Young Scholars Research Symposium

Past Videos: 2016 | 2017

Reaching across disciplines, this symposium serves as a space to showcase the research of young UC Berkeley scholars focusing on South Asia. The 2nd annual symposium will take place at the Institute for South Asia Studies on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 4-7 PM. Selected students will present their original thesis work to UC Berkeley faculty, ISAS staff, and their peers.


  • Undergraduates must have upper class standing. MA/MS candidates should be in their final year.
  • Must be either enrolled in a departmental honors or capstone thesis program.
  • Thesis must be original research.
  • Must be available on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 4-7 PM for the symposium.

How to Apply

  • Please complete the application form by 5 PM on Friday, March 24, 2017.
  • Abstracts must be limited to 2000 characters (about 250 words).

Program Timeline

  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application starting April 3, 2017.
  • Those that are selected for the symposium will be required to submit their final thesis title and abstract by Monday, April 24.
  • The symposium will be held on Tuesday, May 2.
  • Presentations must be 15 minutes each and will be followed by a five minute response from ISAS faculty.
  • The symposium will conclude with a reception honoring the work of our students.

Please email with any questions regarding the symposium.