jinendra varni fellowships

The Shraman Foundation has established two fellowship programs in honor of Jinendra Varni, the renowned 20th-century Jain scholar and junior monk who wrote the five-volume Jainendra Siddhanta Kosha and who was instrumental in compiling the Saman Sutta. These fellowships are offered in support of doctoral students whose research significantly focuses on some aspect of Jain traditions. There are four fellowships for international travel and two summer research fellowships. These will be offered annual basis. Please click on the links below for further details on eligibility and requirements. Applicants will be informed of their status within four weeks of the official deadlines. Successful candidates will be selected without regard to gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic background, or marital status. 



Current JINENDRA VARNI FELLOWS                               


Gregory Clines

Clines is a doctoral candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University. His dissertation focuses on the fifteenth-century Digambara Jain author Brahma Jinadāsa and examines the role of Sanskrit and vernacular purāṇic composition among Digambara Jain communities in late-medieval and early-modern north India. More broadly, his research focuses on the intersection of literary composition and dissemination, language choice, and political power and influence. Before coming to Harvard, Gregory received his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 2009 and his M.A. from Columbia University in 2010.  


Nandita Punj

Punj is a doctoral student in the department of Art History at Rutgers University. She is currently pursuing research on early modern Jain manuscript painting, in particular the versatile narrative tradition seen in the Shalibhadra Charitra painted manuscripts from Rajasthan. Punj holds a PhD in History from the University of Delhi and has worked on various aspects of Jain gacchas (monastic orders) in early medieval western India including their spatial and temporal distribution, resources, patronage and efforts at reform. Her MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University explored the manifestation and role of the feminine in the Jain world of early medieval western India. Prior to joining Rutgers, she held the position of Senior Lecturer in the department of History at Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi. While her major focus has been on specific aspects of Jain art, history and religion, her interests include a wide range of issues such as the rise of the vernacular and its ties to regional identity; patronage patterns; changing perceptions of Dana (giving); morphology of temple architecture and diasporic studies.