New Program: The Bhattacharya Fund on Contemporary India

The Bhattacharya Graduate Fellowship will award UC Berkeley graduate students competitive grants for topics related to contemporary India of up to

  1. $1000 for research travel to India (a total of two will be awarded) and 
  2. $500 for domestic conference travel for presentations (a total of four will be awarded).

The application process will begin on February 1, 2023 with the deadline for submission of application materials for travel to take place during the summer of 2023 (i.e., May through August 2023) or the 2023-24 academic year (i.e. August 2023 through May 2024), is April 1, 2023 by 5 pm

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Deadline for submission of application materials is April 1, 2023 by 5 pm.

Open only to UC Berkeley graduate students. 

Please submit your application by using the application portals listed below. 

Before starting your application, please make sure to have the following documents ready.

April 1, 2023 by 5 PM

In your application for IN-COUNTRY LIBRARY or RESEARCH TRAVEL, please include the following:

  1. A cover letter stating the need for travel (750 words or less)
  2. A 2-page project proposal (double-spaced) (PDF format)
  3. A budget (PDF format)
  4. A CV (PDF format)
  5. One letter of support from your advisor (PDF, sent by the recommenders directly)
  6. Please Note:
    • One award of upto $500 will be given for In-Country Library Research
    • Two awards of upto $1000 each will be given for Research Travel to South Asia

Deadline: April 1, 2023 by 5 PM

CONFERENCE TRAVEL is only available for presenting your own research. In your application for conference travel, please include:

  1. A cover letter with information of the conference (500 words or less)
  2. If available, a print out or copy of the conference schedule showing your presentation listing (PDF format)
  3. An abstract of your presentation (PDF format)
  4. A CV (PDF format)
  5. Please Note:
    • Applicants may apply before their panels/papers are accepted. Disbursement of the money will be conditional on acceptance of paper by a panel/conference.
    • Awardees will be reimbursed up to $500 of their travel expenses upon presentation of copies of air-tickets/panel registration forms.

Please submit applications through the application portals provided above. Emailed applications will not be accepted.
For questions, please email: Puneeta Kala at