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Student 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

The Mittal Institute provides three types of grants to Harvard University students:

Internship grants are awarded to students who choose to work with specific organizations on a project developed by either the organization or in collaboration with the internship-site. Winter internships should be around 3 weeks. 

Language study 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. 

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 these requirements are fulfilled. Winter research should be around 3 weeks.

Read about past student grant award winners.



Applications for Winter 2021 grants are now open!

You can find our applications on CARAT

Winter 2021 Deadline: Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST

Winter Session Grant Recipient Notification: Mid-November

Frequently Asked Questions

Can students apply as a group? 

No. Each student in the group should submit an individual application and should specify the intentions of their group in the research plan.

Are students eligible if they’re on leave or if they would have graduated by the time of their travel?

No, they are not eligible for a grant. Students on leave are ineligible for receiving Harvard funding unless expressly permitted by the administrative body that authorized the leave of absence. Students must be enrolled in the term following the winter, so students who have graduated by January 2022 will not be eligible for winter funding.

How much funding is available?

Grant awards can range from $500-3,000, but most are between $1,000-$2,000.

Can students apply to use funding in countries that are not located in South Asia?

The Mittal Institute aims to fund projects that thoroughly engage with South Asian topics. Given the ongoing travel challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, projects for the 2021 Winter session may also be virtual.

Should I apply to other centers for funding?  

Yes, but please note that you must submit individual applications to each center! If your proposal deals with cross-border issues in Asia, consider applying to the Asia Center for funding. Or if it is an India-China research project, consider applying to the Fairbank Center. Or if you’re studying a language prevalent in multiple regions or on regional borders, like Tibetan or Burmese, consider applying to the centers that encompass those regions and countries. Please note any additional funding sources that you are applying to in your CARAT application.


Is your question not listed above, or do you need further clarification? Please direct all other inquiries to Selmon Rafey, Program Coordinator, at