Grants

Grants and Internships

The South Asia Initiative offers grants each academic year for students and faculty pursuing interests in South Asia. Information for the 2010-2011 grants are given below, with specific application instructions and deadlines. 

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Undergraduate Student grants

  • South Asia Initiative Undergraduate Study Grants
  • South Asia Initiative Service in South Asia Summer Internships

Graduate Student grants

  • South Asia Initiative Graduate Study Grants
  • Graduate Student Associates Program

Student Organization grants

  • Asiarelated Centers Common Application for Student Organization Grants

Faculty grants

  • South Asia Initiative Faculty Grants
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships

67 Undergraduate and Graduate students were awarded grants for research and service internships. Undergraduate research grants to India were funded from a generous donation given by the Tata Group.

 

Undergraduate Student Grants:  

South Asia Initiative Undergraduate Study Grants:

South Asia Initiative (SAI) Study Grants are available to Harvard undergraduates across all disciplines for research or field work in South Asia. Grants are available only to students continuing at Harvard in the following academic year.  Grantees may use their award any time during the academic year following receipt of the SAI grant.

The deadline for this year is Friday, February 18, 2011


An application is available by logging into CARAT (the Common Application for Research and Travel) here.


A complete set of materials includes the following items, collated in the following order:
* The application form generated by CARAT, including budget form
* A proposal of no more than 750 words outlining the project you hope to undertake and the rationale for pursuing it in your destination(s)
* A current one-page resume
* A current official transcript
* Two letters of recommendation (sealed in original envelopes; this is the only part of your application that you are not required to photocopy). Please paper-clip the sealed envelopes to the each application packet. If you are submitting multiple applications but a recommender has provided only a single letter, international center staff will make and collate the required additional copies.

You are responsible for providing all necessary copies of application materials.

All documents must be single-sided and paper-clipped (no staples)


*Please note that this is a non-negotiable deadline, though students in line at 3:00 pm will be allowed to submit their applications. If you cannot submit your application during this window, you must make other arrangements with individual centers. Also please note that depending on the number of students submitting applications at any given time, you may have to wait in line, so please plan accordingly.*

Undergraduate students with summer research travel plans of 8 weeks or longer are encouraged to apply to the David Rockefeller International Experience Grants Program administered by the Office of International Programs. For more information view: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~oip/rockefeller

 

South Asia Initiative Service in South Asia Summer Internships:

The South Asia Initiative offers internship funding to Harvard undergraduates for service in South Asia during the summer of 2011.  Funding covers airfare and basic room and board.  Students are expected to set up their own internships.  Upon return, students may write a related research paper for academic credit.

Students with no background or experience in South Asia are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for this year is Friday, February 18, 2011

An application is available by logging into CARAT (the Common Application for Research and Travel) here.

A complete set of materials includes the following items, collated in the following order:
* The application form generated by CARAT, including budget form
* A proposal of no more than 750 words outlining the project you hope to undertake and the rationale for pursuing it in your destination(s)
* A current one-page resume
* A current official transcript
* Two letters of recommendation (sealed in original envelopes; this is the only part of your application that you are not required to photocopy). Please paper-clip the sealed envelopes to the each application packet. If you are submitting multiple applications but a recommender has provided only a single letter, international center staff will make and collate the required additional copies.
* A letter from the internship site confirming your participation and dates of travel

You are responsible for providing all necessary copies of application materials.

**Please note that the SAI does not verify the authenticity or legitimacy of programs or internship opportunities.  This is the student’s responsibility.   

All documents must be single-sided and paper-clipped (no staples)


*Please note that this is a non-negotiable deadline, though students in line at 3:00 pm will be allowed to submit their applications. If you cannot submit your application during this window, you must make other arrangements with individual centers. Also please note that depending on the number of students submitting applications at any given time, you may have to wait in line, so please plan accordingly.*

Undergraduate students with summer research travel plans of 8 weeks or longer are encouraged to apply to the David Rockefeller International Experience Grants Program administered by the Office of International Programs. For more information view: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~oip/rockefeller

 

Graduate Student Grants: 

South Asia Initiative Graduate Study Grants:

South Asia Initiative (SAI) Study Grants are available to Harvard graduate students across all disciplines and schools of the University whose master's or doctoral theses are focused on and involve research or field work in South Asia. Grants are available only to students continuing at Harvard in the following year.

Applications are due by 3:00 pm on Friday, February 11, 2011.


Grantees may use their award any time during the academic year following receipt of the SAI grant.


To apply, please complete the GSAS Standard Application here.

Applicants should submit the application form (including budget sheet) along with a current resume/CV, current official transcript, a statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation. Full details of these are offered on the application's cover page.

Applications must be submitted to Megan Rajbanshi, South Asia Initiative, CGIS S427, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (sainit@fas.harvard.edu).

