Nehru Humanitarian Award

Nehru Humanitarian Award in Memory of Prem Goel

This annual $1,000 scholarship is offered by Dr. and Mrs. D. P. Goel to a graduate student pursuing the political, historical, economic, religious, social, or cultural study of India. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, in accordance with findings of an interdisciplinary Adjudication Committee of the Centre for India and South Asia Research. All students pursuing an MA or PhD at UBC-Vancouver are eligible for this award.

2019 Winner: Rudri Bhatt, MSc Student, IRES


Congratulations to Rudri Bhatt, who was awarded the Nehru Humanitarian Award for 2019. Rudri Bhatt is an interdisciplinary environmental engineering Master’s of Science student at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (IRES). She is interested in conducting research on improving air quality and promoting the transition to clean energy in India.

Click here to learn more about Rudri Bhatt’s work!





Past Winners:

  • 2018: Wajiha Mehdi, PhD Candidate, GRSJ
  • 2017: Sameer Shah, PhD Candidate, IRES
  • 2016: Helina Jolly, PhD Candidate, IRES 
  • 2015: Julie Vig, PhD Candidate, Asian Studies
  • 2014: Kamal Arora, PhD Candidate, Anthropology
  • 2013: Douglas Ober, PhD Candidate, Asian Studies
  • 2012: Glen Hamburg, MA Asia Pacific Policy Studies. Topic: Identity and Human Security Issues in the India-Bangladesh Enclaves
  • 2011: Somaditya Banerjee, Doctoral student in History. Topic: Bhadralok Physics and the Establishment of Modern Science in India (1900-1940)
  • 2010: M. Anwar Hossen, UBC Okanagan doctoral student. Topic: Water policy and governance in rural Bangladesh