Srabashi Ray, a third-year student PhD student, has been awarded a prestigious Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) Graduate Fellowships for International Research. Sylff Fellowships were established in 1987 to support graduate students in fields falling within the parameters of the social sciences, humanities, and the performing arts. These “Sylff fellows” are selected not only for their academic achievements but for their potential as future leaders.
Srabashi is studying agricultural and development economics, with a focus on agricultural technology adoption and household level food and nutrition security. Her research will inform policies that incentivize improved agricultural practices in developing countries. Currently her work is based on Tanzania and India.
Before moving to the U.S., Srabashi worked with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), New Delhi, as a Research Associate for the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) project. Her work has been presented at the 12th Asian Maize Conference in Thailand and the IEG-IFPRI 2014 conference in New Delhi. She was also a short-term consultant with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), New Delhi. Srabashi has a Masters in Development Studies from Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai and a Bachelors in Economics from University of Delhi.