YAR (Youth Advancing Research)

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The YAR Institute (Youth Advancing Research) is IAAB’s groundbreaking program, aimed at creating a new generation of leaders informed and engaged on Iran. In 2016, this yearlong fellowship program included a three-week full-immersion winter course in Iran. 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 also provides 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:

  • Connects Fellows to Iran and to young Iranians in Iran;
  • Provides a space for critical inquiry into contemporary Iranian society;
  • Connects Fellows to leading Iran scholars and artists in both Iran and the United States;
  • Pushes 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).
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Fellows are selected from a competitive application process for a yearlong fellowship. Prior to the trip to Iran, Fellows participate in virtual classes taught by leading Iran scholars. YAR Fellows travel to Iran under the supervision of IAAB staff 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 each work on a media project aimed at complicating the narrative on Iran in the United States. Upon their return from Iran, Fellows receive one-on-one mentoring on how to develop and launch media projects and write op-ed articles. 

IAAB is currently not accepting applications for the YAR Institute. Stay tuned for information about future fellowship cycles. 

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