Social Science Baha


Bihari Krishna Fellowship for Ethnographic Research 2020

Proposals are invited for the
Bihari Krishna Fellowship for Ethnographic Research
under the
‘PhD Dissertation-to-Book’ category

Proposals are requested to convert PhD dissertations into books under the
Bihari Krishna Fellowship for Ethnographic Research
managed jointly by the Central Department of Anthropology (CDA), Tribhuvan University, and Social Science Baha.

The PhD dissertation-to-book fellowship will be an opportunity for the graduates of the CDA to turn their doctoral thesis into a book.

Duration of the fellowship: Six months
Number of fellowships offered: 1 (one)


  • Applicant must be a PhD graduate of the CDA at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, in the past 10 years. (Those who have not yet completed their PhD are ineligible for this fellowship.)
  • The selected fellow shall not engage in any other paid or unpaid work during the fellowship period and shall submit a written declaration agreeing to this condition at the time of application.
  • Applications are limited to Nepali citizens.


  • The selected fellow shall receive a stipend of NPR 300,000 (three hundred thousand rupees only) over the period of fellowship. The stipend shall be paid in equal monthly instalments over a period of six months.
  • The fellow will also be allowed to access the SSB library and will be provided all the facilities available at the library.

Publication of book

CDA and SSB shall undertake to publish the book that is produced through the fellowship, provided it meets the standard acceptable to both CDA and SSB. Should the selected fellow, however, decide to seek a third-party publisher, s/he shall be free to do so provided the Bihari Krishna Fellowship in Ethnographic Research and both CDA and SSB are duly acknowledged.

The language of the book can be either Nepali or English.

Application requirements

  • All applicants for the fellowship shall provide proof of their being a PhD graduate of the CDA.
  • Written declaration stating that the applicant is willing to abide by the above condition of not engaging in any paid or unpaid work during the fellowship period.
  • One-page CV.
  • Personal statement (not exceeding 800 words).
  • One chapter of the PhD dissertation that will be converted into a book.

Since the fellowship will initially be awarded on a rolling basis, there is no fixed timeline for undertaking it.

Applications must be submitted by email to with all of the above-mentioned documents by 31 December 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Bihari Krishna Fellowship for Ethnographic Research was established in 2011 with a grant of Rs 5 million provided by Bihari Krishna Shrestha to Social Science Baha with the express purpose of setting up a fellowship devoted to ethnographic research in Nepal.

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