Sahapedia Explore Fellowship

Sahapedia EXPLORE Fellowship

Are you someone who loves walking into lesser known, overlooked or simply forgotten places in your hometown and spending hours creating and recreating the stories that inhabit these spaces and writing about them? Is spending your time strolling down alleys and by-lanes your idea of a fun evening? Would you like to work with a unique museum in your neighbourhood and create innovative experiences for its visitors? 

If yes, you are the Explorer we are looking for. Apply to become a Sahapedia Explore Fellow today!

About the Fellowship

The Sahapedia EXPLORE Fellowship is a collaborative project to encourage fresh research on tangible heritage across select cities and towns in India. The Fellowship is a way to both support research on the arts and cultural diversity of India, and to encourage field practitioners and young scholars to identify from their perspectives what needs to be documented about their hometowns. The Fellowship is unique in that it also includes museums in its ambit, with the aim to help create a supporting ecosystem for museums in their work with communities and practices that often do not get the attention they deserve.

The Fellowship looks for local residents from select cities and towns to take on a 5 month task of carrying out a cultural mapping exercise for their hometown to help residents and travellers explore a city’s heritage. This Fellowship, spanning across Mapping, Outreach and Experiences, includes – 

  1. Mapping and documenting some of your hometown’s lesser known aspects – especially of tangible heritage - and compiling them into formats that can be widely disseminated. The Fellow will work closely with the Sahapedia team to carry out this Cultural Mapping.

And in some select cases,

  1. Working with a local museum to help it achieve its goal of becoming a living cultural hub. The Fellow, guided by Sahapedia, will work with a partner museum and will be engaged in one or more of – Research & writing, Designing experiences for the museums’ visitors, Outreach and digital marketing campaigns. 

Languages

This Fellowship is being offered in English only – 

  • All deliverables have to be originally created and submitted in English 

For any queries, please contact us at sahaexplore@sahapedia.org
 

Goa Fellowship

The Sahapedia EXPLORE Fellowship for Goa is being launched in collaboration with the Goa Chitra Museum.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31 January 2020

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About the Goa Fellowship

Only one Fellow will be selected. The Fellow will work closely with the Goa Chitra Museum on descriptive articles about the museum, prepare a social media strategy and create museum experiences. For further details on the deliverables, see Annexure I.

Funding 

Selected candidates will be granted an award of ₹45,000. Applicable Income Tax will be deducted at source as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Thus, the award will amount to ₹40,500, which will be released in three instalments, based on the completion of specific deliverables. The procedure for disbursements will be shared upon signing the agreement.

About the Goa Chitra Museum

The Goa Chitra Museum contains over 40,000 artefacts related to the Goan economy’s agrarian roots. Each of the artefacts is supplemented by information collected in situ by interviewing elder members of the community and through study of its application in daily life. Most notably, the organization is a one man’s collection and dedication of over 30 years. Goa Chitra believes in reviving age-old traditions through the museum display and outreach programs thus allowing the younger generation to share the wisdom of the past which would otherwise be irretrievably lost. To know more visit their website at https://www.goachitra.com/

Duration

The Fellowship has to be completed in the time-frame of 5 months between 21 February and 14 July, 2020. Failure to submit the Fellowship requirements within the stipulated timeframe will result in the cancelation of that Fellowship. Candidates are advised to refer to the timeline outlined in Annexure II and terms and conditions in Annexure III.

