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Institutions in Sweden

Swedish Academic institutions and departments engaged in research related to South Asia

Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden, ACSIS. National centre for transnational cultural studies established in 2002 as an independent unit within Linköping University (administratively connected to the Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, ISAK). National resource for exchange between disciplines, universities, countries and intellectual currents, striving to develop diversified networking between Swedish cultural research and the transnational field of cultural studies.

Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm

International Foundation for Science, Stockholm

Stockholm Environmental Law and Policy Centre

Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Scientific, technical and awareness-building organization that contributes to international efforts to combat the escalating global water crisis, Stockholm

Swedish School of Advanced Asia-Pacific Studies (SSAAPS), Stockholm. All activities within SSAAPS were phased out during 2010. Read more...

Uppsala Center for Sustainable Development (CDS). Aims to be a catalyst for research and education on sustainable development at Uppsala’s two universities, Uppsala University (UU) and Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Uppsala

Links to all Swedish universities and colleges (

Scholarly associations and networks focused on South Asia

American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), consortium of twenty-five American institutions of higher education involved in research on Pakistan. Based at the Dept. of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin in Madison. Nordic Association for South Asian Studies, NASA 

AIBSAmerican Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS), consortium of 18 U.S. Institutions of Higher Education involved in research on Bangladesh. AIBS also offers intensive beginning, intermediate, and advanced instruction in Bangla language during the academic year at its facilities in Dhaka on the campus of Independent University, Bangladesh, located in Baridhara. More information.

Asian Borderlands Research Network, hosted by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, the Netherlands

Asian Studies Association of Australia, ASAA

Asia-Pacific Mountain Network, (APMN). Regional network of the International Mountain Forum, besides being a part of the knowledge network of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS). Started in 1964 with a conference in the University of Leeds. Organizes seminars and workshops in the field of Commonwealth Literature through its several regional charters.

Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studes

Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Secretariat in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Founded in 1941, this is the largest society of its kind, with approximately 7,000 members worldwide, a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia.

South Asia Council (SAC), one of four regional councils operating within AAS.

BASASBritish Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS). Merged with the Society for South Asian Studies in 2007.
Linked to the Royal Asiatic Society in London.

Indology: Resources for Indological Scholarship

Central & Eastern European Network of Indian Studies (CEENIS), Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw 

Danish Society for Central Asia, non-profit, non-governmental organization formed in 2005 aimed at promoting the interest in, research on, and knowledge of Central Asia in its broadest sense. The area covered by the Society includes Afghanistan and the northern provinces of Pakistan.

Euro-Asia Management Studies Association (EAMSA), German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo, Japan

European Alliance for Asian StudiesEuropean Alliance for Asian Studies, co-operative framework of some leading European institutes specializing in Asian Studies established in 1997. The partner institutions are: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), Copenhagen University; International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden University; The Centre for Asia and the Pacific at Sciences-Po University, Paris; European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS), Brussels; Centro de Estudios de Asia Oriental (CEAO), Madrid; School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London;and GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Hamburg.
Previously, a Swedish partner was also included – the now defunct Swedish School of Advanced Asia-Pacific Studies (SSAAPS). Till 2007 the European Alliance for Asian Studies focused exclusively on East and South-East Asia. Since then it has opened up for India and Pakistan, but still excludes the rest of South Asia in its activities.
Together with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in Singapore, the European Alliance for Asian Studies invites applications for funding workshops through the so-called Asia-Europe Workshop Series. This is a way to stimulate innovative research on contemporary topics of interregional and multilateral importance to both Asia and Europe. The programme is open for researchers in the 43 so-called ASEM countries (including India and Pakistan). More information

European Association for Central Asian Studies, EACAS. Secretariat at the Dept. of Oriental Studies, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. EACAS defines the geographic domain of Central Asia to include the northern parts of Afghanistan.


