Here we will try to get together some resources that will be of use to Human Rights defenders and NGO workers.

Acumen Global Fellows Program (Deadline: 8 December 2015)

Acumen Global Fellows Program: Join a Cohort of Emerging Leaders who will Change the World
Deadline: 8 December 2015

Applications are open for the Acumen Global Fellows Program 2016. The Program seeks to build the next generation of social sector leaders by providing them with skills, tools and opportunities to reach their full leadership potential. Each year, Acumen recruits highly talented and passionate young professionals to reflect on their role as leaders, build their leadership capacity, and provide management support to a company in our ecosystem.

The fellowship begins with eight weeks of training in the Acumen New York office, where Fellows build their understanding of the problems of poverty, the current tensions in the sector as we explore solutions and understand the role they have to play.

Program Benefits
Gain world-class leadership training.
Serve in the field with a social enterprise.
Join a cohort of emerging leaders who will change the world.

Eligibility criteria
Applicants of any nationality are eligible to apply.
Regional Fellows are local leaders dedicated to alleviating poverty in their own country/region, and must be from the country/region of the program they are applying.

How to Apply
Applicants can apply online through the website. There are five parts of the initial application:

Background Information
Your Resume/CV
Applicant Summary and Overview
Essay Questions
Two Professional References


Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice: Astraea Visual Arts Fund

Astraea Visual Arts Fund

Application Deadline: March 3, 2008

Notification of Decision: June 30, 2008

Recognizes the work of contemporary lesbian visual artists within the U.S.

The guidelines and application for the Astraea Visual Arts Fund are currently being revised. Please check this page in October for the updated guidelines and application forms, or write to us at that time at grants@astraeafoundation.org, to request them.


Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice: Lesbian Writers Fund

Lesbian Writers Fund

Application Deadline: June 30, 2008

Notification of Decision: January 31, 2009

For emerging lesbian poets and fiction writers within the U.S.

Application will be available online mid-October.

For more information, including current criteria, guidelines and application forms, please contact: grants@astraeafoundation.org.


Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice: US Fund Panel Grants

US Fund Panel Grants

Application Deadline: December 3, 2007

Notification of Decision: June 30, 2008

For Lesbian, Trans, Intersex, and LGBTI social change organizations and projects (including film, video, media and cultural projects) that directly address the depth and complexity of critical issues in LGBTI communities.

Click here to download Guidelines & Application (pdf 396kb)

Click here to download Word versions of the Cover Sheet, Diversity Chart & Sample Budget Form (word 140kb)


Astraea Lesbian Foundation: International Fund for Sexual Minorities

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice began in 1977, when a small group of women created a multi-racial, multi-class, feminist foundation in order to address the lack of funding for women-specifically lesbians and women of color. They believed that even the smallest of gestures, when combined, could create, nurture and strengthen significant social change. And they were right. Grants are available internationally and in the US. The Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice works for social, racial and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. Their grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights. The new deadlines for 2007-2008 are in this article.

Today, Astraea is the largest lesbian organization in the world. They raise funds and issue grants based on the belief that all women can participate in the philanthropic process-from giving to grantmaking.

In the face of scant resources and at times, physical danger, Astraea grantees are fueling the movement for social change in villages, cities and towns around the world. A miniscule 0.3% of all foundation dollars is directed toward lesbian and gay issues. Astraea exists to fund these issues.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2008

Notification of Decision: June 30, 2008

For LGBTI social change and movement-building organizations based in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Republics, the Middle East, or Africa.

Download Guidelines & Application

English (pdf 264kb) Español (pdf 260kb)

Download Microsoft Word versions of the Cover Sheet & Sample Budget Form

English (word 128kb) Español (word 120kb)


Astraea Lesbian Foundation:Margot Karle Scholarship Fund

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice began in 1977, when a small group of women created a multi-racial, multi-class, feminist foundation in order to address the lack of funding for women-specifically lesbians and women of color. They believed that even the smallest of gestures, when combined, could create, nurture and strengthen significant social change. And they were right. Grants are available internationally and in the US. The Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice works for social, racial and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. Their grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights. The new deadlines for 2007-2008 are in this article.

Today, Astraea is the largest lesbian organization in the world. They raise funds and issue grants based on the belief that all women can participate in the philanthropic process-from giving to grantmaking.