Eligibility 

The Fellowship is available to – 

  • Graduates, with two years or more of work experience in the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the broadest sense

  • Postgraduates and above, especially those qualified in the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the broadest sense

  • Candidates with prior professional or academic familiarity with museums, conducting experiences or tours in museums or outside will be given preference

  • Experience with social media marketing would be very useful

Application guidelines

Each applicant must submit the following -

  1. CV [PDF; Max File Size: 1MB]

  2. A 300 word write-up about themselves [PDF; Max File Size: 1 MB]

  3. A writing sample, previously written essay or research paper of at least 1500 words [PDF; Max File Size: 1MB]

  4. A portfolio of any previous work with social media marketing (if any) [PDF; Max File Size: 10MB]

  5. A sample of previous photography work [JPG; Max 5 photos each less than 2 MB]

  6. A portfolio of any previous work with museum experience creation (if any) [PDF; Max File Size: 10MB]

  7. “How can the Goa Chitra Museum increase its engagement with audiences?” Prepare an action plan that would be suited for Goa Chitra. [Maximum 1 page - word limit 500 words] [PDF; Max File Size: 1MB]
    A few guiding points to consider while creating your plan:

    • How can the museum increase its footfall and sustain the growth over time?

    • Which target groups (age/interest/profession etc.) should the museum specifically cater to and how?

      • Through physical museum experiences

      • Through digital media

    • What funding / revenue sources can the museum look at to provide for your plan? Does your plan also help increase the museum’s financial sustainability?

    • Refer to Goa Chitra Museum’s website for more details about the museum

http://www.goachitra.com/

Selection Process

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of the Selection Criteria (see below) and 1-2 rounds of telephonic/in-person interviews at the Goa Chitra Museum.

Selection Criteria 

  • Clarity of the one-page response about museum engagement, and writing samples submitted by the candidate.

  • Assessment of sample videos based on camera work (if applicable) OR sample images submitted.

  • Assessment of the social media marketing portfolio submitted (if applicable).

Candidates are advised to refer to the following annexures for further information:

Annexure I – Deliverables for the Goa Fellowship

Annexure II – Timeline

Annexure III – Terms and Conditions

 

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31 JANUARY 2020

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Ahmedabad Fellowship

The Sahapedia EXPLORE Fellowship for Ahmedabad is being launched in collaboration with the Shreyas Folk Museum.

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About the Ahmedabad Fellowship

The Fellow must carry out cultural mapping of the city and also work closely with the Shreyas Folk Museum on 2 descriptive articles about the museum, work on researching and creating display labels, and create museum experiences. For further details on deliverables, see Annexure I.

Funding 

Selected candidates will be granted an award of ₹70,000. Applicable Income Tax will be deducted at source as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Thus, the award will amount to ₹63,000, which will be released in three instalments, based on the completion of specific deliverables. The procedure for disbursements will be shared upon signing the agreement.

About the Shreyas Folk Museum

Shreyas Folk Museum is situated on the campus of Shreyas Foundation atop the beautiful, lush green Shreyas Hill. In the exhibition galleries, exquisite pieces-colourful embroidery, bead work, wood-carvings, metal work and utensils, leather work, costumes, caparisons and objects of house hold use- collected from all over Gujarat are on display. Cultural aspects of Kathi, Rabari, Ahir, Charan, Bharvad, Kanbi, Koli, Mer, Bhansali, Rajput, Brahmin, Vania, Meghval, Khoja, Bohra, Memon, Miana and many other communities are represented here. Labelled photographs accompanying the displayed objects explain the context of usage, name and location. To know more visit their website at http://www.shreyasfoundation.in/museums.html

Duration

The fellowship has to be completed in the time-frame of 5 months between 29 January and 14 July, 2020. Failure to submit the Fellowship requirements within the stipulated timeframe will result in cancellation of that Fellowship. Candidates are advised to refer to the timeline outlined in Annexure II and terms and conditions in Annexure III.  

Eligibility 

The Fellowship is available to – 

  • Graduates, with two years or more of work experience in the disciplines of Humanities and Social Sciences in the broadest sense. 

  • Postgraduates and above, especially those qualified in the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the broadest sense.

  • Candidates with prior professional or academic familiarity with museums, conducting experiences or tours in museums or outside will be given preference. 

