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A view of the Taj Mahal in India. Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel.

Are you a Harvard student looking to fund your language study, internship, or research on South Asia this winter? Applications for our graduate and undergraduate grants are open for Winter 2021! Be sure to apply by Friday, October 22, at 11:59 p.m.

For the winter session, LMSAI will also consider virtual grant proposals.

Internship grants are awarded to students who choose to work with specific organizations on a project developed by either the organization or in collaboration with the internship site. Some past grant recipients have worked with organizations including the Scholastica, St. Jude India Childcare Centres, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission, and more.

Research grants are awarded to students pursuing field research on specific topics that could contribute to a thesis or dissertation or if the applicant has done preliminary work on the topic.

Language study grants are awarded to students who choose to pursue an intensive study of a South Asian language. Students can choose to either study the language independently or through an institution.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, last winter’s recipients resourcefully adapted their research, internships, and language studies to the remote environment and continued their work and dedication to building the understanding of South Asia’s culture, arts, languages, and more at Harvard University. Read about past winter grant recipients.

Harvard Graduate School of Design student Emma Lewis carried out three weeks of remote research with the Ladakh Nuns Association (LNA) in Leh, Ladakh. Her core intention was to begin recording the experiences of Tibetan Buddhist nuns working at the intersection of healthcare, conservation, and climate change response in Ladakh.

Bennett Comerford worked one-on-one with a Bangla language instructor for assistance in translating two challenging nineteenth-century Bengali literary texts that comprise an important part of his dissertation project. Bennett is a second year Graduate Student Associate who focuses on the intersections of religion, literature, race, and colonially in nineteenth-century Bengal. You can read more about Bennett’s research here.