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India China Institute Launches Third Fellowship
in Social Innovation for Sustainable Environments

January 2010 - June 2012

New York, August 20, 2009 — The India China Institute (ICI) at The New School announces the third round of its signature fellowship program, choosing as its theme Social Innovation for Sustainable Environments. A total of six fellows (two from each of China, India and The New School) will be chosen.

The 2010-12 India China Fellowship Program (ICFP) seeks to build on the previous fellowships in Urbanization and Globalization (2006-2008) andProsperity and Inequality (2008-2010). This third round of the fellowship takes advantage of the unique history and strengths of The New School in social sciences, design, and environment, as well as over 30 distinguished ICI Fellows.

The 2010-12 fellowship program focuses on addressing the complex and interconnected problems associated with climate change and environmental sustainability. Social innovation aims to develop creative solutions, skills, knowledge, and entrepreneurship as drivers to mitigate and overcome multi-faceted challenges and achieve environmental sustainability. Through collaborative research and debates, fellows will critically examine definitions and parameters of both social innovation and sustainability in India and China, and prompt a three-way dialogue that includes perspectives from the Unites States. The fellows’ work will develop ways to reframe policymaking and implementation, reinvigorate local governance, and redirect material flows and market forces that would have direct or indirect impact on the environment.

The Fellowship award is approximately $40,000 in research, travel and support funds, and expands on the previous fellowship rounds in terms of benefits and residency requirements. It will enable six fellows to work together for over two years to develop collaborative projects that augment the discourse on social innovation and sustainable environment in India and China, with perspectives from the United States.

The ICFP offers a unique array of opportunities unavailable at more traditional research centers and organizations. In addition to funds for travel and research, the program organizes workshops and conferences that provide fellows with strategic opportunities to interact with the India China Institute’s extended network of experts in India, China, and the U.S.

Established in 2004, ICI is emerging as the hub of an international network of institutions and activities that nurture conversations about India, China, and the United States and deepen our understanding of global processes. Made possible in part by a grant from the Starr Foundation, ICI is committed to analyzing major issues and trends in India, China, and the United States and helping leaders, managers, public intellectuals, and opinion builders in all three countries address key challenges through collaborative solutions. At the heart of ICI is a competitive two-year fellowship program. Currently, ICI’s fifteen distinguished fellows are collaborating on a broad range of projects to address the topic of “Prosperity and Inequality: Debates in India and China.” For more information, visit

Located in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village, The New School is a center of academic excellence where intellectual and artistic freedoms thrive. The 10,200 matriculated students and more than 6,400 continuing education students come from around the world to participate in a wide range of undergraduate to doctoral programs in art and design, the social sciences, management and urban policy, the humanities and the performing arts. When The New School was founded in 1919, its mission was to create a place where global peace and justice were more than theoretical ideals. Today, The New School continues that mission, with programs that strive to foster engaged world citizenship. The eight schools that make up The New School are: The New School for General Studies, The New School for Social Research, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, Parsons The New School for Design, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Mannes College The New School for Music, The New School for Drama, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. For more information, visit

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