BULPIP Application for US Citizens

Application Deadline 5pm PST, March 1, 2020

General Timeline

  • All applications MUST be received by 5pm (Pacific Standard Time), March 1, 2020
  • Skype interview of shortlisted candidates will be scheduled for mid-March 
  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application status by mid-April
  • Program Dates: August 10, 2020 through December 10, 2020 (approx. fifteen weeks)

Fellowships will cover the following expenses:

  • Round trip economy class airfare to Lahore, Pakistan, on a US carrier
  • Visa fee for Pakistan
  • Admission, tuition, and hostel fees for LUMS
  • Travel & Emergency Evacuation Insurance coverage of upto $500 for the duration of the program
  • A monthly maintenance allowance of $750
  • All excursions and activities that fall within the program

Studying Urdu in Lahore was truly an unparalleled immersive experience.  Through BULPIP, I was able to take advantage of many specialties that Lahore has to offer including great food, a rich cultural atmosphere, and a vibrant intellectual community at LUMS.  I particularly enjoyed weekly excursions and guest speakers.  A few memories that stand out are when I advanced to the second round of Movie Trivia Night at LUMS as part of the Rab Ne Bana Di BULPIP team, played cricket at Bara Dari, and watched wrestlers perform their traditional routine.   Akhir Lahore Lahore hai!  -- Saleha Parvez, BULPIP-AIPS, 2014


To be eligible for the program all applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and meet ONE of the outlined criteria:

  1. Have completed a Bachelor's program from an accredited U.S. University
  2. Be enrolled in a U.S. accredited graduate level university program
  3. Be a scholar/faculty affiliated with an institution of higher learning in the U.S.

Applicants must demonstrate basic level competence in Urdu or have a minimum of two years experience in Hindi plus an ability to work in the Urdu script before joining the program. For this, each applicant must provide:

  • a description of any Urdu language and related courses taken and
  • two letters of recommendation: (1) the first by a current or past Urdu or Hindi language instructor attesting to the applicant's Urdu or Hindi language skills. If the applicant has not studied Urdu or Hindi formally, s/he must identify a professional Hindi or Urdu language instructor who can accurately assess the applicant's Urdu or Hindi language skills. (2) The second recommendation should be by someone who can assess the applicant's academic and temperamental abilities to handle a rigorous language program and capacity to live in Pakistan. 

NoteAll recommendation letters will be treated as confidential

Ability to participate in the BULPIP-AIPS Program is contingent upon an applicant’s ability to receive a visa for Pakistan. Although the Institute for South Asia Studies (ISAS) at UC Berkeley will work with awarded students to secure a Pakistani visa, we cannot be held responsible for the denial of a student’s application for a visa.

Short listed candidates will be required to participate in a Skype interview with the selection committee.

Grantees will be expected to show proof of health and travel insurance for the duration of the program prior to departure.

For US citizens and Permanent Residents participation in the program is restricted to fellowship recipients. 

All qualified students, regardless of race, sex, color, creed, age, handicap, or sexual orientation are welcome


All applicants must pay a non-refundable $50 application fee to cover processing expenses. Mail checks to:

Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program, 2020
Institute for South Asia Studies
10 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-2310


For questions, please send an email to bulpip-aips@berkeley.edu

How to Apply

Before clicking the “Start Application” link below, please make sure to read steps 1 through 4 given below.  Online submission of applications will be accepted between November 15, 2019 - March 1, 2020.

Step 1: Click on “Start Application” to enter the Application Portal (Opens November 15, 2019). 

Step 2Register for the Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan Application

Step 3: Keep the application materials listed below ready for uploading on to the Application Portal. Please make sure that before uploading all documents are saved as pdf files.

  1. All 13 pages of the completed Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan Application.
  2. A CV which details work experience, honors/awards, educational background (area of study), community service involvements, and other relevant information.
  3. Transcript(s) of your course work.
  4. A scanned copy of your check for $50 (non-refundable fee) made payable to Regents of the University of California. Please note that applications will not be processed until the hard copy of the check is received by the Institute. Actual checks should be mailed to:
              BULPIP-AIPS Urdu Language Program, 2019
              Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley
              10 Stephens Hall,
              Berkeley, CA 94720-2310

Step 4:  Obtain two letters of recommendation (please see above for directions). These letters must be uploaded at the Application Portal by the recommenders directly. After registering at the Application Portal, at the bottom of the second page, you will see a unique URL that you must give to your recommenders so they can directly upload the letter to the Application Portal. Please do let them know that the letter should be saved as a pdf file before uploading.

All documents must be received by Institute for South Asia Studies staff no later than 5pm PST on March 1, 2020. We highly recommend submitting all documents prior to the deadline as late submissions will not be accepted


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The application process is different for U.S. and Non-U.S. citizens.  Please click on the buttons below depending upon your nationality.

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