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South Asian Studies Fellowships at Cornell University

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South Asian Studies Fellowships at Cornell University

Cornell University’s South Asia Program (SAP) welcomes applications from scholars, writers, curators, and artists based in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka) to visit Cornell University for a fellowship period of between one and three months to undertake research, artistic productions, and/or collaborations related to South Asian Studies. Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with Cornell faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students, and to involve themselves in South Asia Program activities.

The South Asia Program will award four fellowships for residence at Cornell University between March and December 2018. Each Fellow will receive $6,000 and the necessary documents for J-1 visa application purposes. All travel, housing, health insurance, and visa fees are the responsibility of the Fellow. SAP can assist with securing housing on campus, subject to availability.

These fellowships are not intended for dissertation or master’s degree research. Preference will be given to applicants who have not recently undertaken studies, fellowships or employment in North America. Applicants must be resident in South Asia at the time of the fellowship to be eligible. Citizens of South Asian countries living outside of South Asia are not eligible for this fellowship. Information about last year’s inaugural cohort of Fellows is available here.

Cornell University’s South Asia Program is an interdisciplinary hub for Cornell students, faculty, staff, community members, and academic visitors. It has over 40 affiliated faculty from across Cornell’s colleges and professional schools, ranging from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to law, business, and public policy. The U. S. Department of Education has designated SAP as one of eight Title VI National Resource Centers for South Asia.


Applications must be submitted online by the December 4, 2017 deadline via https://fundingapp.einaudi.cornell.edu/. The application link is at the bottom of the menu on the right, under “External Grants.”

Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary faculty committee. Decisions will be made based on the quality of the proposed project, the demonstrated capability of the applicant to complete the project, and the project’s fit with Cornell faculty specializations and other university resources (such as the library, curatorial and performance opportunities, etc.).

Applications must include:

  1. All information in the online form, including highest degree received.
  2. A two-page CV including institutional affiliation, educational qualifications, and key publications/works produced.
  3. A two-page narrative explaining the work to be undertaken during the fellowship period, proposed dates for the fellowship, and its relevance to the applicant’s scholarly/artistic development.
  4. Two letters of reference. The online form will automatically deliver an email with instructions to your two letter writers, after you submit their email addresses.

Please direct any questions to [email protected].

Official Link

Deadline: 4th December, 2018


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline04 December,2017



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