Applications are invited for the Ambedkar Sanskrit Fellowships at Columbia University in the City of New York for the 2012-2013 academic year. This program supports graduate work in Sanskrit studies for students from historically disadvantaged communities.
Admission will initially be to the MA program in Sanskrit and South Asian Studies (within the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies). Those who successfully complete the MA may be invited to continue to the Ph.D. Fellowships cover the cost of tuition and living expenses.
Applicants should send a c.v. and a two-page statement of purpose clearly explaining their interests in Sanskrit studies to Sheldon Pollock, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to The Ambedkar Sanskrit Fellowship Program, Room 418 Knox Hall, 606 W. 122nd St., New York, NY 10027 USA, by September 15, 2010. Applicants who are shorted-listed will be notified by the end of September and invited to apply to the MA program. The Ambedkar Sanskrit Fellowship program will cover the fees for short-listed candidates to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), as well as the fee for the application to the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). Students should plan to take the GRE and TOEFL exams no later than November. The GSAS deadline is December 31, 2010.
Students already registered for a postgraduate program and who would be taking a leave of absence to accept an Ambedkar Sanskrit Fellowship are required to provide the written approval of their supervisors.
For more information on Ambedkar, see Frances Pritchett’s timeline.