Child Rights and You (CRY) welcomes applications from fellows exploring the various dimensions of child rights through their research. The Fellowship programme enters its ninth year and 44 fellowships have been awarded till date. As an organisation CRY is committed to changing the way children experience their childhood by being strategic in our choice of issues, approaches and utilisation of resources to maximise our impact on children.

Through this fellowship we seek a combination of formal and informal approaches to explore and discover, simple and complex truths about the interplay of culture, ethics and policies determining childhoods. CRY believes in encouraging a community of child rights researchers who will advocate for child rights.

Essential requirements (please download the Proposal & CV format for submission of your application by clicking here and send the filled copies to this email id research@crymail.org) Please refer the points below when filling your application:

  • A three-page proposal
  • A two-page updated CV
  • A sample of your published or unpublished paper/article or any documentation done on a related theme.
  • Names, phone numbers and email addresses of two referees willing to furnish a reference for you.

Selected fellows will participate in an Initial workshop to share research plans and gain from the collective experience closer to December 2015. A jury of 5 selection committee members will mentor fellows in their research journey. Fellows will attend an interim workshop, a post data collection session and Annual sharing workshop at the closure of their fellowship. CRY will sponsor travel, boarding and lodging for all these meetings. Short-listed applicants will have opportunity to share their ideas and future plans, in conversation with members of the CRY assessment team.

Last Date for receiving applications is 31st August, 2015.
Please E-mail your application to:research@crymail.org in the absence of internet access you may send your application by post to

CRY-Child Rights and You,
Documentation Centre,
189 A, Anand Estate, Sane Guruji Marg,
Mumbai 400011.
Screening process for the fellowships is on and names of selected fellows will be posted on CRY website Last week of June 2016.

Possible Focus Areas
Researchers are welcome to expand and interpret themes, based on their life experiences and vision

  • Explorations of the relationships of the child with other children, with the state, community and the family
  • Evidences of the assertion or rejection of the role of children in decision making arenas, such as home, school, work and play spaces and governing institutions
  • Gather evidence on relationships between ethnicity, inequality and conflict as witnessed and/or experienced by children
  • Is the `best interest principle’, a value, a constitutional right, an interpretative advocacy instrument or a rule of law?

About the Research Fellowship: Principles, Eligibility and Application
It is expected that potential fellows ascribe to the CRY core values:

  • Dignity
  • Equality
  • Justice
  • Integrity
Eligibility: Applicants will be Indians residing in India, above the age of 18 years. If your proposal is part of a submission to any academic institution or if the fellow is already receiving funding for conduct of the research proposed, it will be ineligible for this fellowship.

Language: Applicants may choose to work in any Indian language including English.Your application needs to clearly mention the language in which you will submit the report. As the assessment of your research proposal, will be conducted in English, please also include an English translation of the proposal, CV and writing sample.

Grant Sizes: : Up-to 5 fellowships ranging from Rs.50, 000 to Rs.1 lakh will be awarded.Fellows are free to continue their primary occupation. Proposals above one lakh will not be reviewed. The fellowship grant will be released in installments against specific deliverables. CRY does not fund any capital expenditure incurred by the fellow towards this Fellowship.

Duration: The duration of the fellowship is one year. Proposals where duration exceeds
a year will not be considered

Dissemination:Research findings will be made available to activists, academics, development practitioners and interested general public through multiple fora, including language translations to influence the course of the debate on child rights and the best interest principle.

Ownership: While fellows will retain authorship of the final research report and content, all information and insights gathered will be available to the widest group of people, free of cost. Fellows are free to publish the insights of their research efforts, with appropriate acknowledgement to the National Child Rights Research Fellowship and CRY. Fellows will also inform CRY about publication of their work.