The Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature at LUMS offers two fellowships per year, for a flexible period of up to nine months during the September-May academic year. While conducting their research in Pakistan, fellows are expected to contribute to the intellectual life of LUMS and the Gurmani Centre through teaching and participating in events and programs.

Types of fellowship

  • Gurmani Fellowship (senior fellowship)

This is a fellowship for a scholar or writer with extensive experience of engaging closely with South Asian languages and literatures, whether through teaching, publications, research or creative work. The Fellow’s work will support the Centre’s aim of advancing knowledge in the field of South Asian literature, sparking interest in local languages and the culture of this region, through teaching one or two courses in their relevant area of expertise. The Fellow is also expected to contribute to intellectual activity at LUMS through organising and conducting seminars and discussions in the university, formal and informal. In addition to English, the candidate must also have working knowledge of at least one South Asian language. Compensation is 5000 US dollars per month. With the living cost in Lahore, this amount can provide for quite comfortable living.

  • Postdoctoral fellowship

This position is for candidates with backgrounds in South Asian languages and literature interested in conducting archival or other research in Pakistan. The Fellow is expected to teach two undergraduate courses in the relevant area of expertise (over one or both semesters), and organize and contribute to academic discussion at the university through talks formal and informal. Candidates should have completed the requirements for a PhD by the start of the fellowship. (Those who have submitted their PhDs, or are about to, can also apply.) While PhDs from any Humanities discipline—History, Comparative Literature, Area Studies, etc—are encouraged to apply, the candidate’s work must closely engage with South Asian languages and literatures. In addition to English, the candidate must also have working knowledge of at least one South Asian language, and those with more languages will be preferred. The fellowship stipend will be 1500 US dollars per month. With the living cost in Lahore, this amount can provide for quite comfortable living.

How to apply

Gurmani fellowship: Please send a cover letter describing your area of expertise and its relevance to this fellowship, sample syllabus of a potential course, a curriculum vitae, and names of at least 3 referees to gurmani.centre@lums.edu.pk.

Postdoctoral fellowship: Please send the following to gurmani.centre@lums.edu.pk: a cover letter describing your interests, qualification for this fellowship, and the research projects you plan to pursue at the Gurmani Centre; a curriculum vitae, transcripts of all graduate institutions attended, a two-page summary of the PhD thesis, and sample syllabi of potential courses.


Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year (September-May) are due January 15th, 2017.

About the Gurmani Centre

The Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature (GCLL) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences was initiated by the Gurmani Foundation in April 2010 for the advancement of Arabic, Persian, Urdu and other Pakistani languages. The Centre is part of the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS) and promotes languages and their literatures through teaching, research/publication, and its outreach programme.

The Centre has two publications: one annual research journal titled Bunyād (in Urdu and English), rerecognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan; and one student magazine called Numūd. The Centre also promotes research and translation work by supporting authors, editors, and translators and promotes interest in such works by organizing public talks, literary events, and workshops. The Centre has also organized various academic conferences—such as one on the occasion of Manto’s Centennial as well as on the important modern Urdu poets Majid Amjad and Meeraji—and has published a collection of research articles including those produced for the conferences among others: Nayā Urdu Afsanā, for example, was published in 2012 (Lahore: Sang-e Meel Publications).

The Gurmani Centre is also home to the revived Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan administered jointly by the University of California at Berkeley, the American Institute for Pakistan Studies and MGSHSS at LUMS.

For more detail about the courses, people, and activities of the Centre please visit: http://gcll.lums.edu.pk or email gurmani.centre@lums.edu.pk.

About the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The LUMS Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS) is a small liberal-arts school known for having the strongest department of humanities and social Science in Pakistan. (MGSHSS also includes a separate Department of Economics with an undergraduate and a Master’s level graduate program). Employing a multidisciplinary approach, the DHSS aims to impart high-quality liberal arts education to its undergraduates. The Department currently offers undergraduate majors in English, History, Anthropology and Sociology, Political Science, and Economics and Politics with additional minors in Psychology and Philosophy. While the school is an undergraduate teaching institution, the faculty at DHSS is committed to academic research, and encourages students in the same vein. Exposure to studies and research at the MGSHSS has led many students to join academia and complete PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences and many of them hold prominent academic positions worldwide. With forty-eight permanent faculty members, and about fifteen adjuncts, DHSS is a small but vibrant academic community. Given its location in Lahore, Pakistan, most of DHSS faculty—History, English, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science—focus their research on South Asia and particularly on Pakistan. This provides various opportunities of interdisciplinary academic collaboration and engagement and thus proves to be a unique and strong network for research and teaching of South Asian languages and literatures. For more information on the school please visit the website at: https://mgshss.lums.edu.pk/