Thursday, May 8, 2008

Conlon Fellowship for South Asia Studies

Frank F. Conlon Fellowship in South Asia Studies

The South Asia Center at the University of Washington announces, with pleasure, the inaugural competition for the Frank F. Conlon Fellowship in South Asian Studies. We invite applications from graduate students in all disciplines who are engaged in the study of South Asia and who will be enrolled at the University of Washington during the 2008-09 academic year. The award will be based on academic merit and financial need.

Professor Emeritus Frank F. Conlon taught history, international studies
and comparative religion at the University of Washington from 1968 to 2002. An acknowledged authority in the field of South Asian history, Professor's Conlon's book, *A caste in a changing world : the Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmans, 1700-1935*, has won critical acclaim. Professor Conlon was the Director of the South Asia Center at UW for 12 years and played a key role in establishing the South Asia MA degree and the undergraduate South Asia track at the Jackson School of International Studies. Professor Conlon is a founding member and editor of the online discussion group H-ASIA. He is currently the President of H-Net. Professor Conlon continues to have an active research agenda and is working on multiple projects including bringing the story of the Chitrapur Saraswat's up to the present and a history of Bombay.

The Frank F. Conlon Endowed Fellowship in South Asian Studies honors Professor Conlon's contributions as a memorable teacher, who "linked the everyday details of the lives of South Asians to a broad idea of "civilization" as a dynamic and changing phenomenon that shapes human lives and is shaped by human agency" and as a devoted educator, "who inspired his students to appreciate their learning about the history and culture of this vital area of the world, both for its inherent importance and as a mirror to a better understanding of their own culture and human legacies". The fellowship is funded by generous donations from Ann and Harry Pryde, Marc H. Pryde, Natalie A. Pryde, and Frank and Joan Conlon.

*Application Procedures:* To apply for the Conlon fellowship, please fill
out the application form at:
and submit the application along with the required documents to:
South Asia Conlon Fellowship
Box 353650
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Application Deadline: May 20, 2008