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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Modern Indian Studies Undergraduate Student Excellence Award

April 1, 2024

The MIS Undergraduate Student Excellence Award is intended to further research on modern India, broadly conceived, by recognizing the scholarship of undergraduate students. One award of $500 will be given annually for the best unpublished essay or research paper (10-20 pages) written by an undergraduate from any discipline on a topic relating to modern India.


Any undergraduate student fully enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill from any major can submit a work produced for a UNC course or independent study over the past 2 years on a topic relating to any dimension of contemporary India, broadly conceived. Prior winners are not eligible, and only one submission per student per annual competition is allowed.

Submissions in the form of papers written for class, a thesis, capstone project or major essay must be 10-20 double-spaced pages. If the original work is longer (such as a lengthy thesis), please select 20 pages for submission and summarize in less than 1 page other necessary context for that selection.

Submissions in new media formats (such as original webpages, videos, or podcasts) are also acceptable, and should include a justification of the medium chosen.

Revised versions of the work (e.g., based on feedback received at the end of the course from the professor) are welcome.


The essays will be judged by the Modern Indian Studies Initiative Award Committee. Awards will be announced at the end of the academic year, in April.


The next deadline to apply for these funds is April 12, 2024. Applications can be submitted through the Carolina Asia Center webpage by clicking this link.


Questions or problems? Contact Dr. Kevin Fogg, Associate Director of the Carolina Asia Center, at