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THE ZUBAAN-SASAKAWA PEACE FOUNDATION RESEARCH GRANTS FOR YOUNG RESEARCHERS FROM THE NORTHEAST-II

THE ZUBAAN-SASAKAWA PEACE FOUNDATION GRANTS
FOR YOUNG RESEARCHERS FROM THE NORTHEAST

 

Zubaan Publishers and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are offering a number of grants for the year 2019 to young researchers from the eight northeastern Indian states and neighbouring areas. These grants offer a small fund to prepare a research papers/essays/translations, etc, on the themes detailed in the call below.

                                                             

Grant Details

This research grant, in its second year now, aims to encourage young writers and researchers to contribute to the diversification of knowledge production. It is set against the broad framework/themes mentioned below, which will be examined through the lens of gender in 'the Northeast'.

This year, we are looking for applications for research under the themes of:

1. Memory: Exploring the relationship between memory and history; the importance of oral histories and testimonies; the ways in which both private and public memory live on and find articulation; the importance, for communities, of preserving ‘contentious’ memories and the reluctance of states to ‘allow’ such memories to survive; the role of memory in healing; unpacking invisible hierarchies in memory.

2. Migration: The role of migration and migrants in shaping new histories and cultures; migration as the search for a future; migration as flight in times of war or ‘natural’ disaster; migration and cultural production, for example, food, cuisines, literature, songs, stories; migrants and ‘settlers’.

3. Children’s Literature:
a. Translations or adaptions of oral folklore or folktales; reimaginings or repurposings of traditional stories through a gendered lens; and histories, analysis and research on the same.

b. Research papers on children’s literature, learnings or accounts of library projects, community engagements, and alternative or independent educational initiatives (or independent narratives from within formal education spaces).

The idea behind the grant is to provide financial and academic support to young researchers who may wish to look into particular aspects of the histories, politics, and/or cultures of the northeastern states in relation to gender and the outlined themes.

The research papers must be written in English. In subsequent years the grant may open up to other languages, but for the moment it remains limited to English. All papers written with the support of the grant will be published electronically by Zubaan Publishers Pvt. Ltd on various digital platforms. They may also be compiled in print form, at a later stage.

The papers may be academic research papers, long-form journalistic essays or long interviews on a particular subject, thematically aligned with the call. Hybrid or creative forms are welcome.

[Note: Research papers which are a part of an ongoing or recently completed PhD thesis will not be covered by this grant.]

 

Eligibility criteria

1. If you are from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura and are less than 40 years of age, you are eligible to apply. The research grant is also open for applicants from hill regions in the districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Dooars area.

2. Fluency in writing and reading English is necessary.

[Note: If you feel that you fit into the eligibility criteria and have an interesting proposal to discuss, one which may not be in English but has the scope of being translated/adapted, please write to us at projects@zubaanbooks.com before submitting your proposal.]

3. You must commit to researching and writing a 10,000 words (minimum) essay. The grant also allows for the development of graphic narratives, extended interviews, creative works such as fiction writing or photo essays in lieu of the essay, all within a specified timeline.

[Note: Since we have a limited number of grants available, we would like to encourage applicants who can commit to submitting the first drafts of their work within four months of selection.  Please apply ONLY if you feel you can fulfil this criteria so as to not deprive other deserving applicants.]

 

How to apply

Interested persons should send their applications, including the documents  mentioned below, to projects@zubaanbooks.com by 6 June 2019: 

1. Send in a grant proposal (maximum two pages) which clearly describes the research project you wish to undertake (the subject of your research as well as the methodologies and mediums you intend you use), which sources you will tap (primary and secondary), and a proposed timeline.

[Note: If you need any guidance/format for writing a proposal, please write to us at projects@zubaanbooks.com.]

2. Submit a writing sample of roughly 500 words or a two-page spread of a graphic story, or an extract from an interview transcript done by you.

3. Grant proposals may be creative and do not need to be written in academic language.

4. Submit your CV and any other relevant information about yourself that you think is necessary, including proof of age.

5. Two names of referees, ideally people with whom you have previously worked.

 

Shortlist and selection of grantees

All grant proposals will be screened by a selection committee. The committee will prepare a shortlist based on certain criteria and may wish to interview some candidates. Interviews can take place by Skype or phone or in person. The committee will then decide and the candidate will be informed. The committee’s decision will be final.