European Association for South Asian Studies, EASAS, Edinburgh, UK

Föreningen för Orientaliska studier, Stockholm University, Sweden

Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG), set up in 2002 by Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, and University of Western Australia in Perth. Organises conferences and coordinates scholarly research, with due emphasis on its policy relevance, which may assist in realizing peace, cooperation and ecologically sustainable development in the Indian Ocean region.

International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM), Brighton, UK 

International Association for Ladakh Studies (IALS)

International Association of Sanskrit Studies (IASS)

International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine

Institute for Interreligious Studies (Interreligiöse Arbeitsstelle INTR°A), Nachrodt, Germany. Association of European educationalists, theologians, teachers, economists and other interested people who want to promote interfaith dialogue through encounters and publications.

JASAS, Japanese Network for South Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan

Nordic Centre in India, run by a Consortium consisting of a large number of institutions of learning and research in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, offering accommodation in New Delhi.

Religion in South Asia Section (RISA) of the American Academy of Religion (AAR)

Society for South Asian Studies, UK

South Asian Studies Association (SASA), USA. Founded in California in 2007. 

South Asian Studies Association of Australia, Armidale. Publishes since 1971 the magazine ”South Asia. Journal of South Asian Studies”.

South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Religion (SSEASR), New Delhi, India

Sällskapet för Asienstudier, Uppsala University, Sweden (non-active academic association)


Institutions worldwide



Aalborg University

Aalborg Center for TeleInfraStruktur, coordinating the EC funded ”Erasmus Mundus Mobility for Life” consortium (EMECW lot 11 South Asia Regional, 2008), formed by 8 universities in Europe, and 11 universitites in Asia (Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Asian University for Women, and Chittagong University, Bangladesh; Royal University of Bhutan; Institute of Engineering at Tribhuvan University, Nepal; Mehran University of Engineering & Technology in Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan; Kabul University, Afghanistan; University of Calcutta, and Sinhgad Institute of Technology in Lona, Maharashtra, India; Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia; and Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand). Consortium web page

 ‡  Center for User Driven Innovation, Learning and Design, Department of Communication 

Aarhus University

Contemporary India Study Centre Aarhus (CISCA), Institute of History and Area Studies (IHO). Inaugurated in February 2010, it is one of the India-EU Study Centres Programme (IESCP) that was initiated by the European Commission in 2008 

Department of Anthropology and Ethnography, Institute for Anthropology, Archaeology and Linguistics, Moesgård

Danish Pluralism Project, Centre for Multireligious Studies, Faculty of Theology

Department of East Asian Studies (including South Asian Studies), Institute of History and Area Studies

University of Copenhagen

Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI), joint initiative by the Faculties of Social Sciences and the Humanities

Centre of Global South Asian Studies

- The Danish Network for Pakistan Studies

Institute of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences

Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Faculty of Humanities.
Includes the Asian Section; the Carsten Niebuhr Section; the Centre for Comparative Cultural Studies; and History of Religions Section

DDRN Danish Development Research Network (DDRN), Department of Geography and Geology. Network launched in 2007 after a merge between the Research Network for Environment and Development (ReNED), the Research Network for Governance, Economic Policy and Public Administration (GEPPA), and the Danish Network for Agricultural Research for Development (NETARD). The networks gathers more than 2000 researchers and practictioners from Denmark and many other countries around the globe.

Centre for Medical Parasitology (CMP)

Institute of Public Health

Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS)

Support Program for Asian Studies, SUPRA

Asian Century Research School, ACRSN, initiated in 2005. Aimed at strengthening the Nordic Asian studies environment by facilitating new and innovative research fields as well as high quality research (PhD) training. Facilitating the creation of a number of research clusters, such as:

Gendering Asia Network

Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

Asia Research Centre

Department of International Economics and Management

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Copenhagen

Association of Development Researchers in Denmark (FAU)

The Association of Development Researchers in Denmark (FAU), Copenhagen

Roskilde University (RUC)

Department of Society and Globalisation

Graduate School of International Development Studies


University of Bergen
Department of the History of Religions, Institute of Classics, Russian and the History of Religions (IKRR)

