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Tara Devi Rai

Cohort 2019

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Tanja Börzel

Topic of PHD-Thesis: Regionalism in South Asia: A Comparative Study of The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Freie Universität Berlin

Doctoral Researcher, RU Orders

Education and Work Experience

  • since 2019: Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies, PhD. Candidate
  • 05/2012 - 05/2014: Pondicherry University, M.A South Asian Studies
  • 09/2013 - 05/2014: Pondicherry University, Post Graduate Diploma Human Rights

Academic Appointments, Scientific Activities & Outreach

  • 01/2015 - 09/2019: International Relations and Diplomacy at National Law College, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Lecturer
  • 09/2018: Politics and Human Rights in Nepal at School for International Training - Study Abroad Programme, Vermont, United States. Assistant Faculty


Fellowships, Stipends and Awards

  • 09/2020 - 09/2022: DFG monthly scholarship, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 09/2019 - 08/2020: Incoming Grant by the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS
  • 05/2012 - 05/2014: SAF UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Scholarship
  • 2012: GIZ Young South Asian Journalist Fellowship 2012
  • EU Integration

  • Politics and Foreign Policy of India

  • China in International Politics

  • Decolonization and Globalization

  • Peace and Conflict Resolution


  • Devi Rai, T., 2019, Interview, Video-Series “Faces of SCRIPTS”, Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS, 2019. Available from: https://youtu.be/l7au1GwE7kc.