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As part of the Institute for Asian Research, CISAR contributes to teaching and administration of the MAPPS (Masters of Asia Pacific Policy Studies) program at UBC. CISAR also serves as a university wide resource for undergraduate and graduate education at UBC. CISAR supports graduate work related to South Asia on the UBC campus by providing competitive fellowships and awards. We offer a limited number of travel grants to graduate students interested in presenting their work on South Asia at a scholarly conference. In addition, CISAR also supports the organization of the graduate student portion of SACPAN, the annual regional South Asia conference organized jointly by UBC, University of Washington, and other universities in the region.

Travel grants

CISAR offers two travel grants, one in the fall and another in the winter, each worth $500. Students attending a scholarly conference related to their graduate work are eligible to apply. The student should apply to the Director of the Centre with the acceptance letter and the abstract of their paper presentation. After they have attended the conference, they should submit the relevant air ticket and boarding passes. Any UBC graduate student from Humanities and Social Sciences working on South Asia is eligible. Recipients of the grant will be ineligible for a second grant.  

Nehru Humanitarian Fellowship

The Nehru Humanitarian Fellowship is a competitive grant awarded annually to the graduate student with the most promising research on a topic related to South Asia. Students submit a statement of research outlining the objectives, methods and significance of their graduate work. An inter-disciplinary committee of UBC faculty members adjudicates the award on the behalf of CISAR. The Nehru Humanitarian Fellowship is made possible by a grant made to CISAR in the memory of Prem K. Goel by the Goel Foundation, Vancouver.

Past winners:

Pictured Above, Left to Right
Glen Hamburg; Dr. Mandakranta Bose

2012: Glen Hamburg, MA Asia Pacific Policy Studies. Topic: Identity and Human Security Issues in the India-Bangladesh Enclaves
2011: Somaditya Banerjee, Doctoral student in History. Topic: Bhadralok Physics and the Establishment of Modern Science in India (1900-1940)
2010: M. Anwar Hossen, UBC Okanagan doctoral student. Topic: Water policy and governance in rural Bangladesh

SACpan and Annual Graduate Student Conference

The annual graduate student conference is held in conjunction with South Asia Colloquium of Pacific Northwest (SACPAN) annually on a Saturday in late February/early March. The location of SACPAN alternates between Seattle (at UW) and Vancouver (at UBC), and the grad conference is held on the Friday before SACPAN.  The South Asia graduate student conference attracts students from other regional universities such as Simon Fraser University (SFU) and University of Victoria, in addition to UBC and UW. 

2015 Conference Program

Collaboration with Indian and North American Institutions

An exchange program allows graduate students frorm UBC and the University of Washington to earn credits in the sister institution. UBC's involvement in India and South Asia extends beyond the classroom to include links with numerous educational, research and performing arts institutions on the subcontinent. A number of UBC faculty maintain formal and informal links with institutions in India, other countries in South Asia, and Canada. These include formal research ties with the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi), the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), and the Indian Statistical Institute (Delhi). Additionally, UBC faculty collaborates on South Asia related work with faculty in other North American universities including McGill and Ryerson. UBC has also signed Memoranda of Understanding with several Indian institutions designed to facilitate formal research collaborations.

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