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  • Saturday, November 30, 2024 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2024 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Applications are invited by the FEZANA Scholarship Program for the 2024-25 competition cycle  for the following


    • Endowed and FEZANA Scholarships for the Creative Arts


    •  FEZANA Community Service Award

    All academic scholarships are open to Zarathushti applicants who have obtained admission for attendance at institutions of higher learning (accredited degree-granting colleges or universities) in the USA or Canada. Students from overseas must have studied in the US or Canada for at least two semesters before applying. Creative arts scholarships are available to any Zarathushti applicant who is pursuing a program in the creative arts (performing arts, fine arts, culinary arts, etc.).

    AWARD CRITERIA—Graduate applicants will be rated on Scholastic Achievement, Extracurricular Activities, and Community Service. Undergraduate applicants will be rated on Scholastic Achievement, Financial Need, Extracurricular Activities, and Community Service.

    Scholarships will be awarded in September 2024.  Closing Date  for receiving application July 31, 2024.

    For applications visit

    The Zoroastrian Entrepreneurship Development Foundation (ZEDF) graduate scholarships . Please visit to learn more.


  • Monday, July 22, 2024 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Attention high school graduates, the application process for the Annual ZSO Academic and Community Service Excellence Award for High School Students Scholarship is now open for 2024. 

    The deadline for receiving completed applications this year is Monday, July 22, 2024. All pertinent details are in the application form.

    Good luck to all the applicants.

    2024 ZSO Scholarship Application

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024 7:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ZSO Youth comittee are working on compiling a comprehensive list of Zoroastrian owned businesses and professionals within our community. We aim to create a resource guide that can be easily accessed by all community members, supporting both local businesses and individuals seeking professional expertise.

    We are also gathering information on individuals willing to accommodate newcomers in their homes or those with leads on available accommodations. This effort is part of our broader goal to support each other, find employment opportunities, and ensure everyone has a place to stay.

    To participate in this project, please fill out the forms below. You are welcome to fill out either one of these forms or both if you wish. Your positive response to this initiative is greatly appreciated.

    If you own a business or are a business professional please fill out this form:

    Businesses / Professionals Form

    If you are able to host a Zoroastrian for a week or more, please fill out this form:

    Accommodation Form

    After we have compiled our list, we will be sharing this in our resource guide with the community via email, newsletter and physical copies. We look forward to your support and feedback.

    Important Information:

    • Your information will be included in a resource guide, and by filling out the form, you consent to publicly displaying your information.
    • If you have any questions about this project, please email us at or call Nasha Makujina at (647) 231-2240
    • You can opt out of this program at any time by emailing and stating your wish to no longer participate.

    Thank you for your participation and support.

    Warm regards,

    Newcomers Project Committee
    Fravash Chothia, Kaizad Damania, Nasha Makujina, Arish Sanjana & Zane Tengra

  • Saturday, June 01, 2024 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2nd Bapsi Sidhwa Literary Prize

    Applications Invited


    Announcement: 2nd Bapsi Sidhwa Literary Prize.

    We are thrilled to announce the call for submission for the 2nd Bapsi Sidhwa Literary Prize, a prestigious award named in honor of the renowned Pakistani- American novelist, Bapsi Sidhwa. This biennial award promotes fiction by Zoroastrian authors and honors the legacy of Bapsi Sidhwa, the first recognized Zoroastrian author from Pakistan.


    • The Bapsi Sidhwa Literary Prize will be granted to writers of fiction, accepting novels and collections of short stories.
    • Open to Zoroastrian authors aged 18 years and above.
    • Each submission must be the original work of a single author.
      Co-authored books, edited books, anthologies and self-published books are not eligible.
    • Submissions should be in English and must be first editions.
    • Works must be published between January 2022 and April 2024.

    Submission Period:

    • Submissions should include a completed Application Form.
    • A hard copy and a digital copy is required. The digital copy will be sent electronically to the judges. The hard copy will be added to the FIRES library collection.
    • The submission deadline is June 1, 2024 for the 2024 award.

