The Bluestone Rising Scholar Prize Fellowship 2019 [Submit by 31 July]

About the sponsoring institution

The Bluestone Rising Scholar’s Prize was created through the generosity of the late Sy Bluestone, M.D. in order to advance social justice research through the Center for Global Development and Sustainability at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
The Joint Editors-in-Chief of J-CASTE announce the 2019 Bluestone Rising Scholar Competition in Caste Studies. The Award recognizes individuals who show great promise to make outstanding scholarly contributions in their future careers to the study of caste.
     The 2019 Prize will be awarded to one or two early career scholars or professionals for the study of caste in South Asia. Papers submitted for consideration may be on any aspect of Caste Studies and be written from the perspective of any discipline of research such as the social sciences, humanities and the arts, gender studies, history, philosophy, theology, medicine and law, social policy, and public policy.
The Bluestone Rising Scholar Prize 2019 includes:
  • A recognition presented at a ceremony consisting of a reception and public talk by the recipient on the Brandeis campus in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA during the week of October 14, 2019.
  • A week on the Brandeis campus meeting with students and faculty and with opportunities to meet scholars at universities in the Boston area.
  • Travel to New York City to participate in the 5th International Conference on the Unfinished Legacy of Dr B.R. Ambedkar which will take place this year at the New School and Columbia Universities during the week of October 21, 2019.
  • The award recipient’s scholarly paper will be published in J-CASTE.
  • Recipients will be provided with airline tickets, local transport, housing, meals and incidentals during their stay.
  • Applicants should be in their early careers as either academics or professionals. No advanced degree is required though applicants may be in post-graduate or doctoral programs or have been awarded a PhD or equivalent in or after 2010. Applicants without advanced degrees are welcome to apply. Papers will be judged solely on the quality of the paper.
  • Candidates may be representative of any academic discipline or profession.
  • Persons of all backgrounds are welcome to apply. This includes all castes, religious or national identities, and ethnicities. Persons studying or living outside South Asia are also welcome to apply.
  • Papers are especially encouraged from women and persons from Dalit and other marginalized communities.
  • Award recipients must be available to attend the award ceremony and events in person.
The selection will be made by a jury drawn from the J-Caste Editorial Advisory Board.
Shortlisted authors may be requested to be interviewed.
  • The paper should be of a quality appropriate for publication in the peer-reviewed J-CASTE. Papers may require revisions before publication based on reviewers’ comments.
  • The paper should include an abstract and be between 5,000 to 10,000 words and should be submitted in Microsoft Word.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • The paper should not have been published or be under review elsewhere.
  • The paper should have a cover page with the following information:
  • Submission for the Bluestone Rising Scholar Prize 2019
  • Full name
  • Full Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • Institutional Affiliation (if any) 
  • Go to the J-CASTE website and Register with the Journal
  • Submit your paper via the Make a Submission link
  • Be sure to mark your cover page with “Submission for Bluestone Rising Scholars Prize 2019” and other information requested above.
  • In addition to your paper, submit your c.v.
  • Please do not email or mail a copy of your paper to J-CASTE
  • Papers may be submitted at any time up to July 31, 2019 at 17:00 hours. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Award recipients will be notified by August 24, 2019
  • All applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.
Travel to New York is contingent on the dates still to be confirmed for the 5th International Conference.
Brandeis will issue a visa letter in support of the award recipient’s visa application (if needed).
For questions please email Afia Adaboh, Senior Editorial Assistant:[email protected]

Submit your Paper here.

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