Unifob Global (Global Research at the University of Bergen)

Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI), Bergen

Norsk Forening for Utviklingsforskning (NFU)

South Asia Development Studies

University of Oslo

Nettverk for Asiastudier (Network for Asian Studies)

Norsk Forum for Sør-Asia (NoFSA)

Institute of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS)

Institute for Archaeology, Conservation and Historical Studies (IAKH)

Centre for Development and Environment (SUM), University of Oslo

Norwegian Network for Asian Studies (Nettverk for Asiastudier), Norwegian research network for the study and research about the Asian region, located at SUM.

Network for Research and Evaluation on Education and Development (NETREED)

Cultural Complexity in the New Norway, Strategic research programme, University of Oslo. Interdisciplinary research programme involving five faculties, established in 2004.

Oslo University College

Centre for International Education (LINS)

KULTURSTUDIERKULTURSTUDIER (Culture Studies). Organisation run by a group of social scientists and humanists, providing the opportunity to combine studies of high academic standard in an environment that offers great learning experiences in third world countries, including India.

Peace and Conflict Studies programme in Pondicherry, India

Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo

Department of Security and Conflict Management

International Peace Research Institute (PRIO), Oslo

Tromsø University

Centre for Environment and Development Studies (SEMUT)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim

Programme for Development Cooperation

Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås

Department of International Environment and Development Studies (NORAGRIC)


University of Helsinki

Department of World Cultures. Launched on 1 January 2010, comprising four former departments (Institute for Asian and African Studies, the Dept. of Classical Philology, the Renvall Institute and the Dept. of Comparative Religion. 

South Asian Studies

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Institute of Development Studies

World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University, (UNU-WIDER), Helsinki

Department of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi, Åbo/Turku


Asíuver Íslands, ASÍS (The Icelandic Centre for Asian Studies), University of Akureyri


Brittish Association for Pakistan Studies, Bath College of Higher Education

Scottish Centre for Himalayan Studies, University of Aberdeen

British Association for South Asian Studies, (BASAS)

University of Bath

Centre for Development Studies (CDS). Knowledge and expertise is also shared through a range of academic and professional development study opportunities offered through the Department of Social & Policy Sciences at the University of Bath.

Wellbeing in Developing Countries (WeD). Multidisciplinary research group at CDS, funded by the British Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 2002-2008. Research was carried out in four developing countries, among them Bangladesh. Its archived website outlines its research, methods and findings.

University of Sussex, Brighton

Department of International Development

The Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium, (RPC)

Poverty Research Unit, (PRU)

Sussex Centre for Migration Research

Centre for World Environmental History

Institute of Development Studies, (IDS), University of Sussex

University of Bristol

Centre for Buddhist Studies, Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies

University of Cambridge

Centre of South Asian Studies

South Asian Studies, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Queen’s College 

Digital Himalaya

Centre for South Asian Studies, Coventry Business School, Coventry University

South Asian Studies at Duke University, Durham

Centre for South Asian Studies, School of Social & Political Studies, University of Edinburgh AKU

Afghanistan Music Unit (AMU), Music Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC), London. From its London campus, AKU-ISMC offers a two-year, full-time Master’s degree in Muslim Cultures. More information.

Department of Asia, British Museum, London

Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), London

King’s College, London

King’s India Institute

Tagore Centre for Global Thought

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Centre of South Asian Studies
SOAS Language Centre. Offers courses in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Panjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, and Urdu

In September 2013 SASNET/Lars Eklund visited SOAS, read report here.

Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London. The Centre has been a hub of activity for the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM), but closed down on 31 May 2010. 

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Asia Research Centre

 The Department of International Development (ID)

Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. Founded by His Highness the Aga Khan to promote scholarship and learning on Islam, with an emphasis on Shi‘ism in general and its Ismaili tariqah in particular.

