CfA [closed]: Short-term Research Grants for PhD Research (London 2016)

Deadline: January 15, 2016

The TRG “Poverty and Education in India” at the German Historical Institute London invites applications for short-term research grants of 2- 4 months for PhD archival research in London and/or UK for the year 2016.

The Transnational Research Group

“Poverty Reduction and Policy for the Poor between the State and Private Actors: Education Policy in India since the Nineteenth Century” is directed by the German Historical Institute London (a part of the Max Weber Stiftung Bonn) in cooperation with faculty members from the Centre for Historical Studies and the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen and the King’s India Institute, King’s College London.

The Transnational Research Group has designated seven research areas for which applications are particularly welcome:

  1. Nineteenth and twentieth-century global educational reform movements and their impact on universal schooling in India.
  2. The quest for universal elementary/school education, the private sector and edu-business.
  3. Caste discrimination and education policy.
  4.  Industrial restructuring, informalization, and their consequences for access to elementary education.
  5.  Adult education and the popularisation of practical scientific knowledge.
  6.  Industrial and technical institutions and the resignification of manual labour.
  7.  The impact of schooling on life histories.

Applications for relevant topics outside these areas are also welcome. A full description of the project and its research areas are available at

The grants are aimed at doctoral scholars who are working on a topic related to the research of the research group and will be awarded for 2-4 months in the year 2016. The grant consists of £1500 per month. In addition, scholars from overseas are entitled to a lump sum of £500 towards the cost of travel to the UK.

Successful applicants will be expected to engage in research on the topic for which the fellowship has been awarded at archives and libraries in London and the UK. She/ he will be expected to give at least one lecture on her/ his research project. A research paper, based on research conducted as TRG visiting fellow, for publication in the TRG Working Paper Series will be welcome:

Applications should contain a full CV, list of publications and an outline of research project and plan of work (not exceeding 2000 words) for the fellowship period. Applications should be sent electronically only by 15 January 2016 to the Academic Coordinator TRG, Dr Indra Sengupta, German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ, email:

Please note: only electronic applications will be accepted!

Further questions related to the grant may be sent to

Ulla Menke

Ulla Menke arbeitet als Referentin für digitale Wissenschaftskommunikation für de.hypotheses bei der Max Weber Stiftung in Bonn. Interessensschwerpunkte sind mythologische Narrative, archetypische Symbole und Motive und ihre Rezeption in zeitgenössischer Literatur.

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