In the face of scant resources and at times, physical danger, Astraea grantees are fueling the movement for social change in villages, cities and towns around the world. A miniscule 0.3% of all foundation dollars is directed toward lesbian and gay issues. Astraea exists to fund these issues.

Ø Margot Karle Scholarship Fund

Application Deadline: November 15, 2007

Notification of Decision: January 31, 2008

For full-time, undergraduate women students attending a City University of NY (CUNY) school.

Click here to download an application for the Margot Karle Scholarship Fund (pdf 348kb)


Atlas Corps Fellowship for Colombia, Ecuador, India and the U.S.

Atlas Corps Fellowship for Colombia, Ecuador, India and the U.S.
Final application deadline is mid-April

Atlas Corps seeks civil society leaders from the U.S., Colombia, India and Ecuador to volunteer overseas for one year and participate in their management development training programme. All expenses are paid in this prestigious fellowship programme. All candidates must have 3-8 years of experience, a college degree and be a rising leader in their field.

Candidates from India, Ecuador and Colombia who are applying to volunteer in the U.S. must speak, read and write English. Candidates from the U.S. who are applying to volunteer in Colombia must be proficient in Spanish.

Apply as soon as possible to participate in this excellent programme and be placed at host organisations like Grameen Foundation, Ashoka, TechnoServe, GlobalGiving, Population Action International and more.

For more information http://www.atlascorps.org/apply.html

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy fellowships – Deadline March 31, 2008

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy fellowships – Deadline March 31, 2008

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy seeks applicants for a fellowship program engaging human rights activists and practitioners in developing nations.

Additional information http://www.hks.harvard.edu/cchrp/.

Conservation Leadership Programme

The Conservation Leadership Programme is offering Future Conservationist Awards of up to $12,500 to high potential teams who aim to develop their skills through practical conservation projects. These awards are highly competitive and winners are selected from amongst the highest quality applications. There will be $250,000 worth of funding available for the Future Conservationist Award winning projects in 2008.

Additional funding is also available to previous CLP (formally BPCP) award winners through Conservation Follow-up and Conservation Leadership Awards (http://conservation.bp.com/alumni/awards.asp).

As part of the award, one member from each team is selected to represent their project at a training course and the Society for Conservation Biology international meeting. The introductory course is aimed at developing innovative project management, education, facilitation and communication skills. By linking with the annual Society for Conservation Biology Meeting, they are able to link participants to a strong, professional network, facilitating future international collaboration.

Additionally, winning teams are able to access expertise from within each of the five partner organisations and past winners. Programme staff are also available to help with the implementation of projects, including guidance required during the planning and team training stages.


Successful applicants will:

1) Develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of team members;

2) Implement a focused, high-priority conservation project combining research and action;

3) Contribute to the long-term success of local conservation efforts; and

4) Contribute to the education and awareness of local stakeholders.

Applications will be accepted from teams initiating projects that meet the eligibility criteria outlined below. These criteria are designed to ensure that projects build the skills of all team members involved, contribute to long-term sustainable conservation achievements, have clear focused research objectives and build vital links between local communities, conservationists, NGO and academic institutions and local governments. Applications are evaluated by CLP staff and partners, and experts from other external organizations.

Each Project MUST:

Be conceived and developed by the team members themselves.
Be at least three months, but no more than one year in length.
Take place in one of the following countries: Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey or Venezuela.
Address a recognized global biodiversity conservation priority at the species or site level.
Be led by a national of the country where the project takes place; co-leadership with non-national team members is acceptable.
Demonstrate that all team members are at an early stage in a conservation career and will significantly develop personal skills and knowledge to advance conservation.
Have a minimum of three people on the team and 50% or more of the team members must be from the project country.
Have the award cover 50% or more of the total budget.
Demonstrate that the proposed research will go beyond the specific topic of thesis or dissertation research if any team member is pursuing a master's or PhD,
Click here to download the Future Conservationist Award Application Guidelines http://conservation.bp.com/pdfs/Guidelines 2008_Future Conservationist Award.doc

Click here to download the Future Conservationist Award Application Form http://conservation.bp.com/pdfs/ApplicationForm 2008_Future Conservationist Awards.doc

Award applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a member of the programme staff well before the application deadline for advice or input on your proposal. Staff members can help teams determine if their project fits within the specified criteria, offer advice on methods and project activities, and put teams in touch with local partner offices or other experts who can offer advice.