International Institute for the Environment and Development (IIED), London

Asia Research Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs/Chatham House, London

Overseas Development Institute, London. Britain's leading independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

Area Panel for South Asia, British Academy, London

India Media Centre, School of Media, Arts and Design (MAD), University of Westminster, London

Centre for Applied South Asian Studies (CASAS), Manchester

University of Manchester

South Asian Studies, School of Arts, Histories & Cultures

Sanskrit Tradition in the Modern World (STIMW), Dept. of Religions and Theology

Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI)

Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies at the Open University, Milton Keynes

School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich

International Development UEA, charitable company wholly owned by the University of East Anglia, managing the research, training and consultancy activities undertaken by faculty members of the School of Development Studies

Oxford UniversityUniversity of Oxford

Department of International Development/Queen Elizabeth House

Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE)
International Gender Studies Centre (IGS)
International Migration Institute (IMI)
Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
Refugee Studies Centre (RSC)
Young Lives Research Centre

Bodleian Library (incl. Department of Oriental Collections/Indian Institute Library)

Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) – previously Oxford Centre for Vaishnava and Hindu Studies.

South and Inner Asia Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies

Contemporary South Asia Studies Programme, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

South Asian Studies Programme, Asian Studies Centre, S:t Anthony’s College

Asia-Pacific Population Research in Ageing (APPRA), Oxford Institute of Ageing

Institute of Jainology, Perivale, Greenford, Middlesex

Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Department (AERDD), University of Reading

Centre for Nepal Studies UK (CNSUK), Southampton


College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences/Study of Religions, University College of Cork (UCC)
Lectureship position established in 2011 for study of Contemporary South Asian Religions 


Amsterdam School of Social Science Research, Amsterdam

Asian Studies in Amsterdam (ASiA), founded in 2001

India InstituutIndia Instituut, Amsterdam

Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam

SEPHIS, South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development, Amsterdam

Transnational Institute, Amsterdam

International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede

Institute of Indian Studies, Groningen

Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

Clingendael Asia Studies (CAS), Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, The Hague

Leiden University

International Institute of Asian Studies, IIAS

Kern Institute (Department of Languages and Cultures of South and Central Asia)

Research School of Asian, African, and Amerindian Studies, CNWS

International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), Leiden. Established in 1998 by the University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, Utrecht University, and the Radboud University Nijmegen

Centre for International Development Issues; Radboud University, Nijmegen (till September 2004 called Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen)

Research school CERES, Utrecht. Unites development related research in six Dutch academic institutions – Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, Agricultural University of Wageningen, Catholic University of Nijmegen, Free University (Amsterdam), and the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague.



European Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels

United Nations University; Comparative Regional Integration Studies, Bruges

Ghent University

Research Centre Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap

Indology section, Dept. of Languages and Cultures of South and East Asia

Department of Third World Studies


UFR Langues et Cultures Antiques, Université Charles-de-Gaulle, Lille

Société d’Activité et de Recherche sur les mondes Indiens (SARI), University of Cergy-Pontoise

d.u. de langue initiation sanskrit et civilisation indienne, Université de Lyon

Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud (CEIAS), Paris

École française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO), Paris

EFEO Centre in Pondicherry, India 

EFEO Centre in Pune, India

Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Paris

Sciences Po – Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris

Centre for Asia and the Pacific

Center for International Studies and Research (CERI)

CERI Program for Peace and Human Security. Involved in collaboration with the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at the University of Kabul, Afghanistan

École Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE), University of Paris 3 (Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Research group on Iranian and Indian Worlds

La Section des sciences historiques et philologique

Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Delhi, India

French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP), India. Research center of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, carries out research expertise and training missions in South and South-East Asia in the fields of Indology, Social Sciences and Ecology.

