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Scholarships/Grants

Graduate Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

The South Asia Institute is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Resource Center and is authorized to award graduate Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. FLAS awards can be for Academic Year study at Columbia, or for intensive summer language study in the U.S. or abroad. SAI is authorized for Bengali, Hindi, Persian, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu FLAS, but other modern South Asia languages (Marathi, Sinhalese, Telugu, etc.) can be authorized for summer study with the approval of the Department of Education. Academic Year awards consist of $18,000 tuition and a stipend of $15,000. Summer awards cover tuition up to $5,000 and a stipend of $2,500. The annual Academic Year FLAS competition at Columbia is open to students in GSAS, SIPA, and Teacher's College, and the Schools of Business, Journalism, and Law. All AY fellows must enroll in one language class and one area studies class per term. The annual Summer FLAS competiton is open to all graduate students in all Columbia schools. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in order to apply. For information and general guidelines, please view our announcement guidelines. The Summer 2013 and Academic Year 2013-2014 deadline is at the end of February, 2013 (date to be announced). All applicants must apply on-line at http://gsas.columbia.edu/Internal-Fellowship-Application.

Summer Intensive Language Programs for FLAS & Other Fellowship Opportunities

Undergraduate Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

The South Asia Institute is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Resource Center and is authorized to award Undergraduate Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. FLAS awards can be for Academic Year study at Columbia, or for intensive summer language study in the U.S. or abroad. SAI is authorized for Bengali, Hindi, Persian, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu FLAS, but other modern South Asia languages (Marathi, Sinhalese, Telugu, etc.) can be authorized with the approval of the Department of Education. Applicants must plan to study Intermediate or Advanced level languages. Applications to study at the Elementary level will be rejected. Fellows must enroll in one language and one South Asia area studies class per term in 2011-12. Summer fellows must study at programs that meet the standards of the US Department of Education for intensive study. Academic Year awards consist of $10,000 tuition and a stipend of approximately $5,000. Summer awards cover tuition up to $5,000 and a stipend of $2,500. The annual Academic Year and Summer FLAS competitions at Columbia are open to all Columbia University and Barnard College undergraduates. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in order to apply. For information and general guidelines, please view our announcement guidelines. The Summer 2013 and Academic Year 2013-2014 deadline is at the end of February, 2013 (date to be announced). All applicants must apply on-line at http://gsas.columbia.edu/Internal-Fellowship-Application.

Summer Intensive Language Programs for FLAS & Other Fellowship Opportunities

Faith Act Fellowship

The Faiths Act Fellowship (www.faithsactfellows.org), a paid, full-time fellowship program is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Fellowship year. They are seeking 30 dynamic leaders between the ages of 20-27 from Canada, India, UK and US who are inspired by faith to join a global, multi-faith movement to end extreme poverty. Apply today! (Deadline: 31-Dec-2010. The Faiths Act Fellowship is a program of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, in collaboration with Interfaith Youth Core. Registered Office: 66 Lincolns Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LH.

Reed Foundation - Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund

Sponsor: Reed Foundation
Program Number: 64801
Title: Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund

E-mail: duffm@landes.thereedfoundation.org
Web Site: http://www.thereedfoundation.org/landes
Program URL: http://www.thereedfoundation.org/landes/grants.html

SYNOPSIS: The sponsor awards grants that may be used for research, including field studies, and related expenses, including travel (where appropriate) and living costs over the period covered by the Landes Grant. Senior scholars may request stipends based on their previous year’s salary and professional standing. Applications for multiyear grants will be considered.

Grants are available to scholars and other professionally qualified individuals of recognized merit for work toward a doctoral dissertation, for postdoctoral work, or for independent scholarship. Eligibility is limited to United States citizens and permanent legal residents. Grants are awarded on an objective and non-discriminatory basis and without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or ethnicity.

Awards range from $10,000 to $60,000 per year, and may be used for research, including field studies, and related expenses, including travel (where appropriate) and living costs over the period covered by the Landes Grant. Senior scholars may request stipends based on their previous year’s salary and professional standing. Applications for multiyear grants will be considered.

Publication subventions are available for work resulting from a Landes Grant. The manuscript must be accepted for publication in order to qualify for consideration. Funds may also be available for the publication or other dissemination of non-print materials, including film, video, and other forms of media generated by research underwritten by a Landes Grant.

