The Asiatic Society of Mumbai's Dr Aroon Tikekar Centre for Advanced Studies is calling for applications for the fourth fellowship awarded in memory of the late scholar-researcher, editor and bibliophile.

The fourth Dr. Aroon Tikekar Memorial Fellowship, to be awarded on his birth anniversary on February 1, 2020, will be in the field of "Contemporary Culture". Research proposals are invited in any one of the following areas:

1. The Culture of Reading: Changing trends
2. Literary Translations: Challenges and Opportunities.
3. Role of Libraries in the digital age.

Dr. Aroon Tikekar, well-regarded as an erudite scholar, researcher, writer, editor, bibliophile and eminent thinker passed away suddenly on January 19, 2016. He was the President of The Asiatic Society of Mumbai for six years (2007 to 2013) during which he had initiated several projects to enthuse and motivate young research scholars, and had infused new ideas and programmes into the renowned institution. To honour his remarkable work and carry forward its tradition, the Asiatic Society of Mumbai set up the Dr Aroon Tikekar Centre for Advanced Studies in 2016. This Centre is dedicated to nurturing scholars and generating research in a number of fields associated with Dr.Tikekar. It now has three Fellows who have produced research work in fields as diverse as the 'Revival of Bombay School of Art', 'Challenges in journalism', and 'Food Culture of Migrants'. This call is to invite scholars, academics, researchers and others to apply for the fourth edition of this prestigious Fellowship.

The application form is available with The Asiatic Society of Mumbai office. It can also be downloaded from its website at The completed forms along with research proposals are to be submitted so as to reach us by November, 20, 2019. They can be submitted via regular post or courier to The Asiatic Society of Mumbai. They can be sent by email on the id This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The terms of the Fellowship are mentioned on the application form. Briefly, this is a one-year Fellowship with an award of Rs.1.25 lakh, and open to people between 25 and 65 years. All details and terms of the Dr Aroon Tikekar Memorial Fellowship are available on the website and on the application form. A jury comprising eminent people and experts in the subjects will select the scholar/ researcher for the year.

Any queries may be posted to the above email id and addressed to the undersigned.

- Dr. Meena Vaishampayan, The Asiatic Society of Mumbai