American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS)


Conference Travel Grants
 
** All Conference Travel Grant applications must be submitted at least one month prior to the start of the conference for which funding is requested **
  1. Domestic (up to $1,000 reimbursement for conference travel)
  2. International ($1,500 - $2,000 reimbursement for conference travel)

Awards for US Citizens are funded through grants from either the Council of American Overseas Research Centers or the US Embassy in Islamabad. Awards for Non-US Citizens are funded by AIPS' unrestricted funds and are pending availability of funds. Non-US citizens applying for international travel are welcome to email the AIPS office to confirm that travel funds are available prior to filling out an application. The email is listed below.
 
All applications will undergo a competitive review process consistent with the goals and aims of the organization.
 
Eligibility and Criteria:
  • Funding for conference travel for the presentation of papers or organization of panels that include topics relevant to Pakistan Studies at scholarly conferences. (Note: Invited single lectures are not eligible for this award, however, invited conference and workshop presentations are eligible.)
  • No international travel to Pakistan at this time.
  • Must be affiliated with a US academic institution, regardless of US Citizenship status. Non-US Citizens are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Must be an AIPS Individual Member at the time of application
  • Capped to one per person per year
  • Preference to those who have not received a travel grant in the previous two years
  • Ongoing application process

The AIPS Review Committee will make all awarding decisions.
 
For more information visit http://www.pakistanstudies-aips.org/ 

For clarifications/questions, please contact the AIPS office, aips@pakistanstudies-aips.org
 

AIPS Fellowships
1) Post Doctoral Fellowship (Senior Fellowship)
 
A. If US Citizen and AIPS Individual Member:
  • Research can be proposed for Pakistan (limited to: Islamabad and Lahore) only, OR
  • Countries other than Pakistan and the US (NOTE: cannot submit an application for Pakistan + a third country)
  • AIPS individual member in good standing at the time of application and throughout the tenure of this grant
  • Research must be at least 2 months and less than 9 months
 
B. If non US Citizen and AIPS Individual Member:
  • Research can be proposed for Pakistan only, OR
  • Countries other than Pakistan and the US (NOTE: cannot submit an application for Pakistan + a third country)
  • AIPS individual member in good standing at the time of application and throughout the tenure of this grant
  • Research must be at least 2 months and less than 9 months
NOTE: There are limited funds in this pool
 
2) Pre Doctoral Fellowship (Junior Fellowship)
 
**Note: Pre-doctoral means completed all requirements of PhD except dissertation**
 
A. If US Citizen and AIPS Individual Member:
  • Research must be conducted in countries OTHER THAN the US or Pakistan
  • AIPS individual member in good standing at the time of application and throughout the tenure of this grant
  • Research must be at least 2 months and less than 9 months
 
B. If non US Citizen and AIPS Individual Member:
  • Research can be conducted in Pakistan or other countries, but not in the US
  • AIPS individual member in good standing at the time of application and throughout the tenure of this grant
  • NOTE: There are limited funds in this pool
 
Additional information:
  • Spouses and dependents cannot travel with fellows to Pakistan. All expenses for spouses and dependents must be borne by the applicant
  • All fellows who are conducting research in Islamabad and Lahore are expected to stay in the AIPS guesthouses overnight (i.e. no overnight trips outside of Lahore or Islamabad). Please contact AIPS if you have questions about this restriction
  • Fellowships must be completed in one trip (no breaks allowed)
  • AIPS Fellows must follow AIPS travel restrictions
  • Any proposed country (if proposing a third country) cannot have a current State Department Travel Restriction (https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html)
 
Funding for fellowships for US citizens is provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State through a grant from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. When available funding for fellowships for non-US citizens is provided by AIPS unrestricted funds. All applications will undergo a competitive review. The review committee may prioritize applicants who have not received an AIPS fellowship in the past two years.
 
The amount of the ECA-funded stipends will be comparable to Fulbright Awards and will be determined by the Fellowships Committee based on availability of funds and current rates as defined by the US State Department. Please be aware that there are limited funds for research proposals for Non-US Citizens. Total fellowship support can range from $3,000 to $25,000.
 
