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South Asian Studies Fellowships

South Asia Studies Fellows have the opportunity to collaborate with Cornell faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students, and to involve themselves in South Asia Program activities.

From 2017 to 2020, the South Asia Program supported three cohorts of South Asian Studies fellows. These  scholars, writers, curators, and artists based in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka) visited Cornell University for a fellowship period of between two and four months to undertake research, artistic productions, and/or collaborations related to South Asian Studies.

At this time, the fellowship program is paused, and we hope to resume these fellowship opportunities in the future.

2019-2020 South Asian Studies Fellows

2019-2020 South Asian Studies Fellows

Achyut Chetan (Fall 2019)

Assistant Professor of English, Santal Parganas College, Dumka, India

Founding Mothers of the Indian Republic in an International Frame

Nipun Prabhakar (Fall 2019)

Independent Photographer and Architect, New Delhi, India

Portrait of Nepal through its Doors

Kanchuka Dharmasiri (Spring 2020)

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Many Phases of Ravana: Transcreations and Rewritings of Ravana in a Post-Colonial Sri Lankan Context

2018-2019 South Asian Studies Fellows

2018-2019 South Asian Studies Fellows

Shabri Wable (Spring 2018)

Fashion Entrepreneur, Kutch, India

Indigenous Clothing and Sustainable Fashion

Nida Kirmani (Fall 2018)

Associate Professor, Sociology, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

Gendering Urban Conflict: Exploring the Everyday Dynamics of Violence in Lyari, Karachi

P. Pushpakanthan (Fall 2018)

Lecturer, Department of Visual & Technological Arts, Eastern University, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka


Sumana Roy (Fall 2018)

Author & Poet, Siliguri, India

Five Plant Thinkers of Twentieth Century Bengal

2017-2018 South Asian Studies Fellows

2017-2018 South Asian Studies Fellows

Aziz Sohail (Fall 2017)

Independent curator and writer, Karachi, Pakistan

Visual & Cultural Production in 1990's Karachi

Ruhanie Perera and Jake Oorloff (Fall 2017)

Floating Space Theatre Company, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Archiving Practice: Reflecting on Floating Space Theatre Company’s Performance-Making Approaches and Politics in the Context of the Conflict and Cultural Landscape of Sri Lanka

Tarangini Sriraman  (Fall 2017)

Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Studies, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India

Itineraries of Evidence: Refugees and their Displaced Documents of Identity

Aziz Ali (Spring 2018)

National Manager, Natural Resources Management, Aga Khan Foundation, Kabul, Afghanistan

Vulnerability and Disaster Risk Assessments in the Emerging Scenario of Climate Change in North-Eastern Afghanistan