Nima Scholarship

Nima Scholarship

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

Full Scholarship

Important Dates
  • Registration Date: September 1st 2020 to January 10th 2021
  • Announcement of the result: March 2021
  • Start of the Classes: 20th September 2021

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Nima Scholarship

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.
Students who are awarded the Nima Scholarship will complete their doctoral studies under the guidance of prominent Persian professors in the Department of Persian Language and Literature of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Scholarship Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following conditions to receive this scholarship and submit the necessary documents at the time of filling out the application form.

  • A GPA of 16 (out of 20) or above in both undergraduate and graduate levels,
  • Maximum age for university faculty members: 35,
  • Maximum age for everyone else: 30

Required Documents:

  • Copy of bachelor’s degree in original language and its English/Persian translation (Only BA in Persian language and literature is accepted)
  • Copy of bachelor’s degree transcript in original language and its English/Persian translation
  • Copy of master's degree in original language and its English translation (Only BA in Persian language and literature is accepted)
  • Copy of master's degree transcript in original language and its English/Persian translation
  • CV
  • Two Academic Letters of Reference from professors of your BA/MA programs in Persian or in English

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.

Important Dates

  • Registration Date: September 1st 2020 to January 10th 2021
  • Announcement of the result: March 2021
  • Start of the Classes: 20th September 2021
Nima Scholarship Sign Up Process

Nima Yushij

Nima Yushij

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 began writing poetry when he was a school student. At school, his favorite teacher, Nezam Vafa (1883-1960), took Nima under his guidance and encouraged him by reading his poems and helping him to improve his poetic abilities. Nezam Vafa was himself a lyric poet who wrote simple love poems in classical style.
Nima in his speech to the First Congress of Iranian Writers, 1946, in Tehran, Nima Yushij said: "My first years of life were spent among the shepherds and horse-herders who in their seasonal movements from one grassland to another every evening sat round the fire on the mountainside for long hours. From my childhood years, I remember nothing but savage fights and other things related to nomadic life, and the simple amusements of those people in an atmosphere of monotony and ignorance. I learned reading and writing from the clergy man of the village where I was born. He used to run after me through the alleyways and, catching me, tied my thin feet to rough, thorny trees and beat me with long canes.”

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;
Good and bad, they have fallen in confusion;
I myself am sitting in a corner, watching them:
I have flooded the nest of ants.
“Modern Persian Poetry” by: Mahmud Kianush

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.”
“Modern Persian Poetry” by: Mahmud Kianush
Nima Yushij

Some of His Poems

My House Is Cloudy

My House is Cloudy
The entire earth is cloudy.
Above the narrow pass, the shattered and desolate and drunken
Wind whirls downward.
The entire world is desolated by it
So are my senses!
Oh, piper who has lost the road entranced by the melody of the flute,
Where are you?
My house is cloudy but
The cloud is on the verge of weeping.
In the memory of my bright days that slipped through my fingers,
I cast a look upon my sun on the threshold of the ocean
And the entire world is desolate and shattered by the wind
And on the road, the piper continues to play his flute,
In this cloud-filled world
His own path stretching out before him.

Moonlight

The moon beams
The glowworm glows
Sleep is seldom ruined, but
Worry over this heedless lot
Ruins sleep in my tearful eyes.
Dawn stands worried at my side
Morning urges me to announce
Its arrival to the lot.
Alas! a thorn inside,
Stops me in my tracks.
A delicate rose stem
Which I planted with my hands
And watered with my life
Its thorns break inside me.
I fumble about to open a door
Uselessly expecting someone to meet
A jumble of walls and doors
Crumbles over my head.
The moon beams
The glow-worm glows
Blisters marking a distant road
Standing before the village
A single man
Knapsack on his back, hand on the knocker, murmurs
Worry over this lot
Ruins sleep in my tearful eyes.

University of Mazandaran

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.

Faculty of Humanities  and Social Sciences

Nima Yushij, Symbol of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at UMZ
To commemorate him, UMZ has built a statue of him as a symbol of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Notable Faculty Members At the Department of Persian Language and Literature