YAR (Youth Advancing Research)

Photo by: Ramin Bajoghli

The YAR Institute (Youth Advancing Research) is IAAB’s newest groundbreaking program, aimed at creating a new generation of leaders informed and engaged on Iran. This yearlong fellowship program includes a three-week full-immersion winter course in Iran to be held January 4th-24th, 2016. YAR is designed to bring together advanced university students and young professionals from interdisciplinary backgrounds, providing Fellows with a deep scholarly understanding of Iran that encompasses firsthand knowledge of the professional and cultural landscape of Iran. This program will also provide Fellows the tools to create and launch their own public media projects aimed at shaping the narrative on Iran in the United States.

IAAB's YAR Institute will:

  • Connect Fellows to Iran and to young Iranians in Iran;
  • Provide a space for critical inquiry into contemporary Iranian society;
  • Connect Fellows to leading Iran scholars and artists in both Iran and the United States;
  • Push the boundaries of narratives on Iran by providing Fellows with year-long training in how to produce high quality work for public consumption (i.e. op-eds, op-docs, public exhibitions, etc).
Photo by: Ramin Bajoghli

Fellows will be selected from a competitive application process for a yearlong fellowship beginning in Fall 2015 and ending in Summer 2016. Prior to the trip to Iran, Fellows will participate in virtual classes taught by leading Iran scholars. YAR Fellows will travel to Iran under the supervision of the Director of the YAR Institute, Narges Bajoghli, and IAAB's Executive Director, Mana Kharrazi, in January 2016 in order to engage with academics, artists, and cultural activists from all spheres of Iranian society and gain a better understanding of the country’s multi-faceted layers. Throughout the fellowship, YAR Fellows will each work on a media project aimed at complicating the narrative on Iran in the United States. Upon their return from Iran, Fellows will receive one-on-one mentoring on how to develop and launch media projects and write op-ed articles. 

To apply, complete YAR's Application by no later than October 18, 2015.

For more information, please visit YAR Institute's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).