AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INDIAN
F e / / o w s h ip C o mp e ti ti o n
20 1 6-20 1 7
Deadline: 1 July 2015
The AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INDIAN STUDIES is a cooperative, non-profit organization
of eighty American colleges and universities that supports the advancement of knowledge and
understanding of India, its people, and culture. AIIS welcomes applicants from a wide variety of
disciplines. In addition to applicants in the Humanities and Social Sciences AIIS encourages
applicants in fields such as Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Public Health,
and Regional Planning.
Applications to conduct research in India may be made in the following categories:
Junior Research Fellowships · Available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of
study. Junior Research Fellowships 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 eleven months.
Senior Research Fellowships · Available to scholars who hold the Ph.D. or its equivalent. Senior
Fellowships are designed to enable scholars in all disciplines who specialize in South Asia to pursue
further research in India. Senior Fellows 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.
Senior Scholarly / Professional Development Fellowships · Available to established scholars who
have not previously specialized in Indian studies and to established professionals who have not
previously worked or studied in India. Senior Scholarly / Professional Development Fellows are
formally affiliated with an Indian institution. Awards may be granted for periods of six to nine
Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships · Available to accomplished practitioners of
the performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study in India would enhance
their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement
with India’s artistic traditions, and strengthen their links with peers in India. Awards will normally be
for periods of up to four months, although proposals for periods of up to nine months can be
Non U.S. citizens are welcome to apply for AIIS fellowships as long as they are either graduate students or
full-time faculty at a college or university in the U.S. Citizens of the United States, however, can apply for
senior fellowships if they are not affiliated with an institution of higher education in the U.S. The fellowship
competition is open to all applicants and is NOT restricted to applicants from AIIS member institutions.
Fellowships are funded by both U.S. government grants as well as AIIS endowment funds. Most of the
federal funds received are restricted to U.S. citizens; non-U.S. citizens and performing/ creative arts fellows
are generally funded by the AIIS endowment. The number of fellowships AIIS can offer depends on the
funding available from the different sources, though all applicants are reviewed equally and simultaneously.
The AIIS strongly encourages applications from non-US citizens and US citizens alike, and remains
committed to providing research opportunities to all qualified candidates regardless of nationality. It also
seeks additional private support to increase the number of its awards. Fellowships are funded by the National
Endowment for the Humanities (also available to permanent resi