CASI Student Programs
The Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania provides funding and support to current Penn undergraduate and graduate students to travel to India and conduct independent research and participate in volunteer internships based at selected CASI partner organizations. CASI also offers a nine-month post-baccalaureate fellowship, to support a recent Penn graduate to conduct an independent research project in India. Since 2007, CASI has provided funding to over 100 Penn students. Funds for the CASI internships are made possible through the support of Penn’s Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives in conjunction with Penn Abroad and Penn’s International Internship Program (IIP) and through the generous support of CASI donors.
CASI Internship Program - CASI partners with grassroots organizations working across India on a range of development issues including health, rural development, environmental sustainability, education, gender, and social enterprise. Penn students are placed in groups of 2-4 and apply to specific internships at CASI selected partner organizations. The internship stipend covers all internship related travel and housing costs.* Each intern is required to spend ten (10) weeks at their host organization. Current students enrolled in a degree program at the University of Pennsylvania are eligible to apply.
CASI Summer Travel Funds for Research – CASI offers travel funds to support independent research projects focused on contemporary India or India in a comparative context. CASI provides up to $3,000 to undergraduate winners and up to $3,500 to graduate student winners to use towards international roundtrip economy fare and India in-country travel related expenses.* Students must spend at least eight (8) weeks in India during the summer months. Current students enrolled in a degree program at the University of Pennsylvania are eligible to apply.
Sobti Family Fellowship Fund – CASI offers a post-baccalaureate fellowship award of $10,000 for a graduating senior or recent Penn graduate to spend at least nine months in India.* Eligible applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from any of Penn’s four undergraduate schools up to two years previously to the current academic year. Applicants design a feasible independent research project in connection with their academic and professional interests.
• Attend CASI’s annual Student Programs Open House, Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 2pm - 4:30 pm at CASI (3600 Market Street, Suite 560)
• Attend a "Chai Chat” with past CASI Interns on Campus (January 11-29, 2016)
• Join an information session on the Sobti Family Fellowship and Travel Funds for Research with past Travel Funds Winners (dates will be announced in November 2015)
• Read the CASI Student Programs Blog
• View the CASI Student Programs Brochure
CASI Interns on Film!
Learn more about CASI summer internships by watching two videos (Chintan and SPS) on 2011 CASI interns Abby Waldorf, Laura Brown, Keena Kang, and Julie McWilliams as they share their experiences from the field.
CASI Student Programs Winners
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*The award will be treated as taxable income, which the recipient will be responsible to report for the tax year in which it was received.