For examples of winning teams, details of the 2007 winners are available on the 'Latest award winners' page.

Please submit applications and enquiries by email to: clp@birdlife.org

Next deadline: 23rd November 2007


Echoing Green Fellowship

Echoing Green Fellowship
2008 Focus: Social Entrepreneurship
Application Deadline: 3 December 2007

Echoing Green is seeking entrepreneurs with an idea for social change and the desire to create a new organisation to turn this idea into action. Echoing Green Fellows receive up to $90,000 in seed funding, powerful technical support opportunities and access to a network of hundreds of the world’s most accomplished social entrepreneurs. This opportunity is open to entrepreneurs of any nationality, working in any field of social change.

For more information, https://apply.echoinggreen.org/

Feminist Participatory Action Research For Change

Feminist Participatory Action Research For Change!

“Rural, Indigenous, Migrant, Urban Poor Women in the Midst of Climate Policies and Projects”

Deadline: Sunday, 3 November 2013

APWLD invites grassroots women’s rights organisations and movements to take part in this exciting feminist participatory action research project that aims to develop tools and resources that support rural, indigenous, migrant and urban poor women to monitor, engage and influence climate policies that impact on them.

Global warming, environmental degradation and climate disasters have been caused by the historical exploitation of the world’s resources and carbon by the wealthiest nations and individuals. The climate regime is dominated by private sector, powerful states and international financial institutions, rarely involving those most affected with least responsiAbility: women of the global south. Research conducted by APWLD and others shows that women are affected more severely and are more at risk from climate disasters and extreme weather events, often exacerbated by traditional gender roles, including during post-disaster response efforts.

In 2010-2011, APWLD and members conducted five research projects, utilising community based participatory research, documenting the impact of climate change on rural, indigenous, migrant, urban poor and fisher women’s rights and livelihoods, as well as their own adaptation practices. It is obvious from the research results that climate change and climate justice are not gender neutral. Patriarchal practices, coupled with global economic injustices, make women particularly vulnerable during disasters and to the consequences of land degradation and erosion. Furthermore, the research illustrates that rural, indigenous, migrant, urban poor and fisherwomen are rarely included in policy debates that determine their future despite the extensive knowledge and expertise of their own communities.

Unfortunately, the climate-solutions offered rarely favour of rural, indigenous, migrant, urban poor and fisher women. In some cases, the climate mitigation and adaptation policies and projects were enforced without free, prior and informed consent by men and women in the affected communities. In several documented cases, women were forcibly evicted from their homes and lands, their peace and security threatened or were forced to migrate and live in the most precarious environments. Market-based solutions to climate change have not been shown to serve the interests of affected communities.

To address both the need to increase the evidence base around climate policies and practices that address the needs and interests of local women and the need to have women as vocal and effective advocates in climate debates, APWLD will support seven local organisations to conduct feminist participatory action research on climate justice.

Overall objective:
To advance rural, indigenous and migrant women’s human rights by increasing the capacity of RIMUP women in Asia Pacific to author evidence-based community research and be vocal and effective policy advocates for climate justice, human rights and just development.

Specific objective:
Develop the capacity of RIMUP women and their organisations in seven (7) communities to research and document evidence for use in engaging decision-making processes on climate change in local, national, regional and international level
Foster knowledge and resources on the impact of climate policies, practices and projects on women at the local level;
Establish strategic advocacy plans and opportunities to support women’s own solutions and safeguards for policy change at national, regional and international levels.
Strengthen institutional development of partner organization through leadership development and movement building.


Seven partner organisations will be selected to work with APWLD for one (1) year (December 2013-November 2014) to document:
The impact of climate policies, practices and projects on rural, indigenous, fisher, migrant and urban poor women at the country level. Four focus areas of the research that’s illustrative of women’s development rights are:
Access to and control over land and resources
Decent work and living wage
Peace and Justice
Voice (women’s democratic participation and bodily autonomy)
Community-owned solutions and safeguard measures for women.

Researchers will be introduced to a human rights based approach to development; feminist participatory action research methods; advocacy and campaigning for change. They will access training in international human rights standards and rights-based approaches to their area of research. Through a combination of face-to-face and online modules, they will:
Share the frameworks within their communities;
Learn practical feminist participatory action research skills; and
Develop and implement a community-based research plan. The advocacy planning for the documented cases will be done during the workshops so that each research will have a clear purpose and target for the research report.

