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Language Study Grants

Language grants are awarded to students who choose to pursue an intensive study of a South Asian language. Students can choose to either study the language independently or through an institution. Summer language study programs should be a minimum 8 weeks. Winter session language study programs should be a minimum of 3 weeks.

This includes language courses at American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI), and other language programs like the Landour Language School in Mussoorie. Please include the program fee amount in your CARAT budget. Partial tuition may be covered by the South Asia Institute grant.

In addition to applying to SAI students who are interested in studying Tibetan or Sanskrit language should apply to the Fairbank Center. Students who are interested in studying Burmese should also apply to the Asia Center. Please note that while SAI is not able to cover program fees, these other centers may be able to contribute funds towards program fees.

Deadlines

Winter Session: October 15, 2017
Winter Session Grant Recipient Notification: November 20th, 2017

Summer 2016: February 15, 2018
Summer Grant Recipient Notification: Mid-March 2018

Eligibility

Enrolled graduate and undergraduate student at Harvard University

Undergraduate Language Study Application:

All application materials should be uploaded and submitted via CARAT

  • Completed CARAT South Asia Institute Undergraduate Language Study Grant
  • 750 word proposal detailing your rationale for pursuing this project
  • Current one-page resume
  • Current transcript (unofficial is okay)
  • One-page bibliography including annotations (disregard for language study)
  • Two letters of recommendation (Your recommenders may upload their letter directly to the CARAT system or email them to sainit@fas.harvard.edu)

Graduate Language Study Application:

All application materials should be uploaded and submitted via CARAT

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Richard Tyler on a Tamil Language Study Grant