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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 2019 but no later than September 2019. 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.


Eligible applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from any of Penn’s four undergraduate schools between May 2017 and May 2019.

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.


  • 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

CASI is not accepting applications for the Sobti Family Fellowship at this time.

For more information, please contact Laura Iwanyk, Assistant Director of CASI Student Programs and Outreach:

Past Sobti Family Fellows:

Annie Liu C'16, Sobti Family Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for the 2018-19 year
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