Graduate Programs

The Collaborative Master’s and Doctoral Specialization in South Asian Studies offers entry into a graduate student community, as well as a basic methodological grounding for students already accepted into a graduate program in one of the collaborating departments. The program is designed to give students an interdisciplinary overview for the critical study of South Asia as a field of expertise and as a lens through which to read a wide range of global processes. Engagement with these questions through the collaborative program will be noted on the transcripts of participating students.

All students who wish to participate in the collaborative program, at the Master’s or PhD level, are required to take the core course, SAS2004H, Critical Issues in South Asian Studies: A Region and the Disciplines. This course aims to familiarize students with aspects of the construction and critique of area studies, the history of disciplinary engagement with the region, and major contemporary debates in the field. The most recent syllabus is available to view here (subject to change).

Students in the program are also required to be active participants in the Centre for South Asian Studies lecture and seminar series. The wide range of events organized by the Centre and the Asian Institute offer a significant opportunity for students to think critically about the role of area studies in providing new perspectives on problems of universal significance, as well as to meet regularly and build a community.

Please note that the Centre for South Asian Studies does not grant degrees. Students interested in pursuing an MA or PhD with a strong South Asia component must apply to one of the Centre’s participating home departments:

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

MASTER’S PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • A mandatory half-year core course, SAS2004H, Critical Issues in South Asian Studies: A Region and the Disciplines. With the permission of the home graduate unit, the core course can be taken in lieu of one of the courses required by the home unit.
  • Attendance at a minimum of 2 lectures per term from the Centre for South Asian Studies lecture series during the academic year in which the student takes the core course (September to May). A sign-in sheet will be available to confirm attendance at events.
  • If writing a thesis, it is expected to include a significant South Asian component.

DOCTORAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • A mandatory half-year core course, SAS2004H, Critical Issues in South Asian Studies: A Region and the Disciplines (unless already taken in the master’s program). With the permission of the home graduate unit, the core course can be taken in lieu of one of the courses required by the home unit.
  • Active participation at a minimum of 2 lectures per term from the Centre for South Asian Studies lecture series for a total of two years, including the academic year in which the student takes the core course.
  • The dissertation must include a significant South Asian component, with appropriate language skills as necessary.
  • A research presentation in the Asian Institute PhD Seminar Series on a South Asian topic in year 3, 4, or 5 of the program. Students must contact the Program Administrator at ai.asianstudies@utoronto.ca in September to schedule the presentation for that academic year. The student’s dissertation committee should be in attendance at the talk.

application procedures

PROSPECTIVE GRADUATE STUDENTS

Annual Deadline: March 1
Students who are not yet enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Toronto should apply to a graduate degree program offered by one of the collaborating departments (listed above) through the School of Graduate Studies online application at https://apply.sgs.utoronto.ca. In the collaborative programs section of the application, indicate that you would like to apply to the South Asian Studies collaborative program. Your statement of interest should indicate that your research will include a significant South Asia focus. If you are accepted into the home department, we will review your application for admission into our program.

CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS

Annual Deadline: October 1 (Master’s); March 1 (PhD)
Students who are already enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Toronto can apply to join the collaborative program. Students must arrange for their home department to forward a copy of their complete application (including SGS online application summary form, statement of interest, letters of reference, transcripts, and curriculum vitae) to the South Asian Studies Program Administrator at ai.asianstudies@utoronto.ca by the deadline posted above. If necessary, an updated statement of interest should be provided to indicate the South Asia research focus.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES

The Centre for South Asian Studies administers a number of awards to support graduate student research on South Asia. Due to the structure of endowments, these awards are not offered every year. The following awards are being offered for the 2016-17 academic year:

DILJIT AND GULSHAN JUNEJA AWARD FOR SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES*

Value: approximately $800
Description and eligibility: awarded to one or more master’s or doctoral students in any department or faculty in the University whose course program or research is concentrated in the area of South Asian Studies. This is an OSOTF award and is made on the basis of financial need and academic merit.

Winner: Moore, Amber

 

INDIA-CANADA ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

Value: $500-$1000
Description and eligibility: awarded to one or more full-time graduate student(s) at the University of Toronto engaged in research in the field of South Asian Studies. This award is made on the basis of academic merit. Preference will be given to candidates whose research activities require travel to India.

Winner: Sheldon, Victoria &  Baboi, Oana

 

INDIA’S 50th  ANNIVERSARY GRADUATE PRIZE* 

Value: approximately $1500
Description and eligibility: Recipient must be enrolled at the graduate level in social sciences or humanities, and their study or research must be focused on India. This is an OSOTF award and is made on the basis of financial need and academic merit.

Winner: Peterson, Johnathan

 

INDO-CANADIAN ADVISORY GROUP BURSARY FOR THE STUDY OF INDIA*

Value: approximately $1400
Description and eligibility: Recipient must be enrolled in the Collaborative Master’s or Doctoral Program in South Asian Studies. Preference will be given to students whose course of study or research is focused on India. This is an OSOTF award and is made on the basis of financial need and academic merit.

Winner: Sheldon, Victoria

SANDHYA AND RITEN RAY AWARD FOR INDIAN PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

Value: approximately $800
Description and eligibility: Made annually to one or more graduate students in good standing in the University of Toronto who have demonstrated excellence in study or research in religion and/or philosophy of India, preferably with special emphasis on humanism and spiritualism in ancient Indian philosophy. Excellence may be demonstrated by grades in courses, academic essays, or research (in progress or completed).

Winner: O’Neill, Alexander & Moore, Amber & Saruya, Rachelle

 

AFFILIATED GRADUATE STUDENTS

Pushpa Acharya
PhD, Centre for Comparative Literature
Noaman Ali
PhD, Department of Political Science
Ponni Arasu
PhD, Department of History
Oana Baboi
PhD, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Ayesha Basit
PhD, Department of Geography and Planning
Kalpesh Bhatt
PhD, Department of Geography and Planning
Arun Brahmbhatt
PhD, Department for the Study of Religion
Glen Chua
PhD, Department of Anthropology
Tamara Cohen
PhD, Department for the Study of Religion
Prasanta Dhar
PhD, Department of History
Larissa Fardelos
PhD, Department for the Study of Religion
Anwesha Ghosh
PhD, Department of History
Kuldeep Grewal*
PhD, Department of History
Candis Haak
PhD, Department of Anthropology
Andrea Heckman
MA, Department for the Study of Religion
Sean Hillman
PhD, Department for the Study of Religion
Adrian Khan
PhD, Department of Geography
Prasad Khanolkar
PhD, Department of Geography and Planning
Nika Kuchuk
PhD, Department for the Study of Religion
Elsie Lewison
PhD, Department of Geography
Jaby Mathew
PhD, Department of Political Science
Neville Panthaki
PhD, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Aaron Peters
PhD, Department of History
Jonathan Peterson
PhD, Department for the Study of Religion
Leila Pourtavaf*
PhD, Department of History
Puja Rai
Master of Global Affairs
Meghana Rao
PhD, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies
Sarah Rich-Zendel*
PhD, Department of Political Science
Parnisha Sarkar
PhD, Department of History
Anthony Scott
PhD, Department for the Study of Religion
Victoria Sheldon
PhD, Department of Anthropology
Dalbir Singh
PhD, Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies
Anand Sookrah
Master of Global Affairs
Stephanie Southmayd
PhD, Department of English
Eric Steinschneider
PhD, Department for the Study of Religion
Akshaya Tankha*
PhD, Department of Art History
Sundhya Walther
PhD, Department of English

*Not enrolled in the Collaborative Graduate Program in South Asian Studies, but affiliated with the Centre.

 


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