I am Sk Sagir Ali, an Indian Muslim student. I received a conditional offer from the University of Cambridge for my Phd in English under Michaelmas Term 2021 beginning on 01 October 2021.
For this, I require to meet all other costs associated with my time at Cambridge (e.g. accommodation, living expenses associated with my studies). The minimum annual estimated financial liability is £45,758.00 for the same. I applied for Gates Cambridge, Cambridge Trust Scholarship and OCC DTP Scholarships. Unfortunately, I didn't receive any one of them for my research work on “Religious Resurgence: Culture and Difference in Select Contemporary British Literature.”
I come from a minority community of first-generation learners in rural India, and I have my parents, wife, and my little baby as dependents in India. It would be better if I get funding for the research work at Cambridge University. After the proposed CAA (the citizenship amendment bill), the religious minorities in India shall further suffer statist otherization and ethnic and religious profiling.
My research shall attempt to answer the crises and the problem of ethnicity and nationalist identity in a wider context that also provides insight into the aporia of the modern nation states of South East Asia surrounding its creation of the figure of the refugees in the post-partition climate in the 20th century. The difficulty of pursuing this research in a Hindu majoritarian nation-state like India entails both institutional apartheid surrounding the topic, and also the fact that there is a glaring paucity of state fundings for pursuing such themes themes in Indian academic institutions.
The Phd offer at Cambridge shall help me immensely in pursuing my topic without fear and institutional inhibitions. I have applied for the deferral of my admission because of the unavailability of funds. Let's hope for the best!