Symposia Iranica is a strategic investment in early career scholars

All funds raised are put towards reducing the cost burden for our early career participants. Since 2013, the full economic cost of each conference has been subsidised by between 41 and 65 per cent.

Sponsors 2013-2019

Fourth Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies
St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews

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Symposia Iranica is funded through a mixture of competitive grants awarded by foundations and learned societies, support from host institutions, contributions by the organisers and academics, and registration income.


Institute of Iranian Studies

The Institute of Iranian Studies is the epicentre of all things Persianate at St Andrews. From its languages and arts to its culture and history, students and scholars seek out the Institute in ever increasing numbers for the rich intellectual stimulus, wealth of resources, and warm collegiality that greets them here, nurtures their talents, and supports unstintingly their every endeavour.

With thanks to Ali M Ansari, Tim Greenwood, Robert Hillenbrand, and the committee.


Honeyman Foundation

The Honeyman Foundation was set up by the generosity of the late Professor A M (Sandy) Honeyman, who was born in Cupar, Fife, and by the age of 28 was a professor in the University of St Andrews. The aims of the Honeyman Foundation are the encouragement of education and research, primarily in Middle Eastern language and culture.

With thanks to Ali M Ansari, the trustees, and Elizabeth Calderwood


British Institute of Persian Studies

Celebrating its sixtieth anniversary in 2021, the British Institute of Persian Studies is the UK’s foremost learned society dedicated to promoting and supporting scholarship and research excellence on all aspects of Iran and the wider Persianate world.

With thanks to Charles Melville, Lloyd Ridgeon, Alan Williams, and the Governing Council


Iran Heritage Foundation

Iran Heritage Foundation is a UK registered charity with the mission to promote and preserve the history, languages and cultures of Iran and the Persianate world.

With thanks to the Academic Committee, the trustees, Nahid Assemi, John Curtis, Astrid Johansen, and referees Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones and Nicholas Sims-Williams.


Soudavar Memorial Foundation

Established by a family with a long history of philanthropy, the Soudavar Memorial Foundation’s mission is to preserve and promote the rich and diverse cultural and artistic heritage of the Greater Iranian world in all its diverse aspects.

With thanks to the Trustees


Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies

The Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies is attached to Pembroke College, Cambridge, which in addition to pursuing the development of the Shahnama Project through conferences, research and publications, promotes Persian Studies more generally.

With thanks to Firuza and Charles Melville


American Institute of Iranian Studies

The American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS) is a non-profit consortium of American universities and museums created to promote academic and cultural exchange between the US and Iran.

With thanks to Erica Ehrenberg and Franklin Lewis for sponsorship of 7 US postgraduates.


Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art is the world’s leading centre for the study of the history and conservation of art and architecture.

With thanks to Sussan Babaie for the sponsorship of 5 Courtauld postgraduates.