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Zoroastrian Studies Graduate Fellowship established at UCLA

Thanks to a gift in 2018 from the Trust of Morvarid Guiv, the Morvarid Guiv Graduate Fellowship in Zoroastrian Studies has been established in UCLA’s Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World. Named after the late Iranian philanthropist Morvarid Guiv, the fellowship will support graduate students studying the Zoroastrian religion, its ancient history, languages, and scriptures. The gift secured additional matching support from the UCLA Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Match program.

The Zoroastrian religion is one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world and was the dominant faith of the Iranian World (including Asia Minor and Central Asia) prior to the rise of Islam. The fellowship enables UCLA’s long-established doctoral Program of Iranian Studies to attract and train new generations of experts exploring the many facets of this influential, ancient Iranian religion that continues to thrive today—further reinforcing UCLA as the premier destination for scholars working on ancient Iran.

“It is a great privilege to host this timely fellowship that so wholly complements the mission and aspirations of the Pourdavoud Center and its eminent eponym,” said M. Rahim Shayegan, Director of the Pourdavoud Center. “The Morvarid Guiv Graduate Fellowship will not only strengthen the study of ancient Iran at UCLA, but also ensure that future generations of scholars pursue research in the languages and history of this remarkable religion.”

Born in Iran, Morvarid Guiv and her husband Rustam Guiv were successful business people who helped Zoroastrian communities by building schools, low-income residential projects, and Zoroastrian community centers. When they immigrated to the U.S., they founded Zoroastrian community centers in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

Graduate students awarded the fellowship will benefit from the presence of a strong faculty specializing in ancient Iran and the ancient world at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and from the unparalleled resources of the Pourdavoud Center, the first research institution in the Western hemisphere that aims to advance the knowledge of ancient Iranian languages, history and religions. Named for the late Professor Ebrahim Pourdavoud, a pioneering scholar of ancient Persia, the Pourdavoud Center aims to engage in transformative research on all aspects of Iranian antiquity, including its reception in the medieval and modern periods, by expanding on the traditional domains of Old Iranian studies and promoting cross-cultural and interdisciplinary scholarship. Professor Pourdavoud was the first scholar to translate the Avesta, the Zoroastrian sacred scriptures, into Persian.

U.S. Consulate General announces the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) – last date of application Feb 20, 2019 I


Please find below the links of Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) uploaded on Grants related queries may be addressed to

  1. M-NOFO-19-100: Conference “Opportunities for U.S.-Indian Higher Education STEM Collaboration”

  1. M-NOFO-19-101: Debate Clubs to Foster Leadership Skills in Underprivileged Youth

  1. M-NOFO-19-102: LGBT Pride Month Film Festival 2019

  1. M-NOFO-19-103: Promoting Diversity and Tolerance through Interfaith and Interclass Community Service Projects

  1. M-NOFO-19-104: Travelling Film Festival on Women’s Safety and Empowerment

  1. M-NOFO-19-105: U.S. Dance Troupe to Arts Festival in Tier-II City

  1. M-NOFO-19-106: Inspiring Social Good through Theatre

  1. M-NOFO-19-107: Disaster Management Studies Course


U.S. Consulate General Mumbai

Public Affairs Section

U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai

C-49, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex

Bandra East

Mumbai 400 051, INDIA
Phone: 91-22-26724000

Fax: 91-22-26724421




400 free Ivy League university courses you can take online in 2019

The eight Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.

All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the US News and World Report 2017 national university rankings.

These Ivy League schools are also highly selective and extremely hard to get into. But the good news is that all these universities now offer free online courses across multiple online course platforms.

So far, they’ve created over 494 courses, of which around 396 are still active. Here’s a collection of all of them, split into courses in the following subjects: Computer Science, Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Art & Design, Science, Health & Medicine, Data Science, Education & Teaching, Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Personal Development, and Programming.

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NCPA Scholarships for Young Musicians 2019-20

Applications (bio-data on music education) are invited from students for a scholarship in advance training in Hindustani Music (vocal-khyal / dhrupad, percussion – tabla / pakhawal). The value of the scholarship is Rs. 7,500/- per month for one year (April 2019 to March 2020). Send in your application (bio-data on music education) via mail to or in an envelope marked ‘City – NCPA Scholarship for Young Musicians 2019-20 (Hindustani Music)’ to the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021 on or before 31st Dec, 2018. Please note, application received after 31st Dec 2018 will not be accepted.

