Summer 2018 Research Internships in South Asia- Info Session

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 12:00pm

South Asia Center, 820 Williams Hall, 255 S. 36th Street

Come to the South Asia Center's information session to learn about internship and art residency opportunities for this summer. See more details below.

Date: November 29, 2017 at 12PM

Location: South Asia Center, 820 Williams Hall, 255 S. 36th Street

The South Asia Center (SAC) is pleased to announce new research internship placements in South Asia for Summer 2018. Students will be able to work on a project of their own design with the aid of a local mentor in South Asia, or can choose to volunteer with an organization devoted to work in a particular field (see sample topics below).

Most opportunities include a host institution and/or research mentor who will offer guidance to students, assist with accommodation, and offer valuable connections and insight. Placements are available to students at all levels. Funding is currently limited to students who will NOT graduate in May or August of 2018.

Placements and Topics


1.    Kathmandu: Policy and Socio-Political Issues
2.    Kathmandu: Buddhist Philosophy at RYI

Sri Lanka

1.    Kandy: Politics, Society and Culture


1.    Malé: Politics, Corruption and Human Rights
2.    Dhigurah: Marine Biology and Indian Ocean


1.    Jaipur: Public Health and Health Management
2.    Puducherry: Psychology in Indian Society
3.    Chennai: Artist Residency
4.    Kolkata: LGBT Movement Building
5.    Bangalore: Agrobiodiversity Conservation
6.    Bangalore: Ecology and the Environment
7.    Chennai: Archaeology and Public Education
8.    Puducherry: Indology, Social Science, and Ecology

View the program brochure here: SAC Research Brochure.pdf

Undergraduate Funding Opportunity

Applicants can apply for opportunities on the Global Internship Program (GIP) website. Applications are due Thursday, December 21, 2017 but always check the website to see if the deadline has been extended.

Penn freshman, sophomores, juniors, and graduate students NOT graduating in May or August of summer 2018 may apply for funding. Funding is based on need merit and the cost of the program. There are two application rounds for funding, though students are encouraged to apply for alternative funding as well. 

Round #1 Closes: Thursday, December 21, 2017
Round #2 Closes: Friday, March 16, 2018


Applications are due Thursday, December 21, 2017

How to apply: Fill out our google application here. For questions contact Amelia Carter, Assistant Directer, at