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Summer in South Asia Undergraduate Fellowships

Travel to India

Keep up with our 2024 fellows by following their blog!

SiSA Fellows receive $4,500 to learn through an unpaid internship or conduct independent research projects in India over the summer months. This amount is sufficient to cover all costs associated with traveling to India, living there, and traveling after the internship or research period. The minimum required time in India is four weeks, but students have stayed up to four months. Undergraduate students from any academic discipline are eligible.

SiSA Fellows have focused on a wide variety of topics related to their academic degrees and/or areas of personal interest. Past SiSA Fellows have built solar panels with community members in a rural area, worked on a Bollywood movie set, and served in a rural healthcare NGO. Participating in this fellowship provides students with invaluable international experiences that are transformative and leave a lasting personal, academic, and professional impact on their lives.  

No familiarity with an Indian language, prior research, or professional experience is required. SiSA staff members are available to assist throughout the application process.

Learn more about the impact of SiSA by reading about programs our alumni have designed for themselves over the past ten years and watch the video of the 2018 fellows discussing their projects.

This program was established in 2006 thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor. SiSA Fellowships have funded over 100 students. 

Application Timeline

October 20, 2023: Application period starts

February 16, 2024: Applications must be complete, including letter of recommendation

February 23, 2024: Awards announced