South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

International Partnerships

UT’s South Asia Institute (SAI) is a vibrant center for the interdisciplinary study of South Asia and the dissemination of this research through diverse means, from teaching, to publications and digital archives, to scholarly exchange and collaborations with overseas institutions. These academic exchanges advance research on South Asia, cultivate international connections and professional networks, and contribute to mutual understanding between the US and South Asian nations at personal and institutional levels.

Faculty and visiting scholar exchanges

SAI prides itself on a vibrant atmosphere of scholarship, teaching, and the exchange of ideas. Our Visiting Academics programs include opportunities that range from short-term research visits by South Asian scholars and international collaborations to fellowships for individual projects to funding for one-semester professorships, among others.

These exchanges provide the opportunity for scholars from South Asia and the U.S. to visit our campus and conduct research and collaborate with SAI faculty affiliates and students. Due to the outstanding library collection and the large and distinguished faculty affiliated with SAI, many scholars choose to spend sabbatical or other research leave at The University of Texas at Austin. To accommodate these researchers, SAI offers Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow programs. Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows do not receive a stipend, nor is tenure or continuation at UT Austin implied.   But SAI may provide office space for these visitors, as well as access to UT’s extensive collection of library resources.

University Partnership Programs

Since 2013, SAI has initiated three formal University Partnerships with Pakistani institutions of higher education. Each has been funded by three-year grants from the US Department of State/United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Engaging in the University Partnerships has allowed SAI to bring over 60 Pakistani scholars, musicians, and filmmakers to study with faculty and student peers at UT Austin.  More than 50 UT students and faculty have had the opportunity to visit their colleagues in Pakistan as well, to teach workshops, collaborate on artistic and academic projects, and participate in conferences.

Library Partnerships

The South Asian Studies collection of the University of Texas Libraries compromises material covering the countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan. Our South Asian Languages Collection is the largest in the state and numerically the second largest in the nation. It encompasses all South Asian languages although we actively collect material in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Sanskrit, and Urdu. Among some of our most distinctive material are the collections in Malayalam, Sanskrit and Urdu, as well as the emerging collection of Pulp Fiction in South Asian vernaculars. We actively collect material in all formats, with a current focus on cinema. Our South Asian Collection also participates in cooperative collection development efforts in partnership with other institutions.