Malakeh Taleghani Scholarship & Endowment

Dr. Malakeh Taleghani was a respected community leader, educator, play write, director and regarded thinker. Throughout her life she contributed to society in the United States and Iran.

In Iran she was a high school teacher, principal, a professor, and served as Deputy Secretary of The Ministry of Education; she was also a Representative in the Iranian National Assembly. During retirement, she was an active member and leader in her retirement communities in Portland, Oregon and Tucson, Arizona.

Dr. Taleghani believed that anyone could achieve academic success at the highest level, even within cultures where the role of women was restricted. She was a giving, tolerant and forgiving person who saw the good in everyone, and focused on the strengths of people, rather than their weaknesses.

She was committed to helping students further their educational dreams and goals, particularly students in Iranian Studies. Dr. Malakeh Taleghani received a Ph.D. in Persian Literature from Tehran University and an M.A. from Portland State University. She is the author of The Ups and Downs of the Life of an Iranian Woman, and a co-author of Zan dar Iran-e Bastaan (Women in Ancient Iran).


The applicant must be a University of Arizona undergraduate or graduate student at the time of proposal submission, working on some aspect of Iranian studies, including Iranian linguistics, Persian Literature, Iranian/Persianate History, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science or other concepts, broadly conceived. Creative projects in Persian music, architecture, or arts are also eligible for funding. The committee welcomes comparative proposals that explore connections with non-Iranian/Persianate languages, linguistics, histories and cultures.

How to Apply

Deadline to apply: February 19, 2024

The Taleghani Endowment committee is committed to encouraging undergraduate and graduate students, especially first-time proposal writers. Therefore, we have established a proposal refinement phase. This means that the committee will review the applications, provide comments, and, in appropriate circumstances, may provide an opportunity for the applicant to revise the proposal and return it to the committee.

Application packets must include:

  1. Checklist
  2. CV (resume)
  3. Research/Project Description (maximum of 3 pages for graduates and 2 pages for undergraduates.
    1. Outline of a clear research program, timeline, and itemized budget.
    2. The research statement should include clear research questions, methodology and goals.
  4. Budget proposal and justification (1 page)
    1. The fellowship covers research expenses such as travel to research site, research material (books, photos, etc.), copying material, etc. It does not cover travel money to conferences.
  5. Letter from Advisor (letter should address the likelihood of student’s research/project completion), should be sent directly to the address below by the advisor, and must be received by the deadline.

Fellowship winner(s) will receive the award at a (perhaps virtual) ceremony in April 2024. Please ensure that all Taleghani Application materials (PDF format) are submitted to by February 19, 2024. Late application packets including support letter or incomplete application packets will NOT be considered.

For more information, contact: Joshua Carlin (, University of Arizona Department of Linguistics.

Past Recipients and Reports

Mohammed Khan
Middle Eastern & North African Studies
"MA MARD-E-SHARABEEM": Wine, Fraternity, and Kindship in Babur's Timurid Princedom

Roya Kabiri
Development of an informal Persian syntactic dependency treebank

Fazeh Faezipour
History of Art
The production of art in the 19th century in Iran, particulary photogragy

Aleyh Mehin Jafarabadi
Middle Eastern & African Studies
Language Education in Iran: Challanges and Opportunities

Parvaneh Hosseini
Middle Eastern & North African Studies
Co-operation or Contestation: Female bodies, Activewear, and the politics of Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Roya Kabiri
Conditionals in Persian and Northwestern Iranian Languages

Fatemeh Sharafzadeh
School of Architecture
Cultural Heritage and Building-Intergrated Salt Construction for Air Quality Remediation in Tehran, Iran

Mohsen Mahdavi
Poetic meters in Persian

Ryan Smith
"Second position Clitics in the Gramer of Northwestern Iranian Languages"

Shaghayegh Ansari
Adapting Climate Responsive Strategies from Vernacular Iranian Garden to Modern Building Development
An Investigation into Water Usage and Water Efficient Design for Persian Gardens

Seyede Pouye Khoshkhoosani
Middle Eastern and Northern African Studies
Amorous Depiction of Love: Gender, Religion and Power in Classical Persian Poetry

Felisa Hervey
Middle Eastern and North African Studies
A Study of Nadia Anjuman’s Life and Poetry

Rana Nabors
Aspects of Persian Syntax

Julie Ellison
Near Eastern Studies
Sediqeh Dowlatabadi & the easry 20th Century Iranian Women's Movement

Farrah Jafari
Near Eastern Studies
Gender Dichotomy and Transexuality in Iran

Deniz Tat
Complex Predicates in Turkic Languages