The India Culture Lab National Fellowship provides scholars (undergraduate/postgraduate) studying contemporary Indian issues in universities in India a two-month long paid Fellowship every summer in Mumbai. The aim is for the fellows to provide an opportunity for cross-pollination their ideas with people beyond academia and think from an interdisciplinary approach. During their time at the Lab, the selected fellows will meet and learn from experts working on contemporary India and also get an opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience.

This fellowship is a two-month full time opportunity. It is open in its scope and provides room for the fellow to continue research on a project of their interest with support and learnings from India Culture Lab. The Lab’s current focus is on urban-rural narratives, histories of India, digital India, educational alternatives, environment futures, and identity politics. We encourage students from any discipline who are working on any of these themes or at the intersection of these themes to apply. Selected fellows will receive a stipend and access to the Lab’s network and resources. The selected fellow will have to arrange for their own travel to Mumbai and their own accommodation while in the city.

How to Apply

To be eligible, candidates must have an active affiliation to an academic institution in an undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD programme in India. To apply, candidates must fill a form available here  and email them to

The deadline for the fellowship 2020 has closed. Please connect with us at for any queries. 

What is the Screening and Selection Process?

After the candidate clears the first level of selection, they will discuss their application and schedule through three pre-arrival calls with the India Culture Lab team. These pre-arrival calls will establish the framework for the project that the scholar would like to focus on while at the Lab. Candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application by the month of February.

What is the fellowship period?

The fellowship period will be in June-July / July-August depending on the candidate’s academic calendar.  The fellows will work full-time (40 hours per week), with the Godrej India Culture Lab team in Vikhroli, Mumbai.

What is the stipend?

India Culture Lab will provide a monthly stipend of Rs. 25,000 for their time spent at the Lab. Candidates are encouraged to apply for funding for travel and accommodation through their university.