Subir and Malini Chowdhury Fellowships


We are pleased to announce the establishment of two new graduate scholarships for which all Berkeley admitted incoming and current graduate students are eligible. Each fellowship is in the amount of $7500.

  1. The Subir Chowdhury Fellowship on Quality of Life in Bangladesh is for all graduate students whose training or research includes a significant focus on the quality of life in Bangladesh; this fellowship is matched by the University’s Graduate Fellowship Matching Program.
  2. The Malini Chowdhury Fellowship on Bangladesh Studies is for all graduate students in any field concentrating on Bangladesh studies; this fellowship is also matched by the University’s Graduate Fellowship Matching Program.
  3. The Subir Chowdhury Undergraduate Scholarship will be awarded to students concentrating in South and Southeast Asian Studies at Berkeley and will be matched by the Ford Challenge, a fund provided by a Berkeley donor to match undergraduate scholarship gifts.

The focus of all fellowships is the country and region of Bangladesh. Any student whose program of training and research significantly involves the study of contemporary Bangladesh, or historical work in the regions of India and Pakistan that would later become Bangladesh, is eligible, as is any student who does comparative or transnational work in which Bangladesh and its region form a central component.

UC Berkeley's Financial Aid and Scholarship Office makes the award for the Subir Chowdhury Undergraduate Scholarship. Please contact them for further instructions on the application process. 

Applications for the Subir Chowdhury Fellowship on Quality of Life in Bangladesh and the Malini Chowdhury Fellowship on Bangladesh Studies should be submitted by a program or a department’s Graduate Advisor or Graduate Student Affairs Officer. A program can submit as many applications per funding cycle as it has competitive students who are eligible to apply. Students may be nominated for both fellowships: the committee will assume that applications are being submitted for both fellowships unless notified that the application is specifically for only the Subir Chowdhury Fellowship or the Malini Chowdhury Fellowship.

Applications should be emailed to Program Director, Puneeta Kala, at and must arrive by midnight on March 14, 2016. Late applications cannot be accepted, so to avoid last-minute problems, we encourage early submission.

Each application must include four required components:

  1. A 1-2 page nomination letter from the faculty Graduate Advisor of the graduate program and/or from the student’s primary Advisor detailing the student’s program of study and qualifications.
  2. Either [for current graduate students] a one-page statement from the student, detailing the relevance of his or her training or research to one or both of the fellowships, or [for newly admitted graduate students] a copy of the student’s statement of purpose along with any other relevant material (at the discretion of the graduate advisor) from his or her graduate application to Berkeley.
  3. A transcript, either [for current graduate students] a current Berkeley transcript, or [for newly admitted graduate students] a copy of the student’s transcript(s) from his or her admissions file.
  4.  A 1-2 page curriculum vitae from the student. In the case of newly admitted students, if a CV was not submitted as part of the graduate application this component is not required.

For further information on the fellowships and on their donors, please see the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center webpage.