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.
How to Apply
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.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2022 (award announced by May 1, 2022)
About the Donor
Thomas Rose is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Art, University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Dhrijyoti Kalita, Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media
My research investigates the complex entanglements of human and non-human agents in Indian/South Asian literary works, specifically select precarious, state-abandoned landscapes in Assam, a state in the Northeastern region of India. For this project, I am going to attempt to understand one such landscape, which is popularly known as the chars. These are sand and silt islands formed out of piled-up sediments in the aftermath of floods and are spread across the Brahmaputra riverbed. With the Rose Travel Fellowship, I am going to visit three chars and document everyday experiences of living in this ecology to better understand the role of bureaucratic institutions in these places. I will also use the fellowship to further my work translating an Assamese novel into English that documents three generations of living in the precarious chars.
Sreyashi Ray, Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media
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.