Please visit our Summer Grants page for frequently asked questions.
Come hear about SAI Summer Funding opportunities, including research and internship grants, and ask any last minute questions about the application process.
Summer Grant Applications Deadlines:
All Graduate Grant Applications: February 13, 2015
All Undergraduate Grant Applications: February 9, 2015
SAI Special Event
Tanvi Madan, PhD Fellow, Foreign Policy Director, The India Project The Brookings Institution
Chair: Nicholas Burns, Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School
Reception to follow in CGIS Knafel Concourse, 1737 Cambridge Street.
This event is the culmination of ‘The Politickle Pickle: An Exhibition of Editorial Cartoons and Caricatures on India and the United States’ by Shreyas Navare, Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Editorial Cartoonist, Hindustan Times; Author, The Politickle Pickle: Vol. 1 & 2, on display in the CGIS Knafel Concourse, 1737 Cambridge Street from December 7, 2014 – January 29, 2015.
Cosponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the WCFIA Fellows Program. Supported by the Hindustan Times and the South Asian Art Council – Boston.
SAI Photo Exhibit
On Display in the CGIS South Concourse from Nov. 5, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015.
Open Mondays-Thursdays 7am – 9pm; Fridays 7am – 7pm
Coded Elegance, by Pablo Bartholomew, is a series of ethno-anthropological photographs of tribes and people of the hills and valleys of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Manipur, taken from 1989 to 2000.
Coded Elegance constitutes a mere fragment of Bartholomew’s extensive visual anthropological documentation of the various tribes and people residing in the low Himalayan hills and valleys of Northeast India — a people whose lives are marked by tradition and transition. The series, an off shoot of Marked with Beauty, his 2000 exhibition of rich, color photographs of the many Naga tribes, is influenced by his own collection of portraits of the Darjeeling hill tribes by Johnston and Hoffman, and Irving Penn’s body of work in Papua New Guinea.
It explores his journey and interaction with tribes in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Nagaland — diverse communities with myriad different languages and dialects — as well as the people inhabiting the valleys in that region. The preservation of their traditional cultures articulated through their dress, rituals, and rites of passage, forms the overarching subject of Coded Elegance.
With generous support from the Donald T. Regan Lecture Fund, the Arts Initiative at SAI brings experienced and emerging artists to Harvard whose work focus is on social issues related to South Asia.
SAI Arts Initiative Event
What is the role of the Ephemeral City in the broader discussion about urbanism globally? Professor Rahul Mehrotra, Chair of the Department of Urban Planing and Design (GSD), will moderate a conversation across disciplines about ephemerality in the landscapes of South Asian and Latin American cities.
Exhibition Opening and Walkthrough at 5:30PM in the CGIS South Second Floor Lobby, followed by a panel discussion at 6:30PM CGIS S010.
Rahul Mehrotra (GSD), in collaboration with Jose Mayoral (GSD) and Felipe Vera (Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Chile) will guide the audience through the exhibition
This panel is part of the exhibition The Ephemeral City: Looking at Temporary Landscape of Religion in South Asia and Latin America.
Cosponsored with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University
Payal Modi, MD, MPH, Fellow, Brigham & Women’s Hospital International Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Mass casualty responses work best when there is a well-rehearsed plan. This seminar will cover planning for a disaster, preparatory drills, and debriefing, drawing from the experience of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
This will be SAI’s third webinar in the series on Disaster Management and Emergency Response
8:30 AM in Cambridge, 6:30 PM in Pakistan, 7 PM in India, 7:30 PM in Sri Lanka, & Bangladesh
WATCH: One the day of the webinar, watch live on SAI’s website
INTERACT: Tweet your questions and join the conversation on Facebook
SAI Book Talk
Sanchita Saxena, Director of the Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Berkeley; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley
Fauzia Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, Miami University; SAI Research Affiliate
Chair: John A. Quelch, Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Professor in Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health
By analyzing the garment sector through the lens of domestic coalitions, Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries presents new and innovative ways of conceptualizing the garment and textiles industries that include the possibility for change and resistance from a vantage point of cooperation among key groups, rather than only contention. The book utilizes the established policy networks framework, which has traditionally only been applied to the United States and European nations, but expertly adapts it to countries in the global South. Saxena’s domestic coalitions approach, which can be thought of as a precursor to a full policy network, differs from the policy network approach in crucial ways by highlighting the importance of other actors or facilitators in the network, recognizing that interactions among stakeholders are just as important as interactions between groups and the state, as well as the incentives associated with expanding the existing coalition.
Book sale to follow.
South Asia Without Border Seminar
Anand Vaidya, SAI South Asian Studies Fellow
Chair: Ajantha Subramanian, Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Harvard University
SAI Global Health Event
More details coming soon.
Co-sponsored with the Asia Center
In an op-ed for The Boston Globe, SAI Steering Committee member Nicholas Burns, HKS, explains how President Obama’s visit to India for Republic Day is an important symbolic gesture that may kickstart the revival both countries have been looking for.
“More than the political aspect, it is understanding how women cope with the phenomenon of disappearances that appealed to me as a filmmaker,” says director Nilosree Biswas in an interview with SAI on the unique culture of Kashmir.
In SAI’s second annual publication, The City and South Asia, experts from a variety of fields, at both Harvard and elsewhere, have come together to hold up a cross-disciplinary lens to urban centers in South Asia.
Harvard University will offer many courses with South Asia related content in the spring 2015 semester.
“If yesterday’s events urged participants to immerse themselves in the world of ideas, today’s panelists gave us diverse and exceptional examples of how to apply these ideas in practice,” writes Zeenia Framroze, Harvard College ’15, about the conference.
On January 9, 2015, SAI co-hosted a day-long seminar on “Addressing Gender Norms through Education: Developing and Implementing Adolescent Curriculum” in New Delhi.
SAI recently talked to Namrata Narain, Harvard College ’15, one of the organizers of the Harvard US-India Initiative’s (HUII) Annual Conference, to learn more about how HUII is working to increase discussions on important issues by connecting young academic communities in India and the US.
The program, located in India in summer 2015, provides Harvard undergraduates an opportunity to examine the use of mobile technology in to deliver services in the areas of education, health, agriculture, and banking. Deadline to apply: Monday, Feb. 2.
In 2014, SAI awarded 46 grants to students to do a variety internships and research projects in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Read first-hand experiences from students in SAI’s Grant Report.
SAI’s blog welcomes submissions from Harvard students, faculty, alumni, and affiliates on an array of topics pertaining to South Asia.
“This is a day of deep reflection. War strategy against extremists, whether through drone strikes or carpet-bombing, must factor in the lives of children beyond collateral damage and prepare especially to protect the most vulnerable in society on both sides.”
In a SAI Book Talk on Dec. 3, renowned Pakistani historian Ayesha Jalal, Tufts University, spoke about her new book and highlighted the need for a comprehensive historical interpretation of Pakistan’s narrative and encouraged members of the audience to view the history of the country through a geopolitical lens rather than a religious one.
The South Asia Institute offers several opportunities for scholars and practitioners to continue their research at Harvard University in Cambridge. Deadline to apply: January 15, 2015 for Academic Year 2015-2016.
SAI has awarded 18 grants to support undergraduate and graduate student projects over the Winter Session in January, 2015. These include 6 undergraduates and 12 graduate students who will be traveling to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka for research and internships.
A Harvard Gazette article looks at SAI Director Tarun Khanna’s Gen Ed course, which spans disciplines to address social, economic challenges in South Asia.