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Graduate Opportunities

Center for Contemporary South Asia Graduate Research, Internships or Language Training

Graduate funding can be used for three purposes: research, internships, and language training. Proposals for either exploratory or advanced dissertation research will be considered. The first will cover the early years of graduate program; the second will facilitate completion of the dissertation. Language training will be for accelerated programs of language instruction. The American Institute of Indian Studies (Delhi) can assist in locating a center for specific language training. Other creative ideas are also welcome. 

Amount: Up to a $7,500 maximum per project

Eligibility: PhD candidates in all fields dealing with contemporary South Asia can apply (Brown University Only).

Deadline: Monday, March 13, 2023 at NOON

Application requirements: A three page project proposal, budget, resume, unofficial transcript, and one letter of recommendation.

GPD Fellowship

The Watson Institute’s Graduate Program in Development (GPD) is for a period of one year, although students are expected to stay active in the program beyond their fellowship year. The fellowships are supported by the Watson Institute and the Dean of the Faculty.

Middle East Studies Research Travel Award

Research Travel Awards up to $1,000 are available for undergraduates, and up to $1,500 for graduates. Travel is not limited to the Middle East, however, applicants must be conducting research in Middle East Studies. Priority will be given to students using the funds towards research for the senior Capstone or Honors Thesis.

Saxena Center for Contemporary South Asia Winter Research & Travel Funds

Subject to university guidelines regarding spending and travel, the Saxena Center for Contemporary South Asia would like to offer winter research and travel awards of up to $3,000 to graduate and undergraduate students of Brown University. Students in any discipline whose research develops knowledge about South Asia may apply. Pending university guidelines funds may be used for  travel to visit archives or conduct fieldwork where possible, attend conferences virtually or in person, language training, unanticipated research expenses due to COVID-19, or other non-travel efforts to further one's research during these challenging times. It is highly recommended that students review current university travel policies as it may be necessary to submit your travel plans for university review in October or early November, even before the committee has reached a decision about awards. Please reach out to stephanie_abbott@brown.edu with questions.

Amount: Up to a $3,000 maximum, students may apply for smaller amounts.

Eligibility: Undergraduate and Graduate Students (Brown University)

Deadline: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at NOON

Application requirements: Up to a one page project proposal including budget (a paragraph may be sufficient), unofficial transcript, and resume.

Taubman Center Graduate Research Fellowship Award

The Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy is pleased to provide resources to support three Brown University PhD candidates with proposed research activities that align well with one or more of the Taubman Center themes.  The themes of the Center are as follows:

  • Legislative Politics and Policy Advocacy
  • Obstacles to Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Empowerment
  • Domestic Violence and Human Security