Apply to Study in India!

The American Institute of Indian Studies welcomes applications for its summer 2019 and academic year 2019-2020 language programs. Programs to be offered include Hindi (Jaipur), Bengali (Kolkata), Punjabi (Chandigarh), Tamil (Madurai); Marathi (Pune), Urdu (Lucknow), Telugu (Hyderabad), Gujarati (Ahmedabad), Kannada (Mysore), Malayalam (Thiruvananthapuram), Mughal Persian (Lucknow), Sanskrit (Pune) and Pali/Prakrit (Pune). We will offer other Indian languages upon request.

All academic year applicants should have the equivalent of two years of prior language study. For summer Sanskrit, we require the equivalent of two years of prior study; for summer Bengali, Hindi and Tamil we require the equivalent of one year of prior study. For summer Urdu, we require the equivalent of one year of either Hindi or Urdu. We can offer courses at all levels, including beginning, in other Indian languages for the summer. Summer students should apply for FLAS or other funding if available at their institutions to cover the costs of the program. Funding for Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu may be available through the U.S. State Department’s CLS program (see

AIIS has some funding available for summer students who cannot procure their own funding. This funding is allocated on the basis of the language committee’s ranking of the applicants. AIIS will award language fellowships, on a competitive basis, to academic year and fall semester students, which would cover all expenses for the program. AIIS offers Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Urdu and other languages at all levels for the fall, although fellowships would only be available for students who will have had the equivalent of two years of prior language study by the beginning of the program. AIIS will offer funding to masters students to complete a capstone project of their choosing upon completion of the summer program. There will also be a special Mughal Persian archives workshop at the end of the summer 2019 Mughal Persian program in Lucknow. The application deadline is December 31, 2018.

Applications can be downloaded from the AIIS web site at For more information: Phone: 773-702-8638. Email:

Click here to view and download the PDF flyers for Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Academic Year 2019-2020 study-in-India opportunities.

Please note that the application deadline is December 31, 2018.