Call for Applications - Aga Khan Museum, International Research Grant

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Call for Applications- Aga Khan Museum- International Research Grant
The Faaiza Lalji and Ameel Somani
Aga Khan Museum Art History Student Gift
The Aga Khan Museum (AKM) is pleased to announce the availability of research grants, generously supported by Faaiza Lalji and Ameel Somani.  The Faaiza Lalji and Ameel Somani Aga Khan Museum Gift has been created to support PhD Art History candidates studying at higher education institutions worldwide with the costs of travel and accommodation related to research at the Aga Khan Museum. 
The Aga Khan Museum
The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada is the first museum in North America that is dedicated to presenting the artistic, intellectual, and scientific heritage of Muslim civilizations across the centuries from the Iberian Peninsula to China. Through education, research, and artistic collaboration, the Museum aims to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contributions made by Muslim civilizations to world heritage and to promote tolerance and mutual understanding among people. Designed by Fumihiko Maki, a world-renowned architect and winner of the Pritzker Prize, the Museum opened in September 2014 and is home to a renowned collection of 1000 pieces of art from the Muslim world. To learn more about the collection and the upcoming programming at the Museum, visit,
International Research Grant
This research grant supports Art History PhD students internationally with their doctoral theses. Applications will be assessed based on the fit of the proposed research with the collections and resources available at the Museum, and the time proposed to undertake the work. Awardees are expected to spend the majority of their research time on the trip at the Aga Khan Museum, and to provide a short presentation of their research to an internal forum of Museum staff, which will then be shared with Faaiza Lalji and Ameel Somani.  
Grants of a maximum of CAD $5,000 will be awarded to support researchers with their travel and accommodation in Toronto.  
Applications are restricted to Art History PhD candidates in support of research related to their doctoral theses.
To apply for a research grant, the applicant is required to have their research program pre-approved by the Aga Khan Museum. A letter of support from the office of the Director is required as part of the application.
To apply, candidates are asked to submit:
  • their CV;
  • a cover-letter of no more than two pages outlining their proposed research proposal, including the object list (if applicable), and days to be spent at the Aga Khan Museum and other Toronto museums; 
  • a budget consisting of costs for travel to and from Toronto and accommodation during the stay;
  • a letter of support from the office of the Director of the Aga Khan Museum. 
Applications will be reviewed once per year and must be received by 31st March.  Candidates must be eligible to travel and stay in Canada. Candidates are advised to confirm their eligibility to travel to Canada before submitting their application so that there are no disappointments later. 
Please submit applications to:
International Research Grant
C/o Director’s Office
Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Drive
Toronto, ON M3C 1K1