Sardar Patel Award 2009: Submissions Invited

The Center for India and South Asia, and the Department of History, UCLA announce the Sardar Patel Award for the best dissertation submitted at any American university on the subject of modern India.

The UCLA Center for India and South Asia invites submissions for the 2009 Sardar Patel Award. The amount of the award is $10,000.

  1. The dissertation must be on any topic on Modern India. (The dates of Modern India are defined as 1800 to the present)
  2. The topic must also fall within the following fields of study: History, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, or the Fine Arts.
  3. Dissertations submitted for consideration in the competition will have been completed during the 2008-2009 academic year (between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009). In some cases dissertations completed very close to these dates may also be considered.
  4. The dissertation must have been written while enrolled at a U.S. accredited university in history, anthropology, sociology, literature, political science, or one of the other disciplines in the humanities, the arts, or the social sciences.

Applicants must submit TWO bound hard copies of their dissertation, SEVEN copies of an abstract of 500-1000 words, ONE copy of their curriculum vitae, and a letter from their dissertation supervisor or department chair attesting to the completion of the dissertation during the period stipulated in item #3.

Submission materials must be postmarked no later than 16 October 2009. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Submissions should be sent to:

         Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam
         Chair, Sardar Patel Award Committee
         UCLA Center for India and South Asia
         11288 Bunche Hall, Box 951487
         Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

Note: Dissertations will not be returned. By submitting their dissertation for consideration, candidates also agree to have their dissertation abstract posted on the Sardar Patel Association’s website. The winner will be expected to attend an award conferral ceremony in Los Angeles in Spring 2010, and is also expected to acknowledge the Sardar Patel Association in any publications related to the subject matter of the dissertation.

Inquires regarding competition guidelines should be directed as follows:

    Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam
    Professor and Doshi Chair of Indian History
    Department of History
    University of California at Los Angeles
    6265 Bunche Hall, Box 951473
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1473
    Ph: (310) 825-3376

Download file:2009-Call-for-Submissions.pdf

Published: Tuesday, June 23, 2009