  • The applicant must be a resident of Ahmedabad

 

Application guidelines

Each applicant must submit the following -

  1. Your CV [PDF; Max File Size 1 MB]

  2. Writing sample, a previously written essay or research paper of at least 1500 words [PDF; Max File Size 1 MB]

  3. A sample of previous photography work. [JPG; Max 5 photos, each less than 2 MB]

  4. A portfolio of any previous work with social media marketing (if any). [PDF; Max File Size: 5MB]

  5. “How can the Shreyas Folk Museum increase its engagement with audiences?” Prepare an action plan that would be suited for Shreyas Folk Museum. [Maximum 1 page - word limit 500 words]
    A few guiding points to consider while creating your plan:

  • How can the museum increase its footfall and sustain the growth over time?

  • Which target groups (age/interest/profession etc.) should the museum specifically cater to and how?

    • Through physical museum experiences

    • Through digital media

  • What funding / revenue sources can the museum look at to provide for your plan? Does your plan also help increase the museum’s financial sustainability?

  • Refer to Shreyas Folk Museum’s website for more details on the museum http://www.shreyasfoundation.in/museums.html

 

  1. A portfolio of any previous work with museum experience creation (if any)

Selection Process

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of the Selection Criteria (see below) and 1 – 2 rounds of telephonic/in-person interviews at the Shreyas Folk Museum.

Selection Criteria 

Selection Criteria for Museums of India Fellowship 

  • Clarity of the one-page response about museum engagement, and writing samples submitted by the candidate.

  • Assessment of sample images submitted

  • Assessment of the submitted portfolios

 

Candidates are advised to refer to the following annexures for further information:

Annexure I – Deliverables for the Ahmedabad Fellowship

Annexure II – Timeline for the Ahmedabad Fellowship

Annexure III – Terms and Conditions 

 

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

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Indore Fellowship

The Sahapedia EXPLORE Fellowship is being launched in Indore. 

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31 JANUARY 2020

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About the Indore Fellowship

Two fellows will be selected from the application pool. Each Fellow will be required to research and document certain aspects of Indore's tangible and intangible heritage, including an Indore based museum of your choice. For further details on deliverables, see Annexure I.

Funding

Selected candidates will be granted an award of ₹25,000, which will be released in three instalments, based on the completion of specific deliverables. The procedure for disbursements will be shared upon signing the agreement.  

Duration

The fellowship has to be completed in the time-frame of 4 months within 7 February and 30 June, 2020. Failure to submit the Fellowship requirements within the stipulated timeframe will result in cancellation of that Fellowship. Candidates are advised to refer to the timeline outlined in Annexure II and terms and conditions in Annexure III.  

Eligibility 

The Fellowship is available to – 

  • Graduates, with two years or more of work experience in the disciplines of Humanities and Social Sciences in the broadest sense. 

  • Postgraduates and above, especially those qualified in the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the broadest sense.

 

Application guidelines

Each applicant must submit the following -

  1. Your CV [PDF; Max File Size 1 MB]

  2. Writing sample, a previously written essay or research paper of at least 1500 words [PDF; Max File Size 1 MB]

  3. A sample of previous photography work. [JPG; Max 5 photos, each less than 2 MB]

  4. For the city of Indore, choose one tangible heritage site/element and one intangible heritage element. For both of these, craft a 300 – 400 word write up [PDF, Max File Size 1 MB]. Also submit found images of each heritage element with copyright status [JPG; Max 5 photos, each less than 2 MB]

  5. Choose any aspect of the city of Indore that interests you (festivals/ architecture/ seasons/ food/ languages and dialects/ textiles/ crafts/ professions/ ecology etc. or a combination of any of these) and write a descriptive article on a lesser known side of the selected theme (between 800-1000 words). This must be an original non-academic piece with all sources cited (Can include peculiar facts, myths, etc). [PDF; Max File Size 1 MB]

Selection Process

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of the Selection Criteria (see below) and 1 – 2 rounds of telephonic/ in-person interviews. 

