11th Edition of New India Foundation Book Fellowship Opens for Applications

The New India Foundation has for several years supported the research and writing of non-fiction books on various aspects of post-independence India, awarding scholarships every two years. The Book Fellowship has just opened applications for its 11th edition.

Each fellow will receive an annual stipend of Rs 18 lakh, in addition to editorial guidance ranging from proposal to editors to actual publication. Open only to Indian nationals, including those currently living abroad, these scholarships are awarded for a period of one year.

From a pool of approximately 25 pre-selected proposals, the jury awards a maximum of 10 scholarships every two years. This year’s jury includes social scientist and author Niraja Jayal, historian Srinath Raghavan and entrepreneurs Nandan Nilekani and Manish Sabharwal.

Proposals could, for example, relate to dissertations, reporting, university studies. Books can be oriented towards economics, politics or culture. In addition to a book proposal, the applicant will also be required to submit a writing sample of at least 5,000 words via the website by December 31, 2022.

Since their creation, the NIF book grants have given rise to the publication of several
books that have recorded various aspects of contemporary Indian history. Recently released titles include Swati Ganguly’s Tagore University: A History of Visva-Bharati (1921-1961); Bibi by Nazia Akhtar Room: Hyderabadi women and 20th century Urdu prose; by Rahul Ramagundam The Life and Times of George Fernandes; Pradeep magazine Not Just Cricket: A Journalist’s Journey Through Modern India; At Rajshree Chandra
Competing Nationalisms: The Sacred and Political Life of Jagat Narain Lal; and G Kanoto Chophy’s
Christianity and Politics in Tribal India: Baptist Missionaries and Naga Nationalism among others.

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