#Breaking: Paid Internships to Study Satpanth Ismailism at the University of Toronto, Canada


Are you an undergraduate student curious to learn more about Ismaili heritage and related subjects? Would you like a fully funded international research experience studying fascinating topics such as Ginans and South Asian Ismaili history at one of the world’s premier universities? Are you fluent in Gujarati, Sindhi, or Kachchhi, along with English?

If so, please apply to join the research team of Prof. Shafique Virani, one of the world’s leading scholars of Ismaili Studies, at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Up to fifteen accepted students will be trained by Prof. Virani, given round-trip airfare to Canada from their home country, and receive a stipend to fully cover their necessary expenses, including accommodation, food, and health insurance for the Summer of 2020 (May-August).

Successful applicants will be involved in professional development courses and receive a certificate of completion. In addition, those interested in returning to Canada for graduate studies will be eligible to apply for a graduate fellowship.

The program is open to undergraduate students from India, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Mexico, Tunisia, and Ukraine.

The application deadline is Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 1 pm PT. For more information, please visit the following URL:


To complete the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship 2020 application, please visit the following URL, and click on the “Register,” “Login,” or “Projects” tab. In the “Projects” tab, you may search for these projects using the search term “Virani” under the filter “Professor’s Last Name”:


About Professor Shafique Virani (University of Toronto, Historical Studies, Study of Religion, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations)

Professor Shafique Virani is an award-winning author and internationally recognized s200_shafique.viranipublic speaker who has addressed people from over 50 countries and audiences of over 15,000. Describing him as “a visionary,” the United Nations honored him for dedicating his efforts “to the cause of extending the frontiers of knowledge and the welfare of humankind.”


Please share this announcement with those who may be interested in this unique opportunity.

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

10 thoughts

  1. We are proud of you Shafique virani
    It’s achievements our Ismaili Muslim
    Humanitarian & endeavours.
    Thanks always stay blessed


  2. Ya Ali Madad Shafin and hope that this email finds you in the best of health.
    First and foremost, let me begin by congratulating to you for winning accolades towards the noble cause in imparting a continuum education to the entire Ummah; as I have always believed: ‘The domain of human knowledge is expanding every second’ and personally I am very much inspired with the initiative that has been undertaken in conducting the sessions as mentioned that very vital scheduled for the summer of 2020.
    Briefly, I was based with the National ITREB Head Office in Dar es Salaam up to June 2016 and later in August the same year I went to Canada after my contract ended. I spent about 6 months in Canada from August 2016 to February 2017 and upon returning, I immediately went to Zanzibar to offer my TKN NIYYAT in the field of imparting Religious Education to the students based in Zanzibar for a period of 2 years that ended in April 2019.
    In regards to the initiative that has been undertaken and being inspired, I wish to apply and participate in the the respective sessions.
    Henceforth, I shall very much grateful if you could please kindly enlighten in this matter for way forward.
    With wishes and regards, Alnasir Bharwani.


  3. I have completed my graduation and Bachelor of Education. Working as a primary teacher at International school from past 5 years. I can fluently speak, read and write in Gujarati along with English. I am curious to learn and research about religion. Especially about our Ismailism. I am from India. Will I be considered for this program?


    1. Only 15 spots are available for this program. Guidelines for eligibility is included in our post. You have to click on the URL provided in the post to begin application process. You won’t know if you qualify until and unless you try. Good luck!


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