Center for the Advanced Study of India

Application Deadline

March 23, 2020

The Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) introduces Penn students to India to learn beyond the classroom environment, gain valuable international work experience, and facilitate cultural exchange. Since 2007, CASI has provided funding to over 150 Penn students to participate in volunteer internships and conduct independent research during the summer months. CASI also supports one recent graduate through a post-baccalaureate fellowship, the Sobti Family Fellowship

Travel Funds for Research

Application Deadline: March 23, 2020 (11:59 pm)

Application Link: CASI Travel Funds for Research Application

CASI provides up to $3,000 to undergraduate winners and up to $3,500 to graduate student winners to use towards international roundtrip economy fare and India in-country travel related expenses.* We encourage applications from both Penn undergraduates, preferably juniors writing a thesis related to contemporary India, and graduate students focused on contemporary India or India in a comparative context.

CASI Internships

Application Deadline: January 21, 2019 (11:59 pm)

Application Link: CASI Application 

10 week volunteer internships in India. Apply to the CASI internships through the Global Research & Internship Program. Applicants must meet with a GRIP Advisor before submitting an application. CASI placements include: Aravind Eye Care System (Affordable Health Care), Shahi Exports (Labor and Rural-Urban Migration), Public Health Foundation of India (Public Health Research), LEAP Skills Academy (Education & Social Entrepreneurship), Naandi Foundation (Public-Private Partnerships for Development).


The Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) is currently looking for 1 - 2 undergraduate or graduate students who are interested in a summer internship with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).

PHFI was founded in 2006 as a response to growing concern over public health challenges in India. The organization aims to generate evidence-based interventions through careful research, creative thinking, and educational outreach.  An internship with PHFI (located in Delhi, India) will provide Penn students with an opportunity to actively contribute towards public health and policy research in India. Specifically, PHFI is looking for students who are interested in:

  • Diabetes prevention in schools
  • Creating innovative solutions to student health concerns
  • Influencing school environments to promote a healthy lifestyle

The internship will begin in late May and will last approximately 10 weeks. Students will receive a Travel Award from CASI to cover the cost of round trip airfare and in-country living expenses. Candidates must be current, full-time, degree-seeking students at the University of Pennsylvania, who will be enrolled in courses in the fall semester (students graduating in May, 2019 are not eligible). Interested students should send their resume and a brief cover letter to Laura Iwanyk, Assistant Director of CASI Student Programs and Outreach ( by Friday, March 22, 2019.

Additional information: Students can learn more about the organization through PHFI’s website (here), and through the CASI Summer Internships page (here). The CASI-PHFI partnership is built on strong ties with PHFI’s president, Dr. K. Srinath Reddy. Students can view his CASI-sponsored lectures to learn more about his work (2014: Can India Deliver on Universal Health Coverage? / 2017: Will India's New Health Policy Improve Effectiveness and Equity?).

Research Offering Type

Grant Independent Research Internship

Research Offering Location

Research Eligibility: 

Undergraduate School

College Engineering Wharton Nursing LPS

Research Offering Source


Contact Information

Laura Iwanyk, Assistant Director, CASI Student Programs and Outreach,