Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship 2022-23

The scheme is intended for early to mid career academics from India (defined as resident and domiciled in India). 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 must hold a PhD in the relevant field, and/or demonstrate a proven track record and a willingness to work collaboratively. 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 between three months (minimum) to five months (maximum).   Term dates for 2022-23 are available here. The CWIT will contribute up to £600 towards the return airfare from India, plus accommodation and living costs not to exceed £1,400 pcm.  CRASSH will also contribute £1,000 towards the Fellowship which can be used for academic and/or career development. CRASSH can arrange for a joint Visiting Fellowship at Wolfson College with accommodation provided by the college.

The Fellow will be solely responsible for their own finances, health and wellbeing (including in cases of emergency, accident, injury, illness or other unforeseen events).

How to Apply

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS midday 12pm GMT on Friday 11 February 2022.
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 cover letter detailing your reasons for applying and explaining how the experience of an international Fellowship would benefit your career to be uploaded as a PDF file

- 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.

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