ICKCBI 2012: A Ford Fellowship Opportunity

India China Knowledge and Capacity Building Initiative
A Ford Fellowship Opportunity

Join us for two months next summer in Kunming, China and Kolkata, India to work in partnership with other emerging scholars from Yunnan University and the University of Calcutta. By taking part of this initiative you will:

  • Take the innovative India China Interactions course in Spring 2012!
  • Meet and work with Chinese and Indian Master’s students!
  • Participate in a collaborative research project!
  • Present your findings at a major international conference!
  • Most importantly, see these two countries from an insider’s perspective!

The three project themes for ICKCBI 2012 are: Ecotourism, Culture and Media, and Development and Governance.

As a Ford Fellow you will receive $750 towards international airfare in addition to having room and board expenses covered on the ground in China and India.


Date (Day/Month)

Sat 23/6  All students arrive in Kunming, China.

Sun 24/6 – Thurs 28/6   Orientation, lectures, establish project work plans

Fri 29/6  Team project meetings

Mon 2/7  Begin Kunming fieldwork

Tues 10/7 – Sat 14/7  Trip to Shangri-La: retreat/reflection

Fri 20/7   Mid-term Symposium, Kunming

Sat 21/7  Travel to Calcutta, India

Sun 22/7 – Wed 25/7  Orientation, lectures, establish phase 2 work plans

Wed 26/7  Begin Calcutta fieldwork

Wed 1/8   Team project meetings

Tues 7/8 – Sat 11/8   Trip to Darjeeling: retreat/reflection

Thurs 16/8   Final Symposium, Calcutta

Sat 18/8   Final project reports due

Mon 20/8  All students depart Calcutta



1)     A Recent CV
2)     Statement of Purpose: (maximum 3 pages double spaced) addressing why you want to participate in the ICKCBI Summer Program, your interest in one of the three themes, what relevant skills or experience you may have, experience living/working abroad, and how the program fits into your future studies and goals
3)     Successful completion of the India China Interactions course in Spring 2012. (Please note that acceptance into the ICKCBI Summer Program is contingent upon this requirement)

For more information please visit our website www.indiachinainstitue.org or send an email to indiachina@newschool.edu

Associate or Full Professor India-China Interactions

The New School is searching for up to two positions at the senior level (Associate or Full Professor) to play a leading role in its India China Institute (ICI) and enhance the university’s capacity to contribute to an understanding of these countries’ role in the world.  We seek applications from candidates in any field in which The New School currently works, principally, the social sciences and the humanities (The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang The New School for Liberal Arts), policy (Milano The New School For Management and Urban Policy, and the Graduate Program in International Affairs) and design (Parsons The New School for Design).  Candidates must demonstrate scholarly or professional expertise on either China and/or India. Particularly valuable would be knowledge and experience on the relationship between China and India, on how their pasts, presents and futures are interwined.  We seek candidates who can contribute to thematic areas that are important priorities of the university and ICI, especially media, the environment, urban issues, economic development, international politics and globalization.  These are areas that have brought together faculty and students from across The New School, particularly linking the design fields (from architecture to communications design to design strategies) to the liberal arts, urban policy and management, international affairs and media.  We are especially interested in scholars or practitioners excited about working across disciplines and fields in addressing major issues in the 21st century’s largest and, arguably, most dynamic societies.

Faculty hired for these positions would be appointed in the department/s or program/s most relevant to their specific field or area of work.  They will be full members of their department and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. At the same time, they would provide academic leadership to ICI, working closely with its director and faculty advisory group to build new programs and further integrate the Institute into the university’s teaching and research activities.  This includes advocating for a greater presence of India and China in our curricula and building the depth and range of our presence and partnerships in the region. ICI, founded in 2004 with a major gift from the Starr Foundation, is committed to expanding knowledge of and experience in Asia at The New School while building collaborations between scholars and practitioners in India, China and the United States.

The New School is committed to maintaining a diverse educational and creative community, a policy of equal opportunity in all its activities and programs, including employment.  Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are welcome.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran or marital status.


A Ph.D. or equivalent is expected for this position.  Applications for these positions will be reviewed by a cross-university team of faculty and the ICI senior director, overseen by the Office of the Provost.

In addition to a dynamic and progressive work environment, The New School offers a competitive benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, retirement plans, flexible spending accounts and a tuition waiver. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and offer employee assistance services, health and well-being programs and over four weeks of vacation time per year.

Apply with us and discover the rewards and opportunities in working for a world-class, urban university.

Interested candidates must apply online at:


2011 Student Travel/Research Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce that the 2011 Student Travel/Research Grant Recipients have been chosen!Please see below for details.  Congratulations to all who were selected, and thank you to everyone who applied.

Carol Wang is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at The New School for Social Research. As an ICI Student Fellow, she intends to examine the professionalization of activist methodologies with an emphasis on the role of rights documentation in the Chinese HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Jeff Bailey is a graduate student pursuing a Masters of Arts in Nonprofit Management at Milano New School of Management and Policy.  He is particularly interested in exploring the use of social entrepreneurship  in income-generation efforts by NGOs in China and the relationship between poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

Elana Bulman is an undergraduate student at Eugene Lang College where she is majoring in Urban Studies.  As a student fellow, she will examine youth solutions to climate change in India using the “solutionary” method which focuses on developing initiatives that seek to actively create a positive future instead of taking a reactionary approach to environmental threats.

Elizabeth Catlin is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Global Studies with a minor in gender studies at Eugene Lang College. Her purposed research project is to look at the issue of internal migration from rural to urban areas in China and how this relates to development in the country.

Bahar Tabakoglu is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the New School for Social Research.  She is working on a dissertation in which she is attempting to provide a comparative examination of Islamic labor unionism in Turkey and India.  This program will allow her to carry on her research in this field in India.

Anamaria Vrabie is a Fullbright fellow who is pursuing a Masters of Arts in International Affairs at the Graduate Program in International Affairs.  She is interested in using the opportunity afforded to her by the fellowship to research urban socio-spatial changes through looking at urban fragmentation and specialization of functions in Mumbai, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad and how correlate with the overall cultural policy in India.