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2012 Summer Leadership Program

The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications from high-potential South Asian college students for the 2012 summer leadership program scheduled to take place from June 9, 2012 to August 3, 2012. The WLP cultivates the South Asian American community's next generation of leaders by placing them in Congressional offices or Government Agencies for eight-week summer internships and a structured leadership-training curriculum.  The students gain a firsthand view of the policy-making and legislative process, as well as gain access to high-profile South-Asian leaders in the nation's capitol. Applications are available online at http://www.thewlp.com/wlp-2012-application.html. The deadline for submitting applications is January 20, 2012.

All students who are either US citizens or legal permanent residents are encouraged to apply. Selection to the WLP is highly competitive and not limited to students pursuing majors in social sciences. The backgrounds of past participants have ranged from medical school to art and business.

Interns will receive a total stipend of $1,500 and will be required to complete 2-3 short writing assignments during the internship.

The WLP has over 180 alumni who have interned for notable elected officials including Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN), and Rep. Bobby Jindal (R-LA). Alumni from the program have gone on to win Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Mitchell Scholarships, as well as acceptances into top-flight medical, law, public policy, and other post-graduate programs. Several alums are currently senior advisors to government officials, and one is an elected representative from the State of Maryland.

For more information about the program, visit the WLP's website at http://www.thewlp.com



SASLI 2012 Student Application Now Online - Funding Available

Learn a South Asian language this summer!
The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is offering intensive summer courses in the following South Asian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan and Urdu. Applications for Summer 2012 are now being accepted.
Due to recent budget cuts, SASLI will have a slightly different fee structure in 2012.  There are three funding options available to students: 
1)      $1000 Fee Remissions, indicate interest when submitting the SASLI online application
2)      FLAS Fellowships, deadline February 1, 2012
3)      SASLI Scholarships, deadline February 1, 2012

Further information about funding and the SASLI FLAS and Scholarship applications can be found on the SASLI website at: http://sasli.wisc.edu/funding/index.htm  
Apply to SASLI
Instructions for submitting a complete application packet and the SASLI web application can be found on the SASLI website at sasli.wisc.edu. Please apply or encourage your students to apply as soon as possible, as faculty hiring is based on student interest. 

If you have questions about SASLI, please review the FAQ pages on the web site athttp://sasli.wisc.edu/faq/index.html. Any additional questions can be addressed to Anne Naparstek, by phone at (608) 261-1194 or by e-mail at sasli@southasia.wisc.edu 

We look forward to your applications!


AIIS summer 2012 and academic year 2012-2013 language programs

The American Institute of Indian Studies welcomes applications for its summer 2012 and academic year 2012-2013 language programs. Programs to be offered include Hindi (Jaipur), Bengali (Kolkata), Punjabi (Chandigarh), Tamil (Madurai); Marathi (Pune), Urdu (Lucknow), Telugu (Vizag), Malayalam (Thiruvananthapuram) and Sanskrit (Pune) and Pali/Prakrit (Pune). We will offer other Indian languages upon request.

All academic year applicants should have the equivalent of two years of prior language study. For regular summer Sanskrit, we require the equivalent of two years of prior study; for summer Bengali, Hindi and Tamil we require the equivalent of one year of prior study. For summer Urdu, we require the equivalent of one year of either Hindi or Urdu. We can offer courses at all levels, including beginning, in other Indian languages for the summer. Summer students should apply for FLAS (graduate students) if available for funding to cover the costs of the program. Funding for Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi and Urdu may be available through the U.S. State Department's CLS program (see www.clscholarship.org). Academic year students are eligible to apply for an AIIS fellowship which would cover all expenses for the program. AIIS is also offering a fall semester program. We offer Hindi and Urdu at all levels for the fall; we require two years of prior language study for other languages for the fall. The application deadline is January 31, 2012. Applications can be downloaded from the AIIS web site atwww.indiastudies.org. For more information: Phone: 773-702-8638. Email:


The Damodar R. Sar Desai Prize

This prize recognizes effective teaching of India and South Asia in K-12 History-Social Science classrooms.

The Yadunandan Center at CSU Long Beach offers a prize of $1,000 to the best lesson plan submitted that deals with the politics or culture of South Asia in history or in the contemporary world.

Transportation costs will be covered so the winner can accept the prize in person at the Yadunandan Center's annual Uka and Nalini Solanki Lecture, March 1, 2012, delivered by noted author William Dalrymple.

Lesson requirements

  • Lesson will be judged on overall quality in terms of depth of content related to South Asia & appropriate use of pedagogical strategies
  • Lesson should be between one and three classroom periods in length
  • Lesson must follow a standard lesson plan format
  • Application must include all materials related to the lesson

Other details

  • Applicant must be a current K-12 classroom teacher
  • Entry should be accompanied by the applicant's name, mailing address, telephone number, and email adddress, as well as the name and address of the school in which the applicant is employedon a separate page before the beginning of the lesson plan
  • The name or any other identifying information about the applicant should not appear on the lesson plan itself
  • Applicants should include a statement that the essay is his or her own work

All submissions are due by January 9. More information.


CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program

Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program: The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, scholars who have already earned their Ph.D., and students enrolled in Master’s Degree programs. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Approximately ten awards of up to $12,000 each will be given in the doctoral candidate/post-doctoral scholar competition. Approximately four awards of up to $8,000 each will be given in the Master's student competition. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Given the changing travel restrictions and/or security warnings to many countries, applicants should contact CAORC before preparing a proposal.


