Golestan Fellowships were established by the late Prof. Dr. Med. Kenower Weimar Bash, a Swiss psychiatrist who was a NIAS Fellow during the academic year 1973/74, and who, upon his death in 1986, left his estate to the NIAS Fellows' Association (NFA). The NFA created a special foundation, the Golestan Foundation, to administer the estate. Professor Bash worked extensively in Iran; Golestan is the Persian word for rose garden.
Golestan Fellowships are available for non-Dutch scholars only. Successful applicants should be engaged in fundamental research in the medical or biological sciences and should have a specialization which would make it profitable for them to work in an international setting and be in daily contact with scholars who carry out advanced research in the humanities and social sciences. They should already have made a significant contribution to their field of research and should ideally be between 35 and 55 years of age.
Golestan Fellows are selected by the Rector of NIAS in consultation with the Scholarship Committee, the Board of the Golestan Foundation, and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.