Research Fellow, India China Institute

ICI Fellowships for “Pandemic Worlds Research Seminar”

The India China Institute (ICI) is launching a new university-wide research seminar that offers an opportunity for faculty and doctoral students to have an interdisciplinary conversation about how the COVID-19 pandemic and intersecting crises are changing knowledge production, politics, society, and design in multifarious and far-reaching ways. 

ICI welcomes applications from full-time faculty and doctoral students on the following themes related to our research clusters, though we would also be open to other topics: cities, social movements, data politics, technology, and post-liberal orders. Proposals should be related to projects that engage with India, China, the Global South, or explore transnational and global connections. 

The seminar will consist of a series of meetings in fall 2020 and spring 2021. Three sessions will be held in the second half of fall 2020, and seven in spring 2021. Each seminar member will present work in progress at one of the sessions. This could be a working paper or design project proposal. In addition, the meetings will include discussion of collectively determined readings. At the conclusion of the academic year, working papers and projects would be published on the ICI website.

ICI will award eight fellowships of $3,000 to full-time New School faculty, and two fellowships of $3,000 to New School PhD students who have defended their dissertation prospectus. 

Given the limited prospects for travel in the current academic year, research funds can be used for a range of research-related expenses, including books, access fees to digitized texts and other forms of online sources such as datasets or digital repositories, electronic equipment, and more. 

Application Process

Faculty can apply by filling out this form and providing the following:

  • CV
  • 2-3 page proposal stating the central questions, concepts, and intended outcomes of the project.
  • A brief budget narrative

PhD students can apply by filling out this form and providing the following:

  • CV
  • 2-3 page proposal stating the central questions, concepts, and intended outcomes of the project.
  • A brief budget narrative
  • Names of dissertation supervisor and committee members

The deadline for applications is October 16. Applications will be reviewed by the ICI Faculty Advisory Committee, and awards will be announced during the week of October 26.  

Faculty and students who are currently supported by ICI Faculty Research or Curriculum Development grants or Starr Travel grants cannot also be funded by the Pandemic Worlds Research Seminar.