All India Tata Fellowships in Folklore

Tata Fellowships in Folklore are designed to support candidates who have completed their post graduate degree in the Arts and Humanities discipline. The applying candidates are expected to be capable of taking up research and documentation at folklore. The main objective of this fellowship is to bring different types of communities and make them work together as a team.

About the fellowship

  • The main idea is to make one community artist to work on the other artists’ tradition or Folklore for over a year’s time.
  • The candidate must be able to document the other tradition.
  • The actual duration of this scholarship is a year.
  • The candidates selected for the fellowship are given a monthly stipend of Rs.9450.
  • The community leader or the artist for whom the candidate will be working will also receive the same amount as a monthly stipend.
  • Every fellowship is also provided with a contingency allowance of Rs.50000.
  • This can be used for expenses made for documentation and travel.
  • The audio/video documentation, that is given as the outcome of the fellowship will be used by National Folklore Support Centre for the purpose of teaching and other educational purposes.
  • The fellow must send the audio/visual result, with the consent letter of the community leader or artist.
  • There are a variety of themes and areas that are given as a choice for this fellowship.
    • Folk painting
    • Verbal arts including oral epics
    • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
    • Folk music
    • Cultures of learning
    • Traditional medicine
    • Language relaxation is done in case the candidate is already working with a community elder or an artist, with the committees support.

Application and selection

  • The candidates must apply through the official website or download the form and mail it to the appropriate address given on the website.
  • The candidate must attach details about the specific tradition of the community elder or artist’s culture the candidate has sought for the purpose of research and document.
  • The research questions prepared by the candidate that are specific to their project must also be attached.
  • The candidate’s methods of research and documentation they will be carrying out must be specified.
  • The candidates’ idea of how the result would be made and what the result will contain after all the conversation between the candidate and the other community elder or artist.
  • The candidate must also submit the monthly plan of field work for the whole year.
  • The candidate must specify how their result will be bringing an impact on the society and how this can be used in future for educational purposes.


  • The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • The candidates must be PG holders in Arts and Humanities discipline.
  • The candidates who are retired and are above 55 years of age are not eligible for the fellowship.