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.


  • 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.