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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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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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In order to access the step-by-step guidance found in our AIIS Proposal Development Workbook, please log in to our website using your Rutgers Scarletmail credentials.

GradFund AIIS Junior Fellowship Forums

Use our forums to ask questions about the Hays and exchange application tips!

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