Funding/Awards

Spring Deadlines (January – May)

Fall Deadlines (September – December)

September Deadlines

The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) awards two prizes each year for the best unpublished book manuscript on an Indian subject:

  1. “The Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities”
  2. “The Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences”

Only junior scholars who have received the PhD within the last eight years (2011 and after) are eligible. This must be the first book by the author. The prize will include a subvention of $2500 for the press publishing the manuscript. Complete details and application information are available here.

AIIS Book Prize
The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) awards two prizes every year for the best unpublished book manuscript on an Indian subject: “The Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities” and “The Joseph W. ElderPrize in the Indian Social Sciences.” Only junior scholars who have received the PhD within the last eight years (2011 and after) are eligible. This must be the first book by the author. Complete details are available here. Submission deadline is September 30, 2019.

October Deadlines

The Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) in India, sponsored by Bharti, seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between rising generations of leaders and thinkers in the United States and India. The program provides for one to four mid-career U.S. professionals with a proven record of accomplishment in academia, business, government, and/or journalism to spend three to twelve months conducting research and working in India. Complete details and application information are available here.

Fulbright Application Period Open
The 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP) competition is now open! Complete details on South Asia programs are available on the FUSP website. Campus details are available here. The campus deadline for the 2020-21 FUSP competition is 11:59am CT on Wednesday, September 11, 2019; the national (final) deadline is 5pm ET, October 8, 2019.

International Affairs Fellowship in India Call for Applications
The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) in India, with a grant contributed by Bharti, seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between rising generations of leaders and thinkers in the United States and India. Complete details are available here. Application deadline is October 31, 2019.

November Deadlines

Luce Scholars Program Call for Applications
The Luce Scholars Program provides a year-long internship in an Asian country related to the scholar’s interests. The program is designed to provide an extended period of exposure to an Asian country for highly qualified young Americans who lack extensive knowledge of Asian affairs and who would not gain this knowledge through their normal career trajectories. Any professional field will be considered, except Asian Affairs/Asian Studies. Graduating seniors, recent alumni, graduate students, and junior faculty are encouraged to apply. Complete details are available here. Campus deadline is October 7, 2019. National deadline is November 1, 2019.

Critical Language Scholarship available
The Critical Language Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for 2020. The CLS Program offers instruction in the following languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Funding is available to undergraduate and graduate students. Application details are available here. Application deadline is November 19, 2019.

December Deadlines

AISLS Fellowships Call for Applications
The American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies is now accepting applications for fellowships supporting research in Sri Lanka by US citizens who already hold a PhD or the equivalent at the time they begin their fellowship tenure. Both scholars with little or no experience in Sri Lanka as well as specialists are encouraged to apply. Complete details are available here.Application is December 1, 2019.

AISLS Dissertation Grants Call for Applications
AISLS dissertation planning grants are designed to enable graduate students enrolled in US universities intending to do doctoral research in Sri Lanka 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. Complete details are available here.Application deadline is December 1, 2019.

AIIS Language Study in India Call for Applications
The American Institute of Indian Studies offers intensive language immersion programs for both summer and academic year study at various sites across India. Complete details are available here. Application deadline for all 2020 programs is December 31, 2019.

Boren Awards Call for Applications
Boren Scholarships (for undergraduate students) and Fellowships (for graduate students) provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Complete details are available here. The undergraduate application deadline is December 6, 2019 and the graduate application deadline is January 6, 2020.

Spring Deadlines (January – May)

January Deadlines

AIBS Fellowships Call for Applications
The American Institute of Bangladesh Studies is accepting applications for fellowships to support research involving Bangladesh. Complete details are available here. Application deadline is January 12, 2020.

LankaCorps Fellowship Program Call for Applications
LankaCorps is a unique opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. Fellowship details and application guidelines are available here. Application deadline is January 31, 2020.


Summer Deadlines (June – August)

The American Institute of Indian Studies provides funding to pre- and post-doctoral scholars and artists in pursuit of knowledge about India. Junior Fellowships are for graduate students conducting research for their doctoral dissertations in India. Senior Fellowships are for those holding the PhD degree. Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the arts to conduct their projects in India. Full details are available here.


 

The Sardar Patel Award is annually conferred by the Center for India and South Asia at UCLA to honor the best dissertation submitted at any American university on the subject of modern India. Complete award and application information is available here.

February-March Deadlines

IRIS Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Awards support graduate students at the UW-Madison planning to conduct a minimum of 6 weeks of summer fieldwork outside of the United States. Complete information is available here.

Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowships (SKJ) Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships are available to students of any nationality who are enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and are planning to conduct preliminary dissertation field research abroad. Application information is available here.

Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowships (SKJ) International Internship Fellowships are available to students of any nationality who are enrolled in any graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (working towards a doctorate) and are planning to spend a summer working as an intern with an organization abroad. Application information is available here.

The Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan (BULPIP-AIPS) hosts a Fall intensive Urdu language immersion program based at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan. Application information is available here for U.S. residents and non-residents.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grants provide doctoral candidates an opportunity to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement, and area studies not generally included in U.S. curricula. Complete application details are available here.

Deadline: April 15, 2019

The Mahakavi Gulab Khandelwal Smriti Scholarship, housed in the Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley, is an award established by the family of Mahakavi Gulab Khandelwal, a Hindi poet, in support of research in Hindi literature. The award is sponsored by his grandson Apoorv Khandelwal, on behalf of the Khandelwal family. Additional information is available on the UC Berkeley South Asia Studies website.

Past One-Time Opportunities