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Applications for the 2020-2021 Charles Wallace Fellowship are invited from Indian social anthropologists or sociologists with proven records of excellence in both research and international publication.

The Charles Wallace Fellowships are funded by the Charles Wallace India Trust and administered in India by the British Council. They are intended for Indian academic or professional social anthropologists or sociologists in their 30s or early 40s who would benefit from a period of study in a British university whilst contributing to the life and work of the host institution. The Fellowship at Queen’s University is tenable for three months (from either 1 February to 30 April or 1 April to 30 June 2021 by agreement). As well as pursuing their own studies, using the facilities available at Queen’s University, the Fellow may be asked to participate in seminars or give a few lectures. They may also pay short visits to other UK universities. The Fellow will be expected to submit a short report on their activities to the Trustees towards the end of their visit.

The total value of the Fellowship is approximately £5000 (£4000 contributed by the Charles Wallace Trust and £1000 by Queen’s University Belfast) which will cover national and international travel and a monthly stipend of about £1200. The latter is held by Anthropology on behalf of the Fellow. The Queen’s University of Belfast will assist with finding residential accommodation, and will provide office space and computer facilities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: There is no application form. Applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a letter of application indicating how they would spend the time at Queen’s University. Two samples of published work must also be submitted (but no more than two, please). Applications for 2020-21 should have reached The School of HAPP by 30 September 2020. Applications should be sent directly to Dr Maruska Svasek (email:                                    

SELECTION PROCEDURE: The selection is made by Anthropology in consultation with the Trustees’ representative in London who will write to the successful applicant confirming the terms of the Fellowship. This letter can then be used by the Fellow as official support for a visa application. Otherwise most correspondence takes place between the applicants/Fellow and the Anthropology office.

In order to maximise the benefit gained from the Fellowship, both for the Fellow and for Anthropology, preference may be given to applicants whose research interests fall within the following areas, all of which are specialisms within the School: ethnic conflict, international borders, environmental anthropology, anthropology of performance, anthropology of art, human rights, emotions, and medical anthropology.


Dr Sarbeswar Sahoo delivering his Charles Wallace Lecture in the Great Hall,

Queen's University Belfast


Former Charles Wallace Fellows

Year Name                                    
Position and Institution Research Interests
2018-2019 Dr Rukshana Zaman

Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi

Within the ambit of Social Anthropology, her research interests are ethnicity, identity, ethnic conflicts, anthropology of performance mainly dance, visual anthropology and social institutions. 

2017-2018 Dr Renny Thomas

Assistant Professor in Sociology and Social Anthropology, Jesus and Mary College,  University of Delhi, New Delhi

Dr Renny Thomas Charles Wallace Testimonial - 20172018

Science and Religion, Anthropology of Rationality, Science and Technology Studies,  History of Science, Feminist Science Studies, History of Anthropology, and Literary Anthropology

2016-2017 Dr Sarbeswar Sahoo

Associate Professor of Sociology, Indian Institute of TEchology, Delhi

click to view Dr Sarbeswar Sahoo - Charles Wallace Testimonial 20162017

Anthropology of Christianity, Pentecostal Conversion, State, Civil Society and Democratization, and Neo-liberalism
2015-2016 Dr Anwesa Mahanta

Sattriya Dancer and Researcher and Visiting Artist in Residence, Indian Institute of Technology Guahati

Sattriya Dance, Anthropology of Performance, Emotions, Heritage, Ethnicity, Artefacts
2014-2015  Dr Dev Pathak  Assistant Professor Department of Sociology South Asian University Anthropology of Performance, Cinema, Music, Folklore, Indigenous Education and youth, Visual Sociology, and Cultural Development  
2013-2014 Dr. Birendra Suna
Postdoctoral Fellow
Indian Council of Social Science Research,
(Ministry of Human Resource Development)
Aruna Asaf Ali Marg
New Delhi
Social capital, poverty, livelihoods and public policy, ethnic conflict, nationalism, inequality and social mobility, globalisation, consumerism and environmentalism
2012-2013 Dr Surya Prakash Upadhyay
Assistant Professor
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Globalization, mass media, television gurus and practices of self-care
Dr Subir Rana
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi
Sexuality, colonialism, Christianity and comparative histories of gypsies in Europe with Indian 'untouchables'
2010-2011 Dr. Sanghamitra Choudhury
Assistant Professor,
Department of Peace and Conflict Studies Management,
Sikkim Central University,
Women in conflict; socio-political identities; micro finance and entrepreneuship; folk music; Assam
 2009-2010 Dr. Debbidata Aurobinda Mahapatra    

Assistant Professor  

Centre for South and Central Asian Studies, Central University of Punjab                                                  

Center for Peace, Democracy and Development, University of Massachussetts, Boston.
 Kashmir borders; divided families; displacement; militarization of borders; ethnic conflict
 2008-2009 Professor Munmun Jha Professor of Sociology,
Department of Sociology,
Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology,
India Society, Cultural Anthropology, Human Rights, Human Development, Social Movements, Child Labour, Social Gerontology, Disability Studies, Corporate Governance
 2007-2008 Professor Chandan Kumar Sharma Reader and Head,
Department of Sociology,
Tezpur University,
The Bodo ethnic movement, Assam, ethnic conflict north east India and Indian nation building.
 2006-2007 Dr. Kala Shreen MOP Vaishnav College for Women
20, IV Lane , Nungambakkam High Road
Chennai - 600 034,
Tamil Nadu , India
See weblink Cultural Dynamics and Emotions Network CDEN.
 2005-2006  Dr. S. Sumathi Senior Lecturer and Head,
Department of Anthropology
University of Madras
 Development issues among the Malayalis of Javadhu Malai; Participatory Ethnography; Participatory Health Care Management
 2004-2005 Dr. Sameera Maiti Associate Professor                                    

Sikkim University, 6th Mile                   



Social Economic conditions and impact of development schemes on the tharu tribe of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
2000-2001 Professor Rowena Robinson Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology,
Sociology of religion and kinship, Conversion, Christianity in India
1999-2000 Professor Subadra Channa Department of Anthropology
University of Delhi
1997-1998 Dr Deepak Mehta Associate Professor

Department of Sociology
Delhi School of Economics
University of Delhi
Delhi 110 007

 1996-1997 Professor Susan Visvanathan Professor of Sociology
Centre for the Study of Social Systems,
School of Social Sciences, JNU
 1995-1996 Professor Surinder S Jodhka Professor and Chair

Centre for the Study of Social Systems,
School of Social Sciences, JNU