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South Asia Summer Language Institute (SALSI) in Summer 2014!

Apply for funding to 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, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, and Urdu.

Applications for Summer 2014 are now being accepted for the following funding opportunities:

FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowships: Open to graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents, deadline February 15, 2014.

Half/Full Fee Remissions: Open to all SASLI applicants, deadline March 15, 2014.

$1000 Fee Remission: Open to all SASLI applicants who do not have other, external funding.  Priority deadline April 1, 2014.

 Details and links the applications can be found on our website: http://sasli.wisc.edu/funding.html

Any questions can be addressed to SASLI by phone at (608) 261-1194 or by e-mail at sasli@southasia.wisc.edu

Center for South Asian Studies UC Berkeley

One of the world's leading institutes for research and programs on South Asia, the Center for South Asia Studies (CSAS) at the University of California, Berkeley works with faculty members, graduate students, community members, private institutions, and non-profit organizations to deepen understanding of the region and to create new generations of scholars of South Asia.

For more information on awards and grants administered through CSAS, click here.

SAARC Cultural Centre Sri Lanka

SAARC Cultural Centre, as part of its mandate in promoting cultural diversity in South Asia and part of its research project for 2012-13 is pleased to invite proposals for research for on various aspects of the Diasporic Cultures of South Asia during 18th to 20th Centuries. The research will give an opportunity to conduct an in-depth study on diasporic cultures of South Asia and identify and utilize the productive components of the research for the benefit of the people of the region. For more information visit the SAARC website.

Boren Awards

The Boren Awards provides generous funding to both undergraduate and graduate students who wish to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. The Boren Fellowship allows graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate studies. Boren Fellows can be awarded up to $30,000.

Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, fields of study and application procedures can be found at www.boreaward.org. For more information about Boren Awards, please contact your campus representatives. Graduate students who are interested in the Fellowship should contact Dr. Erin Crawley (fellow@intl-institute.wisc.edu) 

American Institute of Indian Studies Competition

The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) invites applications from scholars from all disciplines who wish to conduct their research in India. 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, 2012.


The 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar Program competition 

is open and is currently receiving applications for research and teaching grants in South Asia.  The deadline for receipt of applications is August 1, 2012.

Fulbrighters receive a deep understanding of societies and cultures that transcends popular portrayals and images.  They reap professional and personal rewards derived from carrying out activities that promote cooperation, education, and understanding across borders that come with a Fulbright grant.

There has never been a better time to apply to the Fulbright Scholar Program in South Asia.  India has become the largest Fulbright Program, which means that there are more opportunities there than anywhere else.  India offers more than 80 grants for Americans to teach, do research or both in virtually any academic discipline.  Moreover, we are offering more than a dozen opportunities in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.  For area experts such as those affiliated with your center, the South and Central Asia Regional Research Program allows for the Fulbrighter to visit more than one South or Central Asian country.  This is, of course, ideal for research with a comparative focus.

How does one get started?  The 2013-14 Catalog of Awards is online at http://catalog.cies.org/.   The Catalog contains all the relevant information about the awards we are offering this year.  We have also restructured the information online about the program in general, tips for applying, project statement guidelines, and much more on the US Scholar page of our website to make it easier for applicants to navigate (http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/).



Position Title: Academic Trip Leader

About IVS

The Institute for Village Studies is a non-profit educational organization that leads study abroad trips to Asia. Our trips combine enriching cultural experiences, opportunities for exploration and research, and service work on local community development projects. IVS emerged as an outgrowth of international tours with students from Spring Street School, in Friday Harbor, Washington. As we spent time traveling we moved inevitably towards villages because they created a more powerful experience for our students, giving them more of a flavor of the indigenous cultures we visited.

Position Summary

IVS is seeking a dynamic Academic Trip Leader to be a member of the IVS winter staff to Thailand and India. This is a temporary position from January – March 2013. S/he will travel with a group of students to several locations in NW Thailand and Northern India where we will engage with local organizations and communities on development projects. We will be working with the Karen near Mae Sot, Thailand; Dalits and other low-caste members in Sarnath, India; and Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, India. Her/his responsibilities will include:

  Provide background lectures on selected topics in South Asian history, culture and religion.

  participate in week-long student orientation in Friday Harbor before trip.

  Facilitate student discussions during trip.

  Assist students with field research projects.

  Read and provide feedback on final student papers/projects.

  Provide written evaluation of students

  Limited budgeting and trip expense reporting.



  PhD in South Asian studies or related field; graduate students who have passed prelims are encouraged to apply as well.

  Experience in giving lectures and facilitating classroom discussions.

  Fluency in Hindi.

  Significant travel/living experience in India; some experience in Thailand is desirable.

  Ability to travel and live under very basic conditions.

  Ability to deal with uncertainty and adversity.

  Sense of humor and excitement for travel.




 To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to cashbaugh@villagestudies.org. Put “Academic Trip Leader” in subject heading of email.

Charlie Ashbaugh | Director
Institute for Village Studies
t. 206.300.7857


AIPS announces Short-Term Foreign Faculty Program with HEC

AIPS is pleased to announce a new collaborative program between AIPS and the Higher Education Commission in Pakistan. 

This program will sponsor highly qualified U.S. research scientists and scholars to provide quality education to students and to enhance R&D activities in HEC recognized Educational Institutions in Pakistan. The information below outlines the highlights of this program. More detailed information and a complete application packet are available on the AIPS website.

Eligibility Criteria for Selection of Visiting Foreign Professor:

  Applicant must hold PhD degree in the relevant field from HEC recognized universities/ institutes.

  Applicant must commit to come for at least three weeks or three to four months (one semester), which will be extendable to another semester only upon the consent of the HEC and host institution.

  Applications will be facilitated in all disciplines.

  Applicant must hold job/teaching position in a recognized US University with at least two years Post-doctorate foreign experience.

  Applicant must have a good academic and publication record.

  Applicant is expected to have excellent verbal and written English language skills.

  Special waiver of the PhD degree requirement for applicants belonging to Fine Arts, Architecture, Law & Theatre and Arts disciplines with condition that the prospective candidates must have served as a tenure track faculty member at a US University for at least for three (03) years.


Program is open to all disciplines, but candidates from the social sciences and the humanities will be preferred.


  A brief cover letter

  A current CV

  An application form

  One letter of reference

For more information:


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

Announcements from the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies

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/


For access to Theses and Dissertations on Sri Lanka, visit Open Access Theses and Dissertations




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