ANHS Funding

The Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies sponsors several fellowships to recognize exceptional scholarship on the region.  We seek to support scholars in the region as well as those outside the Himalayas writing and researching about the area.  In addition to the fellowships and prizes offered by the Association, we also seek to publicize grants and awards that might be of interest to our membership.

ANHS Funding Opportunities

The James Fisher Prize for First Books on the Himalayan Region – Due May 1, 2019

The James Fisher Prize for First Books on the Himalayan Region honors the scholarly contributions of Dr. James Fisher to scholarship on the region. The prize will recognize an outstanding first book on the Himalayan region, published within the past two years (2017-2019). Single or co-authored books will be accepted which have high quality of research, significant contribution to Himalayan Studies, notable innovation, and clarity of writing in the English language.

Download Details & Requirements Past Winners

The Dor Bahadur Bista Prize – Due May 1st, 2019

The Dor Bahadur Bista Prize for the best graduate student paper.  The prize honors the life, career, and service of Dor Bahadur Bista, Nepal’s first anthropologist and former Honorary President of the ANHS predecessor organization, the Nepal Studies Association (NSA).  The purpose of the Prize is to recognize outstanding scholarship by students whose research focuses on the areas of Himalayas. Submissions from all academic disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and arts will be accepted. Email questions and send your papers electronically to Lauren Leve, DBB Prize Chair,

Download Details & Requirements here: ANHS Dor Bahadur Prize 2019 Past Winners

Asian Student Membership Scholarship – Rolling Basis

Asian Student Membership Scholarships are available to students studying in the Himalayan region and offers complementary membership to ANHS for one year. Applicants must be current students of a school in the Himalayan region. Decisions are made on a rolling basis. Please send a cover letter with your contact details and a description of why you want to have a one-year membership award to Galen Murton at with a copy to

 Some Past Winners

Travel Grant – Has been suspended for 2019

The Travel Grant promotes scholarly activities that are consistent with the ANHS vision and mission. ANHS provides at its discretion two kinds of cost-sharing travel grants: grants for overseas scholars to attend ANHS events such as the Himalayan Studies Conference and the Madison South Asia Conference, and grants for members of the Executive Council to attend the Executive Council meeting, if emergency funds are needed.

The Senior Fellowship – Has been suspended for 2019  

The Senior Fellowship supports short-term research or other scholarly projects that will advance knowledge of the Himalaya-Karakoram-Hindukush mountain regions. Applicants must hold a terminal degree in their field (PhD, MFA, MD).

Past Winners

Contact Info

ANHS Mail, % J. Fortier
University of California San Diego
Department of Anthropology
9500 Gilman Drive, #0532
La Jolla, CA 92093-0532

ANHS Kathmandu Research Center
54 Kantishree Marg, Baluwatar
Kathmandu, Nepal.
Phone: 01-4425797