The Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS) annually awards senior fellowships for support of short-term research or other scholarly projects that will advance knowledge of the Himalaya-Karakoram-Hindukush mountain regions. The fellowship will support work focusing on any aspect of Himalayan studies.
Deadline for submission: April 1, 2013
The 2013 ANHS Senior Fellowship Program announcement
The Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS) invites applications for support of short-term research or other scholarly projects that will advance knowledge of the Himalaya-Karakoram-Hindukush mountain regions. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level or have equivalent professional experience. The fellowship will support work focusing on any aspect of Himalayan studies.
The application deadline is April 1, 2013 with an anticipated award date of May 1, 2013. The project or research must be completed by May 2014. A non-refundable processing fee of $30 must be included with the completed application form. Please make checks payable to the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies. Payments may also be made via PayPal to email@example.com.
The fellowship is open to all regardless of citizenship. The award for ANHS individual members or scholars affiliated with ANHS institutional members will be $1,500. For all other scholars, the award will be $1,250.
ANHS will assist with the visa process in Nepal through the ANHS office in Kathmandu. Should the fellowship be awarded for work in any other Himalayan region country, ANHS will request the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) organization in that country to assist with the visa process. However, final responsibility for obtaining visa and research permission as necessary will remain with the awarded fellow.
Applicants should provide the following:
1) A current CV.
2) Research or project proposal that should include the following:
b) Brief abstract of the research or project of approximately 250 words for use on the
ANHS web site;
c) Statement describing the nature of the proposed research or project, including the contribution it will make to Himalayan studies. This should be double-spaced and not exceed 1,500 words;
d) Location(s) where the research or project will be conducted and time schedule for its completion; and
e) Summary budget (please also note any other grant applications submitted). If travel is involved, please be specific as to costs.
All application material should be sent electronically to:
Past Senior Fellows
ANHS annually awards the Dor Bahadur Bista Prize for best graduate student paper submitted to this ANHS competition. The prize honors the life, career, and service of Dor Bahadur Bista, Nepal’s first anthropologist and former Honorary President of the ANHS predecessor organization, the Nepal Studies Association.
The purpose of the prize is to recognize outstanding scholarship by students whose research focuses on the areas of High Asia (Hindu Kush – Karakoram – Himalaya – Tibetan Plateau) that comprise the principal interests of ANHS.
Submissions from all academic disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and arts will be accepted. Read how to apply for the 2012 Dor Bahadur Bista Prize.
Deadline for submission: September 15, 2012.
Mr. Christopher Butler’s paper titled “Since the Fighting Stopped: Changing Attitudes about Development in Rural Nepal” won the 2012 Dor Bahadur Prize. This work addresses the issue of bikas in Rukum District. It analyzes field-based data and dovetails empirical findings with deeply researched social and cultural factors. Mr. Butler has made a compelling theoretical contribution regarding a much discussed and debated topic in scholarship about Nepal – namely, bikas and what it signifies, why, how, and to whom. This paper contributed to our understanding of the transformations in social and political agency in post-Maoist Nepal.
2011 Dor Bahadur Bista Prize Winner
Sarah Besky, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Paper Title: Moral Economies of Land, Labor, and Justice on Darjeeling Tea Plantations
This article explores how tea plantation laborers in Darjeeling, India understood their
place in the circulation of an environmental commodity - fair trade and organic Darjeeling tea -
and confronted the alienation of land, labor, and product. Moving beyond economically rooted
theories of empowerment, I explore how, in an era in which environmental commodities are
increasingly seen as material vehicles for social change, the universal concept of justice is made
"practically effective" when people engage it in particular, place-based histories of cultural and
economic encounter (Tsing 2005:8). I draw upon environmental history, linguistic and kinship
analysis, and gendered narratives of identity to understand how workers in Darjeeling localized
the universal concept of "justice" to comment on the conditions of life and tea production.
Workers used "justice" to position themselves in postcolonial national and regional politics as
well as a global environmental commodity chain. "Justice" grappled with tea's place among
Darjeeling's "imperial ruins" (Stoler 2008), in which Nepali workers saw the remnants of a
stable moral economy and productive tea industry. Workers believed that they could revitalize
these ruins, not with organic certification schemes or fair trade premiums, but through the
formation of a separate Indian state of Gorkhaland.
2010 Dor Bahadur Bista Prize Winner
Tejendra Pherali, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Paper Title: Leadership in Peril: Managing School and Self during Nepal’s ‘People’s War’