Call to Contribute

Living Waters Museum and the Social and Political Research Foundation invite young researchers interested in exploring the water-conservation landscape in India to apply for five short-term visual research-cum-writing fellowships. In India, the advent of piped water supply systems has left behind India's long history of traditional decentralized water harvesting systems. The current discourse around water governance recognises the potential that these systems can play in ensuring water security with community-led inclusive management. Grounded research and data visualisation are needed to support policy advocacy towards sustainable, ethical and equitable water practices and raise awareness in our youth as future water keepers.

Duration of the Fellowship

1 October 2020 - 30 November 2020


Mentoring and Remuneration

The selected researchers will be co-mentored by SPRF and LWM, with assistance from both the teams in terms of literature review, formulating questionnaires, public policy overview and overall conceptualisation of the final curation of the proposed visual stories.

Selected researchers will be provided with a total stipend of Rs 20,000 for a maximum period of 8 weeks. 


  1. Graduate or Postgraduate degree in social sciences, water policy, development studies, ecology, sustainability and other relevant disciplines.

  2. Keen interest in visual-narratives surrounding the water conservation landscape in India.

  3. Self-motivated, proactive and able to work independently as well as in teams.

  4. Strong writing and communication skills in English (other languages will be considered for translation and communication to local communities, but the primary research should be in English).

  5. Access to the internet and a computer for research, and to effectively work from home. Candidates must have prior experience of internet-based research. 


The applicant must be an Indian citizen between 21 to 35 years of age. Women and individuals from marginalised communities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Interested applicants are required to submit their applications with the following (PDF format only):

1. A brief concept note (max 500-800 words) about the proposed visual-story outlining the context, the water technology or practice they would like to document, the motivation to undertake this project, and some idea of their approach/methodology.

2. Updated CV

3. A recent writing sample and any relevant photographs they may have been taken.


All applicants are required to mail their applications on waterseekers2020@gmail.com.


For additional information, please write to waterseekers2020@gmail.com or contact@sprf.in 



  1. We anticipate that each visual narrative will focus on one decentralised water technology in a particular agro-ecological context and that most research will largely be internet-based, supported by telephone interviews. 

  2. Given the ongoing pandemic and lockdown, the stories will need to be built largely through secondary internet-enabled research, and phone interviews with relevant stakeholders. If the selected researcher is physically close to a particular water asset and can safely venture outdoors, that will be considered an opportunity, but will not affect the selection process. Fieldwork will be minimal and will need to follow all current safety protocols regarding COVID-19. Neither the Living Waters Museum nor the Social and Political Research Foundation will assume any responsibility for individual health while undertaking the research for this fellowship.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Any form of plagiarism will be dealt with strictly and will lead to the cancellation of the fellowship. 

  2. All images taken for the visual narratives need to follow ethical consent guidelines if they involve human subjects. Images of children 14 years or below in age, need to have the consent of their guardians. 

  3. The final outcome of the fellowship will be jointly owned by the fellow, Living Waters Museum (LWM) and the Social and Political Research Foundation (SPRF). Thus, all acknowledgement for any content used, whether by its creator or a third party, must be jointly credited. 


August 25, 2020

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