DEADLINE NOTE

There is no deadline for submission. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis.

Asian Women in Business Undergraduate Scholarships

Asian Women in Business will award $2,500 scholarships to female Asian students who demonstrate a commitment to scholarship, leadership, community service and/or entrepreneurship.

ELIGIBILITY:
Candidates for the scholarship must be female of Asian (includes those who can trace their ancestry from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam) or Pacific Islander ancestry.

Candidates must also fulfill the following criteria to be considered:
  • Have at least one or more of the following:
    • demonstrated a leadership role in a community or non-profit endeavor, or
    • a record of entrepreneurial achievement
  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited four-year undergraduate institution in the U.S. at the time of application and award
  • Carry a minimum of 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA at the time of application
  • Provide most recent college transcript; semi-finalists will be required to provide their official college transcript
  • Provide at least one professional recommendation
  • Fully complete the AWIB Scholarship Application
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

You can review our scholarship information and access the application form here:

http://www.awib.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=811&parentID=472&nodeID=1

or at:

http://www.awib.org under Programs --> AWIB Scholarship Fund.

All application materials must be postmarked by August 1.

Semifinalists will be notified in September and winners will be notified in November.

If you have further questions after reviewing our website, email info@awib.org or you can call us at 212-868-1368.

Navayana-Avarna fellowship for NBT Publishing Course, July 2010

Last date for sending applications: 10 June 2010.
Course dates and timing: 5 July to 31 July 2010.
9.30 a.m to 5 p.m, Monday to Saturday.


Venue: Conference Room, NBT 5, Institutional Area, Vasant Kunj, Phase II New Delhi – 110070 http://www.nbtindia.org.in

Candidates must apply directly to NBT as instructed on the NBT website. Click here for more information. Click here for an application form. There is no entrance test; any graduate may apply. There is no age limit.

Navayana shall play no role in the selection of the candidates. Candidates who happen to be Dalit/ Adivasi and are selected by NBT may then apply to Navayana for financial support (avarna@navayana.org and anand@navayana.org). Navayana shall pay the course fee (Rs 5,000) for up to five Dalit/ Adivasi candidates. NBT this year is also arranging accommodation for outstation candidates at Rs 3,000 for four weeks. Navayana shall also subsidize this amount. In all, the net value of the Avarna Fellowship shall be Rs 8,000.

NBT also has an internship program for promising students from which the selected Avarna fellows could benefit.

Publishing as a Career

Publishing in India is rarely seen as a career option by young people. The publishing industry in India, with an annual output of 85,000 titles in more than 30 languages, has an estimated value of USD 1.2 billion. After the UK and the US, India is the publisher of the largest number of titles in English language. There’s an array of multinationals and independent, niche publishers who offer exciting and intellectually stimulating careers in the world of books. Unfortunately in India there are few professional publishing courses that offer an insight into the world of publishing. The NBT short-term course is one of the few professionally conducted courses being offered in the country. Alumni from the NBT course have achieved great success in the publishing industry. For instance, the current editorial head of HarperCollins India is a product of this course.

Like other private sectors in India, publishing too has been the preserve of the social elite. Dalits and Adivasis hence go almost unrepresented in this field. For many Dalits/ Adivasis, publishing does not even seem to be a career option. Navayana, with the Avarna fellowship, seeks to address this anomaly.

Navayana therefore encourages Dalits and Adivasis graduates to proactively apply for he NBT course, and on selection, subsequently for the Navayana-Avarna fellowship. For any further queries, write to avarna@navayana.org. Here are a few articles and useful links available on the internet with respect to the publishing scene in India:

http://www.thehindu.com/lr/2009/01/04/stories/2009010450040100.htm

http://www.frankfurt-book-fair.com/en/company/press_pr/newsletter/2009/01141/index.html

http://aptstudio.com/timesemit/2009/03/18/overview-of-the-indian-publishing-industry

http://www.publishers.org.uk/download.cfm?docid=DDBA0A81-8996-41E2-870AF146B713C373 (a 134-page PDF booklet by Rob Francis for UK's Publishers Association that offers a comprehensive "Publishing Market Profile for India, 2008")

AJA 2010 Journalism Scholarships

SAJA is offering $10,500 in scholarships this year to help students pursue careers in journalism.

