Posted on 18 February 2020
The Department of History’s Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) is delighted to announce that our Commonwealth-Rutherford Fellow, Dr Namrata R. Ganneri has been awarded a Rockefeller archival research stipend of $4000 for her proposed new project, ‘Rajkumari Amrit Kaur’s health diplomacy and the Rockefeller Foundation’. Namrata hopes to use the stipend to explore how Rajkumari Amrit Kaur (1887-1964), India’s first health minister worked with the Rockefeller Foundation on several health projects in the immediate post-independence period.
The very competitive grant programme provides up to $4000 based on the quality of the application and the candidate’s project. The research grants are designed to foster, promote, and support research by serious scholars in the collections located at the Rockefeller Archive Center, which include the records of the Rockefeller Family, The Rockefeller University, The Rockefeller Foundation, and other philanthropies and associated individuals.
The Rockefeller archives contain private papers and diaries of key Rockefeller officials who worked in India in the 1950s and 1960s, papers on technical cooperation between the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations and government of India along with other correspondence and notes of visits of Indian officials and ministers to the USA. Namrata hopes to examine some of this archival material pertaining to Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, particularly her links to the Rockefeller supported malaria control programme and aid to medical and nursing education in India.
Everyone at CGHH offers warm congratulations to Namrata for her successful application for this prestigious grant and wishes her the best as she embarks on this new project.