The Brown-India Initiative offers summer funding for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty through its Fellowship, which you can learn about here.

In addition, many fellowships are available to students through Brown that support research or internships in India. There are also a wide range of fellowships available for scholars and students to conduct research in India. 

Fellowships available through Brown 

The Swearer Center for Public Service

The Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown has several opportunities for undergraduates to pursue research. 

  • Social Innovation Fellowship: Overseen by the Center's Social Innovation Initiative, the SI Fellowship is the overarching program for both the C.V. Starr and the Leslie Altman Social Entrepreneurship Fellowships, as well as for opportunities for RISD students and Taubman Center Masters in Public Affairs students. Students receive year-long skills-training and support as well as financing (up to $4000) to grow a social venture over the summer. Housed at Brown, students' work can go towards developing programs related to India. 
  • Royce FellowshipEach year, up to twenty students are awarded Royce Fellowships to conduct research, curricular development, or public service project of their own design. Projects may include international travel. 

Watson Institute Fellows 

  • Watson Senior Thesis Travel Grants: Rising seniors concentrating in Development Studies or International Relations may apply for funding (up to $2000) to cover the costs of travelling to conduct research for an approved senior thesis. 
  • The Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowship: This fellowship provides $4000 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. 

Office of the Dean of the College 

  • International Affairs Undergraduate Student Fund: Undergraduate students wishing to conduct research or other projects directly relating to their studies, including international travel, can apply to this fund which awards grants on a rolling basis.
  • IR Program Michael Bhatia Fund for Peace-Keeping and Conflict Studies: Students concentrating in International Relations can apply to this fund for work that will deepen their understanding of a region or culture by traveling and studying there, with the ultimate goal of helping to promote cross-cultural understanding that might end or avert violence or military conflict. 

Students can also apply for Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs) for projects that involve collaborating with a faculty member on teaching or research, during the summer or school year, and Research at Brown (RAB) grants for any student-initiated research projects in the sciences, humanities or the fine arts.

Applications for the above Watson Institute and Dean of the College programs, and others, can be found on the UFunds page.

For a full list of fellowships available through Brown, please visit Fellowships @ Brown.



Outside of Brown, many institutions and research centers offer opportunities for fellowships.

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 anthropoogy 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. 

Fulbright Fellowships

The U.S. Department of State has opportunities for individuals to conduct research or English teaching in India under the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship. 

Indian Institute of Advanced Study 

Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) has opportunities for fellows to conduct research int he 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 studients 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.