Study Abroad: University of Cambridge Developed Fellowship Program for Scholars in 2023

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Study in UK: Cambridge University Introduces Fellowship to Study Labour History

Cambridge University incorporated the study of Indentureship (a 5-year research programme), the first-ever fellowship program for research studies. The Indentureship Studies fellowship program is developed by a controversial system that replaced slavery in the British Empire. 


The program is being collaborated by the colleges of Cambridge, Selwyn College and the Ameena Gafoor Institute. The scholars are allowed to spend eight weeks at the University of Cambridge to conduct the research. 

The program will initially run for five years. The director of Selwyn College and the Ameena Gafoor Institute, Professor David Dabydeen collaborated in the program. Also, the colleges have appointed Professor Gaiutra Bahadur visiting bye-fellow (visitor) in Indentureship Studies.

Moreover, Professor Bahadur is the author of a famous book, Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture. The book was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. The book is based on a study of the lives of Indian women who were indentured labourers in colonial plantations in the 19th century. 

Study Abroad: University of Cambridge Developed Fellowship Program for Scholars in 2023; Know More

About the Fellowship Programme  

The study of indentureship is a legacy recommendation made in the report on the Legacies of Enslavement at Cambridge Advisory Group. Eventually, there is a hope that enough funding will be raised to establish a permanent professorship in the subject, based at the University. 

More details about this fellowship is to come with time. Stay updated on this fellowship if you are willing to apply and avail this great opportunity.

However, Professor Bahadur says on the official website that when he first began the research program, funding wasn’t made available to him. So apparently, his contribution is no less than labours of love in the research subject. 

Professor Dabylan adds that the study and documentation of indentureship are undoubtedly valuable. It has been barely included in the history syllabi of British and European universities

He also adds, considering the millions of people, and even entire civilizations, who have been permanently moulded by indentureship and its after effects, this exclusion is astonishing for him. 

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