International Persian language and literature lovers can now study at University of Mazandaran by the help of UMZ Nima Scholarship
PhD of Persian Language and Literature
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of University of Mazandaran (UMZ) and in order to expand its scientific and international activities, the proposal to create "Nima Scholarship" for those interested in studying a PhD program in Persian Language and Literature was approved by the UMZ University Board.
Applicants must meet the following conditions to receive this scholarship and submit the necessary documents at the time of filling out the application form.
Benefits of Nima Scholarship
By receiving this scholarship, applicants can study PhD of Persian Language and Literature at University of Mazandaran, the largest and most prestigious university in the north of Iran, without paying any fees. Through the scholarship, UMZ will cover all accommodation and study expenses of the students. In addition to full coverage of tuition fee, the university will also provide accommodation for students awarded the scholarship.
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Nima Scholarship Registration
It should be noted that Nima Scholarship is ONLY for international students who are interested in studying for a doctoral program in Persian Language and Literature. Nima scholarship aims to introduce and promote Iran's literary heritage to those who are interested to learn the language and literature of Iran where it was born and nourished. Those who are interested can register for the Nima Scholarship and join the scientific community of University of Mazandaran through filling out the relevant form/s and through provision of required information and documents. The university will then, after reviewing the documents and information of the applicants and selecting the eligible students, introduce them to Persian Language and Literature Department. The shortlisted candidates will have to attend video interviews in order to determine the final recipients of the scholarship.
Nima Yushij (1896 - 1960), or Ali Esfandiyari, the eldest son of Ebrahim Nouri of Yosh (a village near Nour in Mazandaran), was born in November 12th 1896. Yushij was a contemporary Tabari (Mazandarani) and Persian poet who started a new movement in Persian poetry called She’r-e no ("new poetry") or sometimes called she’r-e Nimaei (“Nimaic” poetry).
Nima grew up in his native village of Yosh and used to help his father with the farm and cattle. His early education in a Maktabkhaneh (a traditional school taught and run by a clergy) wasn’t satisfactory and later at the age of twelve he was taken to Tehran where he was enrolled at St. Louis Roman Catholic School.
Nima was more emphasizing on the length of the line to be determined by the depth of the thought and not by the conventional length of a “Beyt” (verse). Nima demonstrates his poetry techniques in this quatrain:
With my poetry I have driven the people into a great conflict;
He took poetry out of the court’s rituals and brought it to the streets. Nima added color and flavor to his compositions by using the natural speech of the people.
“What made Nima Yoshij a great, powerful example for the young poets of his time were his innovations in form and style rather than the content of his poetry. He came to the scene of change at a time when all the conservative efforts of the neo-classicists and revivalists had failed to free Persian poetry from the long decadence which was, to a great extent, the result of the ruling power of prosody over subject matter.”
Some of His Poems
My House Is Cloudy
My House is Cloudy
The moon beams
University of Mazandaran
University of Mazandaran (UMZ), currently the largest state higher education institution in the province of Mazandaran, had formerly consisted of a number of tertiary education centers. In 1979, the centers were officially merged to form what is now known as University of Mazandaran. In recent years, UMZ has made significant progress, expanding itself with vision both qualitatively and quantitatively.
UMZ has now more than 12000 students who are currently studying at undergraduate and post-graduate levels and over 400 faculty members teaching and researching at different faculties of the university. Until 2016, more than 15000 students were graduated from different faculties of our university. Based on the policy of the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (MSRT), UMZ is committed to providing high quality education, innovative research at undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels leading to scientific and technological achievements.
The province of Mazandaran is proud to be the birthplace of Nima Yoshij; greatest contemporary poet of Iran and the founder of modern Persian poetry.
Nima Yushij, Symbol of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at UMZ
UMZ in Numbers
Notable Faculty Members At the Department of Persian Language and Literature