The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture announces 2015-16 Postdoctoral Associateship Program

February 12, 2015




The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture is pleased to invite applications for self-supported Associateships to conduct advanced historical research in Islamic art, architecture, and archaeology at Harvard University. AKPIA Associateships are intended principally for overseas scholars--preferably, but not exclusively, from Muslim countries--to support research in art and architectural history and archaeology. Our program is not intended to sponsor professional design, conservation or urban development projects, nor are they intended to support research travel. The recipient is expected to be in residence, except for one or two short research-related trips. 

We welcome applications both from senior scholars and from recent graduates. Research projects should preferably be publishable in the annual publication of the Aga Khan Program, Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World. Potentially publishable, original projects will be given preference. 

AKPIA Associates have an affiliation with Harvard University's Department of History of Art and Architecture (HAA). They are free to pursue their own research without any obligations other than presenting a public lecture on their research project--as part of the AKPIA lecture series, A Forum for Islamic Art and Architecture--and submitting an article based on the research at Harvard for consideration by the editor for publication in Muqarnas. AKPIA Associates have access to all Harvard University librariesmuseums, and facilities; they are also welcome to audit Harvard seminars, if they so choose.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, or equivalent). 

A solid command of written and spoken English is required (the AKPIA lecture will be delivered in English).

Application materials must be submitted in hard copy only; the Committee will not review application materials sent by email, nor will the Committee consider incomplete applications or applications submitted after the deadline.

The following materials are required of applicants:

    • completed, signed application coversheet (2 copies)
    • curriculum vitae (2 copies)
    • research proposal  (2 copies)
    • two different writing samples of previous research publications (2 copies each)
    • letters of recommendation* from two professors or professionals who are familiar with the applicant's research (1 copy each)
    • original transcript* from each institution where graduate work was conducted (1 per institution); photocopies will not be accepted, and transcripts must be in their original, sealed envelopes. 

*These materials may either be mailed directly to the Program from the institutions or recommenders (preferred), may be sent by a professional dossier and credentials service (such as Interfolio), or may be included with the other application materials in their original, sealed envelopes. All other materials should be submitted together in a single envelope or package.

Materials should be mailed to:

Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
Harvard University
Attn: AKPIA Associateship Program
485 Broadway, Sackler 412
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

All application materials must be received by March 10, 2015. Results will be announced mid-May.  

Please direct any inquires about the AKPIA Associateships at Harvard University to or 617-495-2355.

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November 12, 2014

Paisid Aramphongphan was chosen as a finalists for his proposal "Press, Fold and Other Procedures: Robert Rauschenberg’s Dimensions".  While the panel of judges from Artsy (John Elderfield, Branden W. Joseph, Shirin Neshat, Christopher Rauschenberg, and Sarah Roberts) selected the four finalists, the winner is chosen by you!  Voting ends November 18, 2014 11:59PM ET so please make sure to voice your choice!

Paisid's proposal (along with the instructions on how to vote) can be found here.

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