Office of Global Engagement

Apply to the India Initiative Fellowship for funding opportunities for students and faculty

February 22, 2016

The Brown-India Initiative offers funding opportunities for students and faculty with India-related research interests. In the spring semester of 2015, nearly $75,000 was awarded to eight undergraduate students, seven graduate students, and two faculty members for projects that represent a variety of research topics related to social, cultural and economic topics in India. 

FELLOWSHIP DEADLINE: Monday, February 22, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
For full information, go to the Brown-India Initiative website.
Contact Stephanie Abbott-Pandey, program coordinator, for any questions. 

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 2016 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 2016-2017 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‚Äôs partners. Students who are unsure of where they would like to intern or are interested in one of the initiative's partners are encouraged to discuss their interests with an Initiative faculty member as early as possible.  Students who already have made contact with an organization are required to attach a letter of interest from the organization. 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: Monday, February 22, 2016 at NOON
Application Requirements: A two page project proposal, unofficial transcript, resume, budget, one faculty letter of recommendation, one letter from the organization (if proposing an internship). 
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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: Monday, February 22, 2016 at NOON
Application Requirements: A three page project proposal, budget, resume, unofficial transcript, and one letter of recommendation.
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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: Monday, February 22, 2016 at NOON
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.
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Please note that fellowship funds are only available to students and faculty of Brown University.