International Fellowship

New York City
Jul 10, 2021
Aug 09, 2021
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The India China Institute announces an international research seminar, “Shifting Geographies of Expertise and Policymaking” on the changing institutional, cultural, and epistemological contours in the relationship between expertise and political authority in India and China and beyond.

ICI invites applications from researchers and practitioners trained in relevant social science disciplines (such as political science, science and technology studies, sociology, geography, and anthropology) or in professional programs (such as design, public policy, and others). We are especially interested in those whose work interrogates the fields of public health; urban planning; social policy (education, housing, welfare); environment and sustainability who will address questions about the politics of knowledge production and how they inform policymaking. The seminar hopes to shed light on the shifting implicit and explicit contracts between epistemic authority and political authority at various scales: local, national, regional, and global.

The research seminar will meet twice a month on zoom from October 2021 to May 2022, with an in-person workshop tentatively planned for March 2022. Each participant will be expected to present their research in one of the seminar sessions, actively participate in all discussions, attend the in-person workshop, and contribute a research paper to an edited volume that will be produced at the end of the seminar.

Application Process

  • • updated CV
  • • proposal (no longer than 2,000 words) stating the central question, methodology of the project, and how it will make a significant contribution
  • • a curated bibliography (no longer than 1,000 words) that will help us understand your (inter)disciplinary approach
  • • names and contact information for two references

The fellowship award comes with a $5,000 payment (with an option to receive the funds as reimbursement for research expenses) and fully paid travel and room and board for the workshop.

The application deadline is August 10, 2021, with selected participants notified by early September.

To access the application form and/or find out more information about the fellowship, visit the website of India China Institute at For additional questions, please write to

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