Privately Funded Programs


ISAS has successfully secured private and government funds to enhance South Asia studies at Berkeley.

Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

The ISAS has received a major gift from the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation to establish the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies. In addition to promoting and integrating interdisciplinary scholarship, the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center will sponsor lectures and conferences.

The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture Series on Pakistan

The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture Series on Pakistan is named in honor of one of the leading figures in the history of the Habib family. In addition to successfully guiding the Habib family’s transition from India to Pakistan following independence in 1947, Mahomedali Habib laid the foundations for the House of Habib, a group of powerful business and financial companies. The group has a long-standing history of philanthropy and social service and is currently leading the establishment of Habib University, a liberal arts and sciences university, in Pakistan which aims to bridge the gap between global academia and Pakistan. Toward honoring the legacy of Mahomedali Habib – who was distinguished by his love for Pakistan and his deep commitment to education and philanthropy – the Habib family has decided to endow an annual lecture series in his name. Through this lecture series the Habib family aims to improve and diversify conversations about Pakistan in the United States as well as create opportunities for US and Pakistan-based scholars to dialogue. Details about this lecture series here

Indo-American Community Lectureship in India Studies

The Indo-American Community Lectureship in India Studies enables ISAS to bring prominent individuals from India to Berkeley every other year to deliver a lecture and interact with campus and community members during a one to two-week stay. We are supported in this by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), which pays the visitor’s international airfare. The lectureship is an offshoot of the Indo American Community Chair in India Studies. More about past lecturers here

The Maharaj Kaul Memorial Grant

Established in 2010 in memory of Maharaj Kaul (1940 - 2009), a UC Berkeley alum, tireless campaigner against injustice and for peace, founder of groups such as India Relief and Education Fund, and Coalition Against Communalism, and long-time supporter of ISAS’s mission and activities, the purpose of the Maharaj Kaul Memorial Fund is to provide support for graduate fellowships. Till 2016, the fund also supported an annual lecture series on the theme of social justice. Read more about past Maharaj Kaul Memorial Lecturers as well as current grant awardees here

The Padmanabh S. Jaini Graduate Student Award in Buddhist Studies

The Padmanabh S. Jaini Graduate Student Award in Buddhist Studies was established in 2009 with a generous gift from Professor Jaini that was matched by the Chancellor's Matching Gift Program This award supports high-achieving graduate students in Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley and honors Professor Jaini's important legacy in the field of Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley and beyond. Padmanabh S. Jaini is Professor emeritus of Buddhist Studies and co-founder of the Group in Buddhist Studies. For a list of past recipients of the Jaini Award, please click here.

Tata Social Internship Program

The Tata Group, one of India's largest private sector conglomerates and a global leader in innovative corporate social responsibility initiatives, in 2008 launched the Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme (TISES). The primary objective of TISES is to provide international students with opportunities to contribute to community initiative projects of Tata Group companies in India and in so doing to promote international understanding. University of California Berkeley and Cambridge University in the UK are the first two participating universities. Berkeley will identify up to five upper division undergraduate or graduate students for 8-week summer TISES internships with Tata Group's community initiative programs. Through this program, competitively selected interns join Tata community development teams working on the economic and social empowerment of communities surrounding the company's operating units.