If you're a high school senior about to enter college, an undergraduate, or a student starting or continuing your graduate studies, and you're pursuing a journalism career, here's your chance to get help with your educational expenses.
  • One $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior about to enter college;

  • One $1,000 SAJA Engendered scholarship to an undergraduate college student writing on issues related to gender and sexuality (four-year or community college);

  • One $1,500 scholarship to an undergraduate college student (four-year Aor community college);

  • One $1,000 SAJA Engendered scholarship to a graduate-level student writing on issues related togender and sexuality (four-year or community college);

  • Two $2,000 scholarships each to graduate-level students;

  • The CNN-SAJA Scholarship for Broadcast Journalism $2,000, for an undergraduate or graduate student with a demonstrated interest in broadcast journalism.
These annual monetary awards recognize the reporting abilities and commitment of emerging journalists. Students from across the United States, Canada and South Asia applied for the awards. The judging is conducted by SAJA professional members.

Applicants with financial hardship may be given special consideration. Recipients are expected to give back to SAJA by volunteering at the annual convention or at other events during the year. They also must provide an update of their journalistic endeavors and achievements at the conclusion of the academic year.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Applications must be submitted using the online form by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time), Tuesday March 10, 2010. Applicants may be interviewed by phone or in person by a member of the scholarship committee. Winners will be notified in March.

DETAILS & ENTRY FORM: http://www.saja.org/programs/scholarships

Direct questions to SAJA board member Aseem Chhabra and student scholarships coordinator at chhabs@aol.com

View previous scholarship winners at http://www.saja.org/programs/scholarships/scholarship winners

PLEASE NOTE: The SAJA Scholarships are made possible, in part, through the generous contributions of the Arun I. and Asmita Bhatia Foundation; Hansa and Ramesh Butani of Darshan TV; and CNN. Our many thanks to them.

SPONSOR OUR STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS! Write to saja@columbia.edu

Academic Quality Fund, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University

The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race announces its research and academic initiatives grant competition, funded by Columbia University's Academic Quality Fund. The purpose of these grants is to foster research and academic exchanges around the core mission of CSER: to study ethnicity and race, and to foster creative, multidisciplinary intervention in this field.

Graduate and undergraduate students from the University may apply for grants in the following categories:

1. Graduate research or workshops. To fund pre-doctoral research trips to archives or libraries and field work. Maximum of $3,000.

2. Undergraduate research grants. Up to $300. To fund senior thesis research projects.

Grants will be awarded after a review of proposals by an interdisciplinary faculty committee appointed by the Center's Director, Professor Frances Negrón-Muntaner. Awards must be taken up at some point during the fiscal year from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

ELIGIBILITY. Any Columbia graduate and undergraduate student with a research project relevant to the Center's mission may apply.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES. Proposals will consist of: a) application sheet (see below); (b) a project narrative of a maximum of three pages in length which describes the nature of the project and its scholarly importance; (c) a one-page budget containing a detailed breakdown and timeline of projected expenditures; and (d) applicant's curriculum vitae. Students should also include a letter from their project supervisor. All proposals and inquiries should be submitted via email to Lee Bynum, at ljb39@columbia.edu. Grantee names and project titles will be published in the Center's website.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS. Proposals for awards in FY 2011 (July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011) must be submitted by Friday, March 26, 2010 to receive priority consideration for funding. Grants will be announced by April 30, 2010 on the Center's website.

AWARD CATEGORIES. Awards will be made for a number of specific purposes as per the brief descriptions below.

(1) GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH OR WORKSHOP GRANTS. Small research grants can be used at any time during the year for data-gathering, books and materials, or other expenses. These funds cannot be used for purchasing equipment, such as computers. Grants for workshops are generally small, intended to encourage scholars working on a significant issue to exchange ideas, often at a preliminary stage of their research. Maximum award is $3,000.

(2) UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH GRANTS. Small research grants can be used at any time during the year for data-gathering, books and materials, or other expenses in connection with a senior thesis or research seminar paper. Priority will be given to majors in Latino/a Studies, Asian American Studies and Comparative Ethnic Studies, but students in other majors are encouraged to apply. Maximum award is $300.

