India research fellowships


To be offered in 2023-24.

The University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, invites applications from faculty, senior doctoral and post-doctoral students at Indian universities for a visiting research fellowship in Victoria.

This fellowship recognizes the academic contributions of Professor Harold Coward, a prominent Canadian scholar of Hinduism, fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and founding director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society.


The purpose of the fellowship is to provide the visiting scholar with a stimulating academic environment conducive to research and writing, and to strengthen academic partnerships between the University of Victoria and our colleagues in Indian universities.


The fellowship is targeted at scholars whose research addresses religion and migration in the Indian national, regional, and Indian diasporic contexts.


Resident citizens of India who are completing doctoral work, engaged in post-doctoral research, or who hold a regular academic appointment in India. Applications from all disciplinary backgrounds are eligible. Preference will be given to scholars with the demonstrated ability to approach religion, politics and migration from an engaged, critical perspective. We seek an Indian scholar with an interest in the connection between migration processes and policies on the one hand and religious groups and movements on the other. The groups and phenomena that interest the fellow must be rooted in India.


The fellowship will cover travel costs, and will provide fellows with a living allowance of $2,000/month for six months. In addition, the fellowship provides private office space at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society along with library and university privileges.


This award has a term of six months.


Fellows are expected to conduct their work on site at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society and to participate in the programs and activities of the CSRS, CAPI and CFGS. The fellow will give at least one public presentation of her or his research at each research centre and will also participate with CAPI in the planning and hosting of a three-day conference.

Application Procedure

Applications should include the following: 1) a descriptive project title, 2) a detailed statement (maximum 4 pages) that clearly explains the objectives and methodology of the research project as well as its scholarly relevance to the topic described above, 3) an up-to-date curriculum vitae, and 4) two letters of reference from scholars with subject expertise in the area(s) of research (to be forwarded to the CSRS under separate cover). The selection panel may also solicit the opinions of other referees. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please submit completed applications via email to . Address applications to CSRS director Paul Bramadat, and indicate "Harold Coward India Research Fellowship" in the subject heading.

Application Deadline - To be announced