    Submission Process:

    • Fill out the online application form below.
    • Hard copies must be sent or delivered to FIRES/ZAH at 526 Woodbend Lane, Houston, Texas 77079.
    • Digital copy should be sent to
    • For any questions, contact


    • The winner of the 2nd Bapsi Sidhwa Literary Prize will receive US$ 2000, a trophy, and the opportunity to showcase their work at the 18th North American Zoroastrian Congress in Houston, Texas, in December 2024.
    • Finalists and winner will be announced at the FEZANA Awards ceremony at the 18th North American Congress. The winner is encouraged to attend or delegate a representative to accept the prize.

    Selection and Adjudication:

    • A panel of judges will select finalists and choose the winner.
    • The organizer and judges are not responsible for plagiarism issues among finalists.
    • In case of insufficient entries, the prize will not be assigned.
    • The decision of the finalists and winner is final.

    Background and history:

    • The Bapsi Sidhwa Literary Prize is established by the Library Committee of the Zoroastrian Association of Houston (ZAH), home of the FEZANA Information Research and Education System (FIRES).
    • FIRES is a centralized collection of materials related to Zarathushti faith, culture and history.
    • The Prize honors and promotes the work of Zoroastrian writers in line with Bapsi Sidhwa’s legacy.
    • Named after the first recognized Zoroastrian writer from Pakistan, Bapsi Sidhwa, the Prize aims to recognize literary works biennially.

    We look forward to receiving your submissions and celebrating the rich tapestry of Zoroastrian literature in honor of Bapsi Sidhwa.

    Apply Now

    FEZANA Information, Research and Education System (FIRES) is a centralized collection of books, manuscripts, literature, magazines, and scholarly research materials in print and electronic form, primarily pertaining to Zarathushti faith, culture, and history.

    FIRES was established in 2010, and is housed and managed by the Zoroastrian Association of Houston (ZAH) Library. It is accessible by all FEZANA Associations and individuals.


  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Scholarships 2024
    Deadline 30th April 2024

    Applications for the Shapoorji Pallonji Scholarship are now open for MA and MPhil/PhD students. Students approaching Zoroastrianism from a variety of different disciplinary backgrounds, such as historical, linguistic, or study of religions, are all invited to apply.

    The deadline for applications is April 30th, 2024. Find more information and details on eligible programs, follow this link: Shapoorji Pallonji scholarships | SOAS

    For enquiries, please email and you can sign up to our mailing list to see all opportunities the Institute has to offer.

    Hear from last year's scholars

    Arish Dastur

    "As I approach the end of the third year of my PhD, I offer my most sincere gratitude to the Shapoorji Pallonji Scholarships for helping enable this wonderful journey. My PhD thesis Imagination and Meaning in the Zoroastrian Yašts is progressing very well. The third year of my PhD has been rich and productive, and a majority of the writing that shall be shaped into my final thesis has been completed. I shall use the fourth year of my PhD to finesse and finalise my thesis, and I am on schedule to submit it for examination on 15 July 2024."

     Shiruy Billimoria

    "I was grew up in Bombay (Mumbai), to a working-class Parsi Zoroastrian family where the tenets of our religion – Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds, were deeply embedded into my personality due to the rigorous efforts of my parents, and later on my teachers. It is no exaggeration to state that I simply would not have been able to attend SOAS if it was not for the Shapoorji Pallonji Scholarship - without the scholarship there would be no MA for me. It gave me the opportunity that I had been working towards for a very long time to fully focus on my studies during the entirety of the year."

    Visit our website to find out more about the Institute.

    SOAS, University of London
    Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
    London WC1H 0XG
    Tel: +44 (0)207 074 5146

  • Saturday, April 20, 2024 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Atash nu Parab Celebration

    (Day Dedicated to Holy Fire)

    Saturday, April 20th, 2024, at 10:00 AM Eastern Time

    Join us at

    Get ready to ignite your spirit and join us for a special YouTube premiere celebration on Saturday, April 20th, at 10 AM EST. 

    We will be celebrating Atash nu Parab (the Day of Holy Fire) with the recital of Atash Niyaesh and Tandarosti. 

    The prayer text and translation will be displayed side by side for all of us to understand the meaning of our prayers. 

