Hinduism in America: A Call for Proposals

Two awards of up to $2500 for one year, renewable once

Application Deadline: January 31, 2014

Grant Description

HAF invites applications from academics in the Humanities who are studying or conducting research related to Hinduism. Applicants can be graduate students, post-doctoral students, or junior faculty. The program aims to fund rigorous scholarly research on Hindu Americans, Hinduism as it is practiced in America, or the intersection of Hindu Americans and public policy. Where feasible, comparisons to the practice of Hinduism in other parts of the diaspora or India are encouraged. The primary focus should be on Hinduism in America broadly construed.

Eligible Grant Topics

The following are examples of eligible areas of research (the list is not exclusive and other ideas will be considered):
  • Association between generation and religious practice in the American Hindu Diaspora
  • Dharmic theory and practice in the American Hindu Diaspora
  • American Hindus of Non-Indian Extraction: Who are they?
  • Charitable giving among Hindus in the US: How much, which causes?
  • Hinduism and the Media: Methodological approaches to understanding portrayal
  • Visibility of Hindu Americans in elected office or public policy roles
  • Demographic studies of the Hindu American community
  • The status of recent Hindu refugee communities in America and in the world
  • Analysis of Hindu American advocacy compared to other faith communities in America
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Budget Guidelines

This is a one year grant for $2,500, with the possibility of renewal if work remains outstanding and the grant officers believe that extra time and money will contribute significantly to the final product and to the literature. Funding may be used for research personnel, supplies, travel to a conference to present findings, and other justifiable expenses. Funding may not be used for direct salary support.

Review & Notification Process

Grants will be reviewed along 3 primary axes:
  • Significance/Originality of the research goals. This grant is not meant to fund a study of a single temple or its population, nor is it intended to focus on a single Hindu belief, such as reincarnation or Karma (although delineating the pattern and nuance of these beliefs in the context of a broader study would be permissible).
  • Appropriateness of approach and methodology. This grant is meant to fund scholarly research that focuses more on practice than theory. HAF is not seeking a new interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita by the grantee; however, a Bhagavad Gita study organized by a group of Hindus in Houston, and how its interpretation compares to traditional interpretations in India or interpretations by other American Hindus, could be of interest.
  • Relevance to the Hindu American Foundation's vision. HAF values scholarly independence and an understanding of mainstream Hindu views and practices within the diaspora and India. HAF will not award grants to those seeking to hagiographize Hinduism. HAF will also not award grants to research that explores yet another esoteric branch of Hinduism, unless the researcher places that branch in a broader context. The grant should have relevance to HAF both in terms of demography and in its balanced approach to Hinduism.
All reviews will occur over a two (2) month period. All applicants will be informed by email of the final decision.

Application Process

To apply for the Hinduism in America Grant, please submit the following:
  1. Abstract (400 words maximum)
  2. Project Narrative:
    1. Background
    2. Intended Investigation
    3. Implications/Next Steps
    4. Personnel
  3. Bibliography
  4. Timeline
Please email a copy of your application as a single PDF to grants@hafsite.org no later than 5 PM on January 31, 2014. Please direct any inquiries to the same address.