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The American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Fellowship supports graduate students who are conducting research in India. Read more about the Junior Fellowship on the AIIS website. The institute seeks to foster mutual understanding between citizens of India and the United States.

Is the American Institute on Indian Studies Junior Fellowship Program the Right Fit for You?


What are they looking for?

The AIIS Junior Fellowship program supports doctoral candidates who need to spend up to 11 months in India for research on a dissertation project.

What does this fellowship include?

The AIIS Junior Fellowship provides up to 11 months of support for dissertation research in India. The award will include living expenses, travel and project expenses, and health insurance.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a research doctoral degree program and in good standing in their program. Read more about the eligibility requirements.


When should I apply?

The FY 2017 the competition deadline is July 1, 2017. The award must begin and end between June 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019.

Ready to apply? Scroll down for GradFund Resources.

GradFund Resources for your American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Fellowship

Step-By-Step Tutorial

The GradFund American Institute on Indian Studies Junior Fellowship tutorial will take you step-by-step through the process of writing your application. From getting to know your funder through to completing the last piece of the application, this guide will get you there. It’s full of great resources that will give you valuable insights into their priorities and process, as well as GradFund advice on how to navigate this complex application.

Forums & Chat

Use our forums to exchange ideas with your peers and GradFund staff about applying to the AIIS Junior Fellowship.  We also offer an online chat service called ‘Ask a Fellowship Advisor,’ where you can ask quick questions about our services, your scheduled meetings, or application procedures.

Meet with Us

Meet with a GradFund Fellowship Advisor for a ‘Help with a Funder’ or ‘Application Essay Conference’ meeting. Learn more about our meeting types and other services here.

Mentoring Program

Join a mentoring program, and meet regularly with a peer mentor and other graduate students working on this application for help, support and expert guidance.

American Institute on Indian Studies Junior Research Proposal Writing Tutorial

We have developed the AIIS Junior Fellowship tutorial to assist you in the development of a AIIS Junior Fellowship application. Our tutorial is designed to teach you best practices in proposal development, to understand how to navigate the AIIS Junior Fellowship application process, and to help you with the task of writing a competitive application.

Proposal Writing 101

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One Project, Many Frames (and Many Awards!)

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Make the Case That Your Project Will Contribute to Your Field

From a funder’s perspective, your passion for your project isn’t enough. Funders want to know that you have designed a project that does more than simply exercise your own intellectual curiosity. Even when it is not explicitly stated among the priorities listed in the...

Developing a Relationship with your NSF Program

*This blog is in preparation for GradFund’s upcoming Applying to the NSF workshop The National Science Foundation funds graduate students every year in a wide array of disciplines, from cultural anthropology to biomedical engineering. Awards are available for almost...

Strategies for Revision Series (Part 2)

Have a draft of a research statement or personal narrative for your fellowship application? Feel like it’s in pretty good shape, but not sure how to give it that top-level shine? This post suggests a strategy of revision for seeing each part of your essay in a new...

Strategies for Revision Series (Part 1)

Have a draft of a research statement? Sometimes get a sneaking suspicion that it’s not quite hanging together? This post suggests a strategy for revision that’s quick, straightforward, and yet often effective in shedding light on structural problems. I can’t claim...

Procrastinating on your Proposal? Recover Your Motivation for Your Project (Post 3)

One thing reviewers look for in an application is your excitement for the project you’re proposing. But sometimes, it’s hard to access your own excitement. Grad school is a long haul, and even the most passionate researcher on the most interesting project will...

Procrastinating on your Proposal? Try These Tips To Jump-Start Your Writing Process (Post 2)

Some applications have so many different parts, each with its own guidelines, that the process can feel overwhelming. But remember: you only have to work on one piece at a time! Research statements and personal statements are required components in most grant...

Procrastinating on your Proposal? Try One of These Tips To Get Started (Post 1)

We all procrastinate from time to time. The high standards and minimal structure of many graduate programs can make procrastination especially likely for even the most capable students, and when we slip into feelings of guilt or shame, it can become even harder to...

How to Identify What Reviewers Want?

At GradFund we always say "you need to know the funder". But, why is this important? And how do you do it? Reviewers for graduate grants and fellowships are usually interested in both short-term deliverables (i.e. what training or research you will undertake for the...

AIIS Junior Fellowship Proposal Writing Workbook

Once you’ve watched Proposal Writing 101, dive into our extended AIIS Junior Fellowship Proposal Writing Workbook. The workbook will take you step-by-step through the development of a AIIS Junior Fellowship application.

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