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2022 R. Rajaram GRIT Research Fellowships

GRIT Internship

Prajnya Archives Internship

2022 R. RAJARAM GRIT RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

Location: India
Email: jobs.prajnya@gmail.com
Deadline: February 15, 2022

Start Date: April 1, 2022

Prajnya invites applications for the 2022 R. Rajaram GRIT Research Fellowships.

Founded in the memory of R. Rajaram in his centenary year, the Fellowship is intended to support original research on a subject relating to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The Fellowship has also included specific research responsibilities at Prajnya.

The 2022 Rajaram Fellowship is envisioned as a programme of support–financial, mentoring and networking–for original research on sexual or gender-based violence. The Fellowship will support each project financially for upto INR 50,000. In 2022, we propose to offer Fellowship support to two academic/ policy projects. The projects must be completed within a mutually agreed time-frame of no longer than one year.

The proposed project will study some aspect of sexual and gender-based violence. We are open to supporting projects that investigate the social, economic and/or political conditions surrounding the occurrence of SGBV; their prevalence and/or consequences; how policies and budget allocations have worked or should work; or any other relevant topic. The project should be original and have a feasible research design.

Rajaram Research 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in the social sciences, policy studies or humanities with evidence of research experience (for instance, a published or unpublished research paper). Applicants can be current graduate students or employees at a policy/research organisation who are seeking additional funding for their research. 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 via email (jobs.prajnya@gmail.com) and must be submitted by February 15, 2022. 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; 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 two references, how they know you and their contact information. At least one should be an academic or think-tank reference.
  • 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 will complete the project in a timely manner.)
    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 within a 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 relevant to the project proposed.

    GRIT Internship

    Location: Chennai, India
    Duration: Three months
    Email: prajnyatrust@gmail.com
    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

    Requirements:

    • 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 prajnyatrust@gmail.com. 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.

    Requirements:

    • 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 prajnyatrust@gmail.com Only applications of short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.

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    Programme Associate

    Location: Chennai
    Remuneration: Rs. 20,000-30,000, based on experience
    Email: jobs.prajnya@gmail.com
    FILLED AT THE MOMENT
    Position start date: April 1, 2021

    Prajnya, a not-for-profit working in the space of gender equality and peace education, is looking for a dynamic person with a proven/emerging portfolio of diverse skill sets to help it in executing and scaling up its programmes.

    You are expected to support us in:

    Programmes & Operations

    • Support the execution of projects and programmes/events from start to finish;
    • Plan and oversee the hosting of ‘The Prajnya Gender Talks’ seminar series every month;
    • Coordinate with partner organisations; undertake event management, oversee logistics and coordinate with vendors, as and when required;
    • Manage interns and volunteers;
    • Support fundraising, as and when required;
    • Act as focal point for internal and external stakeholders.

    Communications

    • Promote Prajnya programmes and events;
    • Create content (text and video) for social media channels such as (and not restricted to) YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter;
    • Support developing newsletters & annual report;
    • Manage posts and blogs and maintain proactive presence on the organisation’s social media channels.

    Training

    • Develop new leads, and follow-up on existing leads for gender-related and peace education training;
    • Coordinate scheduling, logistics and other support for training;
    • Help plan new training modules.

    We hope you:

    • Have a strong work ethic and the energy for work-sprints;
    • Are self-motivated and able to stay connected with a team in multiple locations;
    • Can work with discipline and focus whether from home or the office, independently or in collaboration;
    • Have excellent communication skills (spoken and written) in English and Tamil;
    • Enjoy interacting with people;
    • Can demonstrate leadership skills;
    • Are punctual, patient, systematic, meticulous, and persistent;
    • Are willing to learn and grow with us;
    • Have a sense of humour.

    We are looking for:

    • A graduate/postgraduate with a degree in any discipline;
    • A person with some knowledge of, interest in and commitment to gender and human rights issues;
    • A person with previous work experience (1-2 years) of working in the non-profit sector and managing small projects;
    • A person with basic design skills (using Canva/PowerPoint etc.);
    • A person who is looking for meaningful work that makes a difference.

    Experience in proposal, report writing, creating and editing videos are a bonus!

    HOW TO APPLY

    Applications will be accepted only over email to jobs.prajnya@gmail.com and must be submitted by March 18, 2021. 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 position and how it will serve your career goals.
    • Your c.v., and a list of three references and their contact information.
    • A writing sample of no more than 500 words.