Student Funding

Many fellowships are available to support studies at UW, language training, study abroad, and dissertation research and writing. FLAS, Conlon, IAWW, and Migdal scholarship applications are submitted through the Jackson School application system. Other funding sources have their own application systems.

Please note: this page is intended as a reference. Always check with external funding sources directly for the most current information. (⇒ indicates external links)

Coursework, Tuition and Related Expenses

Language Study

Research and Dissertation

Other Funding and Resources

American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) Language Programs (CLOSED)
Summer, semester, and academic year 2020-2021

Deadline: December 31, 2019

The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) welcomes applications for its summer 2020 and academic year 2020-21 language programs.

Programs to be offered include:

  • Bangla (Bengali)
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Mughal Persian
  • Pali/Prakrit
  • Punjabi
  • Sanskrit
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Urdu

In addition, instruction may be arranged in other languages:

  • Kashmiri
  • Oriya
  • Sindhi
  • Tibetan

Learn more and apply:

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships (CLOSED)
For the 2020-2021 Academic Year

National Application Deadlines:
Fellowships (Graduate): January 29, 2020 
Scholarships (Undergraduate): February 5, 2020

Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit the Boren website for more information.

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, Persian, Punjabi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

For more information about Boren Awards, to register for an upcoming webinar, 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.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program (CLOSED)
Summer 2020

Deadline: November 19, 2019

The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 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.

Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on UW’s office of merit scholarships website. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found at the website above.
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.

Learn more and apply:

Frank F. Conlon South Asia Fellowship (CLOSED)
Academic Year 2020-21

Deadline: January 31, 2020

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 2020-21 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.


$9,000 stipend
Graduate appointee health insurance
Non-resident portion of tuition waived


Graduate students in any discipline, including international  students, who are engaged in the study of South Asia. Awarded on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated  financial need as determined by the UW Office of Student Financial Aid. Applicants for South Asia FLAS fellowships (both current and prospective students) are considered automatically. Applicants must submit a FAFSA or a WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid). If you are not eligible for a FLAS, you may apply for the Conlon Fellowship through the Jackson School Fellowship Application System. The application opens in October and is due in January.

Application Materials:

1. A written proposal of approximately two single-spaced pages (1000 words) detailing your academic plan and how the fellowship fits in with your education and/or career plans
2. Official or unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (in electronic format; no hard copies accepted)
3. Relevant test scores (GRE or other, as relevant to your student status). PhD candidates who weren’t required to submit test scores for their programs are exempt and should note that on their application.
4. The name, title, affiliation, and contact information (email and phone number) of two professional references.

India Association of Western Washington Scholarships for the Study of South Asia (CLOSED)
Summer 2020 and Academic Year 2020-21

Deadline: April 1, 2020, 5:00pm PST

Award: $2000

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.


Undergraduate and graduate 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:

Applications include a statement of purpose indicating the significance of the study of South Asia for the applicant, a plan of study for the 2020-21 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 apply, visit JSIS Scholarships and click “Apply.”

The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)
Summer 2020 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Applications are now open. Learn more and apply today:

SASLI offers beginning and intermediate levels of study of modern South Asian languages and Sanskrit, as well as advanced study of Hindi and Urdu. . SASLI is currently held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Students may only register for one language per summer. This 8-week program offers the equivalent of two full semesters of academic study and 160 contact hours. SASLI participants MUST complete the two consecutive 4-week sessions for a total of 8 weeks. Upon completion of the program, students will receive 8 credits and two letter grades (A-F). Students can request a transcript from the Registrar’s Office of the University of Wisconsin-Madison for coursework at SASLI.

Classroom hours of instruction are Monday through Friday, 4 hours each day, from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM (with a break from 10:30-11:00 AM). Due to the intensive nature of the summer session, absences for reasons other than illness are allowed only in special circumstances.

UW students are encouraged to apply for a summer FLAS to cover the program costs.

Potential course offerings for 2020 include:
• Bengali
• Dari
• Gujarati
• Hindi
• Malayalam*
• Marathi
• Nepali
• Pashto
• Punjabi
• Sanskrit
• Sinhala
• Tamil
• Telugu*
• Tibetan
• Urdu

*Will be hosted at UT-Austin’s South Asia Institute in Summer 2020

Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Please be sure to apply to SASLI as early as possible to help ensure that your class will be offered.  Those that apply to a course that is cancelled can receive a refund for the application fee.