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Research 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 herePlease ensure that your proposal details how your project abides by the Harvard’s travel policies. Additionally, for the summer session, LMSAI will also consider virtual grant proposals. If you have any questions, please contact Selmon Rafey, Program Manager, at .

Research grants are awarded to students pursuing research on specific topics that could contribute to a thesis or dissertation or if the applicant has done preliminary work on the topic. Individual independent research will be considered if the above requirements are fulfilled. Summer research should be around8 weeks.

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. In addition, for grant applications for research activities specifically based in India, please describe how your research benefits the general public in India.
  • Current one-page resume
  • Current transcript (unofficial printout is acceptable)
  • Annotated bibliography (no more than two pages)
  • 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)

Graduate Students:

All application materials should be uploaded and submitted via CARAT.

  • Completed Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute Summer Session Funding for Graduate Students 
  • 750-word proposal outlining your project. In addition, for grant applications for research activities specifically based in India, please describe how your research benefits the general public in India.
  • Annotated bibliography (no more than two pages)
  • A current resume/CV
  • Current transcript (unofficial printout is acceptable)
  • 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)

Ishani Desai's MPA/ID second focus group discussion about menstrual practices and sanitary pad adoption in Gujarat