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The South Asia-Markaz Fellowship


The purpose of the fellowship is to foster student-led campus conversations on themes related to societies, cultures, religions, and issues in South Asia. In consultation with faculty and staff, the South Asia-Markaz fellow will identify themes of current interest to the Stanford community, curate a number of events with academics or speakers whose work engages with scholarship on South Asia, and organize the events through the Center for South Asia and the Markaz.

 The fellowship has three interrelated components:

  1. Programming: Identify relevant themes and speakers, and curate up to 4 events per year.
  2. Outreach: Publicize events on social media, listservs, etc., and conduct outreach to maximize audience interest and event visibility. Write brief post-event reports for publication in newsletters.
  3. Mentorship: Commit to mentorship by The Center For South Asia in the form of one meeting a month with the designated mentor(s). Fellow will also meet with Markaz staff regularly to plan and advance events.


  • Duration: Fellowship to commence September 2024 and end June 2025.
  • Compensation: The South Asia-Markaz Fellow will work hourly, earning approx. $3000 over the course of the academic year. A separate budget for this series (for speaker honoraria, event logistics, etc.) will be available, to be used in coordination with the Abbasi program staff and faculty.
  • Eligibility:
    • Students must be sophomores, juniors, seniors, or co-terms
    • Students must be enrolled during the fellowship
    • Students from all departments / schools can apply
      • Students in Global Studies, Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, History, Sociology, Anthropology, or in other schools / departments working on relevant research, are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, April 26th at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
  • Application Materials: Applicants will submit the following via application form:
    • Cover Letter
    • Current CV or resume
    • Up-to-date academic transcript 
    • One letter of recommendation by a faculty member, to be sent directly to
  • Inquiries: For any questions about the fellowship, contact Lalita du Perron, Associate Director of the Center for South Asia, at, or contact Abiya Ahmed, Director of the Markaz at


2023-2024 Fellow Khushmita Dhabhai
2022-2023 Fellow Srihari Nageswaran
Ravichandra Tadigadapa (Ravi) smiling
2021-2022 Fellow Ravichandra Tadigadapa