The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) draws on the interests of graduate students from across the humanities and social sciences at Rutgers, including from the School of Social Work, the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and the Business School. To support faculty and graduate student research, we have received substantial funding from the Rutgers administration and from the Chakra Endowed Fund to support library acquisitions in the form of books and journals on South Asia. We are also considering the possibility of creating a graduate certificate in South Asian Studies, contingent upon additional faculty hires. Graduate students are also invited to participate in 'Brown bag' lunch talks to share insights and experiences from their field research, visits to the archive, or more general research findings. Graduate students also play an active role in inviting and hosting speakers in our annual speaker series.
Graduate students interested in South Asia should also be aware that each spring SASP runs a Research/Travel Awards competition. This is an excellent opportunity to apply for funding for pre-dissertation and dissertation research.
If you would like to be part of SASP's strategic planning process, or if you have suggestions for activities, courses, hiring priorities, or website content, please let us know!