India Initiative Fellows

The 2015-2016 fellowship application is now closed. Please check back in the beginning of  2016 to apply for the 2016-2017 fellowship.

Student Fellowship Overview
Graduate and Undergraduate fellows of the Brown-India Initiative will participate as active members of the India Initiative community for a period of one year.  The fellowship will commence with a funded research or internship opportunity during the summer of 2015 or in special cases during the academic year. Upon their return to campus student fellows will give a presentation on their summer projects, attend India Initiative seminars, and have opportunities to work closely with India Initiative faculty, if necessary.  Fellows will also receive special invitations to attend lunches and dinners with guest speakers.  Funding will be available during the 2015-2016 academic year for India Initiative Fellows to attend conferences and/or organize events.

Undergraduate Research and Internships 
The purpose of undergraduate summer funding is to facilitate research for a senior thesis or to provide internship experience with an academic or civil society organization.  Students are invited to propose work with any organization or indicate their interest in one of the Initiative’s partners. Students who already have made contact with an organization are required to attach a letter of interest from the organization. The Initiative will be happy to place those who do not have prior contacts with projects at our partner institutions in India; students interested in this option are encouraged to discuss their interests with an Initiative faculty member as early as possible. Details about Initiative partners, such as Janaagraha (Bangalore) and Centre for Policy Research (Delhi), PRADAN (various) can be found at:
Award: Up to a $5,000 maximum per project (5-7 awards)
Eligibility: Juniors; Sophomores with advanced standing (Brown University Only).
Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015
Application Requirements: A two page project proposal, unofficial transcript, resume, budget, and one letter from the organization (if proposing an internship). 
Apply at UFunds

Graduate and Postdoctoral Research, Internships or
Language Training
Graduate funding can be used for three purposes: research, internships, and language training.  Proposals for either exploratory or advanced dissertation research will be considered. The first will cover the early years of graduate program; the second will facilitate completion of the dissertation.  Internships will be with projects underway at partner institutions, some of these could include Janaagraha (Bangalore), Centre for Public Policy Research (Delhi), Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (Delhi), Center for Studies in Social Sciences, (Kolkata), National Council of Applied Economic Research (Delhi), Centre for Policy Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore).  Language training will be for accelerated programs of language instruction. (American Institute of Indian Studies (Delhi) can assist in locating a center for specific language training.) 
Other creative ideas are also welcome.
Award: Up to a $7,500 maximum per project (3-5 awards)
Eligibility: Graduate or post-doctoral candidates in all fields dealing with modern India can apply (Brown University Only).
Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015
Application Requirements: A three page project proposal, budget, resume, unofficial transcript, and one letter of recommendation.
Apply at UFunds

Faculty Research or Language Training
Applications will be considered from Brown regular faculty from any field to support research on modern India or accelerated language training that is relevant to India. Proposals will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposed research or training and the potential for the activity to lead to a long-term successful program of research on modern India. Special consideration will be given to applications from junior faculty, especially those for whom India is a new area of research. 
Award: Up to a $10,000 maximum per project
Eligibility: Any regular Brown University Faculty
Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015
Application Requirements: A five page project proposal, budget, CV, and, for junior faculty, two letters of reference. Senior faculty need not send letters of recommendation.
Apply at UFunds

Please note that fellowship funds are only available to students and faculty of Brown University.