The Sixth Dr. Tikekar Memorial Fellowship

Dr. Aroon Tikekar, the noted and erudite scholar-researcher, well-regarded writer, books and rare books collector, veteran editor, and eminent thinker passed away suddenly on January 19, 2016. He had contributed immensely to the intellectual life of Mumbai and Maharashtra in the last four decades through his vast collection of essays, editorials, opinion articles, and books. He had also nurtured the tradition of well-researched historical and sociological studies.

Dr. Tikekar 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.

The Asiatic Society of Mumbai has set up the Dr Aroon Tikekar Centre for Advanced Studies to honour his remarkable work and carry forward its tradition. This Centre is dedicated to nurturing scholars and generating research in a number of fields associated with Dr. Tikekar. The Sixth Dr. Aroon Tikekar Memorial Fellowship through this Centre will be awarded on his birth anniversary on February 1, 2022. The research field chosen for this year is, “Literature: Fiction”. Under this broad subject, the following topics are suggested.

  • Reflections of metro life in Marathi/English fiction, by Indian authors, from 1991 to date(fiction includes short story/novel/drama)
  • Mythology reinterpreted in Marathi/English fiction, by Indian writers, from 1991 to date(fiction includes short story/ novel/ drama)

S​cholars, academics, researchers and others are invited to apply for this prestigious fellowship. They can choose any one from the above given topics. The application form is available with The Asiatic Society of Mumbai office, and can also be downloaded from its website at
The completed forms along with research proposals are to be submitted to reach us by 30th November 2021. They should be submitted through e-mail, post or courier to The Asiatic Society of Mumbai. The email id for the submissions is – 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. But briefly, the Fellow will have one year to complete his/her work, and will be awarded a total amount of Rs.1.25 lakh. Interested people in  the age limit of 25-65 years are encouraged to apply. All other details and terms of the Tikekar Memorial Fellowship are available on the website and on the application form.

1. Application form
2. Guidelines
3. Marathi 

A jury comprising eminent people and experts in the subjects will select the scholar/researcher for the year.

- Dr. Usha R Vijailakshmi, Officiating Hon. Secretary, The Asiatic Society of Mumbai