Postdoctoral Fellowships "Education Policy in India since the Nineteenth Century"

Applications are invited for postdoctoral fellowships within the framework of the TRG Poverty and Education in India for the year 2016

The Transnational Research Group "Poverty Reduction and Policy for the Poor between the State and Private Actors: Education Policy in India since the Nineteenth Century" is directed by the German Historical Institute London (a part of the Max Weber Stiftung Bonn) in cooperation with faculty members from the Centre for Historical Studies and the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen and the King’s India Institute, King’s College London.

The Transnational Research Group has designated seven research areas for which applications for postdoctoral grants are particularly welcome:

  • Nineteenth and twentieth-century global educational reform movements and their impact on universal schooling in India.
  • The quest for universal elementary/school education, the private sector and edu-business.
  • Caste discrimination and education policy.
  • Industrial restructuring, informalization, and their consequences for access to elementary education.
  • Adult education and the popularisation of practical scientific knowledge.
  • Industrial and technical institutions and the resignification of manual labour.
  • The impact of schooling on life histories.

Applications for relevant topics outside these areas are also welcome.

The fellowships are for 6 months to 1 year, starting from the earliest possible date.

The fellowships are principally meant for research based in London or Göttingen. In exceptional cases, they may be awarded for research based at one of the partner institutions in Delhi. The fellowships include a monthly allowance of £ 2200 (London), € 2200 (Göttingen) and Rs 65 000 (Delhi).

Depending on the applicant’s place of residence, a lump sum towards travel and related costs (such as visa or short-term medical insurance) may be considered.

Duties of the fellows include full-time research on the topic for which the fellowship has been awarded. She/ he will be expected to take part in the academic life of the respective institution where she/he will be based. She/ he will be expected to give at least one lecture on her/ his research project and write a research paper, based on research conducted as TRG visiting fellow, for publication in the TRG Working Paper Series.


All applications for grants are internationally advertised and grants are open to all, irrespective of nationality or location, subject to fulfilment of the Terms and Conditions of the award.

Application date
15 Jan 2016
6-12 months
Asia India Europe Germany United Kingdom
Humanities History
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years
Award granted
£ 26.400 / € 26.400 / Rs. 780.000