Mir Research Fellowship Awardees

The Mir Research Fellowship in Urdu Studies, housed in the Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley, is an award to support University of California graduate students whose scholarship focuses on a topic related to Urdu. For further details on the application procedure and deadlines, please click here.


  • Daniyal Channa (PhD Candidate, Dept. of Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures, UC Berkeley)
    Project: Under the Gaze of the Colonial Modern: Tradition, Reform and the (Re)making of the Urdu Sphere
  • Syed Haider Shahbaz (PhD Student, Comparative Literature, UCLA)
    Project: All Voices Are Mine: Forms of Anticolonial Relation in Urdu Periodicals
  • Spencer Pennington (PhD Student, History, UCLA)
    Project: The Emergence of an 'Islamicate Christianity': The Urduphone Protestants of British North India, c. 1854-1914
  • Andrew Kerr (PhD Student, Anthropology, UC San Diego)
    Project: Feeling (in) the Indian Public Sphere: Circulating Urdu Poetry and Emotion
  • Talib Jabbar (Ph.D Candidate, Literature, UC Santa Cruz)
    Project: Militarism, Mushairas, and the Moros: Pakistan, the Philippines, and the Queer Politics of U.S. Intervention.
  • Ambika Athreya (Ph.D. Student, German, UC Berkeley)
    Project: Captive Audience, Captive Subjects: German Linguistic Engagement with South Asian Prisoners during WWI.