Inlaks Research Studentship at the Kings India Institute.
The awardee for this category for the year 2016 :
Having shifted schools numerous times, meeting new people, adapting has become a part of me. I did my schooling from Arunachal Pradesh to Pakyong to Kalimpong. For my bachelors I travelled to Kolkata and I did my Bachelors in commerce specialising in Marketing. My name is Anisa Bhutia and currently I am pursuing PhD from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.
From Commerce to Social Sciences, my interdisciplinary engagement has been extremely rewarding. Through my ethnographic works in Kalimpong, Srinagar, and Dharamshala, I have ingrained the values of integrity, equality and diversity. Interactions with experts, within my discipline and without, enriched my thoughts on culture, identity and the politics of belonging.
The present research aims to study trade and connected histories in my hometown of Kalimpong. In times of mobility and statelessness, my research has consistently added new perspectives to identity politics, statehood and belonging and explored 'region' beyond cartography. Be it “khache”s of Srinagar, or youth in Kalimpong, always a member of the studied-group myself, my work offers reflection into the ‘insider-outsider’ debate and the idea of ‘community’ itself.
PhD student at: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai).
PhD Topic: Roads, Routes and Trade: A Study of Tibetan Muslims in the Eastern Himalayan town of Kalimpong.
Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation invites applications for the selection of Inlaks Research Travel Grants in 2016. The deadline for receiving applications for the grants is October 1st, 2016.
The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation has been supporting innovative work in research and scholarship for more than three decades. The ‘Inlaks Research Travel Grant’ is geared to assist registered PhD students of Indian universities to undertake short-term visits to universities abroad to collect material, use facilities and consult experts.
The Foundation is delighted to offer a Research Studentship at the King’s India Institute, King’s College London.
WHAT DOES THE AWARD OFFER?
The ‘Inlaks Research Studentship at the King’s India Institute’ offers financial support for a maximum of 3 months at King’s College London. The Studentship will cover :
- Reasonable air fare (booked by Inlaks on the student’s behalf)
- Maintenance expenses at a modest rate (up to Rs.115,000/- per month)
- Funds for buying materials and books, and making copies of relevant literature (up to Rs.65,000/-)
WHO CAN APPLY?
The applicants must
- Hold confirmed PhD registration for at least two years but for not more than four years
- Have a first class degree at either Bachelor’s (Honours) or Master’s level, preferably both.
- Be under 35 years of age on 31 December in the year of applying.
- Be an Indian citizen, currently resident in India.
SUBJECTS FOR WHICH THE GRANT IS AVAILABLE
Humanities and Social Sciences
- Fully filled form for ‘Inlaks Research Travel Grant’. The forms may be downloaded from the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation website : www.inlaksfoundation.org
- Sample of written work (3000-5000 words) on the subject of the candidate’s research. This should preferably be a draft (with full annotation and documentation) of a chapter of the PhD thesis along with details regarding the reading list, surveys, or any other work done towards the thesis.
- A written and signed statement from the applicant’s supervisor stating :
- The completed forms and other documents must be sent by email to the address ‘email@example.com’, with the title “Application for Inlaks Research Studentship”.
Note : The supervisor my prefer to submit their statement separately. In this case, they should send their statement directly to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, with the email title “Recommendation for Inlaks Research Studentship: [applicant’s name]”.
DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING APPLICATIONS :
October 1st, 2016: Midnight, UK time
- Any material collected by the selected candidates (books, copies, instruments etc.) must become the property of the candidate’s institution for wider use by future scholars.
- All this material must carry a statement regarding the support received from the Inlaks Research Travel Grants
- The grants must be utilized within nine months of the date of award.
- The students must produce vouchers/evidence for major expenses like lodging, library fees, buying books, etc.
The candidates will be expected to go through a two-tier selection procedure.
- First round short-listing on the basis of the written record submitted by the candidate.
- Second and final round: Personal interview of the short-listed candidates. Interviews may take place face to face (if feasible), or over Skype.
- The candidates short-listed for the interview will be informed by November 2016. The final interviews will be held either November or December 2016.
- The successful candidate must make a formal application to the King’s India Institute as a Visiting Research Student through the King’s College London application procedure for the duration of the grant. Details, including entry requirements, are available here : http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/visiting-research-students.aspx. A member of King’s India Institute staff will stand as supervisor for the successful candidate during his/her stay at King’s.
- The successful candidate should apply for a Short-term Study visa for the period of his/her study at King’s. Details can be found on the UK government website: https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa/overview.