Support for selected national partners
APWLD will provide seven organisations with a small grant to employ a young woman researcher and carry out the research including salary and on-costs with the approximate amount of USD 8,000. Research partners will need to appoint a mentor to assist this young women researcher throughout this research programme.

APWLD will also support the young women researcher and their mentors to participate in capacity building workshops and provide advocacy or network opportunities.

Selection Criteria of the Research Partners:
APWLD will select RIMUP organisations who will lead the FPAR on climate justice for women in seven countries in Asia Pacific. We are seeking non-governmental, non-profit organisations:
Committed towards the enjoyment and realisation of the human rights and climate justice of women at community level in Asia Pacific, particularly of the most marginalised (young, rural, indigenous, migrant, Dalit women and/or women in other minority groups);
Committed to conducing the one-year Feminist Participatory Action Research process;
Committed to feminist participatory methodologies that increase democratic participation and leadership of marginalised women in the research;
Can provide the appointed researcher with internet and computer access for regular online communication with APWLD secretariat and online training

APWLD will consider the following when selecting the seven organisations for this project:
Sub-regional representation;
Recommendations/ references by APWLD members;
Diverse human rights and development concerns of rural, indigenous, migrant and other marginalised women in Asia Pacific.


Interested organisations shall submit:
Accomplished application form
Expression of interest
Budget proposal.

Please send completed forms by Sunday, 3 November 2013 no later than 11.00 PM (Chiang Mai Time, GMT+7) to apwld@apwld.org or fax to +66(0)53 280 847.


IFA: Arts Research and Documentation Programme (30June2008)

From: India Foundation for the Arts

India Foundation for the Arts
Proposals for the 8th round of The Arts Research and Documentation Programme.

Are you a scholar or an arts practitioner or group interested in looking critically at the notion of cultural traditions? Are you seeking to explore new methodologies for making sense of contemporary arts practice? If so, this programme is addressed to you.Please read on.

This programme supports scholars and practitioners to undertake projects in the following two areas:

1) Research and documentation that critically investigates the making of cultural traditions.
Rather than being a self-evident category, tradition has a history and is socially and culturally constituted. The making of a tradition involves a selective use and interpretation of the past with regard to its role for the present.

Subjecting traditions to scrutiny, therefore, involves understanding the processes through which certain practices are elevated, accorded greater value, standardized and held up as the norm at the cost of others that are disowned or excluded.You may be a researcher interested in investigating the historical construction of cultural traditions in order to contribute to the field of arts scholarship.You may also be an artist keen to investigate the making of a tradition related to your own artistic practice; or a writer, performer/performance group or filmmaker seeking to explore and interpret the construction of a tradition through a work of art.

2) Research and documentation that seek to put in place or use new methodologies for studying contemporary arts practices.

Methodologies that study art practices have conventionally been ‘frozen’under the categories of folk, classical, national and the like. Consequently, methodologies that study new directions or phenomena in the arts are either nascent or do not exist.While social science methodologies have been developed to study ‘pastness’or relatively stabilized systems or cultures for which documents, records and archives may exist, these tools often prove inadequate for engaging with the here and now.A new methodology might be required just to rise to the challenge posed by the lack of a ‘paper trail’or because available ethnographic methods are inadequate for studying what is emerging, unfolding or changing in our own time.

Also, many contemporary arts practices intersect with the age of technology - television and the Internet, for instance – and are infinitely mediated. Conventional disciplinary tools, therefore, may need to be sharpened or even make way for new methodologies that marry disciplines. More often than not, what is required is a lateral mapping of objects and events, without sacrificing methodological rigour.You may be a researcher or an artist interested in developing or using new conceptual and/or technical tools that depart from existing disciplinary methodologies and break fresh ground, while illuminating and contributing to the study of contemporary arts practices.

Your applications should reach us by June 30, 2008.You can write your proposal in any Indian language including English.Your project may have a maximum duration of one year.You can request support for up to Rs 3 lakh. However, if you are a filmmaker, you can request support for up to Rs 5 lakh. You may budget for an honorarium up to Rs 12,000 per month or up to Rs 75,000 for the entire project if you are a filmmaker.

