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. Please note that we generally will not consider applicants who have received a CWIT award in the past five years (from date when in the UK), unless there are exceptional circumstances.
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). 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 a 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 2021-22. Term dates for 2021-22 are available here. The CWIT Fellowship at CRASSH contributes up to £600 towards the return airfare from India, payable on arrival in the UK. 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 £1,500 per month.
How to Apply
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS midday 12pm GMT on Friday 30 October 2020.
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 register or log in on the right hand side of the page. Please contact us via email on fellowships@CRASSH.cam.ac.uk 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, who must submit their reference via this system by the deadline. 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.