Fatima Hamid joined the Department of History, Shiv Nadar University as a PhD research scholar in August 2021 to work on a project on the history and the diasporic migration of the Lhasa Khache, a Tibetan Muslim community repatriated and now settled in India. Her innovative project was to be based on material culture, ethnography, and archival research, which would have required her to spend extended periods of study in Srinagar, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and Kathmandu. In February 2022, she was in Darjeeling to collect ethnographic data on women and their memories of their diasporic movement from Tibet. Fatima was passionately interested in writing and in giving voice to the Himalayan peoples of Eastern India, which led her to co-found an online forum called The Pomelo. Unfortunately, we lost her in February 2022. Her loss is deeply felt by her peers and teachers.
The Fatima Hamid Field Work Grant has been instituted by the Department of History and Archaeology and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in her memory.
As part of the Fatima Hamid Travel Grant, a sum of Rs 50,000 will be awarded in the annual year. Eligible candidates are requested to submit an application to the Head of Department, Dr Anubhuti Maurya and PG Advisor, Dr. Iman Mitra, by 10 February 2023. Results will be announced soon after.
1. The Grant will be given as an award, to a doctoral student from the Department of History and Archaeology, currently enrolled in the Second or Third Year of their doctoral programme.
2. The proposed research project for which the grant is utilised should include one or more of the following categories:
i. Oral History
iii. Field Survey
iv. Archival Work
v. Material Culture Studies.
3. The Application must consist of a 500-750 word proposal and must specify the purposes for which the grant is sought and an estimated budget.
4. All original bills/invoices and a report of 750 words must be submitted to the HoD and respective supervisor within two weeks after the completion of the research trip.