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American Institute of Indian Studies

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Receipt Deadline: July 1, 2017

The American Institute of Indian Studies, a consortium of 79 U.S. colleges and universities, was founded in 1961 by scholars committed to increasing accurate, intensive knowledge of India's culture, history, languages, and traditions. The Institute's principal activity is the awarding of fellowships to support scholarly research in India on the broadest possible range of topics and disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

With U.S. offices in Chicago and headquarters in New Delhi, the Institute maintains regional offices in Kolkata and Pune. Each provides a meeting place for scholars and organized opportunities for seminars, receptions, and lectures. In addition, the Institute maintains an Archives and Research Center for Ethnomusicology and a Center for Art and Archaeology, both located at the main administrative center at Gurgaon, just outside Delhi. The staffs at these regional offices and centers obtain necessary clearances for the fellows from the Indian government, secure affiliations for fellows with Indian academic and research institutions, and otherwise facilitate the fellows' scholarly research.

The Institute awards approximately eighteen long-term doctoral fellowships, ten long-term postdoctoral fellowships, and a few short-term postdoctoral fellowships. The fellowships are awarded to scholars of distinction or high promise in all academic disciplines.

Host Institutions: American Institute of Indian Studies
Location: New Delhi, Kolkata, and Pune, India
Point of Contact: Philip Lutgendorf, President; OR Elise Auerbach, U.S. Director, American Institute of Indian Studies
Phone: (773) 702-8638

About NEH Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

The National Endowment for the Humanities provides grants to independent centers for advanced study and international research organizations to support fellowship programs for humanities scholars through its Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). NEH fellowships provide scholars with stipends, a collegial environment, and access to resources that might not be available at their home institutions.

Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States, or American overseas research centers or other organizations that have expertise in promoting research on foreign cultures. The centers and organizations establish their own peer review procedures for the selection of NEH grant recipients and administer the awards. NEH provides funding for humanities fellowships of four to twelve months.

Amount of Award

Amount of the award will vary by the number and length of the fellowships offered by the host institution.


Centers and organizations applying for these grants may not be affiliated with an institution of higher education and must be independently governed, financed, and administered. In addition, they must have a pre-existing fellowship program maintained with non-NEH funding. Eligibility for NEH fellowships at these research institutions is limited to United States citizens and foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the grant. NEH research opportunities are intended for persons who have already completed their formal academic training. Consequently, persons seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible for NEH fellowships and research grants.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.