The KRVIA Research Fellowship Program

The KRVIA has been conducting its Research Fellowship Program since 1998 with the intent of promoting active research in the fields of architecture, design, art, technology, humanities and urban studies. In this regard, the Institute offers an opportunity by inviting research proposals from the faculty of the institute who wish to pursue independent research in the area of their interest. The KRVIA in its endeavor to promote, assist and support Faculty Research, makes a provision for two Research Fellows, each of whom will work in collaboration with the selected Faculty, only for a period of 11 months.

To this purpose, applications are being invited from Architecture Graduates across universities who wish to pursue their research interests in any one of the following research projects undertaken by the faculty:


  1. Stories of Density (Ethnographic documentation of communities in the historic bazaar
    area, Mumbai) – Aneerudha Paul
    (Click here to read abstract)

  2. Urban Water Resilience – Jamshid Bhiwandiwala
    (Click to read abstract)


The Applicants need to clearly state their reasons in not more than 300 words as to why they have selected any one of the above mentioned research projects.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview in June 2021.

Selection, appointment and allowances of Research Fellows:

The selection of the research fellow will be based on the suitability of the applicants for the research proposals selected. A brief of the above research projects is put up on the website for the applicants to choose from and send in their applications accordingly. Applicants will need to email in advance along with their application, samples of writing carried out by them in various forms, proof of specialised skills, softwares, portfolio, etc.


The research fellow is expected to spend 30 working hours per week at the Institute. A remuneration of Rs. 150/hour of biometrically logged in time will be paid to the research fellow by the Institute. The institute will not provide for any travel or other allowances incurred by the research fellow during the course of the appointment. If the research project is prolonged beyond the assigned period of 11 months, the Institute shall not be responsible for compensating the research fellow for any additional work. 50% of the payable amount per month (as per logged in time) will be released every month, 25% will be released after approval of adequate work by the Review Panel quarterly and 25% will be released on adequate completion at the end of the project. If performance is found to be inadequate, the stipulated amount for that review will be withheld till adequate improvements are made and shown during the next Panel review. Thus, it is in the researchers’ best interest to produce good quality work for every review. No requests for part release of amount etc. will be entertained in between reviews or any advances in any circumstance.


Please note the research fellow cannot hold any appointment, paid or otherwise or receive emoluments that may directly conflict with or affect their performance during the tenure of the fellowship.


Applicants holding an equivalent fellowship affiliated to another University/Academic Institution need not apply.

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: Monday, 17th May 2021.

The KRVIA Research fellowship program will commence on 1st July 2021 and end on 31st May 2022.

Interested candidates may please send their applications to:


Sarah George,
Coordinator – KRVIA Research Fellowship Program



Past Calls for Fellowship

Fellowship experiences

As a fellow at KRVIA I gained the skill and confidence required to carry out research in the realm of architecture and urban studies. I joined the program to be able to expand my knowledge on the social issues that came into being as a by-product of architectural and planning decisions. The fellowship at KRVIA was a great addition as a premaster’s program that laid the foundation to be able to ask questions to difficult problems, gather data, conduct analysis, and find a way forward. The immense knowledge available at the KRVIA library is one of the best resources and the faculty are easily approachable and helpful. This fellowship program also gave me the opportunity to meet and connect with professional individuals and organisations outside KRVIA that shared my interest in understanding and helping the urban community.
Glenda Dias
Fellow, KRVIA
The Research Fellowship 2019-20 at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA) initiated a descriptive dialogue between research and academics as subsets of each other. The course of the research project 'City of Invisible Islands' with Prof. Sandeep Menon looked into questions of ecological evolution and representation, where the state of landscape urbanism was discussed and then taken forward as a Winter Elective where the participants were to expand and represent using the framework. Similar enquiries were then explored through teaching at the school as a part of the fellowship, where the studio was observed as an exercise to host an exchange with the peers and to frame tangible deliverables through an effective reviewing process. Personally, this fellowship brings out an intersection of formal research and teaching that makes academics a space for participation and production.
Adwait Adke
Fellow, KRVIA