Milieux, Societes et Cultures en Himalaya (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/CNRS Himalaya Research Group), Villejuif Cedex


Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinArbeitskreis Asiatische Religionsgeschichte der Deutschen Vereinigung für Religionsgeschichte, AKAR, Universität Bayreuth

Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

Seminar für Geschichte und Gesellschaft Südasiens / South Asia Studies Seminar


Humboldt India Project. Bringing together the South Asia competence of the Humboldt University 

Freie Universität, Berlin

Kunsthistorisches Institut – Abteilung Kunstgeschichte Südasiens

Institut für die Sprachen und Kulturen Südasiens

Indoskript (in cooperation with Institut für Indologie und Südasienwissenschaften, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, see below)

Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

Professorship in South Asian Islamic History

Zentrum Moderner Orient (Centre for Modern Oriental Studies), Berlin

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Institut für Entwicklungsforschung und Entwicklungspolitik

Seminar für Orientalistik und Islamwissenschaften

University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität)

Indologisches Seminar

International Association for Ladakh studies (IALS)

Abteilung für Asiatische und Islamische Kunstgeschichte

Asienhaus Essen – Zentrum für Information und Begegnung, Essen

Orientalisches Seminar, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg

GöttingenGeorg-August-Universität, Göttingen

Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

Modern Indian History
Indian Economic Development (established in 2010)
Indian Religions
Anthropology of Public Health, with a regional focus on South Asia 
– State and Democracy in Modern India
– Society and Culture in Modern India 

Seminar für Indologie und Tibetologie

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Seminar für Indologie, Institut für Altertumswissenschaften (Science of Antiquity)

South Asia Seminar, Orientalisches Institut 

GIGA Institute for Asian Studies (IAS), German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg

GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies, Hamburg (includes research on Afghanistan and Pakistan)

Institut für Kultur und Geschichte Indiens und Tibets, Universität Hamburg

Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project (NGMPP)
Nepal Research Centre (NRC, Kathmandu)
Centre for Tantric Studies
Center for Buddhist Studies

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg

South Asia Institute

Department of Anthropology
Department of Development Economics
Department of International Economics (Internationale Wirtschafts- und Entwicklungspolitik)
Department of Geography
Department of History
Department of Classical Indology
Department of Modern South Asian Studies (Languages and Literatures) (Abteilung Moderne Indologie)
Department of Political Science

South Asia Institute, New Delhi Branch Office
South Asia Institute, Sri Lanka Office
South Asia Institute, Kathmandu Office

”Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows” Cluster of Excellence

Seminar für Orientalistik, Abt. Indologie, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Institut für Indologie und Tamilistik, Universität zu Köln

Institut für Indologie und Zentralasienwissenschaften, Universität Leipzig

Institut für Indologie, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz

Department of Indology and Tibetology, Philipps-Universität Marburg

Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie, Department für Asienstudien, Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaften, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Institut für Indologie, Universität Münster

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam

Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Abteilung für Ethnologie (Dept. of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology)

Abteilung Indologie und Vergleichende Religionswissenschaft

Abteilung für Orient- und Islamwissenschaft

KNOTEN WEIMAR (International Transfer Centre Environmental Technology), Bauhaus-Universität Weimar



NCCR North-South South Asia Regional Coordination Office, Kathmandu, Nepal

NCCR (National Centres of Competence in Research) North-South, innovative research programme in the fields of global change and sustainable development, jointly funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Hosted by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), Institute of Geography, University of Bern

NCCR Nepal Research Group, partner of NCCR N-S, Kathmandu

NCCR Pakistan Research Group, partner of NCCR N-S, Islamabad

Afghanistan Institut, Bubendorf

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Created in 2008 by the merger of the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Europe's oldest institute of international studies (founded in 1927), and the Graduate Institute of Development Studies, one of Europe's first institutes devoted to the study of development (founded in 1961). 

