Apply Now: Mittal Institute India Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: May 31, 2024 
  • The Mittal Institute considers the following countries/ regions as part of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, the Maldives, Myanmar, Afghanistan, and/or the Tibetan Plateau. 

The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute India (LMSAI), an office of Harvard Global Research Support Centre India (HGI), is pleased to offer the Mittal Institute India Fellowship (MIIF) to host two postdoctoral scholars in India. As fellows, scholars will have the opportunity to avail Harvard’s vast resources to contribute to self-driven, independent research. Applicants from any discipline are encouraged to apply, provided their studies advance, facilitate, and promote programs in, and for the public benefit of India. 

The Fellowship is meant for recent postdoctoral scholars who have completed their studies in the last five years. For this year’s application cycle, applicants must have obtained their Ph.D. between March 1, 2019, and March 31, 2024. Those who have not had opportunities in the past to access Harvard’s resources and who have primarily been educated at institutions in India, will be given priority.

Fellows are expected to reside in New Delhi (India) and its vicinity for the fellowship duration of one year to actively participate in the events and intellectual life of LMSAI India. Participation may include, but is not limited to, reviewing grants, hosting seminars, and engaging with Harvard faculty and affiliates in India. Fellows will be mentored by a Harvard faculty member in their area of research, and the research produced will be widely disseminated for public benefit in India. 

The Fellowship begins on September 1, 2024, and offers a stipend of INR 1,00,000 per month. This amount is to cover living costs, medical allowances, books, and research materials during the fellowship period. For candidates outside of New Delhi, economy travel expense for round-trip transportation from the fellow’s hometown to New Delhi will also be provided. All reimbursements and stipends are limited to the dates of the fellowship appointment. 


  • Set up a HarvardKey to access Harvard’s application portal. Note: It may take a few hours for your new HarvardKey to become active. 
  • Visit and fill out the Online Application Form on CARAT. 
  • Upload a two-to-three-page, double-spaced research proposal to the Online Application Form. 
  • Upload an updated curriculum vitae, which lists your academic degrees (including disciplines and the dates the degrees were received), your publications and research presentations, and any previous grants and/or fellowships to the Online Application Form. 
  • Upload a writing sample (no more than ten pages, double-spaced) to the Online Application Form. 
  • Two letters of recommendation should be uploaded directly onto CARAT by recommenders. If they are unable to, please also have them send the letters to by the application deadline, with “Mittal Institute India Fellowship Recommendation” and the applicant’s name in the subject line. 

Please note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Do not write directly to Harvard faculty regarding the Mittal Institute’s Fellowship opportunities. If you have questions, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions below or send an email to 

Fellows can work on research topics focused on India or can also choose cross-country research topics interconnected with India. The topics shall advance critical scholarship in India and shall be disseminated widely for public benefit in India. 

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