Sinhala interpreter/translator search at ICRC

Dear Sir or Madam, 

My name is Carlos Mena, a translator for ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) in Sri Lanka. Our organization is presently searching for a Sinhala-English interpreter. 
 Specifically, we are looking for someone with  excellent skills in spoken Sinhala (and if possible with a good knowledge of written Sinhalese as well), as most of the work to be carried out is in interpreting conversations between ICRC delegates and Sinhalese interlocutors. Experience in humanitarian field or international relations would be an asset.   

For reasons related to the institution's working procedures, in particular its principle of neutrality, ICRC personnel cannot be nationals or originate from the countries to which they are assigned. However, for this position, the ICRC could consider an exception. If you know of anyone with these skills (who lives in Sri Lanka or abroad), we would appreciate if you could let them know or forward them this email about our search.  We would be glad to explain to them the nature of the work.  Of course, they can also look at our website to look at the description of the job:  http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/job/always-in-demand/fd-singhala-transl.htm 

Thanking you in advance for your reply and best regards from Colombo, 

Carlos Mena, 
ICRC, Interpreter

The ICRC - working to protect and assist people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence. Find out more: www.icrc.org

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

The applications for the 2012-2013 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available atwww.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.  

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

National Application Deadlines
Boren Fellowship: January 31, 2012
Boren Scholarship: February 9, 2012*
*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.

For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit www.borenawards.org. You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at boren@iie.org or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.


Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Announces New Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship

Today, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced the creation of the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship will allow U.S. citizens to contribute to the strengthening of the public sector abroad by serving in professional placements within foreign government ministries or institutions while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project. The fellowship will help advance public policy research agendas, fosters mutual understanding and builds lasting ties between the U.S. and partner countries.The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship provides a distinctive opportunity for U.S. citizens to work side-by-side with the citizens of other countries to tackle the toughest public policy problems of the day. This new exchange is the vanguard of international public diplomacy, as it leverages the excellence of the Fulbright program to achieve global development objectives. Fulbright Public Policy Fellows will serve in partner country governments, which include: Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Thailand, and Tunisia. The State Department, partner country governments, and the Institute of International Education will coordinate professional placements for candidates in public policy areas including, but not limited to, health, education, agriculture, justice, energy, environment, public finance, economic development, housing, and communications. Candidates must be in receipt of a master’s or J.D. degree by the beginning of the Fellowship (Summer 2012) or be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program. Applicants must also have at least two years of work experience in public policy-related fields. Final selection will be made by the Presidentially-appointed Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Applications will be accepted from November 4, 2011 through February 1, 2012. More information, including complete eligibility requirements, is available at http://www.us.fulbrightonline.org.  Please visithttp://us.fulbrightonline.org/applynow.html to apply. Fulbright Public Policy Fellows will begin their assignments in summer/fall 2012. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 310,000 participants from over 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Join LankaCorps: Opportunity from The Asia Foundation


LankaCorps is a unique new opportunity for Americans of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. Three young leaders (ages 21--29 on April 1, 2012) will be selected to live and work for six months in Sri Lanka as Asia Foundation LankaCorps Fellows from April 1 to September 30, 2012. The program's intent is to foster the involvement of young members of the diaspora who have limited in-depth experience with the country. Deadline extended to January 13!


For more information, please go to: http://www.asiafoundation.org/program/overview/lankacorps

Announcements from the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies

Smithsonian Fellowship:


Some areas of research on Sri Lanka could be supported by the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program under its category of "Valuing World Cultures,"  and those members of AISLS--whether graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, or faculty-- who may be interested in looking to see if funding for their research may be available under this program can go to the Smithsonian's website for further information:


While there are guidelines about appropriate research for Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program,  according to the programs and resources of the Smithsonian, there do not seem to be any restrictions according to citizenship or residency of applicants.


Award: Up to $45,000

Deadline: January 15, 2012

Website: www.si.edu/ofg/infotoapply.htm

Fellowships are offered by the Smithsonian Institution to provide opportunities for graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct research in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff, and to utilize the resources of the Institution.  Research should reflect one of the Four Grand Challenges of the Smithsonian Strategic Plan:

*  Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

*  Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

*  Valuing World Cultures

*  Understanding the American Experience


Sri Lankan Language Study Funds:


AISLS has limited funds to support US-based scholars who wish to acquire or improve language skills. These funds can be used to help to defray the costs of language instruction in Sinhala, Tamil, Pali or Arabic. The instruction must take place in Sri Lanka and be obtained by September 30, 2012. The AISLS Colombo center will supply recipients with advice about language programs and tutors.

These awards will not be given to individuals who are in Sri Lanka with the support of any research award (AISLS or non-AISLS) that provides funds that can be used to cover expenses for language instruction.

This program cannot cover translation costs, but it can cover instruction that takes the form of working with a tutor to translate texts or other materials.

Applicants are also expected to fall into one of the following categories: 1) individual members of AISLS resident in the US who hold a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification, 2) individual members of AISLS who are undertaking language instruction to support the needs of graduate study at a US university, 3) faculty members at AISLS member institutions, or 4) graduate students at AISLS member institutions who are undertaking language instruction to support the needs of their program of study. Previous recipients of AISLS language instruction awards are eligible.

To apply, please submit to John Rogers <rogersjohnd@aol.com> a short curriculum vitae, a one page statement that includes a description of the proposed instruction and how it supports your long-range research plans, a proposed timetable, and a budget. The maximum award will be $300. Proposals will be considered on an ongoing basis until the funds are exhausted.



Visit the AISLS web site at: http://www.aisls.org/