The Prajnya Trust


Accountant (Part-time)

2019 R. Rajaram GRIT Research Fellowship

GRIT Internship

Prajnya Archives Internship

Accountant (Part-time)

Location: Chennai
Deadline: November 15, 2018
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Prajnya is looking for a part-time Accountant to join our growing team.

The Accountant will work closely with our office team, Trustees and Auditor. S/he will handle day-to-day bookkeeping, entering the accounts in Tally, compliance-related formalities and other accounts work.

Responsibilities and duties

  • Track donations, receipts and expenses for operations and projects;
  • Perform monthly, quarterly and annual accounting activities including reconciliations of bank accounts, coordination and completion of annual audits, and reviewing financial reports/support as necessary;
  • Analyze and report on financial status, including income statement variances, communicating financial results to management periodically, budget preparation and analysis;
  • Coordinating with Auditor with regard to audit, tax, TDS, GST and other formalities;
  • Contribute to budget-writing and fundraising.

We are looking for someone who is organised, motivated and adaptable in a dynamic workplace.

Shared values, including gender sensitivity, and team spirit are a must. If the candidate understands the nature of social sector work, it is a bonus.

Qualifications and skills

  • Should be a graduate or a post graduate in commerce and accounts;
  • 2+ years of accounting experience;
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office, accounting software and databases such as Tally.

How to Apply

Please send an application letter, a detailed resume and a list of two references to on or before November 15, 2018. We will communicate with the shortlisted candidates.


Location: India
Duration: One year, January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019
Deadline: November 20, 2018

Prajnya invites applications for the R. Rajaram GRIT Research Fellowship. Fellows have the opportunity to carry out their own original research project on a subject relating to sexual and gender-based violence, in addition to specific research responsibilities at Prajnya.

About the Fellowship

The Fellowship is envisioned as an apprenticeship and comes with a modest stipend of Rs. 10000/- per month, access to mentoring, publication and networking opportunities. A small amount of research support will also be made available depending on the needs of the project. This opportunity is ideal for those with a graduate degree, who are planning to pursue research degrees in the near future.

While the research project will form a significant part of the Fellow's work, s/he will also have the opportunity to work Prajnya's Gender Violence Research and Information Taskforce (GRIT), which uses research and public education to inform and empower the community. In this connection, the Fellow will be responsible for:

  • Research, writing and compilation of the year’s Gender Violence Report;
  • Engagement with research and information initiatives, including those undertaken for the Prajnya 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence;
  • Regular blogging and curating of information on gender violence for the GRIT blog;
  • Engagement with Prajnya’s social media outreach on gender violence.

The R. Rajaram GRIT Research Fellowship will be offered for one year at a time and all commitments must be completed by the end of that time. We welcome both Chennai-based and non-resident applicants. Non-resident Fellows will be required to spend residential stints in Chennai in the course of the year; the schedule for these will be decided at the time of the award.

Who may apply

Fellows will have at minimum a Master’s degree in the social sciences, policy studies or humanities with evidence of research experience (for instance, a published or unpublished research paper). The primary language for written projects will be English and therefore, English proficiency is essential but research proficiency in one other Indian language is desirable.

How to apply

Applications will be accepted only over email ( and must be submitted by November 20, 2018. Only complete applications will be considered, and they must include:

  • A cover letter of no more than one page (one side), stating why you are interested in this Fellowship and how it will serve your career goals; what you propose to research and why it is an important subject; and relating your experience to this position.
  • Your c.v., fully listing academic and professional experience, as well as any publications.
  • A short writing sample, published or unpublished, of three double-spaced pages length at most.
  • A list of three references, including a brief statement of how they know you, their contact information. At least two should be academic references.
  • A short project proposal (1000-1500 words) which, while written without jargon, must clearly answer the following questions:
    1. What is the proposed research about?
      (This must be clearly and concisely stated, as a problem and not a title.)
    2. What is the academic and historical context for this project?
      (The proposal need not include a full literature review but must indicate that the applicant understands the context of the proposed question and is aware of work that has been done in the area.)
    3. What are the research methods proposed?
      (We are looking for projects that would utilise both primary and secondary research.)
    4. What is the research plan?
      (This should be as practical as possible and show that the applicant knows what is available and possible.)
    5. What will be the product of this research?
      (It is not essential that the product be an academic paper, but there should be clarity on what it will be and that it can be produced by the end of the calendar year.)
    6. What is the relevance of this research to the analysis of gender violence and advocacy for its elimination?
      (This should be written very clearly, explaining the claim fully.)
    7. A list of bibliographic references (5-10) relevant to the project proposed.

    GRIT Internship

    Location: Chennai, India
    Duration: Three months
    Deadline: By the 15th of any month, to start the following month

    The Gender Violence Research and Information Taskforce (GRIT) at Prajnya is offering three-month internships on a rolling basis to interested persons. The interns will be expected to put in about 15 hours a week. They will receive a letter of completion on successfully finishing their assignments.

    Internship assignments may include any of the following, depending on the intern’s skills and our needs:

    • Programme assistance
    • Research support
    • Logistical support
    • Writing and documentation
    • Social media
    • Web support
    • Design


    • Minimum educational qualification: Undergraduate student at a recognised University.
    • The positions are also open to graduates not currently studying.
    • Interest in women’s rights and gender violence issues.
    • Fluency in written and spoken English.
    • Ability to write clearly and concisely.
    • Continuous access to Internet and phone.

    Note: This is a non-paying internship opportunity.

    Those interested in and meeting the above requirements may send their application including a cover letter and an up-to-date CV to Only applications of short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.

    Prajnya Archives Internship

    Duration: Six months
    Number of positions: One
    Location: Preferably Chennai; but we will consider other applications.
    Application deadline:
    For the January 15-June 15 Internship: November 30
    For the June 15-January 15 Internship: May 31

    The Prajnya Archives are offering two six-month internships a year, starting from 2017. For those who are selected, the Internships present an opportunity to learn practical documentation skills, to visualise careers in history and to engage with the exciting and important work of making visible South Asian women’s engagement with the world around them.

    The Prajnya Archives are a user-generated repository of visual records that document the role that women have played in the public sphere. We invite people to upload their photos on an on-going basis and also put out thematic calls for photos at least once a year. These entries are then added to the Archives.

    Internship responsibilities will include:

    • Checking submissions for clarity, image quality and completeness.
    • Promoting, tracking and curating Archives thematic calls for photos.
    • Archives outreach activities.

    The Interns will work with both the Archives Curators and with the Prajnya Team. They will be expected to put in about 15 hours a week. They will receive a letter of completion on successfully finishing their assignments.

    We are looking for an Archives Intern with an established interest in history, women’s studies, museum studies or anthropology, although people from other backgrounds are invited to apply.


    • Minimum educational qualification: Undergraduate student at a recognised University.
    • Interest in history and women’s rights.
    • Fluency in written and spoken English. (Desirable: Other South Asian languages as well)
    • Ability to write clearly and concisely.
    • Familiarity with computer and Internet use, including social media skills.
    • Continuous access to Internet and phone.

    This is an unpaid internship. A Chennai location would suit us best but relocation is not essential as much of the work will be done online.

    Those interested in and meeting the above requirements may send their application including a cover letter and an up-to-date CV to Only applications of short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.