Pre-Dissertation Fellowships at the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies

The American Institute of Bangladesh Studies offers short-term grants to graduate students pursuing studies of Bangladesh funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Due to grant funding restrictions, these awards are currently only available to US Citizens.

All applicants must be:

1.  Enrolled/employed/affiliated with a US or non-US academic institution
2. US Citizen (unfortunately, US Permanent Residents are not eligible)

Each Pre-Dissertation Fellowship applicant must:

  • be an individual member of AIBS (click here for membership information) and
  • have completed at least one year of graduate study in a recognized PhD granting institution and
  • enrolled in a graduate program but not yet at the dissertation research or writing stage

The grant provides a stay of between 2 and 4 months in another country other than Bangladesh or the US that may be used for language study, resource development, or network building to aid in the completion of a competitive dissertation proposal in some way related to Bangladesh. Your application must demonstrate how the period spent in another country will enhance your dissertation research and benefit your long-term career goals.

Please contact us if you are interested in conducting your fellowship in a country with travel advisories between levels 2-4.  Additionally, fellows must propose research in a country other than the one they are currently residing or working in (for example, if a US scholar resides in the United Kingdom, he/she cannot submit a proposal to conduct research in London).

The award is for $3,000, plus traveler’s insurance and economy round trip air transportation. Airfare must be Fly America compliant, and AIBS will assist in booking travel.

Please note that all applications require a $25 processing fee. Please send a check payable to “American Institute of Bangladesh Studies” to:

B488 Medical Sciences Center
1300 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Click here to go to the on-line fellowship application or cut and paste the following link into a new browser. (

In order to start the on-line application, you will need to set up an account (if you don’t already have one).  Go to the right hand side of the page to create an account.

Note: Clicking on the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies link (in blue) will provide you with the same information that you can find here on the website about AIBS fellowships. You must create an account before applying.

Visit the main Fellowship page for more information on the application process.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, November 30th, 2018 (11:59 CST).

Visit the official link

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