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INDIAN STUDIES FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION

The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) invites applications from scholars from all disciplines who wish to conduct their research in India. AIIS especially encourages applicants in fields such as Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Public Health, and Regional Planning. Junior fellowships are given to doctoral candidates to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to eleven months. Senior long-term (six to nine months) and short-term (four months or less) fellowships are available for scholars who hold the Ph.D. degree. Scholarly/Professional development fellowships are available to scholars and professionals who have not previously worked in India. Creative and Performing Arts fellowships are available to practitioners of the arts of India. Eligible applicants include 1) U.S. citizens; and 2) citizens of other countries who are students or faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities (this rule does not apply to U.S. citizens). Applications can be downloaded from the web site www.indiastudies.org. For more information please contact the American Institute of Indian Studies (773) 702-8638.
Email: aiis@uchicago.edu
Web site: www.indiastudies.org
Application deadline is July 1, 2010.

INSTITUTE FOR RELIGION, CULTURE, AND PUBLIC LIFE GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS

Up to five fellowships are available for Summer or Fall 2010 to Columbia doctoral students who are preparing proposals or conducting research for their dissertations. The fellowship will provide each student $4000 to cover expenses directly related to research, including, travel, lodging and materials. In Fall 2010, the students are expected to make oral presentations on the results of their research.

Eligibility: Applications are welcome from students in Ph.D. or J.S.D. programs at Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or Law School, who have completed their exams and are preparing prospectuses or chapters for their dissertations. Preference will be given to students who are doing international research and need to travel abroad. In compelling cases, travel within the U.S. to consult archives or conduct research in particular communities will be considered.

Application: Please provide 1) a letter of reference from a faculty member who will serve on your dissertation committee; 2) a three-page description of the research project, including travel plans, an itemized budget and a schedule for completion of the dissertation. Please include your departmental affiliation and up-to-date contact information.

Applications via e-mail are preferred, but hard copies are also accepted. All materials are due by 5pm on Monday, February 15, 2010 to:

Emily Brennan
Email: eb422@columbia.edu
Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, 80 Claremont Avenue, Room 203, MC 9611, New York, NY 10027
Tel. 212-851-4145 / Fax. 212-851-0781 / http://ircpl.org/


INSTITUTE FOR RELIGION, CULTURE, AND PUBLIC LIFE UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS

Up to five fellowships are available for Summer 2010 to Columbia undergraduate students to conduct research that will contribute to their senior theses in the 2010-2011 academic year. The fellowship will provide each student $4000 to cover expenses directly related to research, including travel, lodging and materials. The student should select a faculty member, who will help develop the details of the project and potentially serve as a thesis adviser. In Fall 2010, the students are expected to make oral presentations on the results of their research.

Eligibility: Applications are welcome from Columbia College, General Studies and Barnard juniors in good academic standing.

Application: Please provide 1) a letter of reference from a faculty member who knows your research and may serve as your senior thesis adviser; 2) a printed transcript; 3) a three-page description of the research project, including travel plans and an itemized budget, which also provides the following information:
  • Name, Departmental Affiliation and School (CC or GS)
  • List the courses you have taken you feel are relevant to IRCPL's mission.
  • List all the languages you speak and your level of proficiency in each of them.
  • Describe in one paragraph your interest in this field.
  • Describe a potential project for summer research and where you propose to do the research.
  • Describe a potential senior thesis topic and answer why working with this faculty member will help your thesis research and writing.
Applications via e-mail are preferred, but hard copies are also accepted. All materials are due by 5pm on Monday, February 15, 2010 to:

Emily Brennan
Email: eb422@columbia.edu
Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, 80 Claremont Avenue, Room 203, MC 9611, New York, NY 10027
Tel. 212-851-4145 / Fax. 212-851-0781 / http://ircpl.org/

INDICORPS FELLOWSHIP

If you could pursue a passion without any social or financial constraints, what would it be?
Indicorps seeks dedicated people of Indian origin who are willing to challenge themselves and "be the change."

