Call for Application About CGS-SQUARE Fellowship 2015

Centre for Genocide Studies (CGS), University of Dhaka, has been working on the history and genocide committed during the War of Liberation of Bangladesh in 1971. The scope of CGS is not confined to the genocide committed in Bangladesh; rather it also studies war crimes, crimes against humanity and other forms of human rights violations elsewhere in the world. It is a pioneer of its kind in Bangladesh and South Asia.

SQUARE Group is one of the leading business enterprises in Bangladesh whose excellence transcended the borders of the country. It is also a pioneer in healthcare sector in Bangladesh and has been actively engaged in other social enterprises. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, SQUARE substantially contributes to the socio-economic development of Bangladesh. Centre for Genocide Studies, with generous endowment from SQUARE Group, will be offering the CGS- SQUARE Fellowship.

Fellowship Preference

The fellowship will be awarded mainly to Bangladeshi applicants who demonstrate outstanding potentials and can contribute in such areas as genocide, war crime, crime against humanity, human rights, ethnic and communal violence and other related themes. CGS welcomes proposals in three distinct areas: dissertation, research, documentary, including photography, that are relevant to these themes.

Duration of Fellowship

The fellowship will be offered to six awardees each year. In total, eighteen awardees will be offered fellowship in 2015-2017.

Categories of Fellowship

The fellowship will be offered in three categories:

  1. PhD Research
  2. Senior Fellow
  3. Junior Fellow

Eligibility requirements for PhD Research

  • Fellowship in this criteria will cover fieldwork only.
  • The individual ought to be a current PhD student (anywhere in the world).
  • The subject of the research must be in the areas mentioned above.

Eligibility Requirements for Senior Fellow

  • Applicants must be 40 years or above.
  • Individuals must have completed their PhDs (applicants who recently submitted their PhD dissertation but are yet to get the degree will not be considered).
  • Candidate must have demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement and ability to complete the project successfully.
  • The proposal ought to be relevant to areas mentioned above.

Eligibility requirements for Junior Fellow

  • Individual applicants must be below 40 years.
  • Applicants should ideally have a Master’s degree in any discipline from a reputed university. But priority would be given to graduates from International Relations, Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, Law, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies, Literature, Psychology and other disciplines related to issues of genocide and mass violence.
  • Individuals should be able to demonstrate excellent track record.
  • The proposal ought to be relevant to areas mentioned above.

Value of Fellowship Award

The fellowship will be awarded to six applicants each year: one PhD researcher to support fieldwork, two Senior Fellows, and three Junior Fellows.The value of the award given each year is as follows:

  • BDT 1,50,000 for one PhD researcher to support for fieldwork.
  • BDT 75,000 each for two Senior Fellows.
  • BDT 50,000 each for three Junior Fellows.

Selection Process

Fellowships will be awarded based on the relevance of the theme as well as on their merits. A selection panel nominated by CGS will initially review the applications and only shortlisted applicants will be called in for interview. The decision of CGS will be final in awarding the fellowship.

How to Apply

Interested individuals/applicants are encouraged to apply in the format prescribed by CGS. The electronic version of the application form can be obtained from CGS website at:


The application deadline for the 2015 CGS-SQUARE Fellowship is 31 January 2015.

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