Maryam Mirzakhani Scholarship for Women

In honour of the late award winning Stanford mathematician, Maryam Mirzakhani (May 1977-July 2017), Persia Educational Foundation has established the Persia Mirzakhani Scholarship for Women. Professor Mirzakhani was the first woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics

The scholarship is designed to support education of Iranian descent women of any age or citizenship enrolled in a Master of Science or final year of a Doctorate programme studying STEM at the prestigious University College London. Applicants must provide a copy of their transcripts and two academic references demonstrating academic excellence and financial need.

The scholarship is a total of GBP 1500. Eligible applicants are encouraged to submit their application for the 2020-2021 academic year to Persia Educational Foundation by 5:00 pm BST on Monday, 1 February 2020. Following review and consultation by an independent panel, the scholarship results will be announced on 3 May 2020, marking the anniversary of the birth of the late Professor Mirzakhani.

Scholarship awardees are highly encouraged to contribute to this Fund following their successful graduation and securing employment.

All interested applicants must:

  • Submit a complete copy of the application
  • Be enrolled at a STEM programme at UCL
  • Be of Iranian descent
  • Possess and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, one from a previous professor and one from an organisation where you have performed community service

For further information and to submit your application, please see email: [email protected]

Please read the entire application and fill all fields accordingly.

Please note incomplete applications will not be considered. All references must be sent directly from the referee’s email account, and transcripts must be official and sent directly from the university.

All documents must be submitted in PDF format, along with a cover letter, through email before 5:00 pm BST on Monday, 1 February 2020, to Persia Mirzakhani Scholarship Selection Committee at: [email protected]

Please note: in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation all personal data in this application package is shared with an external scholarship selection panel. However, following the selection of the scholarship recipient, all information pertaining to applications are securely destroyed where it is decided that this and accompanying documents will not be further processed.


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