How to Become a Member

As a consortium of universities and colleges, AIIS welcomes applications from institutions interested in institutional membership.

Although AIIS fellowship and language programs are not restricted to students and faculty at member institutions, institutional membership provides substantial benefits:

  • Institutional members participate in the election of AIIS officers, and contribute to discussions leading to the setting of its policies and priorities.
  • Faculty at AIIS member institutions are eligible to apply to a restricted short-term fellowship competition that has an annual application deadline of December 31.
  • Faculty and students at AIIS member institutions can also avail themselves of all the services that AIIS provides free of charge.

There are two classes of membership.

  • Class A members are those institutions that have substantial South Asia programs, where more than one Indian language is taught, and where there is a concentration of faculty and graduate students with research interests in India. Each Class A member institution has two institutional delegates and pays $2,500 annual dues.
  • Class B members are institutions that have smaller South Asia programs. Each Class B member institution has one institutional delegate and pays $500 annual dues.


Membership applications are considered at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees, which takes place in late March. To become a member, please send an application consisting of the following:

  1. A cover letter describing the India-related programs at your institution including course offerings, faculty teaching/research interests in India, study abroad programs, cultural programs, lecture series, etc. The letter should also include a commitment from the institution’s administration to pay the annual dues and should name the institution’s delegate(s).
  2. As attachments: a list of India-related course offerings and the CVs of faculty with research and/or teaching interests in India.

Applications should be sent by email attachment to

For more information, contact AIIS at:
(773) 702-8636