AIIS summer 2013 and academic year 2013-2014 language programs

ICI is a member of AIIS, which provides any new school student or faculty to apply for various grant and opportunities. For 2013-2014 AIIS has announced the following opportunities for student and faculty.

The American Institute of Indian Studies welcomes applications for its summer 2013 and academic year 2013-2014 language programs. Programs to be offered include Hindi (Jaipur), Bengali (Kolkata), Punjabi (Chandigarh), Tamil (Madurai); Marathi (Pune), Urdu (Lucknow), Telugu (Vizag), Malayalam (Thiruvananthapuram) and Sanskrit (Pune) and Pali/Prakrit (Pune). We will offer other Indian languages upon request. All academic year applicants should have the equivalent of two years of prior language study. For regular summer Sanskrit, we require the equivalent of two years of prior study; for summer Bengali, Hindi and Tamil we require the equivalent of one year of prior study. For summer Urdu, we require the equivalent of one year of either Hindi or Urdu. We can offer courses at all levels, including beginning, in other Indian languages for the summer. Summer students should apply for FLAS (graduate students) if available for funding to cover the costs of the program. Funding for Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi and Urdu may be available through the U.S. State Department’s CLS program (see Academic year students are eligible to apply for an AIIS fellowship which would cover all expenses for the program. AIIS is also offering a fall semester program. We offer Hindi and Urdu at all levels for the fall; we require two years of prior language study for other languages for the fall.

The application deadline is January 31, 2012.  Applications can be downloaded from the AIIS web site at For more information: Phone: 773-702-8638. Email:

Fall 2012 Course: Great Transformations: Understanding the Rise of India and China (ULEC 2710)

Fall 2012
Time: Lectures on Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:20 p.m.
Location: 66 5th Avenue, Room 101
Instructor: Sanjay Ruparelia, Assistant Professor of Politics, New School for Social Research

This course surveys the origins, transformations and rise of India and China since the mid-twentieth century. It seeks to explain their divergent paths to modernity, focusing on their political economies, in comparative historical perspective. The first part of the course examines post-independent India: how a society committed to modern representative democracy, planned industrial development and international non-alignment became increasingly shaped by economic liberalization, ascendant cultural nationalism and the empowerment of historically subordinate groups. The second part analyzes the trajectory of post-revolutionary China: from the establishment of the People‘s Republic in 1949, and its attempts to create a modern communist society through the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution, to a post-Maoist regime defined by capitalist reform, limited political liberalization and increasing global power. The last part of the course compares the records of India and China in securing political liberty, economic opportunity and social equality for their citizens, examines their impact on the global political economy and analyzes their possible futures.

Associate or Full Professor India-China Interactions

The New School is searching for up to two positions at the senior level (Associate or Full Professor) to play a leading role in its India China Institute (ICI) and enhance the university’s capacity to contribute to an understanding of these countries’ role in the world.  We seek applications from candidates in any field in which The New School currently works, principally, the social sciences and the humanities (The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang The New School for Liberal Arts), policy (Milano The New School For Management and Urban Policy, and the Graduate Program in International Affairs) and design (Parsons The New School for Design).  Candidates must demonstrate scholarly or professional expertise on either China and/or India. Particularly valuable would be knowledge and experience on the relationship between China and India, on how their pasts, presents and futures are interwined.  We seek candidates who can contribute to thematic areas that are important priorities of the university and ICI, especially media, the environment, urban issues, economic development, international politics and globalization.  These are areas that have brought together faculty and students from across The New School, particularly linking the design fields (from architecture to communications design to design strategies) to the liberal arts, urban policy and management, international affairs and media.  We are especially interested in scholars or practitioners excited about working across disciplines and fields in addressing major issues in the 21st century’s largest and, arguably, most dynamic societies.

Faculty hired for these positions would be appointed in the department/s or program/s most relevant to their specific field or area of work.  They will be full members of their department and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. At the same time, they would provide academic leadership to ICI, working closely with its director and faculty advisory group to build new programs and further integrate the Institute into the university’s teaching and research activities.  This includes advocating for a greater presence of India and China in our curricula and building the depth and range of our presence and partnerships in the region. ICI, founded in 2004 with a major gift from the Starr Foundation, is committed to expanding knowledge of and experience in Asia at The New School while building collaborations between scholars and practitioners in India, China and the United States.

