Funding & Award opportunities

Here is a list of fellowships, grants, visiting scholars’ programs, and award opportunities for scholars working on South Asian studies, legal history, and socio-legal studies.

  1. Grants and fellowships: 

The organizations below offer relevant grants and fellowships. Be sure to read the eligibility requirements carefully, as some of these are aimed at scholars based in the US, Canada, India, or South Asia specifically. (I don’t have additional information on these, so please send your questions to the sponsoring body, not to me.)

Sponsoring organizations:

2. Visiting Scholars’ programs:

Visiting scholars’ programs often host fewer academics at one time than fellowship programs (above). They may offer less funding, too.

3. Support for threatened and displaced scholars:

4. Awards:

Most of the book, article, and student awards listed here are on an annual cycle. Many welcome self-nominations.

a. Book prizes:

Most book awards aim to recognize scholarly monographs, and are not open to edited volumes, books of essays, textbooks, or critical editions. Although some awards are on a two- or three-year cycle, most competitions are annual and are only open to books published during the calendar year before the competition year. As a result, these deadlines are easy to miss.

b. Article prizes:

c. Digital legal history prizes:

d. Doctoral dissertation prizes:

  • The Bayly Prize: for “a distinguished thesis in an Asian subject falling within the scope of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society or of Modern Asian Studies“; must be for a PhD degree at a British university
  • Law and Society Association–Student Dissertation Prize: for “outstanding work in law and society research”
  • UCLA Center for India and South Asia–Sardar Patel Award: for “best doctoral dissertation on any aspect of modern India–social sciences, humanities, education and fine arts–in any US university or academic institution awarding the Ph.D”

e. Student prizes: 

(version updated on 6 August 2023)