Al-Mahdi Institute (AMI) welcomes applications for the second round of the AMI Doctoral Scholarship to support talented students working on the study of Imāmī (Twelver) Shīʿism. Despite being one of the largest minority denominations, Imāmī Shīʿism is still a relatively small area of focus within Islamic studies. It is the aim of the AMI Doctoral Scholarship to promote and encourage the study of Imāmī Shīʿism in academia.

The Scholarship is open to students of all nationalities successfully admitted to a doctoral programme at universities based primarily – but not exclusively – in the United Kingdom and North America and who are writing their thesis in the English language. For students on doctoral programmes in the United Kingdom, the Scholarship is available at any point from the first year of the programme. For students based at universities in North America, the Scholarship is available at any point after comprehensive exams have been successfully completed.

The value of the scholarship is £3,000.

We welcome applications from students working on the following fields of research:

  • Imāmī Shīʿī theology
  • Imāmī Shīʿī law and legal theory
  • Imāmī Shīʿī exegeses of the Qur’an
  • Imāmī Shīʿī Hadith studies
  • Imāmī Shīʿī engagements with Qur’anic studies
  • Imāmī Shīʿī engagements with ethics
  • Imāmī Shīʿī engagements with philosophy
  • Imāmī Shīʿī engagements with mysticism (Sufism)
  • Studies concerning the life and thought of the Prophet, the twelve Imāms, and other members of the ahl al-bayt; particularly that of women (such as Khadīja, Fāṭima, and Zaynab, amongst others)
  • Studies related to the life and thought of the Companions of the Prophet and Imāms who advocated the centrality of the ahl al-bayt in their theological and political positions (such as Salmān, Abū Dharr al-Ghifārī, Hishām b. al-Ḥakam, Zurāra b. Aʿyan et al)
  • Intellectual history of Imāmī Shīʿī thought
  • Imāmī Shīʿī thought across different time periods and regions (Baghdad, Ḥilla, Qum, Jabal ʿĀmil, Iṣfahan, Najaf, Karbala, Lucknow, etc)
  • Diversity in Imāmī Shīʿī thought
  • Imāmī Shīʿī liturgical sources and thought
  • Contribution of Imāmī Shīʿī thought to Islamic civilization

However, topics which fall outside the scope of these specified topics may still be considered at the discretion of the committee, providing they are still related to the study of Imāmī Shīʿism.

To apply for the Scholarship, please complete the application form at the bottom of this page and submit the following documents:

  • A tailored CV of 1-2 pages detailing your qualifications and work experience
  • A research proposal of 2-3 pages detailing the project you intend to work on
  • A personal statement of up to 500 words explaining how you would like your career to develop over the next ten years and how studying for a doctorate will support you in this

All documents are to be submitted to [email protected].

Timeline of the application process:

  1. Applications open on 10 November, 2023 and close on the 10 February 2024.
  2. Applications shall be assessed by the committee throughout February and March 2024. During this process, the committee may request interviews with applicants.
  3. Acceptance and rejection letters shall be sent out in the first week of April 2024.
  4. Applicants must confirm their continuation on a doctoral programme by August 2024.
  5. The Scholarship shall be paid directly to the student in the first week after the commencement of their programme.

Application Form: