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Jamnalal Kaniram Bajaj Visiting Research Fellowship


The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute is pleased to offer the Jamnalal Kaniram Bajaj Trust Visiting Research Fellowship Fund to host visiting scholars from South Asia on the Harvard campus. As a fellow, scholars will have the opportunity to avail of Harvard’s vast resources and produce valuable scholarship on the region. Scholars will work on multidisciplinary research, engaging with faculty, other researchers, and students across Harvard on critical questions and issues related to India and South Asia.

Scholars must hold a PhD or terminal degree and those who have not had past opportunities to access Harvard’s resources and who have primarily been educated at institutions in South Asia will be prioritized. Scholars with a research interest in India will be prioritized.

Fellows are expected to reside in the Cambridge vicinity during the academic year of their award and to actively participate in the events and intellectual life of the Mittal Institute. Participation includes grant review, hosting seminars, and engaging with Harvard faculty and affiliates.

Total stipend for half year term (January 2022-June 2022): $30,000

Health insurance up to $5,000 and round-trip economy travel expenses from South Asia to Boston will also be provided (for participants residing in South Asia only).

All reimbursements and stipends are limited to the dates of the appointment.

Applications for Spring 2022 will be open through November 1, 2021. 


Application Checklist

  • 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
  • Upload a five-page, double-spaced research plan to the Online Application Form.
  • Upload 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 to the Online Application Form.
  • Upload a writing sample (no more than ten pages, double-spaced) to the Online Application Form.
  • Two letters of recommendation should be uploaded directly into CARAT by recommenders. If they are unable to, please have them send the letters to by the application deadline, with “Mittal Institute Fellowship Recommendation” and the applicant’s name in the subject line.

Please note: incomplete applications will not be considered. Do not write directly to Harvard faculty regarding The Mittal Institute’s Fellowship opportunities. If you have questions, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions page or email Selmon Rafey, Program Coordinator, at



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.