South Asia Center

A number of fellowships are available. These include:

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Foreign Language And Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for 2014-2015

FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate, graduate and professional students in acquiring modern foreign languages and area or international studies competencies. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. FLAS Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Contingent on funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the South Asia National Resource Centers of the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies will offer Academic Year 2013-2014 and Summer 2013 FLAS Fellowships in Bangla, Hindi, Persian and Urdu. See linked page for info on possibilities of other languages during summer study.

FLAS Fellows receive:
Academic Year Graduate: $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend
Academic Year Undergraduate: $10,000 tuition,$5,000 living stipend
Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: $5,000 tuition,$2500 living stipend

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Frank F. Conlon South Asia Fellowship

The South Asia Center at the University of Washington announces, with pleasure, the competition for the Frank F. Conlon Fellowship in South Asian Studies. We invite applications from graduate students in all disciplines who are engaged in the study of South Asia and who will be enrolled at the University of Washington during the 2012-2013 academic year. The award will be based on academic merit and financial need.

Professor Emeritus Frank F. Conlon taught history, international studies and comparative religion at the University of Washington from 1968 to 2002. An acknowledged authority in the field of South Asian history, Professor’s Conlon’s book, A caste in a changing world : the Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmans, 1700-1935, has won critical acclaim. Professor Conlon was the Director of the South Asia Center at UW for 12 years and played a key role in establishing the South Asia MA degree and the undergraduate South Asia track at the Jackson School of International Studies. He was formerly the President of H-Net and is well known in his continuing volunteer work as an editor for H-ASIA, the interdisciplinary Asian Studies discussion list which he co-founded in 1994. Professor Conlon continues to have an active research agenda and is working on multiple projects including bringing the story of the Chitrapur Saraswat’s up to the present and a history of Bombay.

The Frank F. Conlon Endowed Fellowship in South Asian Studies honors Professor Conlon’s contributions as a memorable teacher, who “linked the everyday details of the lives of South Asians to a broad idea of “civilization” as a dynamic and changing phenomenon that shapes human lives and is shaped by human agency” and as a devoted educator, “who inspired his students to appreciate their learning about the history and culture of this vital area of the world, both for its inherent importance and as a mirror to a better understanding of their own culture and human legacies”. The fellowship is funded by generous donations from Ann and Harry Pryde, Marc H. Pryde, Natalie A. Pryde, and Frank and Joan Conlon.

Applicants for the Conlon fellowship must qualify for financial aid in the 2013-2014 academic year. Applicants who have not yet applied for aid must submit their Financial Aid application ( before completing the Conlon fellowship application.

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One fellowship of $7,000 will be awarded in the 2013-2014 academic year.
Applicants will be notified of committee decision in April, 2014.

The Conlon Fellowship utilizes the same application as the FLAS Fellowship:



For the Study of South Asia

For Summer 2014 and Academic year 2014-2015 The South Asia Center is pleased to announce the competition for the awarding of the India Association of Western Washington Scholarship.
This competition is open to all University of Washington students who are South Asia majors or minors or who have demonstrated an interest in South Asia as defined below.
Two awards will be made each in the amount of $1000, for support of the awardee's studies in summer 2014 or the academic year 2014-15.

Undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Washington who demonstrate a serious academic interest in South Asia by virtue of successfully completing at least 15 credits of South Asia-related courses by the end of the period in which they hold the IAWW Scholarship. Credits earned on study abroad in South Asia will fulfill this requirement. Credits earned through language study will also fulfill this requirement.

Requirements for application:
Any eligible applicant may apply by submitting an application, a statement of purpose indicating the significance of the study of South Asia for the applicant, a plan of study for the 2014-2015 academic year, transcripts (reproductions acceptable) for all post-secondary institutions attended, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's South Asia related coursework to the Jackson School

To apply, visit JSIS Scholarships

April 1, 2014


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

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The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2014 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.

These South Asian languages offered: Bangla/Bengali,  Hindi,  Persian, Punjabi, and Urdu.

Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

For more information about the CLS Program and to access the on-line application, please visit the CLS website:



Boren Scholarships and Fellowships


National Application Deadlines:

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The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at  Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in South Asia, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Pashto, Punjabi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year's study abroad, and graduate students $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

For more information about Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards Staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.









South Asia Center
University of Washington
303 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4800 phone
(206) 685-0668 fax

Anand Yang, Director

Keith Snodgrass, Associate Director

Molly Wilskie-Kala, Program Coordinator

Nick Gottschall, Graduate Student Assistant

Robyn Davis, FLAS Coordinator

Sunila Kale, Graduate Program Coordinator