Graduate Funding Information Service

June 3, 2019

American Institute of Indian Studies Research Fellowship

Application Deadline:

The American Institute of Indian Studies Research (AIIS) offers fellowships for scholars, professionals, and artists from all disciplines who wish to conduct research or carry out artistic projects in India.

Two of the AIIS fellowships include:

Junior Research Fellowships

Junior Research Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study. These grants are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors. Awards are available for up to 11 months.

Senior Research Fellowships

Senior Research Fellowships are available to scholars with a PhD or its equivalent. These grants are designed to enable scholars who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India and to establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution. Short-term awards are available for up to four months. Long-term awards are available for six to nine months. A limited number of humanists will be granted fellowships paid in dollars funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additionally, the organization offers the AIIS/Ashoka University Research and Teaching Fellowships for senior scholars.

The AIIS fellowship competition is not restricted to those from its member institutions. Non-U.S. citizens may apply as long as they are either graduate students or full-time faculty at colleges and universities in the United States. Approximately 35 fellowships are awarded each year.

Applications from scholars who are part of a collaborative project involving other scholars are welcome, though AIIS fellowships are granted to individuals, not to teams. Amounts awarded to successful applicants who are members of group projects will be equivalent to fellowships awarded to scholars who submitted applications for individual projects.

For more information about these opportunities, including how to apply, click here.