|Call for Grant Proposals on Media Coverage of India|
The Infinity Foundation
Call For Grant Proposals on Media Coverage of India
The Infinity Foundation is calling for project proposals to undertake a scholarly, journalistic analysis of the coverage of India and Indian religious traditions in the US media. Such an analysis should develop criteria for measuring both the quantity and quality of this coverage relative to other major world regions. Analysis of the quality should take into consideration the authenticity of the portrayal however defined, as well as the degree to which simplistic, stereotyped images or outright misinterpretations occur in major media sources. Such analyses could be historical, focusing on a single media source over a period of time, or wide ranging, looking across a variety of contemporary media. These projects would result in one or more of the following: books, articles, conference presentations, CD-ROMs, internet publications, and audio/video materials.
These initiatives are in response to growing concern over inaccurate and damaging 'Orientalist' portrayals of India and India's cultural legacy. In order to measure the validity of this perception, the Infinity Foundation would like to encourage analysis of the media. This, it is hoped, will deepen our understanding of the degree to which the media is responsible for current perceptions and misperceptions concerning India. The Infinity Foundation will consider all proposals dealing with the media portrayal of Indian and Indic traditions, provided that they fulfill the criteria listed below:
All grant applications must contain the following items:
Applications should be submitted to the address or fax above, clearly marked "GRANT PROPOSAL". All complete applications will be considered on a merit basis either by the trustees of the Foundation or by an advisory committee appointed by it. All applications become the property of the Foundation. There is no deadline for submission. Awards will be made on a merit basis, judged on the importance of the project to the Foundation's mission, and also upon the availability of funds. All decisions made by the Foundation will be final.
The following criteria will be followed: