Past SASLI Scholarship Recipients


Christopher Fleming

Christopher Fleming

I am a senior undergraduate religion major at Whitman College in Walla Walla Washington. By the end my sophomore year I discovered that studying South Asian religious history was my passion. However, after traveling to India with the International Summer School for Jain studies, I realized that I needed to learn classical Indian languages (Sanskrit and Prakrit) in order to read classical South Asian religious texts. Learning elementary Sanskrit at SASLI with a partial fee remission* was both difficult and rewarding. While learning a year’s worth of Sanskrit in a summer is an inherently grueling task, my class had a superb teacher and teaching assistant. The fee remission was crucial because it allowed me to have enough money to support myself while doing an incredible, but enjoyable amount of work. SASLI allowed me to accomplish my goal of starting Sanskrit study as an undergraduate. I am now reading Aśvaghosa’s Buddhacarita with my South Asian relgion teacher at Whitman College. I plan to return to SASLI for intermediate Sanskrit before spending next year reading Sanskrit and Prakrit texts in India. I couldn’t recommend SASLI and the fee remission program more strongly to anyone interested in devoting their summer to studying a South Asian language.


Zhiguo Xie

Zhiguo Xie

I am currently a doctoral candidate in linguistics at Cornell University.  In summer 2008, out of a strong interest in studying how the Tibetan language encodes information source in its sentences, I attended the SASLI program for introductory Tibetan. It was one of the most fun and productive summers that I have ever had.  The small class setting gave me enough opportunities to practice the target language and interact with the course instructors, who were really willing to help.  My classmates were all wonderful. It was a great delight to hang out with them for lunch break after 4 hours of classroom instruction. With the two months of intensive training, I acquired basic linguistic skills in Tibetan. Together with what I learned from private tutoring in fall 2008, the training I received at SASLI laid a good foundation for my fieldwork research on Tibetan evidentials and modals in Lhasa the next summer. During the fieldwork I did not have to start from scratch and knew what to ask my consultant and how. This was a big advantage and saved me quite an amount of time. I am sure that my SASLI experience will be a great help in my future exploration of Tibetan linguistics.


*Please note that the SASLI Scholarship was previously called a fee remission.

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