Internships and Fellowships

Different internship and grant opportunities to research in South Asia are available for students and faculty through a variety of different avenues, including—but not limited to—programs here at Brown. 

Within Brown

South Asian Studies Student Fellowship

The South Asian Studies Student Fellowship supports a graduate or undergraduate summer project related to any region of South Asia outside of India. The South Asian Studies Fellowships offers $4,000 and  supports student research interests in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. Projects may include research, an internship, a language learning program or a combination thereof.

The application period is now open. Deadline is February 22, 2016.
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India Initiative Fellows

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. 

The application period is now open. Deadline is February 22, 2016.
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Watson Institute Fellows

The Watson Institute for International Studies has opportunities for rising seniors to conduct senior thesis research in the field and the Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowship to support the summer plans of a Brown University student who embodies the characteristics of compassion, determination, and selflessness in the pursuit of international human rights, post-conflict rehabilitation, or international public service.

BEO International Internship Program

The BEO International Internship Program includes summer internships in India, offering students the opportunity to work in an Indian company for 6 to 8 weeks with all travel and accommodation costs covered. Summer interns will add an international dimension to their academic preparation and be exposed to the workings of the global marketplace. Any Brown concentrator in “Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations” who has completed his/her sophomore or junior year and is in good academic standing is welcome to apply.

Royce Fellowship

Established in 1996 through the generosity of Charles Royce, a 1961 graduate of Brown University, the Royce Fellowship Program supports Brown University undergraduates as they carry out independent projects of their own design in locations across the United States and around the world. Along with funding, the program confers lifetime membership in the Society of Royce Fellows, a community of student scholars, faculty fellows, and Royce alumni that offers a forum for reflection, inquiry, and intellectual engagement within the university.


Outside Brown

American India Foundation William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India

The American India Foundation (AIF) William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is a ten month long fellowship that pairs young professionals with leading NGOs and social enterprises in India.

American Institute of Indian Studies

American Institute of Indian Studies has opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to conduct language study, research, and educational courses in India. Language courses are offered in the summer, for a semester, or for one academic year. There are research fellowship opportunities in all fields, ranging from anthropology to urban planning, ethnomusicology to political science. Fellowship opportunities are located around India.

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) has several opportunities to study in India. CSDS has two year doctoral fellowships, writing fellowships for activists, study abroad visits for university professors, and an internship program. CSDS is located in Delhi, India.

Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in India

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has an opportunity for an International Affairs Fellowship in India for individuals to conduct independent foreign policy analysis in India.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is sponsored by the US State Department and offers fully-funded summer language institutes to US university students in thirteen critical foreign languages including BanglaHindi, PersianPunjabi, and Urdu.

Fulbright Fellowships

The U.S. Department of State has opportunities for individuals to conduct research or English teaching throughout South Asia, in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. 

Indian Institute of Advanced Study

Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) has opportunities for fellows to conduct research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural and life sciences. IIAS is located in Shimla, India.

Inclusive Media for Change

Inclusive Media for Change (im4change) provides a fellowship opportunity for journalists working in English and Hindi to produce a series of stories, radio, or television programs engaging with rural communities in India.

Indian Council of Social Science Research

Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) has opportunities for prominent social scientists, young scholars, and doctoral students to conduct social science research related to India.

Indo-US Science and Technology Forum

Indo-US Science and Technology Forum offers funding for activities and initiatives that engage the scientific and research communities in India and the US.

Jawaharlal Nehru University Institute of Advanced Study

Jawaharlal Nehru University Institute of Advanced Study (JNIAS) has fellowship opportunities for scholars, activists, or professionals working in JNIAS fields of study, including: life sciences and human interaction, sustainable development, social movements, globalization studies, and more.

Social Science Research Council

Social science Research Council (SSRC), housed in Brooklyn, NY, has information on social science fellowships and grants for social scientists conducting innovative research on public issues.

U.S. Department of State Franklin Fellowship

The U.S. Department of State's Franklin Fellowship provides an opportunity for academic experts and private sector individuals to spend at least one year applying their knowledge to foreign policy at the U.S. Department of State.

American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies

The AISLS offers fellowship opportunities to support research in Sri Lanka by US scholars in the social sciences and humanities. AISLS also offers dissertation planning grants, grants for language instruction, and travel stipends for presenters at the Annual Conference on South Asia and the Tamil Studies Conference. The AISLS website has information for other scholarship and fellowship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

American Institute of Pakistan Studies

The AIPS offers long- and short-term fellowships to support research abroad by post-doctoral and pre-doctoral (ABD) applicants.

American Institute of Bangladesh Studies

The AIBS offers grants for research fellowships in Bangladesh, funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Ashoka Social Innovation Program

Ashoka offers fellow awards for social entrepreneurs.