South Asia at Yale
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The South Asian Studies Council encourages undergraduate research and study of South Asian history, society, languages, and culture. We support student-initiated projects and gladly assist students in finding opportunities to spend a summer or semester in South Asia, whether through an internship, academic program, or research project. Please contact the South Asian Studies Program Manager, Kasturi Gupta (, if you have any questions about opportunities associated with South Asia.

Summer Opportunities

Several departments and resources on campus would be useful to students looking for a summer engagement in South Asia. These include Undergraduate Career Services, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, the MacMillan Center, Yale World Fellows program, and the South Asian Studies Council, among others. Please also see up students’ experiences on our website.

For the summer of 2014, the following organizations have expressed their interest in hiring Yale interns. Please apply directly to them for additional information and the application process:

IFMR Finance Foundation
Chennai, India
IFMR Finance Foundation is a not-for-profit company promoted by IFMR Trust focused on issues of policy relevance in financial access. You can read more about our work here: . Typical summer internship opportunities would include researching and writing policy memos and analysing household finance datasets for customer insights. Interested individuals may email Anuj Lakra ( with their resume and a short statement of purpose for the internship.

Reserve Bank of India
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is India's central banking institution, which controls the monetary policy of the Indian rupee.

Mumbai, India
CRISIL is a global analytical company and providing ratings, research, and risk and policy advisory services. A Standard & Poor’s company, CRISIL provides high-end research to the world's largest banks and leading corporations. They also work with governments and policy-makers in India and other emerging markets in the infrastructure domain.

Hambastagi Consulting Group
Kabul, Afghanistan
Hambastagi Consulting Group (HCG) is an Afghan owned and run consultancy firm based in Kabul established in 2010 by former Interior, Education and Rural Rehabilitation Minister His Excellency Hanif Atmar in partnership with a group of highly dedicated and experienced professionals. HCG’s senior staff have many years of experience of working with international public administration (donors, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations), the Afghan government (MRRD, MoI, MoE), civil society and the private sector.

New Delhi, India
Quicksand is a multi-disciplinary innovation consultancy, bringing user-centered design principles to the core of any innovation effort. It has successfully delivered on several new services, products, brands and developmental strategies, creating both measurable social and business impact. Their engagements have been with international foundations & multi-lateral agencies, technology giants, consumer brands, domestic conglomerates, design studios & professionals and educational institutions.

Live Mint
Mint is India's second largest business newspaper published by HT Media Ltd win colloaboration with the Wall Street Journal. It mostly targets readers who are business executives and policy makers. Mint exclusively carries "WSJ" branded editorial content in its pages by virtue of the content sharing partnership between HT Media and Newscorp, which owns the Journal. They’d like interns for the Mumbai office of Mint and are looking specifically for people who are good at number crunching, analysis and dealing with data.

Opportunities listed on UCS

IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH) aims to improve the health of poor populations by focusing on designing, developing and delivering innovative solutions in health-care concerning India and the developing world. This is achieved through an inclusive process that scientifically integrates knowledge of factors influencing health and diseases in India, regular evaluation and impact assessment of existing health systems and integration of appropriate technology for optimal health care delivery. ICTPH aims to research provisioning enhanced accessibility to health-care services for rural populations through a three pronged focus on Epidemiology, Human Capacity and Health care Solutions. Apply through UCS.

WorldTeach is a well-established NGO founded in 1986 by a group of Harvard students who were motivated by the desire to promote education at the local level in places where teachers and resources were lacking. Each year, we send about 500 volunteers, impassioned by that same desire, to the local schools and the host communities in developing countries around the world that have specifically requested our support. Apply through UCS.

Unite For Sight offers a global health volunteer abroad experience in our high quality healthcare delivery programs in Ghana, Honduras, and India. Volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and have a variety of interests in public health, medicine, international development, social entrepreneurship, and the social sciences. Apply through UCS.

The Clinton Fellowship is an immersive, 10-month service program matching highly skilled young professionals with high impact NGOs and social enterprises across India based on their interests and skills. Fellows work on scalable and sustainable development projects in the fields of education, livelihoods, public health, and human rights. Apply through UCS.