The application must contain details regarding the individual’s name, date of birth, address, contact number/alternate contact number ,professional qualification, email ID, music teacher/gurus, number of year of total training and details of achievements / prizes /scholarships and performances, amongst other net worthy details. The shortlisted candidates will be informed via email or telephone. They will be required to appear for an audition at the NCPA, Mumbai, in the month of February 2017. The decision of the NCPA Selection Committee will be final.

Contact No: 022-66223872/3737 (Mon to Fri. 10:30 am to 5:30 pm)

Eligibility Criteria & General Instructions:

  • Age Limit-

               For Khayal/Tabla/Pakhwaj – 18 to 30 years of age (as off 1st March 2019)

             For Dhrupad – 18 to 35 years of age (as off 1st March 2019)

  • Students who are beneficiaries of other scholarship/grant in the field of music during April 2019-20, are not eligible to apply.
  • Professional musicians including those with ‘A’ grade from All India Radio are not eligible to apply.
  • Only Indian citizens are eligible to apply. 

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Minority Education Loans – apply till year-end

Mumbai Chairman of Maulana Azad Minorities Financial Development Corporation Limited Haji Haider Azam said the deadline for filling up educational loan forms for minority students has been extended to December 31. Students of minority communities (Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, Parsi and Jew) desiring to pursue professional and vocational courses like MBBS, MBA, BE etc) were asked to apply for educational loans trill November 30.  “Seeing the increasing demand from students and to facilitate more applications, we have extended the last date. Hopefully more students will take advantage of the loan’s scheme. The loan is for up to Rs 5 lakhs per student,”said Azam.

Students are required to apply online at


Zoroastrian Faculty Network (ZFN) collaborates with Alliance Française de Bombay to bring you SciencesPo open day on 20 November 2018. ZFN Core Team Member Farrokh Rustomjee, CEO, R D Sethna Scholarships, will present the Financing Opportunities available.

Date : 20 November 2018     Time :  6.00 pm

Venue : Alliance Française de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, 40, New Marine Lines, Churchgate, Mumbai 400020

Contact :

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Guidance on Shortlisting Universities for Studying in the U.S — Oct 12, 2018

Plan on studying in the United States? Looking for guidance on shortlisting universities?

Students are often confused when they realize the enormous choices they have when choosing a degree program in the U.S. It is virtually impossible to thoroughly research all of the 4500+ accredited higher education institutions in the United States.

Fear not! We have a great session that will guide you on factors to consider when choosing a university to study in the U.S.

Session:   Shortlisting Universities and Finding the Right-Fit for Studying in the U.S.

Date:       Friday, October 12, 2018

Time:       2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Venue:     U.S. Consulate General, C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai

Please note that this session is for both prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Registration is mandatory, and the program is free for participants. Students and parents can sign-up at

If you have any queries, please contact Behrooz Avari at or call 022-26724942.

We look forward to seeing you there!


U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai

C-49, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex

Bandra East

Mumbai 400 051, INDIA
Phone: 91-22-26724000

Fax: 91-22-26724421




Dr. Zarine Bhathena appointed Principal of Bhavan’s College

It is indeed a proud moment that Dr Zarine Bhathena Professor and Head of Microbiology Department of Bhavan’s College has been appointed as Principal of  Bharatiya Vidya Bhavans : Bhavan’s College, Mumbai This is an another accolade for Zarine in her long and fruitful 32 years tenure in the education sector. She joined as a lecturer at Bhavan’s college where she has remained to the current time; teaching undergraduate and post graduate students. She has guided 12 students for their M.Sc and Ph.D research dissertations besides 4 JRF scholars. She has published extensively in the field of natural colorant and in the areas of bio fuels, Microbial carbohydrates, Biosurfactants, Biofilms, Myxobacterial metabolites and Anti quorum sensing molecules of microbial origin. . Her research has been the recipient of financial grants- in- aid totaling to Rs 159 lakhs from various acclaimed funding bodies like DBT, DST, BRNS-DAE, and UGC and University of Mumbai. She has published over 32 research papers and 33 poster presentations since 1995 and is a regular speaker at various national scientific meetings and UGC sponsored refresher course for microbiology teachers. She has supervised the research projects of more than 25 postgraduate students, many of whom have now established their own academic research groups in USA and UK..

A staunch Zoroastrian she firmly believes that education is the key to innovation and change which will only happen if you have the courage to challenge the known and embrace the unknown.

ZOSTA Awards 2018-19

Merit prizes for bright students, teachers and principals – please apply / call directly to the organizers




Please read the details in the attachments carefully and apply. These announcements appeared on pages 7 and 9 of Jame Jamshed of Sunday 2nd September 2018.

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