The 2014 South Asian Studies Fellowship has been awarded to Neel Yalamarthy '15 for summer research in Sri Lanka.
About Neel Yalamarthy:
Starting in January 2014, Neel Yalamarthy began working with the Rhode Island School of Design’s DESINE-Lab, an applied research lab that incorporates design thinking, entrepreneurship and innovation to solve issues of global poverty and social and environmental injustice. With funding from the South Asian Studies Fellowship, this summer he will travel to Sri Lanka to continue his research with the lab’s Northern Visions Sri Lanka Initiative. Neel's work centers around on providing strategic planning and action-taking tools for the physical rebuilding process, capacity building and livelihood development efforts within war-impacted communities in Sri Lanka's Jaffna Peninsula. Neel expects to work throughout the region, with a specific focus on the town of Kilinochchi, the former headquarters of the Tamil Tigers.
About the SAS 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. For more information, visit our Internships and Fellowships webpage.