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Fellowships Overview

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Research and Language Fellowships: Summer 2018

CSA is pleased to announce the following fellowship opportunities. The language fellowship is open to both graduate and undergraduate students.

  • The Graduate Student Research Fellowship is open to Stanford University doctoral students in Humanities and Sciences, and graduate students in Stanford's Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Law, Earth Sciences and Medicine. Five fellowships of up to $4,000 will be awarded for expenses related to summer research in South Asia. All research proposals must be for research that will be carried out in South Asia.
  • CSA Language Fellowship is open to all Stanford doctoral students in humanities and sciences, graduate students in Stanford's Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Law, Earth Sciences, Medicine, and undergraduate students. This intensive language fellowship may be used for study in the U.S. or abroad.  The proposed course of language study must be integral to the applicant's academic development and/or research. Priority will given to students in need of language skills for research and to training in languages not offered on campus or for advanced training in languages where the student has exhausted campus resources. The course of study must be six weeks or more and must meet or exceed 140 contact hours for beginning and intermediate and 120 contact hours for advanced language instruction. Three to four Fellowships up to $3000 will be awarded under this category.
  • CSA Service Fellowship is open to graduate and undergraduate students who arrange their own partnership to work with an organization in South Asia. We have one pre-existing possibility in Pune, India, for those of you who would like to indicate that in your interest form. funding of upto $3000 can be awarded under this category.

Applicants may apply for all fellowships, but can only be awarded one. Please apply for each fellowship separately. 

Award Requests must be for expenses that are not covered through other sources of funding. Applicants may simultaneously apply for other sources of funding, but may not accept multiple sources of funding for the same expenses. The itemized budget should clearly list sources of confirmed and/or pending funding.


Applicants are required to submit all application material electronically through this webform  for review by the selection committee. Due Date: March 10. 2018. The webform requires these items:

  • Curriculum vitae of no more than 2 pages.
  • A 3-4 page project proposal describing the research or language program to be undertaken, its relevance to South Asian Studies, and its significance for the student's research and academic development.  For language study applicants, please include a brochure or program guide from your intended institution/organization and verification that the hours of instruction meet or exceed the guidelines.
  • An itemized budget specifying overall project costs, amount of funding requested from the Center for South Asia and sources and amount of confirmed/pending financial support for the project.  For the pending financial support, please indicate the date by which funding decision will be announced.  If you are ineligible for other financial support, please explain why.
  • A current transcript (copy accepted).

Please also note that you must have one letter of reference from your primary faculty advisory submitted. Please have them send their letter to with your name in the subject line.