International Environmental Law Research Centre, Geneva. Independent, non-profit research organisation that also has an office in New Delhi, India

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva

Department of Oriental Languages and Cultures, Université de Lausanne

Universität Zürich

Department of Geography

Development Study Group (DSGZ)
Human Geography Unit

Indogermanisches Seminar, Abteilung für Indologie (Department of Indology)

University Priority Research Programme ”Asia and Europe”


Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History (CIRDIS)

University of Vienna

CIRDIS is linked with the interdisciplinary programme for primary research on “The Cultural History of the Western Himalaya from the 8th Century” (CHWH), funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde (ISTB)

Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA), Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna



Indological section, Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità, University of Milan

Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Orientali, Università degli studi di Bologna

Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente, Rome

Il Dipartimento di Studi Orientali, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Rome

Cesmeo Istituto Internazionale di Studi Asiatici Avanzati, Università degli Studi di Torino

TOAsia, School of Political Science, University of Torino. Unit with a function to help coordinate the School’s institutional and academic activities focussing on contemporary China, India, and Middle East. 

Società Indologica ”Luigi Pio Tessitori”, Udine University


Centro de Estudios de Asia, Universidad de Valladolid



Department of Anthropology, Instituto Superior de Ciencias do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE) – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (IUL), Lisbon.
Runs an Master in Indian Studies programme in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, and Brown University, USA. More information


Indo-Hellenic Society for Culture and Development (ELINEPA), Athens



Seminar of Indian StudiesInstitute of South and Central Asia, Faculty of Arts, Univerzita Karlova, Prague

Pandanus Homepage. Database of Indian Plant Names; Sanskrit e-texts; and Conference publications.

Oriental Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague


Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Institute for Political Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

Department of Indo-European Studies. Established already in 1873 with a strong focus on Indology.
 ICCR funded Tagore Research Scholarship established in 2007.

South Asian Studies Research Group, Central European University, Budapest


Alexander Csoma de Körös Centre for Oriental Studies, Sapientia, Hungarian University of Transylvania, Miercurea Ciuc (Csíkszereda)


Department of South Asian Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan

Department of Indology, Institute of Oriental Philology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow

Department of South Asian Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw

Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies, Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw

Department of Ethnology, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw


Centre of Oriental Studies, Vilnius University



Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Moscow

Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAS)

Department of South and Southwest Asia, Kunstkamera
(Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography), Saint Petersburg 

Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Oriental and African Studies, Saint Petersburg State University


Department of Indology and Far Eastern Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, Zagreb University



Department of African and Asian Studies, University of Ljubljana



Indology Department, Center for Eastern Languages and Cultures, Sofia University ”St. Kliment Ohridski



Institute of Asian & African Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Department of Asian Studies, University of Haifa


American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS), Boston University, Massachussetts

American Overseas Research Centers, non-governmental institutions regarded by their host countries as the official arm of American higher learning, based at Washington D.C. Here a list of the South Asia Centers: 

American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS), Ithaca, New York
American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), University of Chicago, Illinois
American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), Dept. of Anthropology, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies (AISLS), Belmont, Massachussetts

Center in Developing Status:
Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS), Dept. of Anthropology, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota 

Nepal Study Center, Department of Economics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Center for South Asian Studies

Association for Asian Studies

Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Asian Studies Program at Emory College, Atlanta, Georgia

University of Texas, Austin

Department of South Asian Studies

South Asia Institute, housing the US National Resource Center for South Asia

Hindi Urdu Flagship, undergraduate program designed for students who wish to achieve advanced professional proficiency in Hindi and Urdu while majoring in a wide variety of programs, including Business, Communications, Engineering, and Liberal Arts. 

University of California, Berkeley

Center for South Asia Studies

Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Binghamton University, New York State

India Studies Program, at Indiana University, Bloomington

Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder

Project South AsiaProject South Asia, South Dakota State University, Brookings. Web-based digital library for improving the study and teaching of South Asia, focusing especially on India and Pakistan. 

Asian Studies Program, University of Buffalo, New York State

Asian Studies Program, University of Vermont, Burlington

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR), Harvard Divinity School

Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies

Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Pluralism Project, Committee on the Study of Religion

Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

MIT India Technology Education Programme, Cambridge, Massachusetts

NCCSASUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies (NCCSAS), interinstitutional research center supported also by Duke University in Durham, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. 

