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Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant 2016

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open10-Aug-2016
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AwardGrant of Rs 2,00,000 and will supports one research project a year
EligibilityPost graduates above 18 years
RegionAll India
Scholarship provider contact details

D-53 Defence Colony, 
New Delhi 110024, 
Phone: + 011 46103550 / 65474005 

What is Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant 2016?

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) invites applications for the Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant 2016. 

This grant programme, which is instituted by FICA with the support of art historian and curator Yashodhara Dalmia in the memory of her sister Ila Dalmia, aims to provide an annual grant to support research on Indian modern and contemporary art. The grant will be for a sum of Rs. Two lakhs and will focus on supporting independent research by students and scholars in India.

The Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant, instituted by The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) with the support of Yashodhara Dalmia, aims to encourage research in the field of Indian modern and contemporary art. The grant amount of Rs 2 lakhs will support one research project a year. 

The application is open to individuals who are committed to researching in the field of visual arts with particular focus on Indian modern and contemporary art. This could include important first-hand research and archiving of art and art historical material, or a critical study of Indian art history, art criticism and practice, or an interdisciplinary analysis of the theory and practice in the visual arts, or studies in the related domains of curation, exhibitions, collection and the art economy.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  • Applicant should be above 18 years of age at the time of submission of application.
  • Applicant should be an Indian citizen
  • Applicant should have a post graduate degree in humanities.
  • Applications are open only to individuals. 
  • The proposal can be part of a larger research project that is currently underway. The applicant must clearly chart out what portion of the research will be undertaken as part of this Grant.

How can you apply ?

  • Completed Application Form with all the necessary additional documents (research proposal, bibliography, budget, recent CV, sample papers and referee details) to be sent to FICA via email at with Subject: Application for Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant.
  • Please include all the documents in a single email. You may use GoogleDrive Link/ Dropbox /WeTransfer, or a similar such service to send your application.
  • Applications will need to be mailed on or before 10 August 2016, late submissions will not be accepted.

Terms and Conditions

The recipient of the Grant

  • Will be expected to complete their research within the one year period of the grant.
  • Will have to submit two copies of the completed final research paper, with references, bibliography and other documentation material at the end of the one year to FICA.
  • He/she will also to provide two interim reports to share the progress on the project.
  • Will be expected to travel to Delhi and present their paper at the annual Ila Dalmia Memorial Lecture to a public audience upon completion. This event will be financed by the Ila Dalmia FICA Committee and organised by FICA. 
  • Will have to submit a final expense statement with a break-up of the funds received.

Application details for submission: Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  1. Completed Application Form – see pages 3 & 4.
  2. Research Proposal (max. 2000 words) that gives a short description of the topic of study, research methodology and key research questions.
  3. The Bibliography for research. Please include images or videos of works to support your proposal if necessary.
  4. Recent CV.
  5. Complete Budget towards which the grant money will be spent (travel, accommodation, books, photocopying, printing, library fees, etc.)
  6. Two samples of published papers. You can also send an additional sample of unpublished writing.
  7. Names of two Referees with their complete contact details – name, position, organisation, telephone, email and postal address. 

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