About Us

The Oxford Nizami Ganjavi Centre (ONGC) for the study of the history, languages and cultures of Azerbaijan, the Caucasus and Central Asia  was established in 2019 to encourage and support research into this pivotal region of the world. The centre offers visiting fellowships, research scholarships for graduate students, small grants for research students and academic staff, as well as running its own programme of activities and events. In addition, the ONGC supports language instruction in Azerbaijani at Oxford. The centre is located in the Oriental Institute on Pusey Lane, in central Oxford, and has a dedicated research space for scholars and visiting fellows within the Nizami Ganjavi Library in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. As well as having access to the library's extensive Arabic, Armenian, Georgian, Persian and Turkish collections, scholars are walking distance from the Sackler Library with its extensive holdings of books and journals on Middle Eastern art and visual culture, and the Bodleian Library, one of the largest research libraries in the world with major collections of Arabic, Armenian, Georgian, Persian, Russian and Turkish manuscripts. 

A generous endowment made possible by an anonymous donor and given in recognition of the British Foundation for the Study of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus (BFSAC) in 2018 led to the creation of the Oxford Nizami Ganjavi Centre, which has built on and expanded the original vision of the Oxford Nizami Ganjavi Programme.


Our logo was inspired by a 13th century ceramic found in Beylagan, Azerbaijan in 1962 by Professor Gara Ahmadov. According to several suggestions, the whole image is the depiction of Nizami Ganjavi's Seven Beauties – Bahram Gur sits in the middle, surrounded by seven beauties from different countries of the world.

Courtesy of the National History Museum of Azerbaijan (museum number 24323).