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Syed Babar Ali Fellowship


The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute is pleased to offer the Syed Babar Ali Fellowship to support recent PhDs, those in the final stages of their PhDs, and advanced professional degree holders in areas related to Pakistan. Priority will be given to candidates who demonstrate prior educational history that has taken place largely in Pakistan, and plan to return to Pakistan upon completion of the fellowship.


The Syed Babar Ali Fellowship is a Cambridge-based Fellowship where the selected fellow will join the Mittal Institute community on Harvard’s campus for the duration of the Spring Academic Semester.  The selected Syed Babar Ali Fellow will be expected to be in residence for the Spring 2024 Semester (please see Harvard’s Academic Calendar for exact dates).

While working directly with their selected Faculty Mentor on their personal research project (proposed in their application), Syed Babar Ali fellows will fully engage with the intellectual life at the Mittal Institute and Harvard. At the end of their residency the Babar Ali fellow will present their work in a Mittal Institute seminar moderated by their faculty mentor. Apart from their own research, fellows will participate in grant and fellowship review, mentor graduate students and help collaborate on other events and projects at the institute. 

Fellowship Details

Scholars are expected to be in residence for the full academic semester of this fellowship. For Spring 2024, it will be Jan 22-May 23, 2024. The selected fellow will be guaranteed a desk space for this term. 

The gross stipend for the Syed Babar Ali Fellowship is $30,000 for 6 months, equivalent to a monthly gross stipend of $5,000 USD paid on the last business day of the month. This amount is prorated based on the fellowship start and end dates. For nonresident aliens, Harvard may be required to take taxes out of the payment up front. Please contact the Nonresident Alien Tax Office with any questions.

Round-trip economy travel expenses and visa fees from South Asia to Boston will also be reimbursed (for participants residing in South Asia only). All reimbursements and stipends are limited to the dates of the appointment.

The Mittal Institute nor Harvard University does not sponsor, provide, nor procure housing for fellows during their residency. Fellows are expected to have at least temporary housing by the start date of their fellowship and arrival in Cambridge. More information and resources on housing in the Cambridge area can be found on the FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs: 


Recent PhDs, those in the final stages of their PhDs, and advanced professional degree holders in areas related to Pakistan.


Applications are open from November 1, 2022 – January 18, 2023.

Decisions will be made typically within 2 – 3 months of the application deadline.

How to Apply

All application materials should be uploaded and submitted via an online application form called CARAT

To start, set up a HarvardKey to access Harvard’s application portal. It may take a few hours for your new HarvardKey to become active.

Visit and fill out the Online Application Form.

All applicants will need to submit the following through CARAT:

  • A five-page, double-spaced research plan 
  • An updated curriculum vitae, which lists your academic degrees (including disciplines and the dates the degrees were received), your publications and research presentations, and any previous grants and/or fellowships.
  • A writing sample (no more than ten pages, double-spaced) 
  • Two letters of recommendation uploaded directly to CARAT by recommenders or emailed directly by recommenders to by the application deadline, with “Mittal Institute Fellowship Recommendation” and the applicant’s name in the subject line.They can be addressed to ‘Members of the Selection Committee.’ 

All materials must be received by the application deadline in order to be considered. If you have questions, please reach out to our program coordinator rather than to Harvard faculty.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.





Fellowship applications are being accepted for on-campus and in-person activities at Harvard University; however, this policy is subject to change due to ongoing safety concerns related to the pandemic.




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Research Affiliate
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Abdul Razaque Channa

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Mariam Chughtai

Syed Babar Ali Fellow, 2018-2019

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