Summer in South Asia Fellowships

The Center for South Asian Studies offers a special opportunity to chart your own course in India…

Thanks to a generous donation to the Center for South Asian Studies, undergraduate students at UM have an opportunity to design and carry out their own fellowship programs in India during the summer. This fellowship is intended for non-graduating students who have not already spent significant amounts of time in India. The program is designed to be flexible: you research and choose the NGOs, tell us what you want to study, design a program to accomplish your goals, and we will fund the best and most unique proposals to cover most of your costs. 

We strongly encourage students to work with existing non-governmental organizations, but working independently may also be acceptable. Internships with for-profit companies and paid internships will not be funded.

Read about our Summer in South Asia 2014 Fellows, and stay up to date with their their blogs.

Application Process +

  • Stage 1:  A Preliminary Application is due on Sunday, December 1, 2013. Application is available here.
  • Stage 2:  Students are notified of first round decisions by December 4, 2013. Successful first round applicants meet with CSAS to refine their proposals: December 9 & 10, 2013
  • Stage 3:  Final application is due on January 15, 2014


SISA 2014 Application Form +

SISA 2014 Application Form (online submission updated 11/15/13)

PDF Form

Examples of Possible Programs  +

All projects MUST be self-directed research projects and not paid or unpaid internships

  • Carry out research  in business, social work, government, or education
  • Work with an NGO on women's issues, diversity, deforestation, cultural or religious projects, AIDS, urbanization, or similar issues. For example, students interested in medicine might do an internship at a hospital or intern in a public health program as long as it is an independent, self-directed project and not something specified by the organization
  • Do preliminary work for an honor's thesis, also on an independent basis
  • Seek out an apprenticeship that complements your academic work. For instance, an art or art history student might apprentice with a master Indian artist or artisan.

Summary of Important Dates +

Interested students should plan to attend the Summer in South Asia Symposium on December 6, 2013.

Applications deadline for fellowship is Sunday, December 1, 2013, for travel to India in the summer of 2014. Students who wish to apply are encouraged to read blogs written by previous students and watch the video recordings of presentations available on our website.

It is mandatory for students to have contacted NGOs in India who work in their field of interest before they apply.

Important Dates:

  • December 4, 2013:               Notification of Stage I Results
  • December 9 & 10, 2013:      Meet with Students to Refine Proposals
  • January 15, 2014:                Stage II Applications Due (PDF's of application and
                                                         recommendation letters from faculty)
  • Early February, 2014:          Notification of Results
  • Late February, 2014:           Orientation Meeting

Please visit this website for updates.

Previous Summer in South Asia Blogs +