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Sobti Family Fellowship Fund

Alice Gerow, Sobti Family Fellow, 2017-18

The Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania provides funding and support to undergraduate and graduate students to conduct independent research and volunteer internships in India. Since 2007, CASI has provided funding to nearly 175 Penn students. In November 2013, we announced the first CASI post-baccalaureate fellowship, the Sobti Family Fellowship Fund.
 
Sobti Family Fellowship Fund

Penn parents, Rajiv Sobti GR’84 and Slomi Sobti, have created the Sobti Family Fellowship Fund to support a recent graduate from the University of Pennsylvania to conduct an independent research project in India. The Sobti Family Fellow is required to spend at least nine months in India starting as early as June 2018 but no later than September 2018. Applicants must design a feasible independent research project in connection with their academic and professional interests. Selected students are required to remain outside of the U.S. or their home country for the full fellowship duration. The Sobti Fellowship will provide one winner with a $12,500 award.

Eligibility
Eligible applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from any of Penn’s four undergraduate schools between May 2016 and May 2018.

Applicants who have been awarded additional funding totaling more than $10,000 towards their research project are ineligible to receive funding from the Sobti Family Fellowship Fund. The fellowship award will be treated as taxable income, which the recipient will be responsible to report for the tax year in which it was received.

Recent Penn graduates who have already completed a higher-level degree are ineligible to apply. Applicants currently enrolled in a graduate program may not use this fellowship to support research requirements associated with their advanced degree. Applicants currently enrolled in a master’s or professional degree program can apply if they are taking a leave of absence, which must be submitted in writing.

Requirements
Contribute monthly to the CASI Student Programs Blog 
Conduct a presentation at CASI upon completion of the fellowship
Submit a written final report within 30 days of completion of the fellowship

To Apply
Sobti Family Fellowship Application

If you have any further questions regarding CASI Student Programs or the Sobti Family Fellowship Fund, please contact Aparna Wilder, Associate Director, CASI Student Programs and Outreach, apwilder@sas.upenn.edu

*Disclaimer: Recent Penn graduates who have already completed a higher-level degree are ineligible to apply. Applicants currently enrolled in a graduate program may not use this fellowship to support research requirements associated with their advanced degree. Applicants currently enrolled in a master’s or professional degree program can apply if they are taking a leave of absence, which must be submitted in writing.

**The fellowship award will be treated as taxable income, which the recipient will be responsible to report for the tax year in which it was received.

Learn More
•  CASI Student Programs Blog
•  CASI Student Programs Brochure
•  Sobti Family Fellowship Overview Flyer

Sobti Family Fellows:
Alice Gerow C'17, Sobti Family Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for the 2017-18 year
Sindhuri Nandhakumar C'14, Sobti Family Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for the 2015-16 year
Vignesh Selvakumaran SEAS'14, Sobti Family Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for the 2014-15 year