Senior Fellowships

The American Institute of Bangladesh Studies awards grants for a minimum of two months, but no longer than twelve months (pending available funding) for Senior Research Fellowships on Bangladesh funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Due to grant funding restrictions, fellowships are currently only available for US Citizens. Due to ever-changing security concerns, Senior Scholars are not authorized travel to Bangladesh at this time.  Your proposal must include travel to a country or countries other than the US or Bangladesh during this call.  However, you may include a secondary plan for research in Bangladesh, in case the travel advisory changes by the time you conduct your research (include the secondary plan in the narrative of your proposal). Please contact us if you are interested in conducting your fellowship in a country with travel advisories between levels 2-4.  Fellows must propose research in a country other than the one they are currently residing or working in (for example, if a US scholar resides in the United Kingdom, he/she cannot submit a proposal to conduct research in London).

All Applicants Must Be:

  1. Enrolled/employed/affiliated with a US or non-US academic institution (independent scholars are also welcome to apply)
  2. US Citizens (unfortunately, US Permanent Residents are not eligible)

Each Senior Fellow Applicant Must:

  • be an individual member of AIBS (click here for membership information) and
  • hold a PhD and
  • have a well-developed research agenda relevant to Bangladesh

Senior Fellowships will be equivalent to $1400 per month, plus allowance for research and traveler’s insurance. Economy round-trip air transportation will be provided via the most direct route (up to $2,500) whenever possible. Airfare must be Fly America Act compliant, and AIBS will assist with booking travel. Senior scholars may request to bring one dependent, but dependent allowance and authorization for travel will be based on available funding and security conditions at the time of travel.

Senior Fellowship applications from AIBS member institutions in the US will incur no additional fees; applications from non-member institutions require submission of a $250 membership fee.

Important Note for Senior Fellowship Applicants:  If you are a Board of Trustee or Executive Committee member for AIBS, you must step down from your position when you submit your application. Please send an email to the AIBS office at informing us of your decision.

Click here to go to the on-line fellowship application or cut and paste the following link into a new browser:

In order to start the on-line application, you will need set up an account (if you don't already have one).  Go to the right hand side of the page to create an account. 

Note: Clicking on the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies link (in blue) will provide you with the same information that you can find here on the website about AIBS fellowships. You must create an account before applying.

Visit the main Fellowship page for more information on the application process.

The deadline to submit an application is Sunday, March 1st, 2020 (11:59 CST).