Fellowships, grants and awards


ERC-Advanced GrantBeyond Sharia: The Role of Sufism in Shaping Islam

2009-14 NWO VIDI scholarship: Of Poetry and Politics: Classical Poetic Concepts in New Politics of Twentieth Century Iran
2002-06 NWO VENI scholarship: A History of Early Literary Riddles: the Emergence of Persian Riddle Poetry and its Impact on Poetic Diction 
1997 Four-year full-time PhD scholarship at NWO (“onderzoeker in opleiding”), placed at Leiden University
2001 NWO- Postdoctoral grant

Bonus for completing PhD-thesis within the allotted time from the Centre for Non-Western Studies of Leiden University


Elected Fellow of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

2013-2014 Fellow at Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS)
2012-2016 Elected Member of the Royal Asiatic Society
2014- present

Research Fellow at SOAS (London)


Elected Board Member to the Council of the International Society for Iranian Studies