Selection Criteria 

Selection Criteria for the Fellowship

  • Clarity of the responses on the tangible heritage site/element and the intangible heritage element, AND the article on a lesser known aspect of Indore. 

  • Assessment of sample images submitted

  • Assessment of the writing sample submitted 

 

Candidates are advised to refer to the following annexures for further information:

Annexure I – Deliverables for the Indore Fellowship

Annexure II – Timeline for the Indore Fellowship

Annexure III – Terms and Conditions 

 

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31 JANUARY 2020

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Prayagraj Fellowship

The Sahapedia EXPLORE Fellowship for Prayagraj is being launched in collaboration with the Manav Vikas Sangrahalaya at the GB Pant Social Science Institute.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31 January 2020

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About the Prayagraj Fellowship

The Fellow must carry out a cultural mapping of the city and also work closely with the Manav Vikas Sangrahalaya on 2 descriptive articles about the museum, create 2 museum experiences and work with the museum on their social media for greater outreach. For further details on the deliverables, see Annexure I.

Funding 

Selected candidates will be granted an award of ₹70,000. Applicable Income Tax will be deducted at source as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Thus, the award will amount to ₹63,000, which will be released in three instalments, based on the completion of specific deliverables. The procedure for disbursements will be shared upon signing the agreement.

About the Manav Vikas Sangrahalaya

The Manav Vikas Sangrahalaya came into being in January 2001. This museum aims at preserving and highlighting folk cultures, local traditions and heritage of our country. In this respect it is different from archaeological museums as it portrays the living, vibrant and dynamic aspects of Indian folk and cultural traditions which have played a role in the socio-economic development of the country, particularly Uttar Pradesh and its neighbouring regions. Besides preserving and providing sustenance to cultural attributes of society such as tribal and folk arts, literature, sports, local skills etc., it also aims to preserve and document indigenous knowledge systems in various areas as well as tools, technologies and modes of production.

Duration

The Fellowship has to be completed in the time-frame of 5 months between 31 January and 14 July, 2020. Failure to submit the Fellowship requirements within the stipulated timeframe will result in the cancelation of that Fellowship. Candidates are advised to refer to the timeline outlined in Annexure II and terms and conditions in Annexure III.

Eligibility 

The Fellowship is available to – 

  • Graduates, with two years or more of work experience in the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the broadest sense

  • Postgraduates and above, especially those qualified in the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the broadest sense

  • Candidates with prior professional or academic familiarity with museums, conducting experiences or tours in museums or outside will be given preference

  • Experience with social media marketing would be very useful

Application guidelines

Each applicant must submit the following -

  1. Your CV [PDF; Max File Size 1 MB]

  2. Writing sample, a previously written essay or research paper of at least 1500 words [PDF; Max File Size 1 MB]

  3. A sample of previous photography work. [JPG; Max 5 photos each less than 2 MB]

  4. A portfolio of any previous work with museum experience creation (if any) [PDF; Max File Size 10 MB]

  5. “How can the Manav Vikas Sangrahalaya increase its engagement with audiences?” Prepare an action plan that would be suited for Manav Vikas Sangrahalaya. [Maximum 1 page - word limit 500 words] [PDF; Max File Size 1 MB]
    A few guiding points to consider while creating your plan:

    • How can the museum increase its footfall and sustain the growth over time?

    • Which target groups (age/interest/profession etc.) should the museum specifically cater to and how?

      • Through physical museum experiences

      • Through digital media

    • What funding / revenue sources can the museum look at to provide for your plan? Does your plan also help increase the museum’s financial sustainability?

    • Refer to Manav Vikas Sangrahalaya’s website for more details about the museum

http://www.gbpssi.nic.in/museum/index.htm

Selection Process

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of the Selection Criteria (see below) and 1-2 rounds of telephonic/in-person interviews at the Manav Vikas Sangrahalaya.

