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Proposal Tips

What makes a good proposal?

Click here for tips on What Makes a Good Proposal from the SAI Grant Review Committee.

Budget Tips

There is no program fee or cost associated with applying for a grant from the South Asia Institute. SAI grants should be used to cover the costs of international and domestic transportation, meals in region, communications (mobile phone and Internet), visa costs, and travel-related immunization and medication expenses. Please note that grants from SAI do not cover external program fees charged by internship or research sites, nor may they be used for tourism activities or souvenir purchases.

When filling out your CARAT (Centralized Applications for Dissertation Completion and Research Grants & Summer Grants) form, you must provide a budget estimate for your proposed research or internship. Though the Grants Selection Committee expects that you have done the appropriate research necessary to gauge your estimated cost of living for the grant period, the links below provide sample estimates of basic costs associated with common research and internship sites in South Asia.

Please click on the sample CARAT forms for each location below to view the approximate budget estimates for various sites:

Please note that the above are estimated costs and that totals will vary by location and are subject to change. Budget estimates have been provided for some major cities in South Asia, but the list is not exhaustive. Therefore, it is critical that you conduct your own research prior to filling out your CARAT budget form. Useful places to look for budgeting information include: airline sites such as Expedia, Orbitz, or Kayak; budget travel guides such as Lonely Planet or Rough Guide; cost of living sites such as Numbeo; and student/travel blogs.

Applying for an Internship

Click for tips from the Office of Career services for tips on writing a successful cover letter and resume.