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AIIS Fellowship Competition for the US and International Students

AIIS Fellowship Competition for the US and International Students

American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) offers research fellowship support for scholars, PhD candidates and artists and also offers training in Indian languages where they are spoken.

Candidates who are either US citizens or non-citizens who have resided in the US for at least three years can apply for one of any fellowships. These three types of opportunities are available: Junior Fellowships, Senior Long- and Short-term Fellowships, and Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships.

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American Institute of Indian Studies was set up to further the awareness of India in the United States by supporting American scholarship on India. AIIS is committed to equity, inclusion and access to all communities in fulfilling its mission.

Why at AIIS? Studying with the American Institute of Indian Studies is a great decision. The American Institute of Indian Studies has offered funding to pre- and post-doctoral scholars and artists in lust for learning about India.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2023

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: American Institute of Indian Studies
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: PhD/Doctoral
  • Award: stipends of $5,000 per month
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: 35
  • Nationality: International
  • The award can be taken in the USA


  • Eligible Countries: the US or non-US citizens
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The scholarship will be awarded as the following:
  • Junior Fellowships are for graduate students who manage research for their doctoral study in India.
  • Senior Long- and Short-term Fellowships are for applicants holding a PhD degree.
  • Performing & Creative Arts Fellowships are available to skilled arts practitioners who conduct their projects in India.
  • Non-U.S. accepted to apply for AIIS fellowships if they are either graduate students or full-time faculty at a college/university in the United States. However, they can apply for senior fellowships if they are not affiliated with an institution of higher education in the U.S.
  • Applications that are part of a collaborative project involving other scholars are welcome, although the AIIS fellowship is awarded to individuals, not teams.
  • Admissible Criteria: Amounts awarded to successful applicants who are members of group projects will be equivalent to fellowships awarded to scholars who submitted applications for individual projects.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: Register on an online portal and then log in to the portal account using the password applicant will create.
  • Applications (MS Word)/PDF)
  • Affiliate Sponsor Form (MS WordPDF)
  • Reviewer Worksheet (MS Word/PDF)
  • Application Checklist (MS Word/PDF)
  • Supporting Documents: Create a single pdf file that contains all of the items listed in the checklist, and for junior fellowship applicants, scans of your transcripts (if you cannot scan transcripts, you may mail the transcripts to the AIIS office in Chicago). Applications must be typed.
  • Admission Requirements: Non-U.S. citizens may apply as long as they are either graduate students or full-time faculty at colleges and universities in the United States.
  • Language Requirement: English


Through the program, approximately 35 fellowships are awarded each year.

  • Applicants awarded NEH-funded fellowships will receive generous stipends of $5,000 per month. No additional application is required.
  • Fellowships are funded by both the US government grants and AIIS endowment funds.

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