The fellowship offers research grants to three categories of students—doctoral, post-doctoral, and Canadian—for research in priority areas of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
Eligibility: Healthcare providers, public health professionals, and researchers from India or Bangladesh; Master’s degree in public health, nursing, psychology, health science, social work, health policy, or law
Format: The fellowship aims to train future implementation researchers from India and Bangladesh through online lectures and assignments, monthly reading assignments, mentoring sessions, and intensive residential study visits to the Mehsana District
Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree; below 30 years of age
Format: The fellowship aims at developing skills to analyse issues plaguing urban areas in architecture, development planning, and other interdisciplinary fields. It is comprised of eight months of in-class learning followed by two months of internship placements
Format: The programme invites researchers and practitioners to the School of Public Policy at Central European University and the Central European University Institute for Advanced Study in Budapest, and the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin to conduct analytical and empirical work and engaging with policy practitioners
For several years, our own Ervad Jehan Bagli and the FEZANA team has worked hard to establish an academic program for advanced studies and research in the Zoroastrian religion, and ancient Iranian languages of our texts in order to perpetuate them and keep from becoming extinct. This will offer students an opportunity to pursue advanced studies in Zoroastrianism, understand and translate the ancient languages, and will increase awareness of Zoroastrianism worldwide.
In 2018 FEZANA set up a scholastic committee to evaluate all proposals and options received for establishing an Institute of Zoroastrian Studies in North America. The committee unanimously recommended the University of Toronto’s (UOT) proposal. After further discussions, FEZANA received in May 2019 a proposal from the UOT to establish a Professorship of Zoroastrian studies. Under this proposal, UOT will create the position in perpetuity with an investment by FEZANA of US $1.5 million, to be matched by UOT funding of CAN $1.5 million.
UOT has a stated objective “to become a leader in Zoroastrian studies in North America”, and seeks to add to the present faculty of Iranian studies to teach courses on Zoroastrianism.
The Zoroastrian Studies program will be maintained in perpetuity and administered by the Department of Near and Middle Eastern studies, Faculty of Arts and Science. It aspires “to permanently offer advanced training in [Avesta and Pahlavi] languages of the Zoroastrian scriptures and sacred texts. The aim is “to prepare a new generation of rigorously trained scholars who are dedicated to original research in primary Zoroastrian texts.”
As a Zoroastrian, I invite you to consider this very exciting proposal and donate before Nowruz 2020. To make your tax deductible contribution, visit https://fezana.org/donate/ and select the category: UNI OF TORONTO FEZANA PROFESSORSHIP.
If you prefer to mail a check, please make it out to “FEZANA” and in the memo indicate “UNI OF TORONTO FEZANA PROFESSORSHIP” and mail to: Rooky Fitter, FEZANA Treasurer, P O BOX 266, Sunset Beach, CA 90742.
CANADIAN DONORS: To Donate online, please click on “Donate” on the website of Zoroastrian Society of Ontario https://www.zso.org
To Donate by cheque, please use the special form provided in the ZSO “News” section of the ZSO website.
Friends, we need to act quickly as UOT’s offer for matching funds will expire on April 30, 2020.
Let’s not miss this opportunity if we are serious about promoting research in our ancient languages, texts, culture, traditions, etc. so that the world community is enlightened and our youth is empowered to continue to work with pride for generations to come.
If you are interested in working in Japan, please read on….
Japan is considered to be one of the most advanced countries in the world today, technologically and economically.
But in this rich and prosperous country, there is a shortage of young people. * There are millions of jobs, many scholarships available for young people in the age group of 18 to 35 in Japan. * But for that you need to be a graduate and at least learn the Japanese language.
Large Japanese companies like India, Sony, Canon, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Toyota, Toshiba, Fujitsu also give preference to young people who know Japanese. Therefore, there are good jobs available to young people of not only Japan but also to all those who speak Japanese.
With this in mind, a special seminar on “Japanese Language and Career” has been organized on behalf of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Social and Educational Research Institute for young people to know about career opportunities in Japanese and related fields. At this seminar, experts will present important guidance on the Japanese language and careers in Japan.
Program: “Japanese Language and Career Opportunities in Japan“
Date: February 2, 2020, 11 am.
Location: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Cultural Bhavan, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Park, Sector-9, Behind the Shabari Hotel, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.
Organizer: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Social and Educational Research Institute, Vashi.
Grant opportunity to preserve documentary heritage (manuscripts, rare books, archives, and other kinds of written records).
Photo (C) Fundacion Conservartecuador, grantee of the second round of the call for proposals
CULTURAL HERITAGE FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
The Prince Claus Fund (Netherlands) and the Whiting Foundation (New York) are currently accepting proposals for their joint “First Aid to Documentary Heritage Under Threat” program. The program awards grants averaging €15,000 for projects to conserve threatened documentary cultural heritage in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. During this cycle, Prince Claus and Whiting are encouraging applications from Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Central Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. The final deadline for statements of interest, which Prince Claus and Whiting will accept in either English, French, or Spanish, is January 10, 2020. They will evaluate applications on a rolling basis until then.
The Fali Chothia Charitable Trust is accepting applications for its 29th annual scholarship awards. Scholarships are open to Zoroastrian students in North America enrolled in four-year or graduate-level programs. Awards are based on financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activity and community service. They are given as outright gifts or no- and low-interest loans.
The Fali Chothia Charitable Trust was established in 1988 under the Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Washington, Inc. (ZAMWI). The Trust provides scholarships to deserving Zoroastrian students enrolled in universities in North America, regardless of their country of origin. Applications may be downloaded from: https://zamwi.org/fcc
ZOROASTRIAN FACULTY NETWORK in collaboration with R. D. SETHNA SCHOLARSHIP FUND invites Applications from Indian Zoroastrian students for grant of Loan Scholarships for the next academic year starting August 2020 for a two years Master’s Program in Engineering culminating in a Doctorate Degree.
The first Scholar would be admitted to the University of Oklahoma, USA provided he/she meets with the criteria of the University and the Selection Committee. The Scholar will be under the mentorship of Professor Farrokh Mistree in the areas of mechanical engineering, industrial engineering or data sciences.
The Scholar would be selected after an intense interview, scrutiny and will be mentored based on their academic performance, constructive service to the Zoroastrian community in the past and their spirit of selflessness to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the people they touch.
The selected candidate will be guided for further funding from other Charitable Trusts / Organizations.
The Scholar would be expected to pay back the scholarship grant in a reasonable period after graduation such that the monies can be utilized for other such scholars.
Balaporia holds a General Certificate of Education from Oxford (Photo by Raju Shinde)
For the first time in its 215-year-old history, a woman has been appointed as the president of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai.
The announcement of 77-year-old Vispi Balaporia’s appointment was made on Saturday after she reportedly won 107 of 163 votes.
Elections for the head post of the historical institution are held every three years and a person can serve only two terms.
The daughter of Shavax Lal, who worked as secretary to Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, Balaporia retired as the Head of the Department of English, and vice-principal of Jai Hind College. Currently, she is a visiting faculty at the BMM Department of Jai Hind College.
Talking to Mirror, the acclaimed academician stressed on the importance of ensuring the completion of ongoing projects and generating funds.
“Several projects depend on the generosity of donors; such as the conservation of old and rare books, as well as a large collection of old maps that require restoration. Experts who undertake such specialised work need to be paid. Then, there are infrastructural improvements as well, for which plans are ready, but permissions have to be obtained and funding sought.”