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About Mittal Institute Fellowships

The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University (The Mittal Institute) offers opportunities for scholars and practitioners to utilize the university’s resources to contribute to self-driven, independent research. 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 time of their award and to actively participate in the events and intellectual life of the Institute.

Please note: 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

Policy note: The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute would consider hosting fellows who secure funding through non-Harvard sources if they submit an acceptance letter from a Harvard faculty member who is able to mentor the fellow during their fellowship period at Harvard. The Mittal Institute would be compensated by the fellow with a bench fee based on the allowable amount of the funding source for the space and administrative support the fellow will receive during the academic term/year.


We are currently awaiting further guidance and details before announcing our plans for our 2021-2022 fellowships. Please check back in late January/early February 2021 for more information on the next round of fellowships.



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 Fall 2020 and Spring 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.


Mittal Institute Fellows

Naveen Bharathi

Raghunathan Family Fellow, 2019-2020

Abdul Razaque Channa

Syed Babar Ali Fellow, 2019-2020