Tata Trusts - Partition Archive Research Grants

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About the grant program:

Faculty and student researchers are welcome to apply.

The Tata Trusts and The 1947 Partition Archive (hereafter “The Archive”) are pleased to announce a one month immersive research residency grant program for academic researchers who seek to explore and study The Archive’s complete oral history collections including over 9,400 oral history accounts on video, at one of three partner universities, including Ashoka University, University of Delhi and Guru Nanak Dev University.

Residency research grants are currently being offered to (1) faculty, and (2) student graduate and post-graduate researchers working under faculty supervision. The collection is unexplored and will hold relevance to those pursuing research in subjects related to South Asian culture, ethnography and history over the last century, including the pre- and postcolonial period.

Successful applicants will be awarded a generous living stipend and provided one (1) month access to The Archive’s complete collections.

This research grant is presently open only to residents of India* (see note below).

*Note: The 1947 Partition Archive is working to seek donor and institutional partners to support similar grants in other countries, communities in geographies. We are grateful to the Tata Trusts for supporting this work in India.

Application Description:

The 1947 Partition is now accepting applications for the Tata Trusts - 1947 Partition Archive Research Grants. Applicants will be granted remote access to The Archive for a month as well as a monetary grant award.


The Tata - 1947 Partition Archive Research Grant is a full time commitment that requires that the individual focus their complete time and energy for a one (1) month period to access and study oral history interviews of Partition witnesses preserved by over 600 oral historians who make up The 1947 Partition Archive. Researchers are expected to submit one mid-point report after two weeks and a final report, summarizing their findings.



Application opening date: November 20, 2020

Application closing date: December 21, 2020

Mandatory online orientation: Upon winning this grant, grantees must attend a required online orientation.

Research Grant Length: Grantees may start their one month grant on any the 15th day of any month between February and October 2021.

Research Grant Description

  • Access to The 1947 Partition Archive’s complete collection of oral histories - a repository of approximately 9,400 video and audio interviews in their raw form
  • Receive research and discovery support from dedicated librarians and Oral History Program team members
  • A chance to uncover previously unexplored historical data. Watch, listen, and learn from eye witnesses’s life experiences of Partition to meet your research goals

Application requirements

  • A limited number of faculty awards are available to junior and senior research faculty at universities across India.
  • A limited number of student awards are available to currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate students of any discipline working under faculty supervision.
  • Indian citizen or permanent resident
  • Have secure access to a personal computer or personal laptop
  • Have stable internet connection

Proposal requirements

  • Your resume
  • Statement of purpose (max 300 words)
  • Research Proposal (2 pages maximum, Times New Roman, font size 12, single spaced with 1 inch page margins. Figures, images, photographs, other pertinent material and references may be provided in appendices. Proposals that do not meet these criteria will not be considered.)
  • Letter from your research supervisor (mandatory for students of any level; not mandatory for faculty members)
  • List of publications
  • Application Form filled and submitted online

Expectations from Grantees

  • Grantees are expected to work hard and devote their time in assessing the oral history narratives critically
  • Grantees are expected to use what they learn from the Oral History narratives in their research in a respectful and ethical manner while maintaining the confidentiality of the oral history narrators
  • Grantees must submit a 1 page preliminary research summary at the midpoint of their research period
  • Grantees are to submit a 3 page research summary at the end of the research period
  • When grantees publish their research results in the form or a paper or an article, grantees are expected to offer a copy to The 1947 Partition Archive.

Selection Procedure

Selection of the candidates will be a two tiered process:

First, assessment of the research proposal by The Archive team
Second, in depth review of the proposal by the Selection Committee composed of peers and professionals in the field.


  • Faculty grant: Rs. 50,000 INR for one month
  • Student grant: Rs. 30,000 INR for one month

Last date for application is: December 21, 2020 11:59 pm IST
Grant period from February 15, 2021 to October 31, 2021