Mohini Mathur Memorial Bursary in Indian Studies

This bursary was established by family members in memory of Mrs. Mohini Mathur, a former Dalhousie student with a passion for lifelong learning, to celebrate her interests in Indian philosophy, Hindu religion, Indian culture, literature and languages.

This bursary will be awarded to a student with a sincere and demonstrated interest in pursuing the study of Indian thought and ideas, these can include (but are not limited to) Indian philosophical systems, Hinduism or any branch of Hindu Religion, the Sanskrit language, Indian literature, or other traditions of India's intellectual heritage.

India is the home of a rich and diverse heritage of philosophical and intellectual thought. This bursary promotes the study of Indian philosophical systems broadly defined as those systems of thought and intellectual culture emerging from the Indian subcontinent. This bursary supports the study of India's scholastic heritage as manifest in the philosophical, religious and cultural traditions of India.

Applications for this bursary are open to any undergraduate (BA) or graduate level (MA or PhD) student registered as a Dalhousie University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences student.

The successful candidate(s) for this bursary will also have demonstrated financial need (as determined by the Awards Office) and will have achieved satisfactory academic standing. Undergraduate student applicants will be required to submit an undergraduate in-course bursary application (deadline for winter 2021 is February 15); graduate students will be required to submit a graduate bursary application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (contact FGS for deadlines and details).

To apply for this award, students must submit:

1)      A one - two page (maximum) letter of application (double-spaced, 12 pt font) to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Office, Attention Mohini Mathur Memorial Bursary Committee, no later than 4:30 pm AST February 22, 2021 demonstrating their interest in this field of study. The letter should provide an overview of how the applicant fulfills the criteria for the bursary and should also include references to one or more of the following: relevant courses completed in the area of Indian Studies; brief summaries of relevant essays, undergraduate research projects or honors research plans; graduate courses and/or research plans, etc. Please send your letter of application to

2)      A Dalhousie bursary application following the process outlined by Dalhousie University’s Bursary Program (for undergraduate students, please note for the winter 2021 term, bursary applications are open from December 14 - February 15) or the Faculty of Graduate Studies (for graduate students).

Applications will be evaluated by an awards committee. Successful recipients of the bursary will be requested to write a letter of thanks to the donors or their successors.   

The amount of this bursary for the 2020-21 academic year is $1000.