Wednesday, October 19, 2011

CWIT Visiting Fellowship at CRASSH, University of Cambridge


CRASSH is delighted to announce the second round of a two-year pilot scheme for a Charles Wallace India Trust Visiting Fellowship. The CWIT fellowship at CRASSH offers funding for a term of study and residence in Cambridge during the academic year 2012-13 (October 2012 - June 2013).


The scheme is intended for earlier-career academics from India (defined as resident and domiciled in India, normally between the ages of 25 and 45 years). Applicants should have been in full-time academic employment in an Indian university or research institute of equivalent standing for at least five years and have completed a PhD.

Field of specialisation

Research proposals may be in any field within the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, with an emphasis on disciplinary innovation and cross-disciplinary enquiry. Where the focus includes India, it is expected that projects will adopt an interdisciplinary approach (incorporating, for example, post-colonial, comparative, translation, or trans-regional studies). Proposals need not adhere to the Centre's annual theme, although applicants might wish to take account of it. The theme for 2012-13 will be the Cultures and Politics of the Transregional. Applicants whose research focuses primarily on the culture and history of India are advised to apply to Cambridge’s Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS).


CRASSH offers an office or work-space for each Visiting Fellow at the Centre, with full access to its facilities, and provides a congenial social environment in which visitors, staff and scholars can interact on an informal and regular basis. CRASSH will facilitate access to further university resources (libraries, museums, etc). CWIT Fellows are expected to play a full part in the activities of the Centre and to contribute to the weekly work-in-progress seminars.

The CWIT Fellow would be in residence at Cambridge for a period of 9-12 weeks during term time in 2012-13. Term dates for 2012-13 are available here. The CWIT Fellowship at CRASSH covers the return airfare from India (provided by the Charles Wallace Trust and organized through British Council India). CRASSH can arrange for a joint Visiting Fellowship at Wolfson College with accommodation provided by the college. Fellows will receive a grant on arrival to cover the cost of accommodation and living expenses, currently set at £1200 per month.

How to Apply


The deadline for applications is midday (12pm GMT) on Monday 31 October 2011. No paper or emailed applications can be accepted. In order for your application to be considered by the Selection Committee, we must receive a completed application via the online application system, including letters of support from your two nominated referees by the deadline.

To access the online application system, please click on the link here or on the right. Please contact us via email on if you experience technical difficulties with the system or if you require further information about eligibility or provision.

The following information will be required:

  • a CV, including a list of recent publications, to be uploaded as a PDF file (maximum 8Mb).
  • a title and brief description of the project you propose. Type your description directly into the box indicated, remembering to Save after each addition/amendment. The system will not allow you to exceed the 10,000 character limit.
  • a sample chapter of published work, to be uploaded as a PDF file (maximum 8Mb).
  • the contact details of two referees who are familiar with your work. We advise that you separately alert your nominated referees of your application and the deadline. Referees are given access to your application via an email containing a link that is triggered by your clicking the Send Email button. Once you've ticked the Send Email button, the system will contact your nominated referee, whomust submit their reference via this system by the deadline. If referees are unable to provide a reference by the deadline you will be alerted and will need to nominate an alternative referee. The system will indicate when your references have been submitted. (Applicants are unable to view confidential references.) You may amend your nominated referees up to the point of their submitting a confidential reference. Once your referee submits their confidential comments you will no longer be able to change their details.
  • To submit your completed application, click on the Submit button at the bottom of the page. You can submit at any time up until the deadline, provided all fields (excluding referees' comments) have been completed. You can log in to view and amend your application after submission.

Please note that uploaded documents MUST be PDF files, maximum file size 8Mb. The system will not allow you to submit your application without these.

The results of the competition will be announced by the end of December 2011.

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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