Graduate Student Associate Program:

The South Asia Initiative announces its Graduate Student Associates Program for the academic year 2010-2011.

Harvard graduate students are invited to apply for these positions designed to support original and independent research on South Asia towards a Ph.D. or equivalent advanced professional degree. Up to eight residential positions and five non-residential positions are offered for 2010-2011.

SAI invites proposals in any discipline or field of South Asian studies and encourages work on all countries and regions of the subcontinent as well as the study of South Asia in larger connective contexts.

Each resident GSA will receive a carrel on the 4th floor of CGIS South Building, use of a desktop computer and a research stipend of up to $3,000.  Non-resident GSAs will not receive carrel space, but all other components will be the same.  In addition, the GSAs are expected to participate in weekly meetings to discuss graduate students’ dissertations in progress and to attend other SAI seminars, workshops and conferences.

Doctoral degree candidates from all Harvard academic departments and professional schools are eligible to apply.  Applicants from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences should have completed their General Examinations and commenced research on their dissertation.  Applicants from professional schools should be conducting a major research project related to South Asia.

Applications are due by 3:00 pm on Friday, February 11, 2011

Applicants should submit a letter of application (please include "Resident" or "Non-Resident" designation at the top of the letter), a current resume/CV, a 1000-word description of the thesis or research project, a current official transcript, and two letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with the student’s work to Megan Rajbanshi, South Asia Initiative, CGIS S427, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (sainit@fas.harvard.edu).

To read about our current Graduate student Associates, click here

 

Student Organization Grants: 

Asia-related Centers Common Application for Student Organization Grants:

The Asia-related centers at Harvard University offer grants to undergraduate and graduate student organizations for projects relating to individual countries or spanning multiple countries in Asia. These grants are offered on an ongoing basis; however, organizations are encouraged to apply as early as possible as funds are limited. Please submit a detailed Project Summary and Budget Attachment along with this form.

Click here for an application form.

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Please submit applications 4-6 weeks ahead of your event to allow for review prior to the event.
This form is used collectively by the five Asia-related centers and should be submitted to: Jorge Espada at jespada@fas.harvard.edu or delivered to Room S118A, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St.

Please do not submit copies to the individual centers.

 

Faculty Grants: 

South Asia Initiative Faculty Grants:

The South Asia Initiative is pleased to announce that it is accepting proposals from Harvard University faculty in the field of South Asian studies for use in summer 2011 or AY 2011-2012. The purpose of these grants is to promote South Asian studies across the university and to stimulate disciplinary and interdisciplinary research. All applications must ordinarily be led by one or more permanent members of the Harvard University faculty at the assistant, associate, or full professorial rank who will be continuing in that capacity at Harvard for the duration of the project, and who will personally take part in the activities sponsored by the grant. Visiting professors and scholars who will be at Harvard for the duration of the project may take part.

Applications are due by 3:00 pm on Friday, February 18, 2010.

Submissions are sought in the following three categories:
1) Travel grants to research locations (a maximum of $5,000). Preference will be given in this category to junior tenure-track faculty.
2) Individual research grants (a maximum of $10,000). Funding will be available for individual research projects and may be used for expenses such as travel and research assistance. Funds may not be used for salary replacement or to cover expenses for publication or manuscript preparation, such as subventions or indexing.
3) Collaborative research grants (a maximum of $15,000). Funding will be available for collaborative research projects involving two or more faculty. Inter-departmental and inter-School collaboration is encouraged, but not required. Funds may be used for expenses such as travel and research assistance as well as workshops directly related to the promotion of scholarly research. Funds may not be used for salary replacement or to cover expenses for publication or manuscript preparation, such as subventions or indexing.

Proposals (no more than five single-spaced pages), including a detailed budget, should be submitted to Megan Rajbanshi either at mrajbans@fas.harvard.edu or at the SAI office in Room S427, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street.  Applicants will receive an e-mail confirmation when their proposal is received.

Candidates will be notified of decisions by early April.  Successful candidates will be expected to provide a short 2-page report upon completion of their project to the SAI Steering Committee summarizing the work made possible by this grant.


Postdoctoral Fellowships (not available 2010-2011):

The South Asia Initiative at Harvard University launched a new Postdoctoral Fellowship program in 2008-09. SAI invites applications for appointment to two such fellowships from candidates who have received the Ph.D. within the last five academic years. SAI invites proposals in any discipline or field of South Asian studies and encourages work on all countries and regions of the subcontinent as well as the study of South Asia in larger connective contexts. Fellows are expected to teach one course and to participate in SAI seminars, workshops and conferences. Each fellow will receive a stipend of $50,000 and health insurance. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a 2000-word description of a research project, one chapter or article length writing sample (no longer than 40 double-spaced pages), a draft course syllabus, and three letters of recommendation. These fellowships are open to citizens of all countries. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
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