IFA staff will be glad to answer your questions regarding this grant programme.You are welcome to approach us to discuss your ideas or send us a draft proposal for our suggestions and comments up to May 31, 2008.You can expect grant awards to be announced on or before October 30, 2008.

To apply,please send us a proposal describing
a) The specific cultural tradition or contemporary practice that you seek to research and/or document.
b) The research questions that are central to your project.
c) The research methodology that you seek to follow and/or new methodologies that you wish to try out to tackle your subject of inquiry.
d) The anticipated duration of your project, as well as a work plan.
e) The proposed outcomes of your project.

Please remember to include the following with your proposal:
a) Supporting material, if any, which gives us a sense of your work.
b) Your bio-data.
c) A detailed budget breakdown that explains how funds will be used. Please also mention funds anticipated from other sources, if any.
d) Your address, telephone/fax numbers, and e-mail address.
e) If you are applying on behalf of an institution, please include background information on the organisation as well as the memorandum of association/trust deed, annual reports, and audited statements of accounts for the past three years.

General Information
► Our funds will cover only project-related personnel costs, activities and travel, and can provide for modest equipment and materials, if necessary. Please ensure that each budget category pertains to a specific item of project-related expenditure.
► If you are an individual, please budget for an accountant.
► Please do not budget for institutional overheads, building costs and infrastructural development.
► Please do not make your identity evident in the text of the proposal.
► Please do not send your final proposal by fax or e-mail.
► If your proposal is short-listed, you may be requested to respond to evaluations.
► Your proposal will be assessed with the help of external evaluators, and IFA’s decision in this regard will be final.

You are eligible to apply if you are an Indian national, a registered non-profit Indian organisation, or have been resident in India for at least five years.

Please address your draft proposals and queries to:
The Head of Programmes
India Foundation for the Arts
‘Apurva’, Ground Floor, No. 259
4th Cross, Raj Mahal Vilas, IInd Stage, IInd Block
Bangalore - 560 094
E-mail: triptivyas@indiaifa.org

Please address your application to:
The Executive Director
India Foundation for the Arts
‘Apurva’, Ground Floor, No. 259
4th Cross, Raj Mahal Vilas, IInd Stage, IInd Block
Bangalore - 560 094
Tel/fax: 080 - 2341-4681 / 2341-4682

Translations of this circular are available in some other Indian languages on request and can also be downloaded from www.indiaifa.org

Please share this announcement with as many individuals and institutions as possible.

Thank you.

With Best Regards,
Vindya Vausini

Support the Arts. Support IFA.

Vindya Vausini
Public Relations India Foundation for the Arts
'Apurva' Ground Floor
No 259, 4th Cross
Raj Mahal Vilas IInd Stage
IInd Block
Bangalore-560 094
fax: 91-80-23414683

Indigenous Fellowship Programme (UN, 27june)


Indigenous Fellowship Programme
>>English speaking programme (sessions imparted in English):

The English speaking component of the Indigenous Fellowship Programme began in 1997, as an initiative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) developed in the context of the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (1995-2004).

The English speaking component of the programme generally runs for four months from April/May to July/August. The Fellows are based at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland. The programme is an inter-active process, which consists of briefings on several topics (i.e. OHCHR’s work, the UN system and mechanisms) individual and group assignments. Fellows also have the opportunity to receive training sessions with other UN agencies, including ILO, WIPO, UNESCO and UNITAR.

At the end of the Programme, each Fellow should have a general knowledge on the United Nations system, international human rights instruments and mechanisms, in particular those relevant to indigenous peoples and be capable of giving training sessions within their communities/organizations on the knowledge acquired.
Fellows attending the English speaking component of the programme are entitled to the following: a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva; modest accommodation in Geneva for the duration of the Programme; basic health insurance for the duration of the Programme; a monthly grant to cover other living expenses in Geneva.

The candidates that have been selected for the 2008 English speaking programme are :

- Mr. Dharmodip Basumatary from India (Boro)
- Mr. Doug Kiel from the USA ( Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin)
- Mr. Khim Prasad Ghale from Nepal (Gurung)
- Ms. Jane Naini Meriwas from Kenya (Yaaku)
- Ms. Saelee Kamonphan from Thailand (Lisu)

Please note that the deadline to apply to the 2009 English speaking Programme is: Friday 27 June 2008

Application form.

