SAV Visiting Fellowship


The call for applications for the 2022 Visiting Fellowship is now closed. Check back here in Fall 2022 for more information on the 2023 application process.

The Stimson Center’s South Asia Program offers South Asian Voices Visiting Fellowships annually to outstanding analysts, scholars, and students dedicated to the study of South Asia. The year-long fellowship combines professional development of research, writing, and public speaking skills with extensive exposure to the D.C. policy community. 

For the residency portion of the fellowship, SAV  Visiting Fellows are hosted at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. for a period of two months. Fellows work to develop a policy memo while meeting with senior scholars at universities and think tanks along with leading practitioners working on South Asian security issues in the U.S. government. They also contribute analysis to SAV throughout the one-year period.

Fellows are selected based on criteria such as the quality of their research proposal, research and writing aptitude, and fit with the Stimson Center’s research interests. Frequent, high-quality contributors to SAV will be given special consideration.

For general inquiries, please write to [email protected] with “Visiting Fellowship” in the subject line.

Meet the 2022 SAV Visiting Fellows

Rushali Saha is a research analyst at the Diplomat Risk Intelligence. Previously, she served as a research associate at the Centre for Airpower Studies, New Delhi. She holds a masters degree in Politics with International Relations from Jadavpur University. She graduated summa cum laude from the same university with an undergraduate degree in political science. Her research interests include the evolving geopolitics of South Asia and the Indo-Pacific region with a specific focus on Indo-China relations and Indian foreign policy.

Namra Naseer is an Islamabad-based policy researcher and Ph.D. Scholar in International Relations at Bahria University with an MPhil in Peace and Conflict Studies. Her work focuses on Great Power Politics and South Asia with a focus on Pakistan and India. Concomitantly, she has developed a keen insight into the field of Internet Governance.

Riya Sinha is a Research Associate at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress, New Delhi (CSEP; previously known as Brookings India). At CSEP, Riya manages a program on regional connectivity in South Asia called Sambandh. Previously, Riya worked as a Research Associate at the Bureau of Research on Industry and Economic Fundamentals (BRIEF) and worked on land and maritime trade, infrastructure and logistics, and also on confidence-building measures in Jammu and Kashmir. Riya has a master’s degree in International Relations from Pondicherry University. She is a South Asian Voices Visiting Fellow at Stimson for 2022. While at Stimson, Riya will analyze the development of India’s border management policies and infrastructure and its impact on promoting cross-border connectivity.

Noorulain Naseem is a Islamabad-based research analyst affiliated with the Legal Research Institute of Pakistan (LRIP) and the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS). Noorulain’s research focuses on forced migrations and challenges emanating from conflict in Afghanistan and Syria, as well as downstream legal challenges in host countries caused by migration and refugee flows. She is a 2022 South Asian Voices Visiting Fellow with the Stimson Center. As a fellow, she plans to explore Pakistan’s refugee and migration policies to develop a framework for policymakers to implement in the refugee crisis after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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“The SAV fellowship was an enriching experience. We met numerous practitioners who offered guidance. My counterpart from Pakistan and I co-authored a report for the Stimson Center during our time, which was a deep engagement in confidence-building, communication, and perspectives from across the border.” – Jayita Sarkar

“Meeting various scholars opened my mind about the variety of views on a specific topic. It forced me to think on aspects that I never thought were extremely relevant. I learned the essence and importance of comprehensive analytical understanding on a topic as opposed to looking at something from a pre-set lens or viewpoint.” – Aditi Malhotra

“Since I am new to the academic world, this Fellowship provided me plenty of experience, exposure, and understanding that I will now be putting into practice. Moreover, for a person like me, who has had fewer opportunities in life, the Fellowship became a morale-booster and confidence-builder. I am grateful for this opportunity and recommend that Stimson and SAV continue to engage ‘Emerging Talent’ from smaller cities too.” – Daim Fazil


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