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Call for Proposals: Tata Fellowships in Folklore 2012-2013

June 14, 2012  Published by

Tata Fellowships in Folklore 2012-2013
Call for proposals


National Folklore Support Centre’s Tata Fellowships in Folklore are meant for M.Phil level students/ scholars residing in the geographical areas of participating Universities/colleges. This program facilitates an M.Phil level scholar belonging to one community to work collaboratively with another community’s elder or an artist to document the community elder/ artist’s folklore/tradition for a year-long period. Each fellowship will carry an award of Rs.9450/- per month for the scholar and another Rs.9450/- per month for the community elder or artist. In addition to the monthly award each fellowship carries a contingency of Rs.50,000/- per annum to cover travel and documentation expenses. National Folklore Support Centre will coordinate with the departments of the participating Universities/colleges to select and eventually archive the audiovisual documentation resulting out of this program. National Folklore Support Centre will also use the documentation for its teaching program. The application must be sent by the scholar along with the consent letter of the community elder/artist.


To apply, please submit a proposal to the professor of participating University/college closest to you describing
• The specific cultural tradition of the community elder/artist you seek to research and document
• The research questions that are central to your project
• The research and documentation methods you seek to follow
• Description of what you consider important in the collaborative undertaking between you and the other community elder/ artist
• A monthly work plan for a period of one year starting from September 2012 to August 2013
• The proposed outcomes of the project including how the documentation can be used in teaching programs.

Please remember to include the following with your proposal

• Supporting material to show your experience in undertaking this research and documentation project
• Your bio-data
• Your postal address, telephone/fax numbers, and email address
• Consent letter from the other community elder/artist to collaboratively work with you for a period of one year to facilitate the research and documentation process.
• Postal address and bio-data of your collaborator

Selection Procedure

• The concerned professors would advertise the fellowship announcement in the geographical areas of their University/college
• Out of the all application received the concerned professors would shortlist five applications and send them to NFSC
• NFSC would further shortlist three out of five applications from each participating University/college.
• Two out of three applicants from each participating institution will be chosen in an interview with the selection committee.

Total Number of Fellowships for the second round of fellowships in the year 2012-2013: 20 (Twenty):- Two per participating institution.


You are eligible to apply if you are an Indian national living in the geographical area of the participating Universities/colleges. Senior scholars above the age 55 and retired scholars are NOT eligible for this fellowship.

Important Dates

Your application should reach the concerned professor on or before July 10, 2012.
The shortlisted applications from the professors should reach NFSC on or before July 20, 2012.

Interview and training

The interview for shortlisted candidates will take place on August 10, 2012 at the Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe, Ranchi, Jharkhand.
NFSC will organize a three-day training workshop for the selected candidates from August 8 to 10, 2012 at the Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, Jharkahnad. NFSC collaborates with Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, Jharkhand for the conduct of the training program.

Host Professor:
Dr. Rabindranath Sarma, Assistant Professor, Centre for Indigenous Culture Studies, Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe, Ranchi- 835205 Phones: 07549198583, Email:

List of Participating Universities/colleges and the Names of Professors

1. Dr. Kishore Bhattacharjee, Head, Folklore Research Department, Guwahati University, Guwahati, Assam. Phones: 0361 -2544370/ 09706011139 Email:

2. Dr. Desmond Kharmaphlang, Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Studies, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, Meghalaya Phones: 0364-2723374 /09863060983 Email:

3. Dr. Nongthombom Premchand, Director, Educational Multimedia Research Centre, Manipur University, Chanchipur, Imphal, Manipur Phone: 09436039679 Email:

4. Dr. Anungla Aier, Department of Anthropology, Kohima Science college, Jotsoma- 797002, Kohima, Nagaland Phone: 09436014540 Email:

5. Dr. Rabindranath Sarma, Assistant Professor, Centre for Indigenous Culture Studies, Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe, Ranchi- 835205 Phones: 07549198583, Email:

6. Dr. Tamo Mibang, Director, Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies (AITS), Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills, Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh – 791 112, Mobile: 09436633920, Tel: 0360-2277372(Office) 0360-2277971, Email:

7. Dr. Basanta Kumar Mohanta, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, P.O.- Amarkantak, Distt.-Anuppur, Madhya Pradesh – 484 886, Mobile: 09407343438 Tel: 07629269432, E-mail:,

8. Dr. Sadhana Naithani, Professor, Centre of German Studies, School of Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi – 110 067, Mobile: 09810898015 E-Mail:

9. Dr. Margaret Ch Zama, Dept of English, Mizoram University, Post Box 190, Aizawl – 796009, Mizoram, Mobile: 09436142413, Tel: (0389) 2330631 / 233705, E-mail:

10. Dr. Makbul Islam S. K., Associate Professor, Department of Bengali, St. Paul’s Cathedral Mission College, 33/1, Raja Rammohan Roy Sarani, Kolkata – 700009, West Bengal, Phone: 033-23503682 Mobile: 09830309751, Tel: 91-33-65455110, Email:

“Tata Fellowships in Folklore”
Contact Information

National Folklore Support Centre,
No. 508, Fifth Floor, “Kaveri Complex”,
96, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nungambakkam,
Chennai- 600034. Phones: 044-28229192/ 044-42138410/044-28212706


Tata Fellowships in Folklore are implemented by NFSC from a grant received from Sir Dorabji Tata and Allied Trusts.

For further information contact:

Ms Niyati Mehta
Program Officer
Media, Art and Culture
Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Allied Trusts
Eruchshaw Building, 5th Floor,
249 DN Road, Mumbai 400 001.
Tel: 022 6665 7697 Fax: 022 66100484