Research Internships in South Asia

Research Internship Opportunities in South Asia

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

View the program brochure here: Research Opportunities 2018.pdf

Research Internship Application

Applications are due Monday, January 29, 2018

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

Undergraduate Funding Opportunity

Applicants can apply to Round #2 of GIP funding on the Global Internship Program (GIP) website.

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. 

Round #2 Opens: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Round #2 Closes: Sunday, April 1, 2018

Round #2 Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after March 1, 2018.

Students are encouraged to apply to other funding sources to ensure their ability to participate in the program. You can find alterative funding sources here.