The Ludo & Rosane Rocher Foundation

Established for the Advancement of Classical Indology


The purpose of The Ludo and Rosane Rocher Foundation is to further American scholarship on classical Indology in a manner similar to the work the Helmuth von Glasenapp foundation has conducted for German Indology for several decades.

Within available resources, which will necessarily be more limited in its initial years, the Foundation will seek to help fund publications on topics or in modes for which other sources of funding are deficient or inexistent. There will be no preference for topics, disciplines, source languages, or parameters other than the importance of a submission for the field of classical Indology at a given time. In addition to original research, the Foundation will entertain submissions of editions and/or translations of texts that have not yet been critically edited and/or have not yet been adequately translated. We will also consider proposals for biographies and/or for collections/selections of the opera minora of deceased scholars. The Foundation will seek incrementally to expand and deepen its contribution to the field of classical Indology writ large.


Ludo Rocher (1926–2016), PhD, JD, Aggr., University of Ghent, Belgium, was first Professor of Sanskrit, Comparative Philology, and Classics at the Free University of Brussels, where he also was the founding Director of the Center for the Study of South and Southeast Asia. He subsequently became Professor of Sanskrit and W. Norman Brown Professor of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

He was elected a Member of the Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences (Belgium) and of the American Philosophical Society, and a Fellow of the Asiatic Society (Kolkata). He served as President of the American Oriental Society and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Indian Studies. Many of the students he taught and mentored in their studies and doctoral work have gone on to occupy eminent positions in academic institutions at home and across the world.

Ludo Rocher published numerous articles and over twenty books on legal and other branches of Sanskrit literature, including:

  • Vyavahārasaukhya: The Treatise on Legal Procedure in the Ṭoḍarānanda composed at the instance of Ṭoḍaramalla dring the reign of Akbar, Florence: Società Editrice Fiorentina, 2016.
  • Studies in Hindu law and Dharmaśāstra, edited with a foreword by Donald R. Davis, London and New York: Anthem, 2012.
  • Jīmūtavāhana’s Dāyabhāga: The Hindu Law of Inheritance in Bengal, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Studies in Indian Literature and Philosophy: collected articles of J.A.B. van Buitenen, Delhi: American Institute of Indian Studies: Motilal Banarsidass, 1988.
  • The Purāṇas, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1986.
  • Ezourvedam: A French Veda of the Eighteenth Century, Amsterdam and Philadelphia: Benjamins, 1984.
  • Dissertation on the Sanskrit Language by Paulinus a S. Bartholomaeo: with an introductory article, a complete English translation, and an index of sources, Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1977.
  • Smṛticintāmaṇi of Gaṅgāditya, Baroda: Oriental Institute, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, 1976.
  • Droit hindou ancien, Brussels: Éditions de l’Institut de Sociologie, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1965.
  • The Theory of Proof in Ancient Hindu Law, Brussels: Editions de la Librairie Encyclopédique, 1964.
  • De Katha-Upanishad, Antwerp: Ontwikkeling, 1964.
  • Vācaspati Miśra: Vyavahāracintāmaṇi: A Digest on Legal Procedure, Ghent: University, 1956.
Rosane Rocher (1937–), PhD, Free University of Brussels, Belgium, is Professor Emerita of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has served as Director of the South Asia Center and was the founding Director of the Program in Asian American Studies.

Besides articles and contributions to collective volumes, Rosane Rocher has published a number of books:

  • Private Fortunes and Company Profits in the Indian Trade in the Eighteenth Century by Holden Furber. London: Variorum, 1997.
  • Orientalism, Poetry, and the Millennium: The Checkered Life of Nathaniel Brassey Halhed (1751-1830). Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1983.
  • India and Indology: Selected Articles by W. Norman Brown [with a biographical sketch]. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1978.
  • Alexander Hamilton (1762-1824): A Chapter in the Early History of Sanskrit Philology. New Haven: American Oriental Society, 1968.
  • La théorie des voix du verbe dans l’école pāņinéenne (le 14e āhnika). Brussels: Presses Universitaires de Bruxelles – Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1968.
  • Manuel de grammaire élémentaire de la langue sanskrite [from the German by Jan Gonda]. Leiden: Brill – Paris: Adrien Maisonneuve, 1966.

Among works Rosane and Ludo Rocher co-authored are two books:

  • Founders of Western Indology: August Wilhelm von Schlegel and Henry Thomas Colebrooke in Correspondence 1820-1837, Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 2013.
  • The Making of Western Indology: Henry Thomas Colebrooke and the East India Company, Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2012.

These two books and the Rochers’ lifelong contributions to Sanskrit studies and the history of Indology earned them the 2015 prize of the Fondation Colette Caillat of the Institut de France.


Rosane D. Rocher


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Richard G. Salomon


University of Washington, Seattle

Richard W. Lariviere


Field Museum, Chicago

John W. Nemec


University of Virginia, Charlottesville

J. Patrick Olivelle

General Editor

University of Texas, Austin

Deven M. Patel

Website Director

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


Subvention Program for First Books

The Ludo and Rosane Rocher Foundation has created a program that provides subventions for the publication of “first books” by young scholars in the field of classical Indology.

The scholars are expected to submit a CV, a book title, summary, and table of contents to the Foundation, with a list of potential publishers. These should be academic presses: either US university presses or the US offices of foreign academic presses, such as Oxford University Press. Upon preliminary approval, the author will send the full manuscript for review. The manuscript should be in publishable form, that is, one that the author sends to a publisher, in most cases a thoroughly revised dissertation. Once a book has been approved by the Foundation, it will provide a subvention of $ 5000 to the press that undertakes to publish it. It will be the responsibility of the author to find a suitable press. The published book must carry on the Copyright page the acknowledgment: “Published with the support of the Ludo and Rosane Rocher Foundation.” This program is intended to support young scholars in the early years of their postdoctoral academic life.

Submissions should be addressed to the Foundation’s General Editor, Prof. J. Patrick Olivelle


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