DEADLINE: Thursday, April 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm EDT



The Moynihan Institute’s South Asia Center announces the Agehananda Bharati Memorial Scholarship competition for students interested in learning about and studying South Asia. The grant can be used for such activities as archival research, creating or purchasing data sets, internship expenses, language training, online courses, and travel that leads to a deeper understanding of South Asia.

 We anticipate awarding 3-5 grants for 2021. Only activities concerning the countries of South Asia are eligible.  Grants will range from $1,000 to $2,000.   The awards are competitive.  Proposals will be judged on the basis of (i) the relevance of the proposed activity to learning about South Asia and (ii) the appropriateness and feasibility of the plan in relation to the student's background and qualifications.

 The Bharati Scholarships are funded by a generous donation in honor of Professor Agehananda Bharati, Syracuse University professor of anthropology for 30 years, Ford Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies, and a recipient of the Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement. Professor Bharati was a world-renowned expert in the cultural anthropology of South Asia, including the field of tantric studies.


Personal Information.

Provide a brief summary of your current status in your graduate program as well as the basis for your interest in the study of South Asia.

 Proposed Activity regarding South Asia.

Please describe the activity for which you are seeking funds. Your statement should be no longer than 500 words.  


Please provide as detailed a budget as possible about your proposed activity. Categories may include, for example, stipends, living expenses (either in Syracuse or elsewhere), travel, survey design and administration, book/data/software purchases, fees, and so on. Equipment is not eligible for inclusion in the budget. We anticipate that the funds requested will be around $1,000 -$2,000 per proposal.

Vita. Please include a current Curriculum Vitae.  Your contact information (mail, tel., email), should appear there.

Please send your completed application as a single PDF to Emera Bridger Wilson at by Thursday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

After applying, you will receive a notice indicating that your application was received.

Letter of Recommendation

Please arrange for one recommendation letter from a Syracuse University faculty member.  Include the person’s name in your proposal, and ask that person to send his/her letter as a pdf via their university email account to Emera Bridger Wilson at: no later than Thursday, April 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.  


Decisions will be made by a faculty committee. Award notices will be sent by email on or about May 7, 2021.

For more information, contact Emera Bridger Wilson, Ph.D. Associate Director, South Asia Center

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