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Book on Hindi-Urdu grammar authored by Prof. Bruce R. Pray

Thanks to the generosity of Professor Emeritus Bruce R. Pray (Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies), the Institute for South Asia Studies is able to offer the following funding support to UC Berkeley students and faculty.

  • Bruce R. Pray Graduate Student Conference Grant
    Grants (up to $1000) available ONLY for presenting at the Annual South Asia Conference in Madison-Wisconsin. 
    • Only applicants whose panels/papers have been accepted are eligible to apply.
    • Awardees will be reimbursed up to $1000 of their travel expenses contingent upon presentation of copies of tickets and conference program.
    • Interested applicants should send the following materials to Dr. Anirban Gupta-Nigam at
      • An abstract of the paper (500 words or less, PDF format)
      • A print out or copy of the conference schedule showing your presentation listing (PDF format)
      • A CV (PDF format)
    • Deadline for submission: September 15.
    • Decisions announced: September 20.
  • Bruce R. Pray Undergraduate Research Grant
    Open to Global Poverty and Practice Minor students in support of their international Practice Experiences in South Asia.This fellowship allows GPP students to apply for up to $3,000 to cover costs associated with their practice experience. Read more HERE
  • Bruce R. Pray Junior Faculty & Lecturer Workshop Grant - May 22, 2024
    Two grants of $4000 each to support UC Berkeley-based South Asia-focused tenure-track assistant professors and early career/pre-6 lecturers who have completed a new book manuscript in any discipline. Read more HERE
    • Bruce R. Pray Graduate Student Relocation Grant:
      Three to four grants (each worth $3000) to assist incoming South Asia-focused graduate students relocate to Berkeley. The money will be disbursed to the successful recipients following their arrival in Berkeley. All applicants must be nominated by a UC Berkeley faculty member, who should send the following materials to Dr. Anirban Gupta-Nigam at
      • a CV (of the nominated student), 
      • a single-page letter summarizing the nominated student's research project, its significance to the field, and how a Pray Fellowship will advance faculty or departmental efforts to bring a nominated student to Berkeley. 
      • Deadline for nomination: March 1.
      • Decisions announced: March 5.
      • Grant/Year Awardee/s


        Revanth Ukkalam (SSEAS)