Research aims

Research aims

Together with cultural activities the BFSAC aims to encourage academic research into the languages and history of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus region. The chronological focus will be the pre-modern period, up to ca. 1864, the end of the Russian-Circassian war. The geographical focus will be more diffuse; though the territory represented by modern Azerbaijan will a be a core feature of the research, those countries which it neighbours and with which it has had relations in previous centuries will also be included. The main vehicle for carrying out this research will be the Oxford Nizami Ganjavi Programme which to date has provided a number of postgraduate scholarships for students seeking to write a thesis on a relevant topic. It has also initiated the excavation of Bərdə, capital of Caucasian Albania and has funded the translation of some key publications in Russian and other languages. The BFSAC will aim to extend these initiatives and encourage the development of new ones by offering grants and scholarships and financing for projects.