The Indicorps fellowship is a profound personal experience and an opportunity to understand participatory development through intense voluntary service. The structured program encourages participants to leave their comfort zones, place others' interests before their own, test their own potential to affect change, explore their relationship with India, and understand what it means to lead by committing themselves to innovative grassroots projects. Indicorps believes that giving one's time and energy, without any attachment to the outcome, regardless of the circumstances, is an unparalleled personal experience in service. At the same time, it is a chance for fellows to address their own identity, recognize their personal boundaries, and understand how to produce change in their environments. The fellowship is a deeply rewarding, transformational and challenging personal journey, and part of Indicorps' collective experiment for change.

The fellowship provides the opportunity for passionate, sincere individuals of Indian origin to become strong team players and leaders to build sustainable new initiatives. In the past, projects have spanned from Kanpur to Pondicherry and Gujarat to Madhya Pradesh. This year we have projects slated for Rajasthan, Orissa and Maharashtra, among others. Fellows will become involved in real issues in many different fields, such as education, microfinance, social entrepreneurship, environmental conservation, public health, urban infrastructure, and much more. They will live simply and dig deep to learn about India and themselves.

Indicorps is a non-partisan, non-religious, non-profit organization that encourages Indians around the world to actively participate in India's progress. Indicorps' programs are designed to build principled leadership, empower visionaries, inspire collective action, and unite India towards a common vision for the nation by productively engaging Indians around the world with the development of the country that defines their identity.

Fellowship application dates:

November 15: Application Part I Available
January 1: Application Part II Available
March 1: Final Application Deadline

TO LEARN MORE INFO OR APPLY FOR THE FELLOWSHIP: visit our website (http://www.indicorps.org), or keep in touch with us on Facebook: Indicorps Seva. Check out our Youtube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/Indicorps) and read our reviews on Great Non-Profits (http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/profile2/indicorps).

Perspectives: Indicorps 2008-2009 Reflections on Change, our year in review, is also available online (http://blog.indicorps.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/yirsmaller.pdf)

South Asian Journalists Association

One of SAJA's most high-visibility, high-impact programs is the SAJA Reporting Fellowships, which help journalists do better stories on South Asia or the diaspora. This year we are once again giving out upto $20,000, thanks to the Mahadeva Family Foundation. Please let your journalist friends know. You DON'T have to be South Asian to enter - and your story can be set anywhere in the world.

DETAILS FROM: http://bit.ly/sajasrf

The SAJA Reporting Fellowships program is aimed at promoting a rare element in 24/7-news-cycle journalism -- in-depth and follow-up reporting on major events relating to South Asia or South Asians, long after the breaking-news crews have moved on.


Questions to Laura Griffin, SAJA Administrative Director: sajamember@gmail.com

As part of their mission to encourage in-depth coverage of South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora, SAJA & SAJA Group Inc. are pleased to announce a call for submissions for its fifth Annual SAJA Reporting Fellowships (SRF). Open to freelancers and staff journalists in any medium, the fellowships are meant to encourage in-depth reporting projects by providing grants to cover a portion of reporting expenses.

A total of up to $20,000 may be given out annually, divided among projects or a single project at SAJA's discretion. Each fellowship award is typically between $3,000-$7,000.

These Fellowships, launched in 2005 to ensure follow-up reportage about the 2004 tsunami and its victims, were initially funded by SAJA members, corporate donors and friends of SAJA. For the last three years, SRF received a major financial boost thanks to the support of the Mahadeva Family Foundation, which will make an annual contribution of $20,000.

"The support of Kumar Mahadeva and Simi Ahuja, who have been part of the SAJA community for more than a decade, is critical to SAJA's core mission of improving the coverage of South Asia through the SAJA Reporting Fellowships and similar programs," said Sandeep Junnarkar, the group's president and a professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
"This will continue to have a major impact on the kind of stories that the Fellows do and how Americans learn about what's going on in South Asia today."

The fellowship is open to proposals on any in-depth topics covering South Asia or the South Asian Diaspora.

Again, the application deadline is Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

To be eligible for this year's fellowship, applicants must:
  • Have at least five years of journalism experience.
  • Produce content in the English language.
  • Be able to publish or broadcast the finished work in North America (U.S. and Canada).
  • Publish the work in a U.S. or Canadian media outlet.
  • Be willing to work with an editor, chosen by SAJA, who will oversee the successful completion of the project.
  • Be available to discuss the project at SAJA events, including but not limited to the annual SAJA convention and/or panel discussions and SAJA webcasts.
In addition, the news organization(s) that publish(es) or air(s) the finished work(s) must agree to provide a prominent credit to SAJA.

