2013 Emerging Scholars Symposium in India and China

Emerging Scholars Transparent LogoWe’re excited to announce two upcoming international symposia to support young emerging scholars in India and China. The China symposium will take place at Yunnan University in Kunming, while the India symposium will take place at the University of Calcutta and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS).

The symposium is a part of ICI’s continuing commitment to build a community of scholars who are engaged in research that focuses on innovative approaches to understanding India China relations. For nine years ICI has provided a space for the establishment and strengthening of scholarly networks for emerging scholars of India and China who wish to share their research and explore opportunities for advancing individual and collaborative scholarship. The emerging scholars program also draws on The New School’s tradition of fostering horizontal and vertical knowledge-sharing across disciplines and amongst scholars in different stages of their careers. You can find more information about both symposium below.

Kunming, China

Yunnan University
Nov 1, 2013
Event Flyer (PDF)
Event Schedule (PDF)

Kolkata, India

University of Calcutta and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS)
Nov 7-8, 2013
Event Flyer (PDF)
Event Schedule (PDF)

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

Ford Foundation Fellowship: India China Knowledge and Capacity Building Initiative 2011

The deadline for this program has passed. 

Ford Foundation Fellowship: India China Knowledge and Capacity Building Initiative


The India-China Knowledge and Capacity Building Initiative (ICKCBI) links individuals and institutions in the pursuit of new scholarship, trilateral conversations, and nurtures a growing community of interest and investigation on international relations, culture, and interactions between India and China. ICKCBI’s objective is nothing short of surmounting the limitations of area studies to develop a unique trilateral vision that fosters cross-disciplinary perspectives and a collaborative approach to problem-solving.

To do this, ICKCBI, with the support of the Ford Foundation, will select fifteen exemplary scholars from the New School, Yunnan University, and the University of Calcutta to participate in a unique program. These scholars will come together in the summer of 2011 for one month in Kunming, China, and one month in Kolkata, India, to work collaboratively on research projects. With the help of institutions, professors, and business professionals in each location, student teams will investigate a topic of their choice and present their findings at an international conference at the end of the summer. Three alternate scholars from each institution will also be selected.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must

– Be currently a full or part-time graduate student at the New School, Yunnan University, or the University of Kolkata.
– Have no incompletes.
– Have and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
– Write a two page personal statement declaring area of interest and motivation.
– Take the India China Interactions Course in the Spring of 2011.
– Take Research Methods before Summer 2011.
– Be open to challenges and working in a team!

Revised Timeline

Application Deadline: October 14, 2010
Applicant Interviews: November 11th-12th, 2010

Tentative Dates
India China Interactions Course: Spring 2011
Arrive in Kolkata, India: July 1-28 2011
Arrive in Kunming, China: July 28-August 27 2011
Program Ends at the end of August 2011

Fellows have the option to sign up for a 3 credit Independent Study course during the summer. Requirements for this course may differ from requirements for the Fellowship.

Application Requirements:

Please submit the following by October 14th:
– Your most recent CV
– Personal Statement of no more than 2 pages

Please direct questions and application materials towards indiachina@newschool.edu