The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT awards summer and IAP travel grants to all graduate students and to undergraduate students who are preparing an Optional Senior Thesis in the MIT School of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Applicants should be in the thesis preparation stage of their program. Topics must be primarily focused on some part of the Islamic world or an Islamic community. Comparative research that includes some part of the Islamic world is also welcome. Theses requiring research in an archive or collection with holdings related to the Islamic world, past or present, are also eligible.
Four to five grants are awarded yearly. Award recipients must complete their travel either in the Summer or IAP. Depending on their travel completion, they must present their research at an AKPIA sponsored event during the following academic year. A final report on the research will also be required.
Each year applications are accepted after the requirements are published in December; the application deadline is usually February, but it might change from year to year.