Proposals must include the following:
  • Project Proposal which describes the thesis of the project and explains why it's an important story. What is the news hook? Why should a news outlet publish, broadcast or post this story?
  • A preliminary list of people to be interviewed.
  • A DETAILED budget that spells out what expenses the fellowship funding will cover and how the rest of the project will be funded.
  • A realistic timeline that shows SAJA's deadlines (see below) will be met.
  • A resume and three work samples. We're looking for applicants with a successful track record in producing print, broadcast, radio, photographic or multimedia pieces. The applicant must provide the work samples either as URLs, attachments, or by cutting and pasting to the application. Broadcast applicants can also provide digital samples.
  • Support letter(s). If the applicant is an employee of a U.S. or Canadian media outlet, a letter of support from the editor/employer/supervisor. The letter must show that the applicant's employer will give the applicant the time to report, produce and complete the work to meet our deadlines, as well as allot time for the fellow to speak about the project at SAJA events. The letter must show the company's willingness to share publication rights with SAJA after an initial, exclusive first-run period is over. The letter MUST also contain contact information for the employer. If the applicant is a freelancer, the proposal must include a letter from a U.S. or Canadian media outlet expressing support and a strong interest in running the piece. Even a South Asia-based freelancer must include a letter from a U.S. or Canadian media outlet expressing support and a strong interest in running the piece. An employee of a South Asia-based media company must include a letter from a U.S. or Canadian media outlet expressing support and a strong interest in running the piece.
  • A list of at least three references.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

***Please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on SAJA's Web site, http://www.saja.org/programs/fellowships before emailing questions.***

Timeline for the Fellowships is as follows:
Oct. 26, 2009: Applications process opens.
Nov. 30, 2009: Application deadline.
Jan. 10, 2010: SAJA fellows announced.
Between Jan. 10 - April 15, 2010: Reporting completed.
May 15, 2010: Finished project submitted to SAJA.
May 15-29, 2010: First-use period, for exclusive publication by the fellow's employer, or if a freelancer, by the media company with whom the freelancer is contracted.
May 30, 2010: SAJA disseminates the work widely, through the web, other media and panel discussions.

Judging: The pool of applicants will be narrowed down to approximately five finalists. A panel of judges will review the finalists, and rank the projects from first to last. The SAJA board will make the final determinations on what amount of money will be awarded. Finalists will be notified and expected to be available for interviews with the judges if necessary.

Disclaimer:
  1. All decisions are final and subject to the discretion and judgment of the judges and the SAJA board.
  2. SAJA board members and members of their families are not eligible to apply.
  3. SAJA is not responsible for any financial or legal liabilities (or any other liabilities) that arise from the actions of the fellow(s).
  4. SAJA reserves the right to amend or extend deadlines or changing other procedures relating to the fellowship program.
HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL: After reading this page carefully, fill in this online form: http://www.formsite.com/columbiaspj/form605725715

Deadline is Nov. 30, 2009, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Questions to Laura Griffin, SAJA Administrative Director: sajamember@gmail.com. Before sending questions, please review the Frequently Asked Questions at www.saja.org/programs/fellowships by clicking on SRF FAQs.

University of Oxford - Faculty of Oriental Studies and Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

Call for Expressions of Interest: Jill Hart Fund for Indo-Iranian Philology for applying to the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme

Please note, the following information outlines an internal pre-application selection process. It is not authorisation to make an application to the Leverhulme Trust through this Institution.

Leverhulme Scheme

The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme is aimed at those at a relatively early stage of their academic career but with a proven record of research. The Humanities Division at Oxford has a track record with the Trust, having received four fellowships over the past two years (with a number also awarded to other parts of the University). Fellowships are normally tenable for two or three years on a full-time basis. The Leverhulme eligibility criteria are that applicants must normally be under 35, not hold or have held a permanent academic position in a UK university or comparable institution, and have an awarded doctorate or equivalent research experience. (Applications from those aged 35 and over will be considered if they began their academic studies at a later age than is usual or if they have had a career change or break.)

