CRY National Child Rights Research Fellowships

  • 2012-13 is the 6th year for the CRY National Child Rights Research Fellowships
  • Preference will be given to researchers who have studied in government schools
  • Research may be conducted in the language of choice.
  • Last date for entries is 17th February, 2012. For more details contact CRY.


16th December, 2011 Mumbai: The nation’s leading child rights advocate, CRY – Child Rights and You is inviting applications for the National Child Rights Research Fellowships 2012-2013. The research fellowships, now in its sixth year, were introduced by CRY with the aim to explore various dimensions of child rights, within the broad understanding of Justice for Children.

The initiative acknowledges the need for enabling opportunities to investigate the complex structures and networks within which childhood is lived and child rights are infringed / restored. CRY is looking for new ideas, 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.

Speaking about the fellowships, Vijayalakshmi Arora, Director, Policy and Advocacy, CRY says, “The rationale for the initiative was that there is scarce little research in the area of childhood and Child Rights that is not driven by government programming priorities or by international donors, their worldviews and their perceptions. There is a real need for information on child rights that could strengthen advocacy efforts, and effectively take Governments to task on broken promises.”

The National Child Rights Research Fellowships attempt to reach out to and engage with researchers from smaller towns and villages across the country. The fellowship is open to all citizens of India, though preference will be given to those who have studied in government schools where no fees have been charged. Research may also be conducted in the candidate’s language of choice.

Interested applicants must submit a two-paged CV, accompanied by a three-paged proposal which includes methodology, timelines and a detailed budget, as well as a sample of a self-authored article, paper or document on a similar theme, whether published or unpublished. The last date for applications is February 17th, 2012. Please visit for detailed information on the application process.

The names of researchers awarded the Fellowship will be announced on by June – July 2012. Previous CRY fellows will not be eligible for the 2012-13 fellowships.

For more information, please contact Inka Dama: or call +91 22 2306 3651.

Note to the Editor: CRY – Child Rights and You (formerly known as Child Relief and You) is an Indian NGO that believes in every child’s right to a childhood – to live, learn, grow and play. For over 30 years, CRY and its partners have worked with parents and communities to ensure Lasting Change in the lives of more than 20 Lakh underprivileged children. For more information please visit us at