Department of Asian Studies

Department of Linguistics (Sanskrit studies)

University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Center for South Asian Studies

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (AMELC)

University of Chicago, Illinois

American Institute of Indian Studies. More than 60 American colleges and universities support research in India as members of the American Institute of Indian Studies (see the list of universities

Archive and Research Center for Ethnomusicology, Gurgaon, India
Center for Art and Archeology, Gurgaon, India 

Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations

South Asia Language and Area Center

Society for Advancing the History of South Asia, organisation founded in 2008 to promote scholarship on the history of the South Asian region in the United States

Asian Studies, Department of History, Loyola University, Chicago

India Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, State University of Cleveland, Ohio

South and Southeast Asia Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program (AMES), Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire 

Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Davis (UC Davis)

Global Studies Program, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Illinois. Oakton has received the prestigious and highly competitive Title 6A: Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program (UISFL) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education for two years beginning August 2009. The grant will bring over $125,000 to the College to develop curriculum, along with student and faculty international opportunities related to South Asia. Oakton will also develop courses for Hindi and Urdu languages. 

NCCSASDuke University, Durham, North Carolina

North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies (NCCSAS), interinstitutional research center supported
    also by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
    Secretariat located at Duke University.

Asian/Pacific Studies, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

Muktabodha Indological Research Institute, Emeryville, California

Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions (CHiTra), University of Florida, Gainesville

Asian Studies program, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey 

Asian Studies Department, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina 

Sikh Studies Program, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York State

Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Center for South Asian Studies, University of Hawaii, Honolulu

Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University, Houston

Department of Asian and Slavic Languages, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Center for Asian Studies, University of California, Irvin

Academy of Bangla Arts & Culture, Irving, Texas 

South Asia Program, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Project South Asia, Missouri Southern State College, Joplin

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Center for India and South Asia (CISA), UCLA International Institute. Opened on 1 July 2005, headed by Indian Historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam.

Graduate Programme in South Asian History

Center for Religion & Spirituality, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

Madison WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison

Center for South Asia

Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia

South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Tufts Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts 

M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, Memphis, Tennessee

Florida International University, Miami

Asian Studies Program, School of International and Public Affairs 

Department of Religious Studies

Bhagwan Mahavir Professorship of Jain Studies. Established in April 2010 

South Asian Studies, Middlebury College, Vermont 

Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

South Asian Studies Council, MacMillan Centre for International and Area Studies at Yale, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies/Indic Studies Program, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia

Afghanistan Reconstruction Project, Center on International Cooperation, New York University

Columbia University, New York

Department of Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS)

South Asia Institute, School of International and Public Affairs

India China Institute, The New School University, New York
Fosters collaborative research and institutional and personal connections between USA, India and China. Organises joint trilateral course at The New School, Yunnan University, and University of Calcutta.

Center for Afghanistan Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)

University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI), New Delhi – non-profit research organization being CASI’s counterpart institution in India, established in 1997.

Department of South Asia Studies

South Asia Center (National Resource Center for the Study of South Asia)

Institute for Afghan Studies, Phoenix, Arizona

Asian Studies Center (ASC), Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Center for the Performing Arts of India

Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS), Portland University, Oregon

Asian Studies Program, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York State 

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Asian Religious Traditions (ART), Department of Religious Studies 

Sanskrit Programme, Department of Classics

Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, State University of New Jersey, Rutgers

Religious Studies Department, University of California, Santa Barbara

Center for Sikh and Punjab Studies

Buddhist Studies

American Institute of Vedic Studies, Santa Fe, New Mexico

University of Washington, Seattle

South Asia Center

Department of Asian Languages and Literature

Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

Center for India Studies, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY

Syracuse University South Asia Center, Syracuse, New York

Asian Studies Program, Florida State University, Tallahassee

Center for Asian Studies, Arizona State University in Tempe

Critical Languages Center, Modern Languages & Classics Department, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

South Asian Collection, Asian Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)/Community College Humanities Association (CCHA), Washington, DC

NEH/CCHA Summer Institute in India – The Cultural and Historical Development of Modern India

Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C

South Asia Research Network (SARN), Washington D.C. Network created by the South Asia program of the American Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs

The Rising Powers Initiative, research project consisting of two major projects, ”Worldviews of Aspiring Powers: Exploring Foreign Policy Debates Abroad” and ”Power and Identity in Asia: Implications for Regional Cooperation.” 

