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India Fellowship


The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute India, an office of Harvard Global Research Support Centre India, is pleased to offer the Mittal Institute India Fellowship to host two Postdoctoral scholars in India. As a fellow, scholars will have the opportunity to avail Harvard’s vast resources to contribute to self-driven, independent research. Applicants from any discipline are encouraged to apply, provided their studies are focused on India or connected with India.

The Mittal Institute India Fellowship is meant for recent postdoctoral scholars who have completed their studies in the last five years. For this year’s application cycle, applicants must have obtained their Ph.D. between June 1, 2016, and November 29th, 2021. Those who have not had opportunities in the past to access Harvard’s resources and who have primarily been educated at institutions in India will be prioritized.

Fellows are expected to reside in New Delhi (India) and its vicinity for the fellowship duration of one year to actively participate in the events and intellectual life of the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, India. Participation includes grant review, hosting seminars, and engaging with Harvard faculty and affiliates. Fellows will be mentored by a Harvard faculty member in their area of research. The research produced will be widely disseminated for public benefit in India.

The Fellowship begins on March 15, 2022, and offers a stipend of INR 1,00,000 per month for the Fellowship period(one-year). This amount is to cover living costs, medical allowance, books, and research materials during the Fellowship period. For candidates outside of New Delhi, economy travel expenses for a round-trip from the recipient’s home to New Delhi will also be provided.

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

Applications will be due on November 30th, 2021, 11.55 pm IST. 

Please note that from next year, this annual fellowship shall begin in September 2022.


  • 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 two-to-three-page, double-spaced research proposal 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 onto CARAT by recommenders. If they are unable to, please have them send the letters to by the application deadline, with “Mittal Institute India 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 Dr. Sanjay Kumar, India Country Director, at


We encourage all applicants and selected fellows to thoroughly read these frequently asked questions.

 May I apply to multiple fellowships being offered by the Mittal Institute?

No. Since the India Fellowship is located within the Mittal Institute office in New Delhi, it cannot be combined with any other fellowship.

 Can an India fellow work on research topics outside India?

Fellows can work on research topics focused on India or can also choose cross-country research topics interconnected with India. The topics shall advance critical scholarship in India and shall be disseminated widely for public benefit in India.

Which countries/regions are included in the Mittal Institute’s definition of South Asia?

The Mittal Institute considers the following countries/ regions as part of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, the Maldives, Myanmar, Afghanistan, and/or the Tibetan Plateau.

Which fields of study in the humanities and social sciences would be a good fit for the India Fellowship?

Philosophy, law, religion, language, literature, history, cultural studies, the visual arts, economics, linguistics, anthropology, political science, sociology, and human geography.

What should the plan of research and writing for the applications include?

Your proposal should include: Project title and a research abstract, research question(s), methodology, and proposed outcome. Use 1” margins and Times Roman 12 pt. font.

What should the writing sample be?

Please submit a chapter of your dissertation or thesis. You may submit any academic paper, news article, policy brief, or memo that represents your ability to write.

To whom should the letters of reference be addressed to?

Letters of reference can be addressed to ‘Members of the Selection Committee.’

Who should my recommendation letters come from?

At least one of the letters should come from an academic source who is familiar with your scholarly work. Professional references are also acceptable.

How should I identify a Harvard faculty member that I would like to engage with?

Once selected, we will facilitate the process of connecting you with a faculty in your area of research. As part of your research plan, please identify any faculty members you hope to seek out during the Fellowship.