Hart and Bodha Pravaham Fellows

The Hart Fellowship for Tamil Studies provides support for graduate fellowships in the form of competitive grants of up to $2000 for research travel to South Asia (one will be awarded) and $500 for domestic conference travel or in-country library research (one will be awarded). For further details on the application procedure and deadlines, please see the Hart Fund page.

Awardees

2021 Research Henria Aton (PhD student, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto)
A Tamil Archival Multiverse: Power, Memory, and Loss in Contemporary Sri Lankan Archives
2020 Research Kimberly Kolor (South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeleu)
Making Histor(icit)y: Figuring Muslim traditions in eastern Sri Lanka
2019 Research Rabindra Willford (Ph.D Candidate, Anthropology, UC San Diego)
Landscapes of Intervention: Emergent Proximities among NGOs and Tribal Communities in the Nilgiris, South India
Conference Kristina Hodelin-ter Wal (PhD Candidate, History, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands) 
Navigating Empire: Missionary education, migration and the mobility of Sri Lankan Tamils to Malaysia, 1800-1957
2018 Research Sohini Pillai (PhD candidate, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley)
Epic Devotion: Regional Mahabharata Retellings in Early Modern South Asia
2017  Research Kalyani Ramnath (Ph.D Candidate, History, Princeton University)
Boats in a Storm: Law, Politics and Jurisdiction in Postwar South Asia
Conference Sowparnika Balaswaminathan (Ph.D Candidate, Anthropology, UC San Diego)
Vishwakarma's Children: Ethical Life and Proper Practice in an Artisan Community in South India
2016 Research Kaitlin Emmanuel (MA Student, South Asian Studies, Cornell University)
Narratives of Modernism, Independence and Nationalism in 20th Century Sri Lanka
Rebecca D. Whittington (PhD candidate, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley)
Tug-of-ear: the play of dialect in modern Bengali and Tamil Literature
Conference Jay Ramesh (Ph.D Candidate, Religion, Columbia University)
Creating a Tamil Shaiva Past: Two Moments in the History of South Indian Sthalapurāṇas. To be presented at at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion.
2015 Research Mark E. Balmforth (Ph.D. Candidate, Religion, Columbia University)
Devotion, Education, and Power in British Colonial Jaffna
Kristina Rogahn (Ph.D. Candidate, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley)
Tamil literary history from the 18th to the early 20th century.
Lily Shapiro (Ph.D. Candidate, Sociocultural Anthropology,  University of Washington)
Intersection of medicine and labor in South India.
2014 Research Shakthi Nataraj (Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, UC Berkeley)
Narratives of Sexual Identity in Tamil Nadu

The Bodha Pravaham Fellowship for Tamil Studies provides support for undergraduate fellowships in the form of competitive grants of up to $900 for research travel to South Asia (two will be awarded). For further details on the application procedure and deadlines, please see the Bodha Pravaham Fellowship award page.

Awardees

2017

Research

Sailakshmi Senthil Kumar (B.A. Candidate, Anthropology, Public Health, UC Berkeley)
Lingual Choices: The Taboo of Sexual, Reproductive, and Women's Health in India

Deepthisri Suresh (B.A. Candidate, Molecular and Cellular Biology, UC Berkeley)
The Identity of Modern Day Feminism in South India