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. Summer internships should be a minimum 8 weeks. Wintersession internships should be a minimum of 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. Summer language study programs should be a minimum 8 weeks. Wintersession language study programs should be a minimum of 3 weeks.
Research grants are awarded to students pursuing field 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. Summer research should be a minimum 8 weeks. Wintersession research should be a minimum of 3 weeks.
Applications for Winter 2019 grants are now open!
Winter 2019 Session: Friday, October 11, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Winter Session Grant Recipient Notification: Mid-to-late November
Summer 2020 Session: TBD
Summer Grant Recipient Notification: TBD
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 taking a gap year or if they would have graduated by the time of their travel?
No, they are not eligible for a grant. Students must be enrolled in their programs following the conclusion of the grant period. For someone graduating May 2020, the last session they can apply for is the winter of 2019-2020.
How much funding is available?
Grants range from $500-5,000 with most between $1,000-$2,000.
Can students apply to use funding in countries that are not located in South Asia?
Possibly, but the research itself must be on topics related to South Asia.