 

Duration

The first draft of the selected papers is expected in four months after the methodology workshop, details of which are mentioned below. Papers may need to be revised after the first draft depending on the feedback. Depending on the feedback, a month may be given for the required revisions.

 

Payments

The fellowship carries a grant of INR 35,000, less applicable taxes.

Payments will be made in two instalments: 25 per cent on approval of the project and signature of contract, and the remaining on the completion of the study.

 

Methodology workshops

All successful candidates will be required to attend a preliminary methodology workshop, which will be held in the late July or early August, as well as a mid-term online review where they will present a draft of their work in order to get feedback from peers and resource people. In the time remaining for the grant, candidates will be required to take the feedback on board and to finalize their papers.

Interested candidates can send in their applications to projects@zubaanbooks.com.

The last date of submission of application is 6 June 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by the first week of July 2019.

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Zubaan is an independent feminist publishing house based in New Delhi. We publish academic books, fiction, memoirs and popular nonfiction, as well as books for children and young adults under our Young Zubaan imprint, aiming always to be pioneering, cutting-edge, progressive and inclusive. For more information, log onto www.zubaanbooks.com.

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation addresses the diverse and complicated issues that human society is encountering in the 21st century. SPF and Zubaan Publishers Pvt. Ltd work together on projects linked with cultural production, writing and literature in Northeast India. For more information, log onto www.spf.org.

ZUBAAN-SPF GRANTS FOR YOUNG RESEARCHERS: GRANTEE ANNOUNCEMENT

THE ZUBAAN-SASAKAWA PEACE FOUNDATION GRANTS FOR YOUNG RESEARCHERS FROM THE NORTHEAST: GRANTEE ANNOUNCEMENT

We received an excellent response to our call for applications and while we were pleased to see the interest among young researchers, this also made our task of choosing grantees much more difficult. However, we were lucky to have the support of a strong and informed jury from the region, and this final selection is the result of their evaluation of your proposals. We're delighted to inform you that the following candidates have been selected for the grant:

  • Abdul Kalam Azad & Angshuman Sarma
  • Bonya Baruah
  • Ditilekha Sharma
  • Gitarani Devi Leisangthem
  • Hrishita Rajbangshi
  • Huidrom Boicha Singh
  • Ilito Achumi
  • Jobeth Warjri
  • Leki Thungon & Ayangbe Mannen
  • Linggi Tilu
  • Makepeace Sitlhou
  • Mary Vanlalthanpuii
  • Natasa Thoudam
  • Prerana Choudhury & Rituparna Choudhury
  • Rini Barman
  • Rishav Thakur
  • Ronnie Nido
  • Shaheen Ahmed
  • Simashree Bora
  • Sonam Choden
  • Talilula
  • I Watitula Longkumer

We’ll be getting in touch with all the grantees shortly, and look forward to working with you all.

We'd especially like to thank all the applicants for the effort and thought that they put into their proposals. We hope that you will continue to engage with Zubaan's work, and keep an eye out for future grants or other opportunities from us; and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours.

Announcing Scriptwriting Workshops: Applications are now open

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR SCRIPTWRITING WORKSHOP

FROM THE EIGHT NORTHEASTERN STATES

focussing on sexual and gender-based violence 

As part of the projects:
Stepping Stones: Engaging with Youth in South Asia by Zubaan & Panos South Asia with IDRC
& Body of Evidence by Zubaan with Goethe-Institut


Zubaan is pleased to announce a call for applications from the eight states of Northeast India for a script writing workshop based on the material generated through the Sexual Violence and Impunity (SVI) Project. The three-and-a-half-year research project, which was supported by IDRC and concluded in 2016, looked at the history and the unaddressed concerns of sexual violence in the legal, medical and forensic fields, apart from the social issues and taboos surrounding it, in five countries (India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka).

Now, with the Stepping Stones Project with IDRC and Panos South Asia and the Body of Evidence Project with Goethe Institut, Zubaan is conducting scriptwriting workshops across India as a way to further the engagement with the findings of the SVI project through creative art forms like theatre. More details about the project can be found here.