 

Selection Criteria 

  • Clarity of the one-page response about museum engagement, and writing samples submitted by the candidate.

  • Assessment of sample videos based on camera work (if applicable) OR sample images submitted.

  • Assessment of the portfolios submitted.

 

Candidates are advised to refer to the following annexures for further information:

Annexure I – Deliverables for the Prayagraj Fellowship

Annexure II – Timeline

Annexure III – Terms and Conditions

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31 January 2020

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Shillong Fellowship

The Sahapedia EXPLORE Fellowship for Shillong is being launched in collaboration with the Ever Living Museum.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON 31 JANUARY 2020

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About the Shillong Fellowship

The Fellow must carry out a cultural mapping of the city and also work closely with the Ever Living Museum on 3 descriptive articles about the museum, create 2 museum experiences and work with the museum on their social media for greater outreach. For further details on the deliverables, see Annexure I.

Funding 

Selected candidates will be granted an award of ₹70,000. Applicable Income Tax will be deducted at source as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Thus, the award will amount to ₹63,000, which will be released in three instalments, based on the completion of specific deliverables. The procedure for disbursements will be shared upon signing the agreement.

About the Ever Living Museum

Set in a beautiful orchid garden, the Ever Living Museum is an ethnographic museum that houses objects of the Khasi, Jaintia, and Garo tribes. There is a separate gallery that shows different stones collected from all over Meghalaya along with a small collection of stone, wood, and fossils. The orchid garden has beautiful wild orchids, flowers, and fruits. 

Duration

The fellowship has to be completed in the time-frame of 5 months between 31 January and 14 July, 2020. Failure to submit the Fellowship requirements within the stipulated timeframe will result in cancellation of that Fellowship. Candidates are advised to refer to the timeline outlined in Annexure II and terms and conditions in Annexure III.  

Eligibility 

The Fellowship is available to – 

  • Graduates, with two years or more of work experience in the disciplines of Humanities and Social Sciences in the broadest sense. 

  • Postgraduates and above, especially those qualified in the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the broadest sense.

  • Candidates with prior professional or academic familiarity with museums, conducting experiences or tours in museums or outside will be given preference. 

 

Application guidelines

Each applicant must submit the following -

  1. Your CV [PDF; Max File Size 1 MB]

  2. A 300 word write-up about themselves [PDF; Max File Size: 1 MB]

  3. Writing sample, a previously written essay or research paper of at least 1500 words [PDF; Max File Size 1 MB]

  4. A sample of previous photography work. [JPG; Max 5 photos, each less than 2 MB]

  5. A portfolio of any previous work with social media marketing (if any). [PDF; Max File Size: 5MB]

  6. “How can the Ever Living Museum increase its engagement with audiences?” Prepare an action plan that would be suited for Ever Living Museum. [Maximum 1 page - word limit 500 words]
    A few guiding points to consider while creating your plan:

  • How can the museum increase its footfall and sustain the growth over time?

  • Which target groups (age/interest/profession etc.) should the museum specifically cater to and how?

    • Through physical museum experiences

    • Through digital media

  • What funding / revenue sources can the museum look at to provide for your plan? Does your plan also help increase the museum’s financial sustainability?

  • Conduct online research on the Ever Living Museum for more details about the museum.

  1. A portfolio of any previous work with museum experience creation (if any)

Selection Process

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of the Selection Criteria (see below) and 1 – 2 rounds of telephonic/in-person interviews at the Ever Living Museum.

Selection Criteria 

Selection Criteria for the Fellowship 

  • Clarity of the one-page response about museum engagement, and writing samples submitted by the candidate.

  • Assessment of sample images submitted

  • Assessment of the submitted portfolios

 

Candidates are advised to refer to the following annexures for further information:

Annexure I – Deliverables for the Shillong Fellowship

Annexure II – Timeline for the Shillong Fellowship

Annexure III – Terms and Conditions 

 

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31 JANUARY 2020

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