The New School is committed to maintaining a diverse educational and creative community, a policy of equal opportunity in all its activities and programs, including employment.  Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are welcome.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran or marital status.


A Ph.D. or equivalent is expected for this position.  Applications for these positions will be reviewed by a cross-university team of faculty and the ICI senior director, overseen by the Office of the Provost.

In addition to a dynamic and progressive work environment, The New School offers a competitive benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, retirement plans, flexible spending accounts and a tuition waiver. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and offer employee assistance services, health and well-being programs and over four weeks of vacation time per year.

Apply with us and discover the rewards and opportunities in working for a world-class, urban university.

Interested candidates must apply online at:

STUDENT TRAVEL/RESEARCH FUNDS 2011 – $3,000 award for travel and research in India or China

The deadline for this program has passed.  Thank you for all your applications and we will get back to you shortly.

Five awards are available for undergraduate or graduate students to support an independent study project, or to defray the cost of attending a New School program in India or China. The field visit has to be taken by the end of Summer 2011. The funds could be used towards expenses such as airfare, local transportation, room and board, and interpreters.


  • Be a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student in any discipline
  • For undergraduates, a minimum of 12 credits completed, and for graduate students, a minimum of 9 credits completed by the end of Fall 2010, and planning to enroll in the Fall semester 2011.
  • Has a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.3
  • Know a New School faculty member who can supervise the project
  • Prior knowledge of India and China is not necessary. MA and PhD students specializing in India and China may apply. However, priority will be given to non-specialists looking to deepen their knowledge of one or both countries.

Application Requirements

  1. A completed application form
  2. Curriculum vitae, including a list of academic accomplishments and interests
  3. Statement of purpose (maximum 3 pages, double-spaced) describing:

a)       How the funds will expand your knowledge of India and/or China

b)      Your independent research project or The New School summer program

  1. One letter of recommendation from a New School faculty member
  2. A signed New School Faculty Mentor Form
  3. Applications on any topic are eligible, but preference will be given to those addressing this year’s theme “Social Innovations for Sustainable Environments” with particular focus on the social, political, and market barriers to addressing environmental challenges.

Award Requirements

Please refer to full program guidelines. Recipients of ICI travel/research fund are required to make a public presentation of their works in mid-fall 2011. They must also submit a final written report on their project by mid-February 2012.

Deadline Application due October 14, 2010, Interviews November 11th and 12th.

Ford Foundation Fellowship: India China Knowledge and Capacity Building Initiative 2011

The deadline for this program has passed. 

Ford Foundation Fellowship: India China Knowledge and Capacity Building Initiative


The India-China Knowledge and Capacity Building Initiative (ICKCBI) links individuals and institutions in the pursuit of new scholarship, trilateral conversations, and nurtures a growing community of interest and investigation on international relations, culture, and interactions between India and China. ICKCBI’s objective is nothing short of surmounting the limitations of area studies to develop a unique trilateral vision that fosters cross-disciplinary perspectives and a collaborative approach to problem-solving.

To do this, ICKCBI, with the support of the Ford Foundation, will select fifteen exemplary scholars from the New School, Yunnan University, and the University of Calcutta to participate in a unique program. These scholars will come together in the summer of 2011 for one month in Kunming, China, and one month in Kolkata, India, to work collaboratively on research projects. With the help of institutions, professors, and business professionals in each location, student teams will investigate a topic of their choice and present their findings at an international conference at the end of the summer. Three alternate scholars from each institution will also be selected.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must

– Be currently a full or part-time graduate student at the New School, Yunnan University, or the University of Kolkata.
– Have no incompletes.
– Have and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
– Write a two page personal statement declaring area of interest and motivation.
– Take the India China Interactions Course in the Spring of 2011.
– Take Research Methods before Summer 2011.
– Be open to challenges and working in a team!

Revised Timeline

Application Deadline: October 14, 2010
Applicant Interviews: November 11th-12th, 2010

Tentative Dates
India China Interactions Course: Spring 2011
Arrive in Kolkata, India: July 1-28 2011
Arrive in Kunming, China: July 28-August 27 2011
Program Ends at the end of August 2011

Fellows have the option to sign up for a 3 credit Independent Study course during the summer. Requirements for this course may differ from requirements for the Fellowship.

Application Requirements:

Please submit the following by October 14th:
– Your most recent CV
– Personal Statement of no more than 2 pages

Please direct questions and application materials towards