International Human Rights Grants

International Human Rights Internship Programme Professional Development/ Exchange Project Grants 2007-2008
Supports human rights organisations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East,
Latin America, the Caribbean, East and Central Europe, and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries to enable their staff to undertake professional development exchange projects.

Deadline: December 31 2007

Millennium Volunteers funding programme 2008-11

Millennium Volunteers funding programme 2008-11
Application Deadline: 14 November 2007

The Volunteer Development Agency is delighted to announce funding for the Millennium Volunteers programme to develop youth volunteering in Northern Ireland from 2008 to 2011.

Applications will be considered from voluntary, community, statutory and non-profit organisations that are seeking to increase the number of young volunteers and volunteering opportunities for young people, increase the diversity of volunteers, develop dynamic and creative approaches to the involvement of young people, enhance the quality of volunteering practice including learning and skills of individual volunteers as well as benefit the local community through volunteering.

For more information, e-mail to mvgrants@volunteering-ni.org

National Media Fellowship Programme (15 Sept)

National Media Fellowship Programme

Recognizing the need to play a proactive role in bringing development concerns more prominently to the public agenda, in 1994 the National Foundation for India launched its National Media Fellowship Programme. The fellowships aim to incorporate areas of social and development concerns not only for their own merit but also for the purpose of media sensitization to bring development concerns to the realm of public consciousness in order to facilitate a more informed development policy discourse.

The Foundation awards between nine and twelve fellowships each year. Under the fellowship the print journalists are expected to research, write and publish with a byline 10 articles on their chosen topic. Photojournalists are expected to write and publish five photo essays and mount an exhibition of his/her work at the end of the fellowship period.

The broad objectives of the National Media Fellowship are to promote effective communication that draws attention to development concerns, encourages excellence in journalism and facilitates a more informed development policy. More specifically the fellowship aim to:

  • Create greater awareness in the media about national development problems
  • Strengthen public opinion regarding the need to take positive measures to support people-centered development
  • Facilitate a process of sensitization to development issues among media professionals
  • Promote effective communication that draws attention to development concerns; and
  • Facilitate a more informed development policy dialogue.

Fellowships are announced at an award ceremony held in New Delhi.

The details regarding applications for the fellowship are publicized in May each year, following which applications are open till the end of September (the exact dates vary each year). The fellowships are advertised in both Hindi and English, and applications can be sent in English or in any other Indian language.

You can check the details of the previous year’s applications in the brochure uploaded on our website. Once finalized, the details and application forms for the current year will be made available online.

Please direct your queries to:

Kandala Singh: kandalasingh@gmail.com
Maisra Mallik: maisra@nfi.org.in / info@nfi.org.in
Mini Kakkar at mini@nfi.org..in

National Media Fellowship Programme
National Foundation for India
Zone IV A, Upper Ground Floor
India Habitat Centre
Lodi Road, New Delhi - 110 003
Phone: 2464 1864/65, 2464 8490-92; Fax: 91-11-2464 1867
Website: www.nfi.org.in

New India Fellowship (30 September 2016)

The core activity of the New India Foundation are the New India Fellowships, awarded to scholars and writers working on different aspects of the history of independent India. From a large pool of several hundred applications, about twelve proposals are short-listed, with these candidates appearing before a jury. Each round, between three and six fellowships are awarded. The duration of the fellowships is twelve months. Fellows are paid Rs. 100,000 a month.

The New India Fellowships are open only to Indian nationals, including those currently living abroad. Fellowship holders are expected to write original books. Their proposals should be oriented towards final publication, and outline a road map towards that destination. The Foundation is ecumenical as regards genre, theme, and ideology: the only requirement is that the proposed works contribute to the fuller understanding of independent India. Thus Fellowship holders may choose to write a memoir, or a work of reportage, or a thickly footnoted academic study. Their books could be oriented towards economics, or politics, or culture. They could be highly specific-an account of a single decade or a single region-or wide-ranging, such as a countrywide overview.

The books that result from the New India Fellowship convey original research in an accessible manner to different constituencies. To that end, each book is published by a prestigious publishing house. The Trustees have wide experience of publishing with leading firms in India and abroad.