Deadline to apply:  February 1, 2020

Visit our FAQ page with any additional questions.
 

Short-term Research Grants to Pakistan

AIPS is delighted to be able to offer research travel grants to Pakistan for 2020. This grant is open to those who are affiliated with an academic institution within the US, regardless of citizenship. We strongly encourage graduate students enrolled in a US university to apply. AIPS-funded travel is restricted to Islamabad and/or Lahore for US citizens.  All research much be conducted by December 31, 2020. It is assumed that grantees will spend one to three months in Pakistan conducting research on this award.

In order to apply, you must be an AIPS Individual member.  Please see the website for information about becoming a member.

Eligibility:
• Graduate degree seeking or graduate degree completed
• Affiliated with a US academic institution
• No citizenship restriction (however, we do need to know citizenship at the time of application)
AIPS Individual Member in good standing prior to the submission of your application and remain an AIPS member throughout the tenure of this award

Funding Information:
• Grants will be awarded at $3,000/each
• Funds can be used to cover airfare and living expenses
• Travel must take place between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020

How to Apply:  Please sign up for an account at the link below, complete ‘eligibility,’ and then select ‘AIPS Short-term Research Grant.’

Application Link:  https://orcfellowships.fluidreview.com/

• Submit a one-page proposal/research statement (Microsoft Word)
• Submit a current CV
• Submit one letter of recommendation (graduate students only)
• Become an AIPS Individual Member, if not currently

* Please state your Citizenship status when applying

Application Deadline: February 15, 2020

Notes to Applicants:
• AIPS strongly recommends that you establish an affiliation with an academic institution in Pakistan for the duration of this award. We expect grantees to have contacts in Pakistan and arrange for their own affiliation.
• If awarded, your award letter can be used for the Pakistani visa application, but acquiring the visa is the responsibility of the applicant as are any associated expenses.
• US citizens must conduct research in Islamabad and/or Lahore.
• Please note that AIPS may be able to assist with finding appropriate accommodations in Islamabad and/or Lahore but that the candidate will be responsible for paying for accommodations.
• All awardees must submit a final report and AIPS will withhold $200 from your award pending receipt of the final report.
• If an awardee cannot use the funds by December 31, 2020 then he/she will have to re-apply for funds in a future competition.
• Fellowships cannot support salary or some other sort of stipend.

For clarification/questions, please contact the AIPS office:  aips@pakistanstudies-aips.org.
 

AIPS-CAORC Faculty Development Seminar

Seminar Overview:
Security studies, religious studies, urban studies, cultural studies, and history all have various interests in and viewpoints on Pakistan. This seminar, organized by AIPS with support from CAORC, seeks to add nuance and context to these understandings by providing participants with firsthand experiences of various cultural sites and practices in Lahore, including its medieval walled city and its colonial architectural landmarks, as well as facilitating meetings with local scholars, artists, and others. Through encountering Lahore’s urban geography, participants will glimpse how religious diversity, political struggle, and cultural expression fold into each other in this ancient city of over ten million people.

Eligibility:
Participants must be faculty members or administrators of a community college or minority-serving institution and must be available to participate for the duration of the seminar.

Both full-time and part-time faculty may apply. At the conclusion of the program, participants must have developed either a proposal for a new or improved course related to Pakistan and/or provide improved student access to study abroad opportunities or virtual exchanges. In addition, participants must demonstrate how they will improve knowledge and awareness of Pakistan on their campuses and in their local communities, such as through workshops, open houses, or information sessions. Finally, participants may be asked to attend a funded follow-on workshop in the U.S. to reflect on program achievements, lessons learned, and future collaborations.

Please refer to the Department of Education or the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions for a complete listing of minority-serving institutions.

Read and follow the instructions carefully prior to submitting your application.

Please have application statements, CV, and letter of recommendation prepared prior to completing this form.