Mann Deshi Foundation is committed to undertaking impact assessments since they not only help us measure our success, they also help us know exactly what our target group needs and whether or not we are fulfilling those needs. Furthermore, they allow us to listen to our target group's suggestions, thereby improving the quality and services, as well as identifying new needs and new methods of meeting them.

Mann Deshi seeks a volunteer/intern who would conduct impact assessments. We are now ready to pursue a larger impact assessment that follows international standards and includes control groups. We do not have the skilled staff needed to do this, or the capacity to hire such staff. Thus, we would like to have a volunteer/intern (or a team of volunteers) with the skills necessary to undertake the project. Apply through UCS.

Nyaya Health is a for-purpose organization that exists to realize the right to health by delivering transparent, data-driven health care to Nepal’s rural poor. We believe that without health, there can be no dignity or opportunity.

Since 2008, the organization has delivered health care to over 137,000 people in Nepal’s poorest region, currently employs 160 Nepalis, and has catalyzed $140,000 of Nepali government investment in the last 4 years. In 2011, the organization was named a Standout Organization (only 8 of more than 800 organizations examined received this distinction) by the extremely rigorous nonprofit evaluator GiveWell for our ability to deliver health care in a very poor region with “unusual” levels of transparency. Apply through UCS.

Selected Fellowships
The Council has limited funds to support research projects through various fellowships. Prior fellows have conducted research on issues as diverse as wireless project in Nepal, water quality in India, and sectarian violence in Pakistan. For comprehensive information about available fellowships, please consult the Yale Student Grants & Fellowships Database ( Please be advised that students awarded a fellowship are expected to submit a one- to two-page report of their research by the end of September. In addition, awardees may be asked to offer a seminar or presentation of their results upon their return to Yale. The deadline for all 2015-2016 South Asian Studies Council administered grants is Sunday, February 15, 2015. All applications must be submitted ON-LINE through the Yale Student Grants & Fellowships Database at

Rustgi Fellowship
The South Asian Studies Council offers Rustgi Fellowships to students with a demonstrated commitment to the field of South Asian studies. The fellowship is made possible through a gift from Anil Rustgi (Yale ’80), Vinod Rustgi (Yale ’75) and his wife, Eileen Boyle Rustgi (Yale ’77) in honor of their parents, Moti Lal and Kamla Rustgi. The general purpose of these grants is to increase understanding of the region among Yale students. Although graduate students may apply, preference will be given to undergraduates.

2013 Winners
Ariella Kristal
Austin Lord
Dur E Aziz Amna
Seoyoon Han
Ashwini Srinivasmohan
Shalmoli Halder

Past Winners

South Asian Studies Travel Research Grant for Undergraduate Students
The South Asian Studies Travel Research Grant for Undergraduate Students provides summer travel grants for undergraduates studying South Asian history, society, languages, and culture in the United States and internationally. The award is available to undergraduates in all disciplines, but priority will be given to students with demonstrated academic commitment to South Asia. Awards generally range from $2,000 to $2,500 and can be applied to travel, room and board, and other legitimate research expenses.

2013 Winners
Ayeza Qureshi
Sampada KC
Priyankar Chand
XuanHong Tran

Past Winners

Senior Essay Research Grant
For undergraduate students who are doing summer research on South Asian Studies for their senior essays. All students are eligible to apply; however, preference will be given to South Asian Studies majors. The grant may be used for travel or other expenses related to the senior essay. The award shall be made on the basis of applications, supported by recommendations from faculty. The final selections will be made by a committee of representatives from the South Asian Studies Council at the MacMillan Center.

2012 Winner
Sanket Karuri

Past Winners

Summer Language Study Awards for Undergraduate Students
The South Asian Studies Council is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of awards for qualified undergraduate students for language studies in the U.S. or internationally. The award may be used for tuition and travel. Language study must bear a clear relationship to the applicant's overall course of study and must clearly relate to the area of concentration of the award.

2013 Winners
Emily Hays
Hannah Phelps

Past Winners

Other Resources for Funding of Internships, Language Study, Research, and Travel in South Asia

Student Grants & Fellowships at Yale University

The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale

Office of Fellowship Programs

Center for International Experience

American Institute of Indian Studies