Iran HeritageIHF

Statement of Aims

The Iran Heritage Foundation is a non-political UK-registered charity founded in 1995 to protect and promote Iranian cultural heritage. It is concerned with the history, language and culture of Iran and the Persianate world from early times to the present day. The objectives of the foundation are pursued by encouraging and supporting top quality research and activities connected with Iranian cultural heritage.


Award of Grants

Grants are awarded annually by two committees that sit towards the end of the year and give grants for work in the following calendar year. There are committees dealing with (i) Academic Research and Activities, and (ii) Contemporary Art, Exhibition and Culture. Only activities connected with Iran or Iranian cultural heritage will be considered.

Applicants should note:

Grants for Academic Research Activities

The Foundation will consider applications to support academic projects concerned with any branch of Iranian studies. The subjects covered include art and archaeology, architecture, history and language. Grants may be available for research, travel, conferences, workshops and publications. Grants may be in the range of 500 – 3000 GBP.

Grants for Contemporary Practices in Visual and Performative Arts

The Foundation will consider applications to support projects connected with contemporary art, photography, theatre, film, music and exhibitions. Grants may be in the range of 500 – 3000 GBP.

Application Process

Application for grant for the 2017 session is not open yet. This will be announced towards the end of August 2016.

Please read the Notes below carefully before completing the form.

  • Download the application form from the bottom of this page.

  • Two references should be sent independently from referees, which must be received by the closing date for applications. Referees should be acquainted with the candidate and his/her work and in the case of scholarly research, should be senior academics. References must be typed on the headed paper of the institution, and sent by email (ideally as .pdf files) directly from the referee’s official work email. References emailed from personal or free accounts will not be accepted. Members of the Advisory Committee of IHF cannot be referees.

Application Forms

For 'Academic Grants' - download the application form here.

For Contemporary Practices in Visual and Performative Arts’ - download the application form here here.

Please ensure that you are using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill in, save and submit the form; this can be downloaded here. In order to complete, save and submit the Acrobat form you will need to download it to your local hard drive first.