Lakshmi R. lakshmi.r at crymail.org
Tue Aug 14 17:27:14 IST 2007

                                       National Child Rights  
Research Fellowships

CRY---Child Rights and You, invites applications for research  
fellowships investigating the best interest principle within the  
broad framework of justice for children. The best interest principle,  
hence, needs to be explored so as to understand ways in which it  
impacts the inter-generational experience of childhoods; a child's  
relationship with other children, family (both immediate and  
extended), community, society and the State. (Possible arenas:  
schools, work spaces, public spaces, parents, extended family  
including grandparents, health centres, police stations, playgrounds)

A partial indicative list of focus areas is provided below.Potential  
fellows are welcome to expand and interpret the theme, based on their  
life experiences and vision. We encourage original ideas, out of the  
box approaches and seek creative methodologies. From the insights and  
information that researchers will share, we hope to learn more about  
the interplay of culture, tradition, law, ethics and policy in  
defining the best interest principle.

Possible Focus Areas

Ø      Investigate what factors encourage collective action on behalf  
of children.

Ø      Reflect on constructions of childhood and the implications on  
children's rights.

Ø      Generate insights on how children understand violence  
(domestic, caste-based, communal, from the State), and their coping  

Ø      Map the trends and dynamics of social change processes and  
their implications for children, identifying faultlines and arenas of  

Ø      Gather evidence on the relationships between  
ethnicity,inequality and conflict as witnessed and/or experienced by  

Ø      Locating identity questions (language,  
discourse,representation) within the school-community relationship.

Ø      Is best interest principle, a value, a constitutional right,an  
interpretative advocacy instrument or a rule of law.

Principles governing the Fellowship

Eligibility: Potential fellows will be Indians residing in India,  
above the age of 18 years. There is no upper age limit.Preference  
will be given to applicants who have studied in government schools,  
where no fees are charged (Studies conducted and CRY's experiential  
learning of working with 2000 deprived communities in villages and  
urban slums demonstrates that students attending government schools  
are primarily Dalits, tribals, girls and children from female headed  
and/or landless households.)

It is expected that potential fellows ascribe to the CRY values:

-Respect for Human Dignity                                 -Secularism

-Non-Violence                                                    - 

-Innovation                                                          - 

-Working in Partnership

Language: Proposals may be submitted in any Indian language. They  
will be translated into English and it is the English translation  
that will be reviewed.

Grant Sizes: In all upto 10 fellowships for grant sizes ranging from  
Rs.50,000 to Rs.1 lakh will be awarded. These will be support grants  
and fellows will be free to continue their primary occupation or  
study programme. Time Frame: From one month to one year.

Time Frame: >From one month to one year. Selected fellows will be  
expected to participate in an initial workshop to share research  
plans and gain from the collective experience possibly in January  
2008. CRY will take care of travel, boarding and lodge for fellows  
participating in the workshop.

Dissemination: Research results will be made available to a broad  
audience of activists, academics, programmers and interested general  
public through multiple fora, including language translations to  
influence the course of the debate on child rights and the best  
interest principle.

Ownership: While fellows will retain authorship of the final research  
product, all information and insights gathered will be open access  
and available to the widest possible numbers, for no charge. Fellows  
will also be free to publish the insights of their research efforts,  
with appropriate acknowledgement of the National Child Rights  
Research Fellowship and CRY.

Requirements for English language proposals: Please e-mail a three- 
page proposal (it should include scope, relevance, research question,  
conceptual framework, proposed methodology, time frame and required  
budget) along with a two-page CV (please include a names and contact  
phone numbers of two referees) and a sample of related published/ 
unpublished work. Proposals which do not include names and phone  
numbers of referees will not be reviewed.  Please send only Word or  
Acrobat files. It is expected that the potential fellow is not  
already receiving funding for conduct of the research proposed. In  
case during the course of the Fellowship, the fellow feels the need  
to expand the scope and add greater depth, it is expected that CRY  
will be informed first about the need for additional funds. Also any  
other donors reached out to will be informed about the CRY support  
for the principal work.

Requirements for proposals in all languages other than English:  
Please send by post a three-page proposal (it should include scope,  
relevance, research, question, conceptual framework, proposed  
methodology, time frame and required budget) along with a two-page  
CV, and a sample of related published/ unpublished work. Our address  
is Documentation Centre, CRY –Child Rights and You, 189 A, Anand  
Estate, Sane Guruji Marg, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai – 400 011.

Last Date for receipt of application: September 10th 2007. Proposals  
will be reviewed as they are received. E-mail your proposal to  
research at crymail.org

Lakshmi R
Sr. Manager - Development Support


189/A, Anand Estate
Sane Guruji Marg,
Mumbai - 400011
Tel: +91 (022) 23096845 / 6472
Fax: +91 (022) 23080726

I believe that every Indian child must be guaranteed equal rights to  
survival, protection, development and participation.
As a part of CRY, I dedicate myself to mobilising all sections of  
society to ensure justice for children.

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