ICAS:MP advertises multiple Senior and Postdoctoral Short-Term Fellowships for the academic year July 2020-June 2021 [Closing date: 30 June 2019]

The M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies “Metamorphoses of the Political: Comparative Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century” (ICAS:MP), a project under the aegis of the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office, advertises multiple fellowships for the academic year July 2020-June 2021.

ICAS:MP is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and has its main location in New Delhi, India. It offers a fellowship programme for senior and postdoctoral scholars whose research focuses on at least one of the following ICAS research themes (TM=Thematic Modules).

TM1: History as a Political Category

TM2: Labour as a Political Category

TM3: Critiques and Renewals of Democracy

TM4: Normative Conflicts and Transformations

TM5: The Challenge of Gender

TM6: Political Economy of Growth and Distribution

Fellowship Terms & Conditions:

Senior Fellowships are for up to 6 months. ICAS:MP will either pay a stipend or reimburse a teaching substitute in the home institution of the successful candidates. Fellows also receive travel costs and allowances for housing and other costs in Delhi.

Postdoctoral Fellowships can be awarded for up to 7 months. ICAS:MP will pay a stipend and allowances for housing and other costs in Delhi. Fellowship recipients will also be reimbursed for their travel costs.

Application Details:

Interested applicants from related social sciences and humanities disciplines working on thematic fields relevant to ICAS:MP are invited to apply. The fellowships are open to applicants of all nationalities. We particularly welcome applicants based at German and Indian academic institutions.

Senior Fellows should have a well-established research and publications profile, and a record of substantial (institutional or independent) academic work following the Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows must have successfully completed all requirements for their PhD at the time of commencing the fellowship.

Please note that this is a fellowship based in New Delhi. During the fellowship period, absences for fieldwork or archival research outside of Delhi should not exceed one month.

Applicants are expected to possess adequate language skills in English as well as other languages that are relevant to their research proposal.

Application materials:

  • Completed Applicant Information form (Download here)
  • Application: Single PDF comprising list of publications; project description of 3000 words including description of relevance and fit with ICAS:MP research theme; research schedule for the fellowship period
  • Cover letter: 1 page, outlining your research experience and academic qualifications
  • Postdoctoral fellows should also provide (1) an academic reference letter (the referee should submit this directly to Prateek Batra: batra@mwsindia.org); (2) a copy of their Ph.D. degree or a letter from their supervisor/department head confirming that they will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree at the time of commencing their fellowship.

All materials should be sent by email to Prateek Batra (batra@mwsindia.org) by 30.06.2019. Late applications will not be considered.

The research project should be related to a thematic module and to the broader ICAS:MP research agenda. For detailed module descriptions please consult the website of ICAS:MP https://micasmp.hypotheses.org/.

Additional notes: In TM 2, the Postdoctoral fellows are expected to closely cooperate with the core digital archive initiative, “Extended Archives of Indian Labour”. Of particular interest here are projects examining conflictual processes of formalisation and informalisation in the world of labour from an Indian or comparative perspective. In TM 5, fellows conducting comparative research on the politics of gender and ways in which power and powerlessness are constructed in economic, social and cultural fields will be preferred, particularly researchers exploring gender dimensions of Religion, Performance, Reproduction, Violence or International Relations.

Enquiries:

TM 1: Prof. Shail Mayaram, CSDS Delhi (shail@csds.in); Dr. Indra Sengupta, GHI London (isengupta@ghil.ac.uk)

TM 2: Prof. Rana Behal (rbehal@gmail.com); Prof. Ravi Ahuja, CeMIS Göttingen (Ravi.Ahuja@phil.uni-goettingen.de)

TM 3: Prof. Rupa Viswanath, CeMIS Göttingen (rupa.viswanath@gmail.com); Prof. Amita Basviskar, IEG Delhi (amita.baviskar@gmail.com); Prof. Srirupa Roy, CeMIS Göttingen (srirupa.roy@sowi.uni-goettingen.de)

TM 4: Prof. Rajeev Bhargava, CSDS Delhi (rbhargav4@gmail.com); Prof. Martin Fuchs, MWK Erfurt (martin.fuchs@uni-erfurt.de)

TM 5: Prof. Elisabeth Schömbucher-Kusterer, Würzburg (elisabeth.schoembucher-kusterer@uni-wuerzburg.de), Prof. Samita Sen (samitasen@yahoo.co.uk), Cambridge; Prof. Jörg Gengnagel, Würzburg (joerg.gengnagel@uni-wuerzburg.de)

TM 6: Prof. Oliver Kessler, Erfurt (oliver.kessler@uni-erfurt.de); Prof. Sebastian Vollmer, Göttingen (sebastian.vollmer@wiwi.uni-goettingen.de)

For all general enquiries, e.g. terms of conditions of the fellowship and financial compensation, please contact Mr. Prateek Batra, ICAS:MP New Delhi (batra@mwsindia.org).


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