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Our core faculty members possess one of the world's greatest concentrations of expertise on South Asia.

SAP faculty and language instructors offer classes in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Pali, Persian/Farsi, Punjabi, Sankrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Tibetan, and Urdu.

Steering Committee

The SAP Steering Committee provides internal faculty leadership from the SAP's Core Faculty, collaborating with the Director to set goals and priorities for the SAP and to develop innovative programming and curricula related to South Asia.

Nepal and Himalayan Studies Committee

The Nepal and Himalayan Studies Committee comprises faculty and administrator stakeholders in Nepal and Himalayan Studies from across the University's colleges and professional schools. The Committee was formed in 2016 to sustain and expand Cornell's distinctive strengths in this area at a time of transition.

Advisory Council 

The SAP Advisory Council is composed largely of persons based outside Cornell, with the aim of making the Program's governance structure more global and ensuring that the SAP fulfills its intellectual and educational mission in a rapidly changing international context. 

Visiting Scholars

The SAP Fellowship Program invites South Asia scholars, writers, and artists to collaborate with Cornell faculty and students on South Asia Program activities.

Graduate Students

Students who minor in South Asian Studies work across the university in more than 25 disciplines, from Anthropology and Art History to Government and Economics.

2019-2020 FLAS Fellows

SAP awards Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to outstanding students pursuing South Asia lanuage and area studies. These highly competitive four-year grants are allocated to SAP from the U.S. Department of Education, in recognition of our world-class language and area study program.


SAP staff have years of combined experience working in the field, and they play an active role in enhancing the world's knowledge about South Asia.

Office Location

170 Uris Hall, Cornell Universty

Ithaca, New York 14853-7601


Phone: 607-255-8493

Fax: 607-254-5000

Office hours are from 8:30am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.