Peace Foundation Research Grants For Young Researchers From The Northeast

Organisation:  Zubaan

Apply By:  16 May . 2018

Peace Foundation Research Grants For Young Researchers From The Northeast

Zubaan Publishers and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are offering a number of research grants for the year 2018 for young researchers from the eight north eastern states. The grants provide a small fund to prepare a research paper/essays/oral histories on a broad theme.


As a geographical category, the term ‘Northeast India’ can be used to refer to the territory beyond the chicken neck bordering Myanmar and Bangladesh, which comprises the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. And yet, it is continually defined, described and constrained within a particular identity that in many ways deprives it of its internal richness and variety.

What exactly do we mean when we speak of ‘the Northeast’? These eight states, slightly less than a third of the total in India, are home to many peoples, religions, customs, practices, languages and histories. Their collective grouping, the brainchild of colonial administrative practices, in a sense has also become a sort of marker of their ‘separateness’ as an entity, despite their wide internal variety. An argument that is often used to hold the category of the ‘Northeast’ together is ethnic identity – and yet, not only are these states ethnically very diverse, but ethnicity often extends beyond state and national borders into other, neighbouring territories.

Details of the Research Grant

This research grant is set against the broad framework of women’s multiple histories, and focuses on the issue of gender in the Northeast. 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 north eastern states in relation to women and gender. The papers will 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 on various digital platforms. They may also be compiled in print form and made widely available. The papers may be academic research papers, longform journalistic essays or long interviews on a particular subject to do with gender. Hybrid or creative forms are welcome.

Eligibility criteria

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.

You must be fluent in reading and writing English.

You must commit to researching and writing a 10,000 words (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.

To apply

  • Send in 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.
  • 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.
  • Grant proposals may be creative and do not need to be written in academic language.
  • Submit your CV and any other relevant information about yourself that you think is necessary, including proof of age.
  • Two names of referees, ideally people you have worked with.

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