Candidates for the New India Fellowship are sought through select advertising in leading journals. The Trustees assess the proposals and make a short list from the submissions. The shortlisted candidates are called for an interview, before a jury consisting of eminent people from the worlds of scholarship, business, and social service.

How to Apply
The eighth round of the New India Fellowships is now open. Applicants are expected to submit the following:
CV with contact details (email ID mandatory)
Book proposal
Writing sample of at least 5000 words (published or unpublished)

The Managing Trustee,
The New India Foundation,
22 A Brunton Road,
Bangalore 560025.
Phone 080-2559-0088

Entries may be sent by post or courier. Email applications will not be entertained. The phone number is provided as courier services may demand it. Any queries must only be addressed to newindiafoundation@gmail.com.

The last date for receipt of applications is 30 September 2016.

Oslo Peace Scholarship

Oslo Peace Scholarship

The Graduate Studies in International Affairs (GSIA) program in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, in partnership with the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and Bjørknes College, offers one scholarship each year for full-time study in the Master of International Affairs specialising in Peace and Conflict Studies degree program. Tuition fees will be covered by The Australian National University and Bjørknes College; and students will receive some funding towards living costs as a stipend.

Program: Master of International Affairs specialising in Peace and Conflict Studies (Code 7815SPEACE)

Canberra: A$6,200 - in fortnightly payments
Oslo: NOK 30,000

Tuition Fee
Canberra: A$12,000 (international students) or A$8,400 (Australian or New Zealand students)
Oslo: NOK 40,000

Maximum Duration: 2 sessions/semesters full-time

Application Close: 30 April
Take Up By: 15 May
Oslo Session Commences: 17 August (tbc)
Oslo Session Ends: 11 December(tbc)

Canberra Semester Commences: 22 February
Canberra Semester Ends: 30 June

Eligible Program(s): Master of International Affairs specialising in Peace and Conflict Studies

Eligibility Criteria: International students, Australian and Norwegian students

How to Apply
Applicants should state their interest in being considered for this Scholarship in their application for admission. Please refer to the application procedure.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Graduate Studies in International Affairs office for more information:Email: gsia@anu.edu.au Phone: +61-2-6125 2167
Full details on award conditions available here: http://rspas.anu.edu.au/gsia/docs/Oslo_Peace_Scholarship.pdf

More info: http://rspas.anu.edu.au/gsia/oslops.htm

Scholarships for UN Commission on the Status of Women (19 Nov )

*Call for Applications for Scholarships for UN Commission on the Status of Women 2008*
*Deadline for submission is 19 November*
Contact: CSW52@UN.org

Eight (8) Yvonne Hibbard scholarships will be awarded by the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) to attend the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2008 - CSW 52. The following criteria apply:

1) The applicant's organization must be ECOSOC affiliated - UN ECOSOC NGO.
2) The applicant should be one who has never had a chance to attend the CSW
3) No previous recipient can apply.
4) The applicant should have experience and knowledge of the topics of CSW 52.
5) The applicant should submit detailed personal contact information and a brief biography.
6) Regional representation will be sought.
7)* **Deadline for submission is 19 November*
8) The final decision will be made by the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW).
9) Apply to CSW52@UN.org.

Time is very short. The final decision will be made by the end of November.

Eva Richter
Executive Committee
NGO Committee on the Status of Women NY

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Scottish International Scholarship (14 March 2008)

Scottish International Scholarship 2008

The Scottish Scholarship awards are available for taught masters courses in Science and Technology, Creative Industries and Finance at any Scottish Higher Education Institute. You gain an internationally recognised qualification at a world class university and also an opportunity to enhance your career prospects with a chance to network with Scottish companies. The scholarship covers the tuition fees, return economy airfare and a living allowance.

Last date to submit your application is 14 March 2008.

For further information log on to www.scotlandscholarship.com

Tasveer Ghar Fellowships (10 May)

From: Tasveer Ghar

Tasveer Ghar Fellowships 2008: Call for Proposals
"Kaleidoscopic Sites and Sights: The Printed Visual Culture/s of Religious Pluralism"
Last Date of Submission: May 10, 2008

We are pleased to invite proposals for our second short-term
fellowships involving the collection and documentation of unique forms
of popular visual arts of India with a focus on religious pluralism
and sacred sites in India. The estimated duration of the fellowship is
6 months, starting July 2008. At the end of the fellowship period,
collected specimens will be digitized and virtually exhibited along
with an accompanying image essay on the website of Tasveer Ghar.
Prospective applicants can take a look at the website for examples of
image essays that have already been posted.

