Research Internships in South Asia

The South Asia Center (SAC) is pleased to announce new research internship placements in South Asia for Summer 2017. 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 freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Graduate students and seniors who are graduating in May are not currently eligible to apply for SAC grant funds, but may be eligible to apply to other funding sources that could be used toward the placements below.

Placements and Topics


1.    Kathmandu: Policy and Socio-Political Issues
2.    Kathmandu: Buddhist Philosophy and/or Tibetan, Sanskrit and Nepali Languages

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


View the program brochure here: SAC Research Brochure.pdf


Undergraduate Funding Opportunity

With the assistance of the Vice Provost's Global Engagement Fund, SAC will award up to five summer grants to qualified undergraduate students interested in working on a project in South Asia during the summer of 2017. These grants will cover the cost of roundtrip international airfare (up to $1500), and will provide an additional $2,000 stipend to be used towards living expenses and program fees. Students who do not receive grants are eligible to participate in these opportunities, but will be responsible for covering their own costs. Unfunded students should expect to budget $3,000-3,500 for an 8-10 week research project (including room/board, local program fees, and international airfare) unless otherwise noted on the program page. The South Asia Center is happy to work with graduate students to identify alternative funding sources.Click the links below to find out more about these exciting opportunities.


Applications are now due Sunday, April 2, 2017 11:59PM.

Interested applicants should APPLY HERE.

Note: If you are not applying for the grant please write N/A as a response to questions pertaining to the grant.