The award requires matched funding from the institution and there is provision for personal research expenses of up to £6k per year, if requested at the time of application. The Jill Hart Leverhulme Early Career Fellow will be appointed jointly by the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, normally in the first three points of University Grade 7, salary range currently £28,839 - £30,594, depending on experience.

For full details of the Leverhulme scheme please see http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/grants_awards/grants/early_career_fellowships/

and for further information about applying from outside the University of Oxford, please see the following page on the Humanities Division website: http://www.humanities.ox.ac.uk/research/applying_from_outside_oxford/leverhulme_early_career_fellowships

Call for Expressions of Interest
The Faculties of Oriental Studies and of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics propose to use some of the income from the Jill Hart Fund to provide the matching funding for an application in the subject of Indo-Iranian Philology. They now invite expressions of interest from potential applicants in the relevant field who wish to be considered for the faculty's support in applying to the Leverhulme scheme.

[The Jill Hart Fund for Indo-Iranian Philology at the University of Oxford supports elementary language teaching and learning, and philological teaching and study, of Vedic Sanskrit and of the languages belonging to the Iranian branch of Indo-European at their earliest attested stages.]

Expressions of interest must be received by noon on Friday 11 December 2009 and should include the following:
  1. a maximum two-page CV with education, publications, thesis title and examiners;
  2. a maximum two-page statement of research (please note last year's Leverhulme guidance stated: "If an applicant wishes to remain in the same institution he or she should rehearse the academic and/or personal reasons for this." If you are currently at Oxford, please include justification of why it is appropriate for you to remain here to hold an ECF, in the statement);
  3. a 150 word abstract summarising the research for a general audience;
  4. an indication of what additional research expenses may be claimed;
  5. two letters of reference;
  6. a note of who your mentor would be, having obtained his/her agreement in principle to act in this role, if the application is successful. Your mentor must be a member of either the Faculty of Oriental Studies or the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics.
Expressions of interest should be e-mailed to the office of the Faculty Board Secretary, Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford, OX1 2LE, e-mail address orient@orinst.ox.ac.uk.

Interviews will not be held. A nominee will be selected by the Management Committee of the Jill Hart Fund, which consists of members of the Faculties of Oriental Studies and of Lingustics, Philology and Phonetics, and all applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after the closing date.

Further information may be obtained from:

http://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk/ - Oriental Studies

http://www.ling-phil.ox.ac.uk/ - Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

or by e-mail to the Chair of the Jill Hart Trust Management Committee, Professor C. Minkowski christopher.minkowski@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Supplemental Grants for the Collection of Oral Literature

Sponsor: Firebird Foundation

Contact Information George N. Appell
PO Box A
Phillips ME 04996 USA
Email: firebird@tdstelme.net

Eligibility Requirements: Those with a Ph.D. in anthropology, linguistics, oral literature studies or related disciplines; those in a post-graduate program in similar disciplines; or those whose life experience is equivalent. Also local organizations of indigenous peoples or individuals that are collecting oral literature of their own society are eligible.

Field(s) of Study: oral literature, indigenous peoples, endangered languages

Description

The unique oral literatures of indigenous peoples are rapidly being lost through the death of the traditional practitioners and through the schooling of the next generation. The Program for Oral Literature of the Firebird Foundation has initiated a project to fund the collection of this body of rapidly disappearing literature.

This literature may consist of ritual texts, curative chants, epic poems, musical genres, folk tales, songs, myths, legends, historical accounts, life history narratives, word games, and so on.

Supplemental funds are available to anthropologists and linguists going into the field to support a collection of oral literature. Grants of up to $10,000 will be made to applicants for purchasing recording equipment and covering the expenses of collecting this material. Applicants are encouraged, where possible, to foster the development of local teams of collectors to continue the work of recording these materials. Transcriptions of the recordings are encouraged.

Application guidelines may be requested from the Firebird Foundation: firebird@tdstelme.net.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Centre for the Study of Culture and Society Fellowship

The Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS) offers a fellowship awarded by SEPHIS to a student from any country in the South to spend one academic year in Bangalore, India, beginning July 2009.

