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Language Study Grants

As a result of COVID-19, Harvard University has provided guidance for Harvard travelers, including travel related to student grants. You can find details on the University travel policy here; please note public health considerations are subject to change and be sure to stay up-to-date on changing travel requirements and policies at your destination. Please ensure that your proposal details how your project abides by the Harvard’s travel policies. Additionally, for the winter session, LMSAI will also consider virtual grant proposals. If you have any questions, please contact Selmon Rafey, Program Manager, at


Language 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. Summer language study programs should be around 8 weeks.

This includes language courses at American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI), and other language programs like the Landour Language School in Mussoorie. Please include the program fee amount in your CARAT budget. Partial tuition may be covered by the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute grant.

Please note: Only enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard University are eligible for the Language Study grant.


Richard Tyler on a Tamil Language Study Grant


Application Instructions

Undergraduate Students:

All application materials should be uploaded and submitted via CARAT.

  • Completed Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute Summer Session Funding for Undergraduates
  • 750 word proposal detailing your rationale for pursuing this project
  • Official document or letter stating your acceptance or participation in language study (if you are taking courses or enrolling in a program)
  • Current one-page resume
  • Current transcript (unofficial printout is acceptable)
  • Two letters of recommendation (Your recommenders may upload their letter directly to the CARAT system or email them to Selmon Rafey, Program Manager, at

Graduate Students:

All application materials should be uploaded and submitted via CARAT.