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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of projects are you looking for?

We are looking for projects that either:

  a) continue an existing relationship with a Brandeis alumni, partner, or friend in India
  b) establish a new, sustainable relationship with a partner organization, institution, or person in India.

These projects can be carried out directly as part of a regular summer internship/academic program/volunteer program. Your internship "project" can be directly related to your Brandeis-India Fellows project, or it can be done during free time from the internship or study abroad program.

We are looking for creative projects that seek to further the goals of the Brandeis-India Fellows Program (strengthening our university ties to India), while also being valuable career-building tools for you. Your project might be social justice-related, but it doesn't have to be. Upon your return to Brandeis, you and the other Brandeis-India Fellows will present your projects to the community.

How will I know what projects might relate to the goals and partners of the Brandeis-India Fellows Program?

We encourage you to check out the activities of previous Brandeis-India Fellows.

In your Statement of Purpose, we want to see that you have an initial project idea (or ideas) and that you have thought strategically about the ways in which the project will be executed. The details of your project can and should be adjusted upon arrival, and a final summary will not be due to us until after you arrive in India. We encourage you to build into your initial proposal and budget a mechanism for investigating project possibilities (such as arriving a week early prior to your internship, or arranging an initial dinner with an alumnus or other partner).

What is the final presentation?

Full distribution of the fellowship award is contingent on the completion of a final presentation upon your return to Brandeis. The presentation should be approximately 10 minutes long and address your Fellows project, the work or research that you undertook, and your experience in India. The presentation should reflect upon the impact the experience had on you and how it may have affected you upon your return to Brandeis. The format is flexible; you are welcome to create a slideshow, video, etc.

The funding is nice. But why would I do this on top of doing an internship or study abroad program?

Ideally, your Fellows project should be integrated into your internship, volunteer program, or study abroad program, or at least should not pose any conflicts with your regular work. There are no restrictions on using the project as a part of regular work or classes, as long as your agency/program approves it. For example, a capstone project for a study abroad program course could also be your Fellows project/product.

The applications are due in late March. But what if I don't know exactly what Ill be doing yet?

For each round of funding, we are looking to support students with reasonably firm plans to go to India during the upcoming summer or academic year.

Who is eligible?

Full-time Brandeis undergraduate or graduate students in all majors are eligible to apply as part of the following kinds of activities:

  • An internship, volunteer, study, or service program of more than three weeks
  • A semester-length, summer, or year-long study abroad program
  • A research fellowship or project

Students must submit a letter of commitment from the organization/program they will be working with, or other proof that they have applied for a program (such as a study abroad program). Our funding is contingent upon acceptance/invitation into the program or organization.

What are you looking for in a Fellow?

We are seeking motivated students who have an interest in developing the global dimensions of Brandeis University through relationship-building and networking. Familiarity with the Brandeis-India Fellows Program and strong support from faculty in South Asian Studies is a definite plus. Overall, we are looking for individuals with a demonstrated ability to craft and carry out a project that could benefit the program, the university, and the hosts, as well as yourself.

How does the funding work, and how many awards will be given?

We have limited funding to award. We will be choosing up to 10-12 Fellows, with awards ranging from $500 - $2,000.

You can combine this funding with other university or external funding; in fact, this is encouraged. In the case of the WOW or Sorensen Programs, funding will support your Brandeis-India Fellows project and not the internship itself, and may be more limited.

Half of the funding will be distributed upon the initial acceptance of the Fellowship. The other half will be awarded after you return and complete the final presentation. Note: You should not wait to receive the award to pay for any fixed expenses, such as airfare or other travel. While every effort will be made to distribute the first installment to you before you depart, this is not always possible. The award is intended as a reimbursement and supplementary funding.