The Bodha Pravaham Undergraduate Fellowship for Tamil Studies, established with a generous contribution from Professor George Hart and Professor Kausalya Hart, both cornerstones of Tamil Studies at UC Berkeley, supports undergraduate students pursuing research projects focusing on Tamil studies. The fund provides for grants of up to $900 for research travel to South Asia for UC Berkeley undergraduates (two will be awarded).

This award is only available for UC Berkeley undergraduates.

The application process will begin on February 1, 2024 with the deadline for submission of application materials for travel to take place during the summer of 2024 (i.e., May through August 2024) or the 2024-25 academic year (i.e. August 2024 through May 2025), is April 1, 2024 by 5 pm

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


In your application for 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 (only for research) (PDF format) 
  4. A CV (PDF format) 
  5. One letter of support from your advisor (PDF, sent by the recommenders directly)

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