Chakra Award

Established in 2004, the Chakra Endowed Fund encourages the study of South Asia at Rutgers University by enhancing the Rutgers Library holdings in this area. The fund supports the acquisition of books, periodicals, films, microfilms, DVDs, and other media.

Additionally, the Chakra Fund supports the Chakra Student Paper Prize, an annual student paper competition that includes a cash award to encourage further study of South Asia. Undergraduate papers are expected to be approximately ten to twenty-five double-spaced pages in length, and graduate papers should be approximately twenty to forty pages in length. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, course term papers, chapters from honors theses, or papers produced during independent study or study abroad. The paper can be on any topic in any discipline (or combination of disciplines) related to one or more countries in South Asia or the South Asian diaspora.

Students interested in submitting a paper for consideration should download the appropriate form and send the form electronically, along with the paper, to the Director of the South Asian Studies Program by the due date (usually mid-March each year).

We are deeply grateful to the generous anonymous donors who have established the Chakra Endowed Fund to support the Rutgers South Asian Studies Program and to fund this student paper prize. Individuals who would like to contribute to The Chakra Endowed Fund or to support SASP in some other way are encouraged to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Interim Director, South Asian Studies Program.


The 2022 Chakra Prize was awarded to:

Rhea Swain, Art History, for her paper entitled "Real, Imagined, and Reimagined: Shahzia Sikander’s Early Miniature Self-Portraits"


Malaika Jawed, AMESALL, for her paper entitled "Self in the Lover"

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