Funding & Award opportunities

Here is a list of fellowships, grants, and other award opportunities for scholars working on South Asian legal history.

  1. Grants and fellowships: 

The organizations below offer relevant grants and fellowships. Be sure to read the eligibility requirements carefully, as some of these are aimed at scholars based in the US, Canada, or India specifically. (I don’t have additional information on these, so please send your questions to the sponsoring body, not to me.)

Sponsoring organizations:

2. Awards:

Most of the book, article, and student awards listed here are on an annual cycle. Many welcome self-nominations.

a. Book prizes:

Most book awards aim to recognize scholarly monographs, and are not open to edited volumes, books of essays, textbooks, or critical editions. Although some awards are on a two- or three-year cycle, most competitions are annual and are only open to books published during the calendar year before the competition year. As a result, these deadlines are easy to miss.

b. Article prizes:

  • Law and Society Association Article Prize: recognizes “exceptional scholarship in socio-legal studies for a journal article or chapter in an edited book”; 2-year cycle
  • John Hope Franklin Prize, Law and Society Association: recognizes “exceptional scholarship in the field of race, racism, and law”
  • Surrency Prize, American Society for Legal History: for best article published in the ASLH’s journal, Law and History Review, in the previous year

c. Dissertation prizes:

  • Sardar Patel Award, UCLA Center for India and South Asia: for “best doctoral dissertation on any aspect of modern India–social sciences, humanities, education and fine arts–in any US university or academic institution awarding the Ph.D”
  • Student Dissertation Prize, Law and Society Association: for “outstanding work in law and society research”

d. Student prizes: 

  • Graduate Student Paper Prize, Law and Society Association: for “outstanding law and society research,” including historical scholarship; 2-year cycle
  • Undergraduate Student Paper Prize, Law and Society Association: for “the undergraduate student paper that best represents outstanding law and society research”; 2-year cycle

(version updated on 5 Jan. 2019)