WORKSHOP FOCUS:
The idea behind the initiatives is to take the findings of the SVI project into different forums and engage young people in discussions about the ways in which impunity for perpetrators accrues and is strengthened by existing lacunae in legal, medical and social practices. The workshop aims to develop scripts that emerge out of the SVI project. Some of the questions that guide this project are:

  • What are medical students taught about sexual violence and how do they take this knowledge into medical practice when dealing with victims/survivors?
  • What are law students taught about dealing with victims/survivors of sexual violence?
  • Why are societies so tolerant of sexual violence, and why do they continue to blame victims?
  • Why are issues of bodily autonomy difficult to grasp for our societies?

EXPECTED OUTCOMES:

  • One primary script developed which will deal with the questions raised above. This can become a resource for future use.
  • Individualized scripts developed by the participants to suit regional aspects of the focus.
  • Groups/artists whose scripts are selected will also be provided support to perform in different universities, colleges and other locations (a fixed number of performances will be decided at a later stage).

DURATION & LOCATION:
A 5-day residential workshop will be held in July 2018 in Guwahati, Assam (exact date to be announced after applications close). No fees will be levied for participating in the workshops.

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested theatre groups and artists from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim can mail us their applications at projects@zubaanbooks.com including:

  • CVs and/or a background note on the group
  • One sample script they have developed, or helped to develop, with a gender focus.
  • Links to the groups/artists websites or social media sites, if applicable.

Applications will be reviewed and groups selected by the advisory board of both projects, whose names will be updated on the project page after selections. Click here to download this call for applications as a PDF.

LAST DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 7 JUNE 2018

Applications for the Zubaan-SPF grants are now closed

ZUBAAN-SASAKAWA PEACE FOUNDATION GRANTS FOR YOUNG RESEARCHERS: APPLICATIONS PROCESS UPDATE

 

The window for submitting applications for the Zubaan- Sasakawa Peace Foundation Grant for Young Researchers is closed as of midnight on 15 May 2018. We would like to thank applicants for the overwhelming response. Due to the sheer number of applications, we will be unable to respond to every email, for which we apologize. In response to queries regarding applications submitted after the deadline, we would like to clarify that applications that arrived before the midnight deadline will be prioritized.

Selected candidates will be contacted by 15 June. Thank you for your patience. Future notifications and information about the grants, and linked project work, will be available shortly on our projects page.

 

 

Announcing writing grants for researchers from Northeast India!

THE ZUBAAN-SASAKAWA PEACE FOUNDATION GRANTS FOR YOUNG RESEARCHERS FROM THE NORTHEAST

 

Zubaan Publishers Pvt. Ltd and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are offering a number of research grants for the year 2018 for young researchers from the eight northeastern states. The grants provide a small fund to prepare research papers/essays/oral history set against the broad framework of women’s multiple histories and focuses on the issue of gender in the Northeast.

 

                                                             

Grant Details

The idea behind the grant is to provide financial and academic support to young researchers who may wish to look into particular aspects of the history, politics, culture of the northeastern states in relation to women and gender. The papers will be written in English. All papers written with the support of the grant will be published electronically by Zubaan on various digital platforms and made widely available. The papers may be academic research papers, long-form journalistic essays or long interviews on a particular subject to do with gender. Hybrid or creative forms are welcome.

 

Eligibility criteria

  1. You must be from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim  and Tripura, and less than 40 years of age.
  2. You must be fluent in reading and writing English.
  3. You must commit to researching and writing a 10,000 word (minimum) essay. The grant also allows for you to develop graphic narratives, or do extended interviews, or produce creative works such as a story, in lieu of the essay, all within a specified timeline.

Duration

The first draft of the selected papers is expected in four months after the methodology workshop, details of which are mentioned in the attachment. Papers may need to be revised after the first draft depending on the feedback. Depending on the feedback, a month may be given for the required revisions.

The grant's value is Rs 35,000 less applicable taxes.

 

How to apply

Interested persons should send their application, including the following documents, to projects@zubaanbooks.com:

  1. A grant proposal (maximum two pages) which clearly describes what you wish to do, what sources you will tap (primary and secondary), the subject of your research and a timeline.
  2. A sample of previous work that can be written material of roughly 500 words, a two-page spread of a graphic story, or an transcript extract from an interview you have conducted.
  3. Your CV and any other relevant information about yourself that you think is necessary, including proof of age.
  4. Two names of referees, ideally people you have worked with.

 

Grant proposals may be creative and do not need to be written in academic language.

The last date of submission of application is 15 May 2018.

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