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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.

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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

Articles & Advice

Bringing Your Previous Research Experience into Your Current Application

Many of us have had several research experiences prior to graduate school. These experiences may have been within or outside of the discipline in which we have chosen to pursue our dissertation research. For some lucky few, all of these research experiences connect to...
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What to Expect: Application Review Meeting

I’ve had this experience often: At the end of an exhaustive meeting with a fellowship applicant—after we’ve gone over specific points of structure and tone in minute detail; after we’ve reviewed broader issues of purpose and audience; after we’ve discussed background...
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Unpacking Jargon—Part Two

Part One of this post [link] described reasons to limit jargon in your proposal, and two strategies to help you minimize your use of jargon. Part Two offers more specific advice for addressing jargon in your writing. Define for yourself each term you or your readers...
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Unpacking Jargon—Part One

Jargon serves important functions in any field of activity. It lends accuracy and efficiency to communication within a subfield, and terms that begin as jargon may eventually enter into common use: consider the current popularization of specialized terms like...
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4 Things to Do Before Applying for Funding

If you’re thinking about applying for external funding (and you should be!), it’s important to prepare yourself for the application process. Here are four things to do before diving into your proposal. 1. Schedule an appointment with GradFund– Whether you’re still...
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A Visit from the SSRC- Part II

Looking to apply for the Social Science Research Council’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship (SSRC IDRF)? Recently, GradFund hosted an information session on the IDRF presented by its Program Director Daniella Sarnoff. The presentation provided a wealth...
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A Visit from the SSRC-Part I

At Rutgers, we recently had a visit from the program officer of one of the most prestigious fellowship awards for which we help graduate students apply: the Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship. The IDRF supports 9-12 months...
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Alternative grants for STEM graduate students

Although the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) F31 grants are two of the most well-known research fellowships for STEM graduate students, they are not the only sources of substantial...
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“But What If It’s Just a Waste of Time?”: How the Process of Grant Writing Can Advance Your Career—Part Two

Part One of this post described ways to use the application process to expand and strengthen your professional network. Part Two describes how attention to detail in the grant writing process offers benefits beyond increasing your application’s chance of success....
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“But What If It’s Just a Waste of Time?”: How the Process of Grant Writing Can Advance Your Career—Part One

Grant writing might seem like a distraction or an extra burden in a workload already heavy with research, teaching, coursework, and other responsibilities. Since success isn’t guaranteed, it may feel like the time spent on a proposal could easily turn out to be...
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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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