The Sanskriti Foundation invites applications for
its annual Geddes Scholarship for the study of the methodology
and principles of Geddes town planning from students of
planning and architecture/young professionals.
Sanskriti has also expanded the scope by including other
institutions, like schools who would be interested in
sensitizing school children at a time when they are reading
history and social sciences. By way of a School Project,
incorporating Geddes’ ideas, children will be introduced
to the concepts of architecture and town planning.
The scholarship has been instituted in the joint memory
of Patrick Geddes and his son Arthur Geddes, both of whom
had a long association with India. The work of Patrick
Geddes continues to serve as a catalyst for today’s
sustainable city movement. Patrick Geddes spent almost
a decade in India after coming out during the First World
War. He was impressed by India’s urban centers,
and what he saw as a spirit of harmony between architecture,
water-bodies, public spaces and trees.
The scholarship is only open to Indian Nationals in
the age group of 20 to 30.The applicant must be a student
of planning and architecture at a graduate/postgraduate/research
level from a recognized university or institution and
/or young practicing professionals. The applicants can
be an individual or can be a collaborative work of a group
The objective of the scholarship is to promote and
advance interest in and understanding of Patrick Geddes’
principles of town planning. This scholarship will provide
an opportunity to create awareness among young planners
and architects of Geddes’ principle of ‘place,
work, and folk’.
The duration of the scholarship will be six months.
The scholarship of Rs. 45,000 will be given in two phases;
the first installment at the commencement of the scholarship
and the second installment after the submission of the
complete project report.
Three months after the commencement of the work, an interim
report should be submitted to the coordinator. The report
will be circulated to the Committee who may offer comments
to the researcher to consider. The final report when submitted
will also be reviewed by the committee and any changes
required can be incorporated.
On the successful completion of the study the candidate
may be invited to present the findings in a seminar in
The applicant will have to sign an agreement with
Sanskriti Pratishthan pertaining to a regular flow of
work during the scholarship period. The candidate should
not be holding another scholarship/fellowship or working
on any other project at the same time. In the event of
non-completion and non-compliance to any of the terms
and conditions mentioned above the scholarship amount
must be returned.
How to Apply
Interested Candidates should send a two page CV. The
Full postal and telephonic contact details together with
E-mail id should be submitted to facilitate contact. The
proposal should not merely be a compilation of reports
but should contain a well researched proposal which would
advance the application of the Geddes ideas, a plan of
action including field visits and the availability of
archival material relevant to that study. A bibliography
of the reports, websites browsed should accompany the
The proposal can also focus on a section of the city/mohalla.
The applicant has to expose the methodology of diagnostic
survey and conservative surgery as a visible strategic
option for the renewal of cities in India.
Priority will be given to such proposals which traces
and advances the relevance of Geddes’ ideas and
work The project proposal should be written in 1500 words
with reference to the specific city /section/mohalla.
The names and contact addresses/telephones of two referees
should also be sent. The application should bear the title
‘Sanskriti – Geddes Scholarship ’ on
the envelope if sent by post on head
office address and in the subject line if e-mailed
Applications are accepted round the year for the next