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Raghunathan Family Fellowship


The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University is pleased to offer the Raghunathan Family Fellowship (formerly known as South Asian Studies Fellowship) to support recent PhDs in the humanities and social sciences related to South Asia. Research topics can cover any period of South Asian history or contemporary South Asia. Candidates must have received their PhD no later than January 2020, and must have received their PhD within the past five years. Scholars 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.

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 Institute. Participation includes grant review, hosting seminars, and engaging with Harvard faculty and affiliates.

Total stipend for one academic year: $50,000

Health insurance up to $10,000 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 will be open in early 2022. 


Our next round of fellowship applications will open in early 2022. Please check back in late November/early December for more information on the next round of fellowships.


Application Checklist


  • Set up an XID Login to be able to access the Online Application. Please note that it may take a few hours for XID logins to become active.
  • Visit and fill out the Online Application Form. When taken to the HarvardKey page, be sure to click the “XID” tab above the login fields to log in with your new XID information.
  • 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  



As many of you are aware, Harvard University is currently operating in a modified manner resulting from restrictions related to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Please note that any fellowship offers for the upcoming Spring and Fall 2021 semesters and the start date of the fellowship will remain contingent on the University returning to an operational and financial status that enables us to proceed with this appointment.




Syed Babar Ali Fellowship

Raghunathan Family Fellowship



Raghunathan Family Fellows

Vidya Subramanian

Raghunathan Family Fellow, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute

Naveen Bharathi

Raghunathan Family Fellow, 2019-2020


Arvind Raghunathan and Sribala Subramanian South Asia Visiting Fellow, 2018-2019

Raile Rocky Ziipao

Research Affiliate
Arvind Raghunathan and Sribala Subramanian South Asia Visiting Fellow, 2017-2018

Shubhankita Ojha

South Asian Studies Fellow, 2016-2017

Chitra Venkataramani

South Asian Studies Fellow, 2015-2016

Anand Vaidya

South Asian Studies Fellow, 2014-2015
Graduate Student Associate, 2012-2013

Shankar Ramaswami

South Asian Studies Fellow, 2013-2014