Premchand Research Award in Hindi Studies

Premchand stampThe Premchand Research Award in Hindi Studies, housed in the Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley, is an award to support undergraduate or graduate research in Hindi literature. This award is funded by an anonymous donor and named in honor of Munshi Premchand (d. 1936), a towering Hindi literary figure.

Award Amount

The award provides for a $2000 grant to an under-graduate or graduate student undertaking research on Hindi literature in India. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited institution in the US, Canada, or Europe. Funds may be used towards flights and/or living and research expenses in India.

Application: Please click HERE to apply. 

The application process will begin on February 1, 2019 with the deadline for submission of application materials for travel or conferences to take place during the summer of 2020 (i.e., May through August 2020) or the 2020-21 academic year (i.e. August 2020 through May 2021), is April 15, 2019 by 5 pm.

In your application please include the following:

  1. A 1-page cover letter
  2. A 2-page project proposal
  3. A budget
  4. CV 
  5. One letter of support from your advisor

Please email Puneeta Kala @ if you have any questions. 


Hindi Initiative

Premchand Award for Hindi Studies


Hindi Brochure

Hindi Studies Advisory Board