All India Tata Fellowships in Folklore 2012-2013

September 9th, 201210:11 pm Published by


All India Tata Fellowships in Folklore 2012-2013

National Folklore Support Centre’s Tata Fellowships in Folklore are meant for Post Graduate degree holders in Arts and Humanities, capable of delivering folklore research and documentation. This programme facilitates a 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 select and archive the audio-visual documentation resulting out of this programme and will also use the documentation for its teaching programmes. The application must be sent by the scholar along with the consent letter of the community elder/artist.

Priority areas and themes: Priority will be accorded to proposals on Tribal Folklore. 


Priority sub-themes: 

  • Verbal arts including oral epics 
  • Folk painting 
  • Folk music
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Traditional medicine
  • Cultures of learning

Relaxation of condition:  A scholar belonging to a community working with another different community elder or an artist may be relaxed in case of language intensive proposal at the discretion of the selection committee. 


To apply, please submit a detailed project proposal along with the following details to the Director of National Folklore Support Centre  through post or by email:

  • 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 field work plan for a period of one year starting from November 2012 to October 2013.
  • The proposed output and impact of the project including how the documentation can be used in teaching programmes.

Please remember to include the following with your proposal

  • Your bio-data with complete address, telephone/fax numbers, Skype id and email address.
  • Bio-data of your collaborator with complete postal 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.

Supporting material to show your experience in undertaking this research and documentation project:

  • Published articles – if any  
  • Written / published papers – if any 
  • Photographs 
  • Videos 

Please video record the answers for the following questions in a CD/DVD and send it along with the application: 

  1. Describe your project and your scholarly and technical ability to undertake your project.
  2. Why do you think that this project requires the fellowship support?
  3. What are the expected output and impact of your project? 

*In case if you are not able to video record and send us the CD/DVD, you may write and send it along with application.  

Selection Procedure

  • All the applications will be centrally received at NFSC, Chennai.
  • The selection committee will select the final Tata fellowship awardees. 
  • Total Number of Fellowships for the second round of fellowships in the year 2012-2013: 22 (Twenty two):-  


  • You are eligible to apply if you are an Indian national.  
  • Post graduate degree holders in Arts and Humanities, capable of delivering folklore research and documentation. 
  • Senior scholars above the age 55 and retired scholars are NOT eligible for this fellowship.

Important Dates

Your application should reach National Folklore Support Centre on or before October 10, 2012.

Interview and training

  • All the applications will be reviewed by the selection committee members to select the candidates. 
  • NFSC will organize a three-day training workshop for the selected candidates during November 2012 at the Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, Jharkahnad. NFSC collaborates with Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, Jharkhand for the conduct of the training programme. 
  • The decision of the selection committee will be final. 

Send your application to

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
Programme 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