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Stefanie Pietkiewicz (2019)

The Steven and Debi Wisch Fellowship for Graduate Research in South Asian Studies

The Steven and Debi Wisch Fellowship is awarded to outstanding Stanford doctoral students who have demonstrated potential to advance scholarship in South Asian Studies. Applicants are nominated by their faculty advisor and are expected to undertake doctoral research during their fellowship term. 

The fellowship covers TGR fees, at least 50% of insurance costs, and a stipend at the university minimum for the academic year. Fellows are expected to be enrolled in research units at Stanford for all three quarters of the academic year while conducting their research.  Both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research projects focusing on South Asia are considered.  


All Ph.D. candidates enrolled in Stanford School of Humanities & Sciences are eligible to apply. Priority is given to those who have reached Terminal Graduate Registration (TGR). Ideally, the nominees should have advanced to candidacy and have a research proposal approved by their dissertation committee by the end of summer quarter before the start of the fellowship.

No other employment, assistantship, or fellowship may be held concurrently.  Exceptions to this restriction may be considered upon the nominating faculty member's recommendation.

Further inquiries shall be directed to the CSA Associate Director Dr. Lalita du Perron with cc to southasiainfo@stanford.edu

Application Procedure:

Stanford faculty members are invited to nominate exceptional doctoral candidates by April 4, 2022.The nomination letter shall discuss the student's research, its potential contribution to South Asian Studies, the student's candidacy status, and the (expected) proposal approval date. 

Nominated students will then be invited to submit:

  1. An academic C.V.
  2. Maximum of 2-page statement, explaining how they plan to spend their fellowship year if chosen.

Applications are due by 5 pm (Pacific Time) on May 2, 2022 and shall be submitted by email to CSA Associate Director Dr. Lalita du Perron (lalita@stanford.edu) with cc to southasiainfo@stanford.edu

A faculty committee will review the applications. The selected fellow will be required to submit a report at the end of the fellowship year.