Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Promoting Cultural Understanding through Education & Communication

Grant Guidelines


Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute does not have a formal application form. However, we have guidelines for potential applicants (see below). After reviewing these guidelines, we suggest that interested and qualified organizations and individuals submit a letter of inquiry detailing proposed programs or activities. Only those applications that closely fit our Vision/Mission will be considered. A select few among those will be invited to submit a full proposal. All letters of inquiry, proposals, and materials should be addressed to the President of Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute.


Letter of Inquiry


Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute does not accept unsolicited applications. Letters of Inquiry may, however, be submitted for consideration in light of our Vision/Mission. Such Letters should summarize the academic or other nonprofit affiliation of the potential applicant, the nature and anticipated results of the proposed program or activity, the amount of support requested, other major contributors and participants, and description of intended acknowledgment to be given to Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute for our eventual support. Please include or attach biographical information for the principal individuals involved and any brief supplemental materials that may assist the preliminary review. Please also include or attach a copy of the IRS Letter of Determination attesting of the 501(c)(3) public charity status of the nonprofit organization applying for a grant. May be submitted throughout the year.


Full Proposal


After review of a Letter of Inquiry, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute may invite a potential grantee to submit a full grant proposal. Please note that proposals will be considered only from applicants thus solicited. The full proposal must include the following:

  • A comprehensive description of the potential grantee: in the case of an organization, its history, mission, programs and recent accomplishments; and for an individual, his or her full education and other background and affiliations.
  • A detailed statement of the proposed program or activity. Please include its intended outcome, projected duration, anticipated cost and relationship to the Vision/Mission of Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute.
  • An itemized budget setting forth all anticipated expenses for the program or activity. Please also identify all other contributors.
  • If the applicant is an organization: documentation of its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status (IRS Letter of Determination), a list of current Board members and their affiliations, a description of internal review procedures for project objectives and implementation, a list of other major supporters or potential supporters for the proposed program or activity, and a list of the organization's past Persian-related activities and the major supporters of each.
  • If the applicant is an individual: full biographical information, including education, academic or other affiliations, and a list of individuals who may be consulted regarding the applicant’s qualifications.
  • A detailed description of how Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute will be acknowledged, including the use of our name and/or logo, in all products resulting from work funded in whole or in part by our grant. Forums for such acknowledgment might include: website, press releases, books, articles, catalogues, brochures, magazines, exhibitions, promotional materials, conferences, and other events.
  • Any additional information that the applicant believes may be useful in evaluation of the grant proposal.

Guidelines for Fellowship Applicants


Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute offers a very limited number of Roshan Institute Fellowships for Excellence in Persian Studies to Ph.D. candidates for the completion of their doctoral dissertation related to Persian studies.

Before applying directly to Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, students should first consider contacting the following universities where we have established fellowship and scholarship programs: the University of Arizona, UCLA, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Washington, and CSU Fresno (see "Grants to Universities" webpage for details).

Since each of the above universities has specific eligibility requirements and guidelines, the following only concerns those graduate students applying directly to Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute.

  • Eligibility: Roshan Institute Fellowships for Excellence in Persian Studies are open to Ph.D. candidates who have demonstrated excellence in Persian studies, are engaged in the last stages of writing their doctoral dissertation, and are scheduled to defend their dissertation at the end of the academic year for which they are seeking funding. Fellowships are open to students of all nationalities, as long as they are enrolled in an accredited university in the United States. Dissertations must be related to Persian culture, including language, linguistics, literature, history, geography, and civilization. Dissertation proposals should already be completed and approved.
  • Letter of Inquiry: Qualified graduate students may submit a Letter of Inquiry in light of the above eligibility requirements. The Letter of Inquiry should contain a description of the student’s academic focus and interest in Persian culture, academic information including any publications, a description of the doctoral thesis and its projected completion date, and a list of principal academic advisors.
After review of the Letter of Inquiry, a determination will be made whether or not the student will be invited to submit a Full Fellowship Application.
  • Full Fellowship Application: Only those students who receive an invitation to apply for a Roshan Institute Fellowship for Excellence in Persian Studies should submit a Full Fellowship Application. Such applications should include: a cover letter, a full curriculum vitae with any additional information deemed useful to the evaluation process, copies of publications, a copy of the dissertation proposal with evidence from the advisor that it has been accepted, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation (one of which must be from the dissertation advisor), and other such supporting materials as may be deemed useful to the evaluation process.
  • Deadlines: Ph.D. candidates may submit a Letter of Inquiry at any time during the year. However, once invited, they must submit their Full Fellowship Application by December 31 for fellowships to be awarded by September 1 of the following academic year.
  • Exclusion: Applicants will be automatically disqualified for failure to meet the eligibility requirements and guidelines set forth above. In addition, applicants will be disqualified if they are related to (a) any director, officer or employee of Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute or its Selection Committee; (b) any director, officer or employee of Silicon Valley Community Foundation dealing in any way with Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute Fund; or (c) any director, officer or employee of SunTrust Bank dealing in any way with the finances or investments of Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute.