New AIBS U.S. Director

Message from AIBS President, Dr. Golam Mathbor:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sudipta Roy as the new AIBS US Director, effective October 15, 2019.

Dr. Roy is currently teaching at Colby College as a Faculty Fellow in Education.

Dr. Roy served as Officer-in-charge and Resident Fellow of AIBS Dhaka Center in the recent past.

For more about Dr. Roy, please click here.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Sudipta Roy on his appointment and welcoming him to his new role with AIBS.
He can be reached at sudiptaroy.aibs@gmail.com

New AIBS Treasurer

Message from AIBS President, Dr. Golam Mathbor:

It is my great pleasure to announce Dr. Rachel McDermott as the newly elected Treasurer for the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS).

Professor McDermott served as the Secretary of AIBS for two consecutive terms in the past, and currently represents Columbia University on the AIBS Board of Trustees since 2005.

Please join me in welcoming Professor Rachel Fell McDermott, the newly elected Treasurer of AIBS for the period of October 2019-Septemebr 2022.

For more on Dr. McDermott, please click here.

Fellowship Applications Now Open!

AIBS is now accepting research fellowship applications for US scholars in all academic disciplines interested in conducting research involving Bangladesh.

Due to potential security concerns in Bangladesh, scholars must carry out research in a country other than Bangladesh or the US.

Fellowships may begin as soon as May 1, 2020 and must be completed by September 30th, 2022.

Deadline to apply: January 12, 2020.

Please click here for more information before applying at: https://orcfellowships.fluidreview.com/

AIBS Symposium


On Thursday, October 17th, join us at the Concourse Hotel for 30 years of AIBS. A symposium will be hosted, titled "Bangladesh's Recent Past and Imminent Future: Commemorating 30 Years of AIBS."

To view the symposium's schedule, please click here.  Please also RSVP to the event at aibs@southasia.wisc.edu to ensure we have a place set for you!

AIBS President Presentation

AIBS President Professor Golam M. Mathbor, Ph.D., was invited to present on “Governance and Leadership Dynamics at the Institutions of Higher Learning in Bangladesh” at the 33rd Federation of Bangladeshi Associations in North America (FOBANA) Convention held in Nassau Colosseum and Marriott Hotel in Long Island, NYC from August 30-September 1, 2019. Professor Mathbor's presentation included AIBS’s contributions in the last 30 years for improving the higher education sector in Bangladesh. The convention was attended by ten thousand Bangladeshi diaspora from North America and invited guests from Bangladesh.

To see Golam's presentation, click here.

President's Welcome

It gives me immense pleasure to serve as the President of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS). I firmly believe that communication provides connectivity and connectivity results in productivity. I welcome you to our web site, which provides detailed information about our current offerings and insights on future plans and initiatives.  

AIBS is an association of institutions of higher learning in the United States aimed at promoting scholarly understanding between Bangladesh and the United States.  Incorporated in 1988, 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. Other programs include research and development seminars and workshops through our Dhaka Center to address the educational and development issues in Bangladesh. A final program permits Bangladeshi scholars to visit the United States for joint research projects with U.S. scholars.  Since its inception, affiliated scholars have investigated a wide range of research topics in fields including but not limited to 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. 

Thanks for your interest in the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies. Please feel free to contact us for further information and assistance.

Golam M. Mathbor, Ph.D.
President, AIBS