Each year faculty members from the South Asian Studies department supervise Penn students with an academic interest in the region to complete a research project of their choice. During the school year 2014-15, students completed research projects, and the previous summer, in 2014, four other undergraduates completed a project and also travelled to India to complete their work.
In the following section several students discuss their research topics and thesis. They identify the most rewarding aspects of the research, and how this has effected their undergraduate experience. They go on to reflect on how the research and the skills from this will shape their post graduate plans. Finally, they conclude with some advice to others who are considering participating in research projects in the future.
Information about participating and grants for research projects
South Asia Studies majors do research as assistants on large projects, within courses, and on independent projects (including writing an honors thesis).
Some major-based opportunities for doing research:
To see faculty specializations and department resources, go to
SAST Department Research Page
SAST Graduate Group Research Page
Research Grants for Undergraduate Students
The Department of South Asia Studies offers up to two $3000 Summer Research Grants each year for undergraduates conducting original research in a South Asian country. Additional grant opportunities for research in India are offered by the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI).
For information on undergraduate research awards and funding, go to
For information about human research participants (IRB approval) go to
Penn Office of Regulatory Affairs--Institutional Review Board
Opportunities to publish undergraduate research in the College
CUREJ (College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal)
Penn History Review (History Department)
In Situ (Anthropology Department)
For information about research assistant jobs contact
Penn Career Services
SAST UAB (Undergraduate Advisory Board)