Current UB undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for funding to attend intensive summer language programs offered by the American Institute of Indian Studies. Applications for funding will be evaluated by UB Asian Studies Program faculty and staff. The Rustgi South Asian Language Award supports the full cost of tuition and roundtrip airfare to India. Additional funds for living expenses incurred during the summer program may also be available.
The 2019-2020 application period is OPEN. The deadline for receipt of all materials is Friday, January 3, 2020.
About the Language Program
Participants are expected to devote their energies to activities that will increase their proficiency in all skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing. For eight weeks at each AIIS language center, there will be at least four hours a day of classroom instruction and individual tutorials with regular out-of-class assignments requiring interaction with community members. Attendance is mandatory in class as well as at other activities such as cultural visits, films, and plays. There is special emphasis on connecting with the local speech community and self-management of learning. Participants are encouraged to identify and prioritize their language learning needs and keep track of their language development. Students are encouraged to stay with host families. Note that this is not a research program. Participants are expected to devote all their energies to learning the target language. For more information, please visit the AIIS Language Programs website.
Courses regularly include:
- Bangla (Bengali)
- Mughal Persian
In addition, instruction may be arranged in other languages such as:
- Full-time enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Buffalo in good academic standing at the time of application.
- Students applying for summer Hindi should have the equivalent of one year of prior Hindi study. The equivalent of one year of either Hindi or Urdu is required for summer Urdu students. Applicants for
summer Mughal Persian should have had the equivalent of one year of Urdu or Persian. Applicants forother languages may apply at all levels, including the beginning.
- At the time of application for this award, applicants must have already applied to an AIIS summer language program.
Criteria for Selection
- Awards will be based on academic merit and seriousness of purpose
- The applicant agrees to be an ambassador for Asian Studies at UB by sending occasional posts and photos of their experiences while in-country for use on the Asian Studies Program’s social media and website. The applicant must also be willing to talk with other students about their study abroad experience upon returning to UB.
- The applicant’s prior South Asian coursework or plans to enroll in additional South Asia-related courses in the fall semester following their return from India.
- Preference will be given to students seeking to learn “critical need” languages (Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu).
- Preference will be given to students who can demonstrate that they have also applied for the Critical Language Scholarship and/or Boren Awards.
Required Application Materials
1) Completed AIIS Language Application in a single PDF file including:
- Application form (available as both a word and pdf document on the AIIS web site);
- one-page (less than 500-word) statement of purpose describing your academic reasons for selecting a particular program, detailing how the study abroad program will fit into your overall academic program and goals, and how the program benefits your personal, academic, and professional development. This may be the same statement prepared for the AIIS application.
- Evaluator Worksheet (available on the AIIS web site)
- Transcripts: Applicants should scan their undergraduate and graduate transcripts (from U.S. or Canadian universities only) and include them in the single pdf file.
- Confirmation (email or scanned document) from AIIS indicating receipt of complete AIIS summer language program application
2) Recommended: documentation confirming submission of completed applications for the Critical Language Scholarship and/or Boren Scholarship
3) Applicants should also submit two (2) letters of recommendation emailed as an attachment directly from their professor or instructor. Instructors may also mail their recommendations in a sealed envelope signed by the professor to Asian Studies Program, 412 Clemens Hall, Buffalo NY 14260.
Unless otherwise indicated, all materials must be emailed to Asian-Studies@buffalo.edu no later than Friday, January 3, 2020.
Please contact the Asian Studies Program at Asian-Studies@buffalo.edu if you have any questions.