The theme for 2008: Kaleidoscopic Sites and Sights, The Printed Visual
Cultures of Religious Pluralism

What does the visual culture of modern India's much-vaunted religious
diversity look like? This is the critical question that we pose to
prospective applicants to the 2008 Tasveerghar Fellowships. Over the
millennia, numerous religious traditions, practices and institutions
have arrived, evolved, and come to co-exist, as well as to enter into
conflict in the subcontinent. Many studies have documented the verbal
bases as well as products of religious pluralism, syncretism and
co-habitation. Yet, we know very little about the visual consequences
of the coming together and co-development of faiths and belief systems
that have ranged from the iconographic and the aniconic to the
iconoclastic. How have these been produced and sustained through the
printed products of mechanical reproduction such as religious posters,
street hoardings, calendars, pilgrimage paraphernalia and other
printed ephemera? How are shared visual idioms and vocabularies
developed through the coming together of faiths around sacred shrines
and pilgrimages, personages and public events? How are these images
incorporated and looked upon in the everyday lives of people, and
imbued with meaning by diverse groups? Most importantly, what role
does the production, circulation and consumption of such visual
'ephemera' play in underwriting a culture of religious pluralism that
has survived and transformed into multiple shapes and domains over the
millennia, e.g. by means of new technologies or migration?

Arguably, religious pluralism has cleared the ground for the creation
of a culture of secularism in India, and also acts as a break on the
more egregious consequences of religious orthodoxy, political
extremism and cultural (trans)nationalism. How do the visual cultures
of religious pluralism inform the visual practices of secularism, and
do they offer a critique of the visual culture of religious
fundamentalism? How might these visual ephemera challenge and expand
our understandings of religious interchange and conflict? In what ways
and for what reasons has the notion of pluralism undergone
redefinition? These are some of the questions to which we seek answers
through collections of images and analyses in the form of visual

We would like our Fellows to generate ethnographies of images, explore
new patterns and chains of seeing and being displayed. By
ethnographies, what we mean is a "thick description" for each
collected image: not just contexts of production, but of circulation,
usage, and so on; an account of how each image might fit into a
particular "inter-ocular" universe. We encourage our contributors to
be as creative and imaginative as the popular visual cultures of South
Asia have been.

Before you write your proposal, please read our Frequently Asked
Questions to get some practical tips on applying for this fellowship,
such as who is eligible to apply, what does the fellowship provide,
what should your proposal contain, and so on. It would also help to
look at some of the already posted visual essays on the website based
on the last year's fellowship work.

See details: http://tasveerghar.net/call.html
Frequently Asked Questions: http://tasveerghar.net/faqs.html
Download the details in MS Word format:
Tasveer Ghar's past virtual galleries: http://tasveerghar.net/gallery.html

Also see our recent Visual Essay:
Remediation: Iconic Images and Everyday Spaces - 'Female Film Stars'
in Print Media: by Madhuja Mukherji

Looking forward to receive your response and ideas.

Christiane Brosius
Manishita Dass
Sumathi Ramaswamy
Yousuf Saeed


United Nations Democracy Fund (18 December 2016)

The United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for project funding. Project proposals may be submitted on-line between 18 November 2016 and 18 December 2016 at www.un.org/democracyfund. You can find guidelines, FAQs and lessons learned for applicants at http://www.un.org/democracyfund/application-materials.

UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations. In this way, UNDEF plays a distinct role in complementing the UN's other work -- the work with Governments -- to strengthen democratic governance around the world.

This is the Eleventh Round to be launched by UNDEF, which provides grants of up to US$300,000 per project. UNDEF has supported almost 700 projects in over 100 countries at a total amount of almost US$170 million. Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous selection process, with fewer than two per cent of proposals chosen for funding. All projects are two years long.

UNDEF invites project proposals covering one or more of seven main areas:
* Women’s rights and empowerment / Gender equality
* Community activism
* Rule of law and human rights
* Youth engagement
* Strengthening civil society capacity for interaction with Government
* Media and freedom of information
* Tools for knowledge

In this Round, UNDEF particularly welcomes projects promoting pluralism, diversity, and inclusion.