CfA: Postdoctoral Fellowships within the Framework of the TRG “Poverty and Education” (London/Göttingen/New Delhi 2016)

Deadline: January 15, 2015

Applications are invited for postdoctoral fellowships within the framework of the TRG Poverty and Education in India 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 for postdoctoral grants 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 http://www.ghil.ac.uk/trg_poverty_and_education/research/5.html

The fellowships are for 6 months to 1 year, starting from the earliest possible date.

The fellowships are principally meant for research based in London or Göttingen. In exceptional cases, they may be awarded for research based at one of the partner institutions in Delhi. The fellowships include a monthly allowance of £ 2200 (London), € 2200 (Göttingen) and Rs 65 000 (Delhi). Depending on the applicant’s place of residence, a lump sum towards travel and related costs (such as visa or short-term medical insurance) may be considered.

Duties of the fellows include full-time research on the topic for which the fellowship has been awarded. She/ he will be expected to take part in the academic life of the respective institution where she/he will be based. She/ he will be expected to give at least one lecture on her/ his research project and write a research paper, based on research conducted as TRG visiting fellow, for publication in the TRG Working Paper Series: http://www.ghil.ac.uk/trg_poverty_and_education/publications.html

Applications should contain a full CV, copies of relevant examinations, a research proposal (max. 5000 words), a writing sample (a chapter or essay), and the names and addresses of two referees. 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: isengupta@ghil.ac.uk

Please note: only electronic applications will be accepted!

Further questions related to the grant may be sent to trg@ghil.ac.uk


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The Max Weber Foundation promotes global research, concentrated around the areas of social sciences, cultural studies and the humanities. Research is conducted at ten institutes in various countries across the globe with distinctive and independent focal points. Through its globally operating institutes, the Foundation is able to contribute to the communication and networking between Germany and the host countries or regions of its establishments. By promoting scientific dialogue and merging academic as well as non-academic employees from several countries with different cultural backgrounds, the Max Weber Foundation is able to strengthen the Internationalization of research in its three fields of dedication.

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