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Himalayan Studies

Academic Initiatives in North America and Europe

The Centre for Himalayan Studies is a CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique: National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris) research unit, which includes approximately thirty researchers and postgraduate students working in the Himalayan region.

The Tibet Himalaya Initiative is an interdisciplinary hub for research, teaching, and public engagement on Tibet and the Himalayas at Colorado University in Boulder.

Tibetan studies program at Columbia University.

The Cornell-Nepal Study Program (CNSP) is a field-based international opportunity in the culturally and ecologically diverse country of Nepal, based at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

​The Sacred Himalaya Initiative: Sacred Landscapes and Sustainable Futures, is a new Luce Foundation funded initiative, which builds on the successes of the Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalaya (ERSEH) initiative the New School in New York.

The SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) represents the largest multi-disciplinary community of scholars working on South Asia at any university in Europe. Many of its faculty and students work in Nepal and other parts of Himalayan South Asia.

UBC’s Himalaya Program draws upon faculty expertise, student engagement, and community partnerships to create an interdisciplinary hub for sharing knowledge about the Himalayan region, including Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Tibetan cultural zones that traverse all of these countries.

The Nepal Studies Center at the University of New Mexico is a research institute that promotes scholarly knowledge on policy issues from the Himalayan regions of South Asia.

The Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Centre at the University of Oxford is a research department associated with Wolfson College.

The Tibet Center at UVA was established in 2008 to promote an integrated model of knowledge and practice consisting of study programs, research initiatives, library collections, collaborative scholarly initiatives, and engaged social programs hosted by University of Virginia.

Nepal Studies Initiative at the University of Washington promotes Nepal as a prominent part of South Asia studies through academic programs in diverse disciplines and departments.

The Yale Himalaya Initiative brings together faculty, students, and professionals across Yale University whose work focuses on Himalayan regions of Nepal, India, Bhutan, Pakistan, and China, as well as the Tibetan cultural areas that traverse the borders of states.

Academic Initiatives and Associations from Himalayan region

         The Amnya Machen institute is a Tibetan center for advanced studies located in Dharamshala, India.

The Indian Institute of Advanced Study is a research institute is based in Shimla, India. It was set up by Government of India's Ministry of Education in 1964, and it started functioning on October 20, 1965.

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is a premier institute for research on Tibetan cultural world in Gangtok, Sikkim.

Martin Chutari is a think-tank based in Kathmandu, Nepal

Sikkim University is a central university located in the North East Indian state of Sikkim.

The Social Science Baha is an independent, non-profit organisation set up with the objective of promoting and enhancing the study of and research in the social sciences in Nepal.

The Centre for Himalayan Studies at the  University of North Bengal is an Area Studies Centre funded by India's University Grants Commission under its Area Studies Programme. It is located in Siliguri, West Bengal.

Tribhuvan University was the first national institution of higher education in  Nepal. This university has 39 central academic departments, some of which work directly on the Himalayan region. 


The Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS) is the oldest academic organization devoted to the study of the Himalaya in the United States.

The Bhutan Foundation is a U.S. based organization that supports development programs in Bhutan.

The Bhutan Canada Foundation is a registered Canadian Charity. 

Britain-Nepal Academic Council promotes academic and scholarly links between Britain and Nepal through-  inter alia collaborative research, exchange programmes and the organization of annual lectures, and seminars on areas of mutual interest to both British and Nepali academics and researchers.

The International Association of Tibetan Studies is an international association promoting academic knowledge about Tibetan culture, society, and regional studies.