India Initiative

South Asia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington D.C. Bipartisan, nonprofit organization conducting research and analysis and developing policy initiatives that look into the future and anticipate change.

United States Institute of Peace, Washington D.C. Includes an Afghanistan Working Group, chaired by Dr. Barnett R. Rubin

United States Educational Foundation in India, USEFI (The Fulbright Commission). Established under a bilateral agreement on educational exchange signed between India and the U.S. in 1950, with offices in Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Asian Studies Major, William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey 

Asian Studies Program, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 

Department of Asian Studies, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts 


Human Security Report Project (HSRP). Maintains the Afghanistan Conflict Monitor and Pakistan Conflict Monitor.

School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Calgary, Alberta

McGill University, Montreal

Centre for Developing-Area Studies (CDAS)

Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC), research initiative and resource base established to promote the study of the history, economy and cultures of the lands and peoples touching the Indian Ocean World – from Africa to the Middle East, India, Indonesia and Australia to China.

Concordia University, Montreal

Canadian Asian Studies Association (CASA), national voluntary, non-profit organization which seeks to expand and disseminate knowledge about Asia in Canada. 

Chair in Hindu Studies, Department of Religion

Canadian Centre for South Asian Studies (CCSAS), Faculty of Business and Information Technology, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa

Religious Studies, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

Centre for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute at the Munk Centre, University of Toronto 

York Centre of Asian Studies, York University, Toronto new

Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR), University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Asian Studies Centre, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg


Centro de Estudios de Asia y África (CEAA), Colegio de México, Pedregal de Santa Teresa


ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra

University of New England Asia Centre (UNEAC), Armidale, New South Wales

Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy

Crawford School of Economics and Government

Faculty of Asian Studies Hindi Studies

Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies

Australia South Asia Research Centre (ASARC)

Asian Studies at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria

National Centre for South Asian Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria

Department of Indian Sub-Continental Studies, Sydney University

India Research Centre at Macquarie University, Sydney.
Inaugurated on 16–17 November 2010. The Centre also hosts a new Tagore Chair in Art and Culture funded by the Government of India.

Indian Ocean and South Asia Research Network (IOSARN), University of Technology (UTS), Sydney

Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS), University of Wollongong, New South Wales


New Zealand South Asia Centre (NZSAC) at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. Launched on 18 March 2009

New Zealand India Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington. Launched on 1 January 2013 


India Studies Centre, Thammasat University, Bangkok

Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. Established in 1959, promotes technological change and sustainable development in the Asian-Pacific region through higher education, research and outreach.

Sanskrit Studies Centre, Dept. of Oriental Languages, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University, Bangkok


Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Inaugurated on 11 August 2009.

Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore


Kyoto University

‡ Center for the Study of Contemporary India (RINDAS), Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies. Established in April of 2010 as a partner of the Contemporary India Area Studies (INDAS) Network in collaboration with the National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU). Research theme of RINDAS is “The Living Tradition of Indian Philosophy in Contemporary Politics”, which aims to promote studies in contemporary India from diverse and long-term

‡ Department of Indological Studies

Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS), Gifu Women's University, Gifu-Shi 

Department of Indology and History of Indian Buddhism, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University, Sendai

Research Institute for the Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA), Tokyo University


Centre For Indian Studies in Africa (CISA), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (IAPS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing

Center for South Asian Studies

China-India Project, Centre of Asian Studies, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong