Applications are open until 11:59pm PT April 14th, 2021. Ten semi-finalists will be notified on May 4th. The three final Mentees will be notified June 2nd. In the name of transparency, all first round applications will be scored in a blind review process (with name, gender, nationality, and other identifying features removed). The ten semifinalists will also receive feedback from our Selection Committee on their scripts after the three Mentees are announced.  Please read the following eligibility criteria before submitting an application. In order to be considered for the AIC Authors Lab, all applicants must:

  • Must be an Ambedkarite Anti-Caste Activist
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Manuscripts must be in English – however, please not that we will evaluate your submission on the basis of narrative, story and structure not on your English proficiency.
  • Must be a first time author (see FAQ for additional information).
  • Must not be an already published author of an English Book Length work by a known publisher. (More explanation to be added. When in doubt we actually encourage you to submit for the Lab, then indicate in the email you will send us that you would like to discuss your prior work that has been published.
  • Submit one application along with the USD20 application fee for those outside India, and INR 250.00 for those in India (paid via PayPal) – application fee waived for early submissions (by Feb 28th).
  • Note: the application asks that you confirm acceptance of the terms of the AIC Authors Lab – 2021 Submission Agreement.
  • If you are selected as a semi-finalist, you will be asked to participate in an interview (over zoom), to help us narrow it down to the three finalists.
  • If accepted as a Mentee, sign agreements with the Mentors and Advisors, as well as an NDA​

Authors Lab – 2021 Timeline

    • Launch: Jan 31st, 2021
    • Open Workshop: Feb 14th, 2021 India (Feb 13th for US attendees)
    • Submission Deadline: Apr 14th, 2021
    • Seminar with Mentors: Apr 28th, 2021
    • Semi-finalist Announced: May 4th, 2021
    • Additional Submission (from semi-finalists): May 18th, 2021
  • Interviews with Semi-Finalists: May 19th – 25th, 2021
  • Finalists Announced: June 2nd, 2021

Ready to apply to the AIC Authors Lab? “By clicking on the apply button you have reviewed and agree to AIC author’s lab submission agreement”. Please contact us at authorslab@ambedkarinternationalcenter.org in case you face any issues while submitting this application.

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