The Silk Roads encompass a vast region comprised of a network of maritime and land trade routes. They pass through South Asia and Southeast Asia, crossing the Central Asian subcontinent, the Russian steppes, the Iranian and Anatolian plateaus, and the Arabian Peninsula. They stretch across North Africa and North East Africa, from Tanzania to Morocco as well as extending through Eastern and Southern Europe, before linking France and Spain. These networks carried far more than just merchandise and precious commodities. The constant movement and mixing of populations brought about the widespread transmission of knowledge, ideas, cultures, and beliefs, which had a profound impact on the history and civilizations of the Eurasian peoples. Additionally, science, arts, literature, as well as crafts and technologies were shared and disseminated into societies along the lengths of these routes, and languages, religions, and cultures developed and influenced one another.
The Silk Roads Youth Research Grant is a new initiative aiming to mobilize young researchers for further study of the Silk Roads shared Heritage. Every year 12 research grants will be awarded to young women and men under 35 years of age, inviting them to address specific issues relating to the Silk Roads shared heritage and plural identities, as well as its internal diversity, and its potential in contemporary societies for creativity, intercultural dialogue, social cohesion, regional and international cooperation, and ultimately sustainable peace and development. Postgraduate researchers aged 35 and younger at the time of application are eligible to apply for the grant. The proposed research may be carried out by an individual researcher or may be part of a group or collaborative project.
The research needs to address specific issues relating to to-
- the Silk Roads shared heritage and plural identities,
- its internal diversity,
- its potential in contemporary societies for creativity, intercultural dialogue, social cohesion, regional and international cooperation, and
- ultimately sustainable peace and development.
12 research grants of USD10,000 will be awarded.
- Postgraduate researchers
- aged 35 and younger at the time of application, are eligible to apply for the grant.
- The proposed research may be carried out by an individual researcher or may be part of the research of a group or collaborative project.
- Applicants are required to submit their research proposals by completing the template provided detailing their research, its methods, expected outcomes and contribution to existing scholarship.
- Proposals should be submitted in English and sent to [email protected]
Application Deadline: April 18, 2021Application ClosedOfficial link