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  • American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS)

Category: Education

Established in 1989 under the initiative of Professor Craig Baxter, American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) is an institution of higher learning in the United States aimed at promoting scholarly understanding between Bangladesh and the United States. AIBS provides senior and junior fellowships as well as pre-dissertation grants for U.S. scholars and students to visit Bangladesh and observe first-hand the problems facing a developing country.

Since its inception, its affiliated scholars have investigated a wide range of research topics including demography, politics, sustainable development, bureaucracy, anthropology, archeology, history, refugee issues, gender and minority studies, religion, rural and urban migration as well as banking and good governance.

In 1989, AIBS signed an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Government of Bangladesh (GOB), for a financial contribution to fund fellowships for U.S scholars to conduct research in Bangladesh. The first fellowship award was made in 1990.

In 1991-92 AIBS connected with the United States Information Agency (USIA) to obtain additional funding for educational exchanges between the United States and Bangladesh. AIBS received funding from USIA to establish four additional programs - the Extension Bangladesh Lecture Series, the Research and Development Seminars, the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Grant, and the Faculty Support Funds.

In 1993, AIBS became a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) and since then has received funds from CAORC to continue these programs. AIBS launched the Dhaka Center in 2010, which facilitates AIBS Fellows, hosts a monthly lecture series, and hosts a JSTOR access computer for scholarly research. (Source: Website of AIBS)

Contact Info:

US Office :
Laura Hammond, U.S. Director
Mallory Zink, Fellowship and Membership Coordinator
B488 Medical Sciences Center
1300 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: 608-261-1471
Email: info@aibs.net

Dhaka Center:
Resident Coordinator,
Hasan Holdings, House# 52/1 (14th Floor),
New Eskaton Road,
Dhaka- 1000, Bangladesh.
Tel: +880-2-933-4675
Office Cell: +880-1-729-098-920
Skype ID: aibs.dhk
Email: contact.aibs.dhk@gmail.com

Website: www.aibs.net

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