Graduate Fellowships

This page provides a list of fellowships, grants and awards relevant to South Asia. Please refer to the listed sites for application deadlines.

American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowships

Junior Research Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study. Junior Research Fellowships are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors. Awards are available for up to eleven months.

Non U.S. citizens are welcome to apply for AIIS fellowships as long as they are either graduate students or full-time faculty at a college or university in the U.S. Citizens of the U.S., however, may apply even if they are not affiliated with an institution in the U.S.

American Institute of Pakistan Studies Fellowships

Applications are invited for research fellowships at the pre-doctoral level for projects lasting two to nine months. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or enrolled/employed full-time in an institution of higher education in the USA. Pre-doctoral applicants should have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertationAwards will include international travel expenses and stipends (subject to availability of funds). The amount of the stipends will be comparable to Fulbright Awards. Funds may be used for research on materials relating to the history and culture of Pakistan in any country EXCEPT Pakistan and the US. AIPS regrets that security regulations continue to preclude the use of U.S. Government-funded fellowships in Pakistan.

American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies Grants

AISLS Dissertation Planning Grant Program

AISLS dissertation planning grants are designed to enable graduate students to make a pre-dissertation visit to Sri Lanka to investigate the feasibility of their topic, to sharpen their research design, or to make other practical arrangements for future research. Applicants will normally be enrolled in a PhD program in a US university

AISLS Travel Stipends

The AISLS will make a travel grant of $300 to any graduate student who gives a paper or acts as a discussant concerning Sri Lanka at the 2008 Annual Conference on South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison or to any graduate student who gives a paper or acts as a discussant concerning Sri Lanka at the South Asia Conference organized by the South Asian Studies Alliance (SASA) at Claremont Graduate School, Claremont CA, March 29-30, 2008

Critical Language Enhancement Award

Critical Language Enhancement Awards are available to grantees for study of critical need foreign languages. The South Asia languages supported are Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Pashto, Urdu.

Fulbright IIE

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists to study abroad for one academic year for study and research abroad. This Fulbright grant is administered by the US Information Agency (USIA) and is different from the Fulbright-Hays. Most of these grants are to cover one academic year abroad. Funds generally provide for transportation, language courses, tuition in some cases, research allowances, and living expenses for the year. Only US citizens are eligible and preference will

be given those whose higher education was received primarily at US institutions. Applicant must also hold at least a BA or equivalent but may not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application.

UVa deadline: Fulbright US Student Program mid- September 2008. The application can ber downloaded from UVA's Office of Research Adminstration:

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Research Abroad Program

The Fulbright-Hays provides funds for research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies for doctoral students and established faculty. Area studies may include projects that focus on economic, political science, geography, environmental studies, and sociology. Doctoral dissertation grants require a minimum of 6 months in the host country or countries.

The U.Va. deadline is 24 October 2007. Please contact Lynn Hedlund (office: 422B Cabell Hall, telephone: 434-924-7139) if you are applying. Submission is electronic and hardcopy. Competition information and the link to the electronic application are on the U.S. Dept. of Education website.

Social Science Research Council Fellowships International Dissertation Research Fellowships

The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) program supports distinguished graduate students in the humanities and social sciences conducting dissertation research outside the United States. The IDRF program is committed to scholarship that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies grounded in empirical and site-specific research (involving fieldwork, research in archival or manuscript collections, or quantitative data collection). The program promotes research that is situated in a specific discipline and geographical region and is engaged with interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives. Fellowships will provide support for nine to twelve months of dissertation research. Individual awards will be approximately $20,000. The program is administered by the Social Science Research Council in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies. For more information, contact International Dissertation Field Research Program (IDRF), Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Avenue, 31st floor, NY NY 10019. Tel 212-377-2700; fax 212-377-2727; email

Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-Country Research Fellowship

The program is open to U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences and wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance. Fellowships require scholars to conduct research in more than one country, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. It is anticipated that approximately ten fellowships of up to $9,000 each will be awarded. Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2008. For more information, contact, 202 633 1599.

NSEP Graduate Fellowships

The National Security Education Program's (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships are intended to support U.S. graduate students who will pursue the study of languages and cultures deemed critical to U.S. national security, and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government. The NSEP service requirement stipulates that an award recipient work in the federal government in a position with national security responsibilities. The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or any element of the Intelligence Community are priority agencies. The U.S. Congress has recently included a provision that will enable 2008 NSEP award recipients to fulfill the NSEP Service Agreement in a broader range of employment opportunities. This provision allows for an additional option -- to fulfill the service agreement in a position in the field of education in a discipline related to the study supported by the program. Please note that this option will be available by petition only and only to individuals who can demonstrate that they have exhausted all opportunities to gain federal employment.

Wenner-Gren Foundation

Dissertation Fieldwork Grants

Dissertation Fieldwork Grants for up to $25,000 are awarded to individuals enrolled in a doctoral program to support dissertation research. Applicants must be engaged in research that contributes to anthropological knowledge. Applicants of any nationality or country of residence may apply.