What We Do


Berkeley's Institute for South Asia Studies (ISAS) is one of the world's premier institutes for research and program development related to South Asia, a region comprised of the nations of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Tibet and the Maldives. We work with faculty members, graduate students, members of the community, private institutions, and non-profit organizations to strengthen the study of the region and inspire new generations of South Asia scholars. In pursuit of these goals, ISAS actively supports the teaching of faculty and graduate students, initiates and administers research projects, organizes and hosts lectures and conferences, develops financial resources, encourages interdisciplinary and comparative studies, creates outreach programs in coordination with local schools, furnishes grants and fellowships for language study, publishes language textbooks and monographs, and assists in the organization of cultural and community activities. ISAS supports a wide variety of research in the social sciences, the humanities, and relevant professional fields.

Berkeley's Institute for South Asia Studies is a part of a number of initiatives which provide a more textured understanding of our world. At the national level, ISAS is one of twelve select Title VI National Resource Centers for study of South Asia whose broader aim is the development of expertise in languages, regions, and transnational trends that may otherwise be neglected. The US Department of Education provides funding to select area or international studies centers that provide language and research instruction in area, regions, or countries. ISAS at Berkeley is one of twelve select institutions nation-wide that receives the Title VI National Resource Center Award for South Asia.

The Title VI National Resource Center grant provides the majority of ISAS funding, supplemented by generation donations by private members of the community as well as corporate sponsors. Please browse through our Programs section to read more about the initiatives that our community as well as corporate sponsors have funded. One of the best ways to learn about ISAS, however, is to have a look at the diverse interests of our large body of faculty and graduate students.