National Child Rights Research Fellowship 2019 - 20

Organization: Child Rights and You (CRY)

Apply By: 20 Sep 2019

National Child Rights Research Fellowship 2019 - 20

Respecting children as sovereign, equal members is a step towards recognizing their voices in defining their best interest as participants.

Child Rights and You (CRY) is celebrating 11th year of NCRRF and welcomes applications from interested individuals in exploring the various dimensions of child rights through research. The Fellowship programme enters its eleventh year and research 54 fellowships have been awarded by CRY till date. As an organisation, CRY is committed to changing the way children experience childhood by being strategic in our choice of issues, approaches and utilization of resources to maximize our impact on children.

Through this research fellowship, we seek a combination of formal and informal approaches to explore and discover simple and complex truths about the interplay of culture, ethics and policies determining childhoods. CRY believes in encouraging a community of child rights researchers who will promote & advocate for child rights.

Possible Focus Areas

Researchers are welcome to expand and interpret themes, based on their experiences and larger vision for ensuring child rights.

  • Various aspects of children and childhoods and their relationship with other stakeholders such as peers, parents, family, community and state.
  • Researching child rights focused thematic – child health, child nutrition, child protection and child development.
  • Role of children in decision making arenas such as home, school, community etc.
  • Exploring and examining in depth agency of the child and learning child participation.
  • Understanding relationship between ethnicity, inequality and conflict experienced by children.
  • Evidence building on any form of child rights violations.

About the Research Fellowship: Eligibility and Application

Applicants should be Indians residing in India, above the age of 18 years. If your proposal is part of a submission to any academic institution or if you are already receiving funding for conduct of the research proposed, it will be ineligible for this fellowship.


Applicants may choose to work in any Indian language including English. Your application needs to clearly mention the language in which you will submit the report. As the assessment of your research proposal will be conducted in English, please also include an English translation of the proposal, CV and writing sample.

Grant Sizes:

Up-to 5 fellowships ranging from Rs.50, 000 to Rs.1 lakh will be awarded. Fellows are free to continue their primary occupation. The fellowship grant will be released in installments against specific deliverables. CRY will not fund any capital expenditure incurred by the fellow.

Duration: The duration of the fellowship is one year.


Research findings will be made available to activists, academics, development practitioners and interested general public through multiple forums, including language translations to influence the course of the debate on child rights and the best interest principle.


While fellows will retain authorship of the final research report and content, all information and insights gathered will be made available to the widest group of people, free of cost. Fellows are free to publish the insights of their research efforts, with appropriate acknowledgement to the National Child Rights Research Fellowship and CRY. Fellows will also inform CRY about publication of their work.

Essential requirements (please refer to the format for Application Submission on www.cry.org)

  • 1. A three-page proposal in the prescribed format, which briefly explains your topic of study, objectives and research question within a framework, proposed methodology, time lines, a reading list of related literature/existing studies on the subject and a detailed budget
  • 2. A two-page updated CV in the prescribed format
  • 3. A sample of your published or unpublished paper/article or any documentation done on a related theme.
  • 4. Names, phone numbers and email addresses of two referees willing to furnish a reference for you.

Shortlisted Fellows will make themselves available for a video call with the NCRRF selection Committee. Selected fellows will participate in an Initial workshop to share research plans and gain from the collective experience closer to November 2019. A jury of 5 selection committee members will mentor fellows in their research journey. Fellows will also attend an interim workshop and an Annual sharing workshop at the closure of their fellowship. CRY will sponsor travel, boarding and lodging for all these meetings. Short-listed applicants will have opportunity to share their ideas and future plans, in conversation with members of the CRY assessment team.

Last Date for receiving applications is 20th September, 2019.

Please E-mail your application to: research@crymail.org

For more information please follow the link http://bit.ly/2TdRMWe or visit website www.cry.org 


In the absence of internet access you may send your application by post to

The Documentation Centre
CRY-Child Rights and You, Documentation Centre,
189 A, Anand Estate, Sane Guruji Marg, Mumbai 400011.

The names of researchers awarded the Fellowship will be announced on www.cry.org in November 2019.


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