    The prayers are recited in sync by Ervad. Mehbad Dastur and his son Ervad. Xersis Dastur from the Mehraban Guiv Darbe Mehr, Zoroastrian Society of Ontario (ZSO) in Toronto, Canada. 

    This will be followed by the NAMC IZS audio podcast on "Adar Yazad" by Brigadier Ervad. Behram Panthaki.

    We invite people of all faiths to unite and celebrate with us.

    Please mark your calendars and prepare to be inspired as we commemorate this special occasion.

    Join us as we light up the environment with joy, harmony, and the spirit of unity.

    North American Mobeds Council

  • Thursday, March 28, 2024 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The following is a Medical Appeal to North American Zarathustis shared with FEZANA by Shahrukh Marfatia for his daughter who lives in Calgary.

    Shahrukh writes:

    It has been four years since my rst appeal for a potential donor for my daughter who suffers from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Sadly, Covid stalled everything, and we could only pick up the donor search again in the past year or so. We did find a donor who registered with the Calgary Hospital Admin Transplant Centre. We were very hopeful that our daughter’s kidney transplant would have been done by now and that she would be leading a good, normal, quality life with her husband and her young boys.

    After all the tests and anxious waiting, we were informed a few months back, that the donor is an incompatible match for my daughter which could lead to a rejection of the donor kidney.

    Hence, my daughterand the donor were entered into the Canadian National program called the Paired Exchange Program (PEP).  This is an option that matches incompatible donor-recipient pairs with other pairs, and they exchange’ donors. Unfortunately, we have now been informed in the February matching round (there are only three/four yearly) that they could not find a suitable donor for my daughter from the PEP. We are therefore, again, making all efforts to find a direct matching donor for my daughter.

    My daughter’s blood group is “Oand we appeal now for American and Canadian donors who are blood group “O” as well. She will be 40 this year and has twin boys who are now 7 years old.Managing family and with her even more declining health situation, as you can imagine, is tough on her. Her key CKD markers like GFR are now at the final stage - 5.

    My family, and I would be so, so grateful if you can consider my appeal to be a donor for my daughter. I know that this requires a tremendous sacrifice on the part of a donor, and we will be very, very thankful for this gift of life to my daughter with your altruistic, selfless act. Please also share this appeal with your friends and communities where you feel this would be appropriate.

    I hasten to add that all admissible expenses for medical and if needed travel and accommodation expenses will be paid for, in accordance with the health system guidelines in the US and Canada. The plan would be, if a matching donor was found from this appeal, in Canada, then the potential donor would be referred to the Calgary Transplant Centre. For the US potential donor, the transplant surgery would take place in the US. We are currently exploring a couple of transplant hospitals on the East Coast.

    If any of you would be so kindly interested, please do email me at: and once I hear from you I willbe happy to put you in touch with the respective Canada and US Hospital transplant offices.

    Thank you and with kind regards.


    Shahrukh Marfatia

    A Distressed Father

  • Tuesday, February 20, 2024 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FEZANA Interfaith Activities Committee in collaboration with Project C.A.R.V. (Community Awareness for Relationship Violence) presents:

    Teen Dating Violence
    Become Aware     Help Prevent

    Tuesday, February 20th, 2024, at 8 PM Eastern | 5 PM Pacific


    In this virtual program, we aim to raise awareness about Teen Dating Violence, and inspire you to join hands with those who are already fighting to prevent and end it. We will also provide the attendees with a basic Toolkit on Teen Dating Violence Prevention.

    Our Speakers:

    • Mishal Ali is a senior at Klein High School and a Co-Founder of Project C.A.R.V.
    • Mahtab B. Dastur is a senior at Klein High School and a Co-Founder of Project C.A.R.V.
    • Susana Pulido is a senior at Klein High School and a Co-Founder of Project C.A.R.V.
    • Elizabell Vo is a junior at Klein High School and a Co-Founder of Project C.A.R.V.
    • Giovanni Valenzuela is a senior at Klein High School and an active advocate for TDV Awareness

    Program Moderated by:

    Bakhtavar Desai & Homi Gandhi,

    Co-Chairs, FEZANA Interfaith Activities Committee

    Register Now

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