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Language Study Grants

As a result of COVID-19, Harvard University has enacted distinct policies for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, including travel related to student grants. You can find details on the University travel policy here; please note that vaccinated travelers to CDC Level 4 countries will need to upload a waiver from OVPIA, and unvaccinated travelers will need an OVPIA waiver for any travel. 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 Coordinator, at srafey@fas.harvard.edu.

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. Winter language study programs should be around 3 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.

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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 Winter 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 is okay)
  • Two letters of recommendation (Your recommenders may upload their letter directly to the CARAT system or email them to Selmon Rafey, Program Coordinator, at srafey@fas.harvard.edu)
  • OVPIA waiver for travel (required for travel to CDC Level 4 countries for vaccinated students, and required for any travel for unvaccinated students)

Graduate Students:

All application materials should be uploaded and submitted via CARAT.

  • Completed Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute Winter Session Funding for Graduate Students
  • 750-word proposal outlining your reason for pursuing language study
  • A current resume/CV
  • Official document or letter stating your acceptance or participation in language study (if you are taking courses or enrolling in a program)
  • Current transcript (an unofficial printout is okay)
  • Two letters of recommendation (uploaded to the CARAT system or your recommender can email them directly to Selmon Rafey, Program Coordinator, at srafey@fas.harvard.edu)
  • OVPIA waiver for travel (required for travel to CDC Level 4 countries for vaccinated students, and required for any travel for unvaccinated students)