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. For 2016-2017, NEH will supplement up to three fellowships in the humanities with U.S. dollars.