COSAS Fellowships

COSAS Fellowships

The COSAS Fellowship Competition is announced in the Spring.

COSAS fellowships fund the following areas as priorities: dissertation write-up, pre-dissertation proposal research travel; summer language study; and other areas of research and study based on committee review. All students are eligible for a total of seven quarters of COSAS funding throughout their graduate careers. Eligible University of Chicago students of any nationality may apply for a COSAS fellowship. Applicants in each of these priority areas apply and are evaluated by the Committee in a single fellowship competition during the spring quarter of each year. Decisions regarding awards will be considered in light of other sources of funding available to applicants. All decisions regarding awards must also be finally approved by the applicant’s Dean of Students. Details on each of the funding priorities are below:

  1. COSAS Dissertation Write-Up Fellowships

    Open to: University of Chicago Ph.D candidates writing dissertations on topics related to South and South East Asia

    Due: This application will be due on April 22, 2016 and can be found here: Dissertation Write-Up Support

    Contact: The Committee on Southern Asian Studies; Irving Birkner, ibirkner@uchicago.edu

    This fellowship provides funds for dissertation writing on a topic relating to South or Southeast Asian studies. Generally research for the dissertation has been completed by the time the fellowship is to commence. Formal admission to candidacy is required. Students who have been admitted to candidacy may apply in the spring for funding that will begin the following summer.


  2. COSAS Pre-Dissertation Travel Support Fellowship

    Open to: University of Chicago graduate students engaged in pre-dissertation research in a topic related to South or South East Asia

    Due: This application will be due on April 22, 2016 and can be found here: Pre-Dissertation Travel Support

    Contact: Committee on Southern Asia Studies; Irving Birkner, ibirkner@uchicago.edu

    This grant supports pre-dissertation research in South or South East Asia. The funds are intended to enable University of Chicago graduate students to conduct preliminary research that will lay the foundations for their dissertation research and to help develop dissertation proposals - for example, to travel to field-sites, to survey holdings in archives, to identify and meet with scholars, research participants, or other advisers with whom a student plans to work in South or South East Asia.


  3. COSAS Summer Language Study Fellowship

    Open to: University of Chicago graduate students for the study of a South or South East Asian language over the summer.

    Due: This application will be due on April 22, 2016 and can be found here: Summer Language Study Fellowship

    Contact: Committee on Southern Asia Studies; Irving Birkner, ibirkner@uchicago.edu

    This fellowship supports students who propose to be engaged in either formal or informal language study over the summer in a South or South East Asia language that would benefit their doctoral research. For example, COSAS may cover study at the University of Wisconsin’s SASLI and SESAI programs and other eligible programs, including the CAORC institute programs such as the AIIS. Funding may also be applied to support the study of languages not covered under FLAS (e.g. Sanskrit and Pali).


  4. COSAS Fellowships for Other Projects

    Open to: University of Chicago graduate students for other projects related to dissertation research or language study not explicitly covered under the above categories.

    Due: This application will be due on April 22, 2016 and can be found here: Other Support Fellowship

    Contact: Committee on Southern Asia Studies; Irving Birkner, ibirkner@uchicago.edu

    This category of fellowship support is contingent on committee review of its eligibility for funding and will be evaluated in light of budget availability once other priority areas have been covered.