Recently Launched Sahapedia UNESCO Fellowship Encourages Research on India’s Cultural Heritage

The fellowship program encourages youngsters to increase their awareness and promotes attestation of India's cultural heritage

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Lakshman Temple of Khajuraho is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in India. Wikimedia
  • Sahapedia has recently launched a fellowship program in collaboration with UNESCO
  • Applications are available in two variants – the Sahapedia Project Fellowship and the Sahapedia Research Fellowship
  • The Executive Director of Sahaepedia has high expectations from this fellowship

New Delhi, July 16, 2017: Sahapedia is an open online resource on Indian arts and has recently launched a fellowship program with UNESCO as its partner to inspire and grant an opportunity to youngsters to widen their knowledge and promote documentation of India’s rich cultural heritage.

The Sahapedia UNESCO fellowships are accessible by postdoctoral scholars, doctoral candidates, post-graduates, and graduates including the ones who are due to graduate in the summer of 2017. It awaits the generation of critically researched, engaging content in multimedia formats that will be displayed on the Sahapedia website.

Applications for the fellowships for 2017 have commenced and are available in two variants – the Sahapedia Project Fellowship (SPF) and the Sahapedia Research Fellowship (SRF), which gives a choice to an applicant of participating either at the primary documentation level or in the content curation process.

The deadline for applying for 100 available fellowships (80 SRF and 20 SPF) is July 15 for the year 2017.

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The SPF project is expected to have a duration of 12 weeks as compared to 8 weeks for SRF assignment. Applicants who will be elected as Sahapedia Project Fellows will be awarded an amount of Rs. 40,000, and Sahapedia Research Fellows will be granted an award of Rs. 15,000.

Sudha Gopalakrishnan, the Executive Director of Sahapedia, said she is looking forward to this fellowship and is anticipating for the research to enhance both the quality and volume of resources on the Sahapedia website.

“It is a privilege to have the support of an organization like UNESCO for our documentation and conservation efforts. The aim of Sahapedia is to ensure that we are able to preserve in digital form and make freely accessible as much of the vast and diverse body of cultural knowledge in India as possible, especially about the lesser known practices and traditions in India”, she said. “We would look forward to talented and committed young people to take advantage of the fellowships and contribute to the body of research work on Indian culture.”

The Sahapedia UNESCO fellowship is a building block in achieving the aims of the UNESCO 2003 convention that highlight the “importance of the intangible cultural heritage as a mainspring of cultural diversity and a guarantee of sustainable development.” UNESCO anticipates the proposal to help expand the network of professionals who are keen to work in the culture and heritage sector and assist them to engage with lesser known practices, oral histories, and community knowledge; the research work could potentially widen unfamiliar areas to explore.

Moe Chiba, Section Chief and Programme Specialist for Culture, UNESCO, said, “As the researchers are expected to look critically into the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of India, it will offer new perspectives with regard to the representation of the cultural diversity of India.”

“The fellowship will not only help to generate new content on culture/heritage and disseminate it through the online platform Sahapedia, but it also provides a good opportunity to young researchers from different regions in India to engage with culture/heritage issues,” said Vaibhav Chauhan, Director at Sahapedia.

– prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter @Hkaur1025