Rose Travel Fellowship
The Rose Travel Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities for Creative Research in Asia provides funds for a graduate student to travel for creative work or research in Asia, and allows a student to work on a project related to individual research interests; not for tuition costs at another institution. It is an experiential learning opportunity for creative and intellectual development. Selected student may use this grant for any kind of travel expense, or to purchase needed equipment for creative work, or to provide general expenses during the travel period. May be supplemented with other research funding received for the same topic—it may also support investigative travel to solidify new thinking. On their return, fellows will be asked to make a final report of their activities and to present their work and thoughts in a public forum.
• Open to graduate students in the Arts and Humanities.
• Student may be in any MA, MFA, or PhD program.
• Fellowship focuses on experiential learning.
• May be used for research materials or services related to the research.
• Can be used for transportation to/from or in-country travel.
• May not be used for tuition costs at another institution.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021 (award announced by May 1, 2021)
1. Submit a narrative statement (1200-1500 words) describing your (a) area of creative interest, or (b) dissertation topic, or (c) individual investigation proposal.
2. Submit a current CV with your name, department, graduate program, and contact information.
3. Send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Rose Travel Grant" in the subject heading.
About the Donor
about the donor
Sreyashi Ray, Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media - Recipient Spring 2020
My dissertation project focuses on multispecies interaction and coexistence in South Asian vernacular cultural productions. I plan to use the Rose Travel Fellowship for archival research on pīr kathās, a Bengali literary genre of fabulous religious folktales. The protagonists of these folktales are miracle-working saints and deities worshipped predominantly by the marginalized sections of Hindu and Muslim communities cohabiting with wild animals in the Sundarbans, a forested area comprised of deltaic islands, in both India and Bangladesh. My aim is to access and study these literary texts preserved in the archives in order to understand how they portray the history of religious syncretism in South Asia through close engagements with the relationship between religion and animality.