The main purpose of the fellowship programme is to help develop alternative frameworks for research and teaching as well as new theoretical paradigms that take into account the specific experiences of non-Western societies.

The student can either register with CSCS for the Ph.D. in Cultural Studies (validated by the Manipal University and Kuvempu University ) or register in his/her own country and do the CSCS coursework for two semesters.

Click here for complete information, including eligibility requirement.

SEPHIS

International Institute of Social History
South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development Grants Announcement 2009

Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Dissertation Research
Grants for "Preserving Social Memory: History and social movements"
Deadline: April 2009

See attached PDF file or visit http://www.sephis.org.

The American India Foundation

The American India Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2009-2010 Service Corps Fellowship. The Fellows will serve with Indian NGOs from September 2009 to June 2010.

About the Service Corps Fellowship
The Service Corps Fellowship builds bridges between America and India through the exchange of technical skills and intellectual resources. The program serves as an exchange of technical skills and intellectual resources which aims to build the capacity of Indian NGOs while developing a new generation of NGO leaders and social entrepreneurs. Every year, AIF sends approximately 25 outstanding young American professionals to work for ten months with leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India. Since its inception, AIF's Service Corps Fellowship has sent 190 Fellows to serve with over 80 NGOs, with the primary focus of improving livelihoods, enhancing primary education, promoting public health and human rights. http://www.aif.org/serve/servicecorps/default.htm

About the American India Foundation
AIF works to accelerate social and economic change in India. By mobilizing people and resources across the United States, AIF has invested in over 90 NGOs in India. AIF awards grants to improve education, livelihood, and public health projects in India, with a specific emphasis on promoting elementary education, empowering women, accelerating health literacy, and strengthening health systems.

More information at www.aif.org

Application Criteria
Fellows are selected from a competitive pool of applicants with a diverse range of backgrounds.

Fellows are required to:
Have demonstrated a strong interest in India's development sector
Be between the ages of 21 and 35 on September 1, 2009
Have achieved an undergraduate degree prior to starting the program
Be a US Citizen or US Permanent Resident

Fellows are preferred to:
Have prior work experience or a graduate degree
Have worked/lived in a developing country
Application Process
Online Application Deadline: January 1, 2009
Decision Notification to candidates: April 2009

Fellowship Support
Pre-screened host organization and mentor
Modest monthly stipend for living, housing, food and transport
Supplemental health insurance coverage
Travel expenses to and from India
Orientation in India and ongoing trainings

To apply
Please find the online application at http://www.aif.org

For more information
Contact Ann Levy at ann.levy@aif.org

Canadian Asian Studies Association award for the best Ph.D. dissertation on SOUTH ASIA

The South Asia Council of the Canadian Asian Studies Association would like to inform you that we are offering again this year a prize for the best Ph.D. dissertation on SOUTH ASIA successfully defended between October 2006 and September 2008 by a Canadian citizen studying anywhere in the world or by a (recent) student in a Canadian institution. We have sent out a notice to our members but would like to know if your department would be able to help us in any way to further spread the word. We are interested in reaching all individuals linked to Asian Studies at Universities across the world.

Please see all the details at: http://canadianasianstudies.concordia.ca/htm/fellowsac.htm (french version also avaliable)

Posting this announcement in your department, on your website, in any newsletters, or forwarding this email on would be very valuable to us. It would be greatly appreciated if you could inform me of any actions you are taking in regards to this matter.

To learn more about the Canadian Asian Studies Association please visit our website at : http://canadianasianstudies.concordia.ca

State Department sponsored summer program for SA languages

The State Department sponsored programs to study various critical languages through the overseas research centers of CAORC are now open for application.

Languages include: Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu for South Asia (AIIS, AIBS) and Arabic and Turkish for our Middle Eastern colleagues.

Please go to: http://www.caorc.org and see the bold faced announcement on the left hand side of the page. Or go directly to http://www.caorc.org/language.

Undergraduates, MA, and PhD students are all eligible as long as they are US citizens. ALL EXPENSES ARE PAID for those accepted into the programs.

Tony K. Stewart
Professor of South Asian Religions
Dept. of Philosophy and Religion
Campus Box 8103
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8103 USA
ph. 919.515.6335
email tony_stewart@ncsu.edu
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