Funding/Awards

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.

CAORC Fellowships Now Accepting Applications
The Council of American Overseas Research Centers is now accepting applications for their two fellowship programs: the NEH Senior Research Fellowship and Multi-Country Research Fellowship, which allow fellows to visit and carry out research within our network of Overseas Research Centers. Complete application details are available here. Application deadline is January 23, 2020.

SAFLI Now Accepting Applications
In 2020, Boren Scholarship and Fellowship applicants have the opportunity to study Hindi or Urdu as part in the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI). Boren Scholars and Fellows selected for this initiative will receive funding for intensive language study and cultural immersion, beginning with a summer 2020 domestic program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by an overseas program in India. Please see our website for more information on the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative. Graduate application deadline is January 29, 2020 and the Undergraduate application deadline is February 5, 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.

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 Deadlines

UW Graduate Student Funding Applications
Applications are now available for IRIS Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Awards and Scott Kloeck-Jensen Fellowships. These awards are available to UW graduate students only. Application deadline for both awards is February 3, 2020.

FLAS Fellowship Competition Reopens at University of Washington
Eligible undergraduate and graduate students who will study Bengali, Hindi, Persian, or Urdu (other South Asian languages subject to approval) in summer 2020 will receive $5000 tuition plus $2500 living stipend. The AIIS application deadline has passed, but they will accept late applications by February 19. The FLAS Fellowship application system for this award is now open. The application deadline is 5:00 pm on March 6, 2020.

AIPS Funding Awards
The American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) is now accepting applications for its junior and senior fellowshipsshort-term research grants and conference travel grants. Membership and residency restrictions may apply. Complete details are available here. Fellowship application deadline is February 1, 2020 and short-term research grant application deadline is February 15, 2020.

Stimson Fellowships Call for Applications
The Henry L. Stimson Center’s South Asia Program welcomes applications from highly motivated graduating seniors or individuals who have completed their undergraduate or master’s degree in the past year for its 2020-2021 cohort of Junior Fellows. Complete program details are available here. Application deadline is February 15, 2020.

Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Award
The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States. Complete award and application details are available here. Application deadline is February 18, 2020.

Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Abroad Funding
The Group Projects Abroad Program is now accepting applications for FY 2020 short-term (short-term seminars, curriculum development teams, and group research or study projects) and long-term projects (advanced overseas intensive language projects). Complete application details are available here. Application deadline is February 18, 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 was January 31, but has been extended to February 28, 2020.

April Deadlines

SASLI Funding

SASLI is still accepting applications for summer 2020 for the following courses: Bengali, Dari, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Tibetan, and Urdu. General applications are due April 12, 2020.

In addition, we have the following opportunities still available, including a newly opened second FLAS competition:

May Deadlines

Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship Call for Applications
The Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship is intended for graduates of universities in specific areas of India and Pakistan who are currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of California. Application guidelines are available here, based on 2019 information. Click here for the application portal. Application deadline is May 22, 2020.


Summer Deadlines (June – August)

Research Support Grants Call for Applications
The National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations is offering Research Support Grants for Graduate Students in less-commonly taught languages. Complete details are available here. Application deadline is June 1, 2020.

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.

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
To promote scholarship in South Asian Studies, the American Institute of Indian Studies awards two prizes each year for the best unpublished book manuscript on an Indian subject. Complete details are available here. Submission deadline is September 30, 2020.

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.

AIIS Fellowship Competition Call for Applications
The American Institute of Indian Studies is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Fellowship Competition. Fellowships may be awarded for Junior and Senior Researchers, Senior Scholarly/Professional Development, and Senior Performing and Creative Arts. Complete details are available here. Application deadline is November 15, 2020. (Deadline extended)

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 hereApplication 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.