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Fellowship Opportunities: CASI & SASLI

If you are looking to pursue research in India or the study of a South Asian language this summer, the following fellowship opportunities are available to fund research experiences, travel, or tuition. 


The Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) supports student research in India with the following fellowships:

  • Summer Travel Funds for Research are available for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania. CASI provides up to $3,000 to undergraduate winners and up to $3,500 to graduate student winners to use towards international roundtrip economy fare and India in-country travel related expenses. They encourage applications from both Penn undergraduates, preferably juniors writing a thesis related to contemporary India, and graduate students focused on contemporary India or India in a comparative context. Visit the CASI website for more information. Applications due March 13, 2017.
  • Sobti Family Fellowship Fund is available for recent graduates from the University of Pennsylvania for research in India. Penn parents, Rajiv Sobti GR’84 and Slomi Sobti, have created the Sobti Family Fellowship Fund to support a recent graduate from the University of Pennsylvania to conduct an independent research project in India. The Sobti Family Fellow is required to spend at least nine months in India starting as early as June 2017 but no later than September 2017. Applicants must design a feasible independent research project in connection with their academic and professional interests. Selected students are required to remain outside of the U.S. or their home country for the full fellowship duration. The Sobti Fellowship will provide one winner with a $12,500 award. For more information, visit the CASI websiteApplications due March 13, 2017.


The South Asia Summer Language Instituite (SASLI) is an 8-week language instruction course run by UW Madison. Languages offered include Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, and Urdu. If you are interested in studying a South Asian language at UW Madison this summer, costs can be offset using the following fellowships:

  • Fee Remission is offered by the SASLI Board of Trustees to fund either full tuition or half tuition. Visit the SASLI website for more detalis. Applications due March 12, 2017.
  • FLAS Fellowships can be applied to summer language study. Learn more at the FLAS websiteApplications due March 17, 2017.
  • ROTC Project Go Funding ROTC students are eligible to apply for Project GO funding to study Hindi and Urdu at SASLI. Visit the Project Go website for details.