Posted on 04/06/2009
The Newton International Fellowships are extremely prestigious and highly competitive, selecting the very best post-doctoral researchers from all over the world and offering support for two years at top UK research institutions. Only 50 Fellowships are awarded each year, and this year two have been granted to Royal Holloway, University of London – cementing the institutions’ world-class reputation for original research. Researcher Dr Ali Usman Qasmi will be joining the Department of History in September 2009 under the guidance of Professor Francis Robinson, one of the best-known authorities on South Asian Islam. The project will explore pluralism in Islamic traditions, focusing on the Shia Muslims of Punjab. Professor Justin Champion, Head of the Department of History, says, 'This is a remarkable achievement: only small minority of the Fellowships are awarded in the Arts and Humanities each year. This is yet further evidence of the world-leading reputation and esteem Francis Robinson attracts to the Department, Faculty and College'.