For questions please email Afia Adaboh, Senior Editorial Assistant:

     The Joint Editors-in-Chief of CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion (J-CASTE) announce the 2021 Bluestone Rising Scholar Competition in Caste Studies. The Award recognizes individuals who show great promise to make outstanding scholarly contributions in their future careers to the study of caste in South Asia or around the world. Up to two early career scholars or professionals will be awarded the Bluestone Medal, honored at ceremonies, and have their papers published in J-CASTE.

     Papers submitted for consideration may be on any aspect of Caste Studies and be written from the perspective of any discipline of research such as the social sciences, humanities and the arts, gender studies, history, philosophy, theology, medicine and law, social policy, and public policy.

The Bluestone Rising Scholar Prize 2021 includes:

  • A recognition presented at a ceremony consisting of a reception and public talk by the recipient(s) on the Brandeis campus in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA. We have tentatively scheduled the Award Ceremony for April 20, 2021. If necessitated by the COVID-19 virus, the award ceremony will be held online and streamed internationally. *
  • If public health permits, recipients will spend a week on the Brandeis campus meeting with students and faculty and with opportunities to meet scholars at universities in the Boston area. *
  • If the Brandeis award ceremony coincides with the Sixth International Conference on the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, travel and accommodations for award recipients will be provided.
  • The award recipient’s paper will be published in J-CASTE.
  • Contingent on public health safety, recipients will be provided with airline tickets, local transport, housing, meals and incidentals during their stay. *


  • Applicants should be in their early careers as either academics or professionals. No advanced degree is required though applicants may be in post-graduate or doctoral programs or have been awarded a PhD or equivalent in or after 2011. Applicants without advanced degrees are welcome to apply. Papers will be judged solely on the quality of the paper.
  • Candidates may be representative of any academic discipline or profession.
  • Persons of all backgrounds are welcome to apply. This includes all castes, religious or national identities, and ethnicities. Persons studying or living outside South Asia are also eligible.
  • Papers are especially encouraged from women and persons from Dalit or other marginalized communities.


The selection will be made by a jury drawn from the J-Caste Editorial Advisory Board.

Shortlisted authors may be requested to be interviewed.

Shortlisted papers will undergo plagiarism checks.


  • The paper should be of a quality appropriate for publication in the peer-reviewed J-CASTE. Papers may require revisions before publication based on reviewers’ comments.
  • The paper should include an abstract.
  • The paper should be between 5,000 to 10,000 words and should be submitted in Microsoft Word (not PDF).
  • The paper should not have been published or be under review elsewhere.


1 - A Cover Page with the following information:

  • Submission for the Bluestone Rising Scholar Prize 2021
  • Full name
  • Full Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • Institutional Affiliation (if any)

2 – An abstract without your name as the paper will be anonymous to peer reviewers

3 – The full text of your paper without your name or other identifying information as the paper will be anonymous to peer reviewers.

4 -  A curriculum vitae


  • Go to the J-CASTE website and Register with the Journal unless already done
  • Submit your paper via the Make a Submission link
  • Read the Submission Checklist and follow all prompts
  • Please do not email or mail a copy of your paper to J-CASTE


  • Papers may be submitted at any time up to January 15, 2021 at 17:00 hours. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Award winners will be notified approximately March 1, 2021
  • All other applicants will be notified shortly thereafter


*Travel to the United States is contingent on the COVID-19 pandemic having abated. The decision to approve travel is solely at the discretion of Brandeis University.

Brandeis will issue a visa letter in support of the award recipient’s visa application (if needed).

 For questions please email Afia Adaboh, Senior Editorial Assistant:

 About the sponsoring institution

The Bluestone Rising Scholar Prize was created through the generosity of the late Sy Bluestone, M.D. in order to advance social justice research through the Center for Global Development and Sustainability at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

J-CASTE is a project of the Center for Global Development and Sustainability and the Brandeis Library. J-CASTE advances peer-reviewed scholarship across disciplines into the marginalization and hereditary oppression of religious, racial and cultural minorities. J-CASTE assesses social policies meant to counter exclusion in multiple spheres and intolerance in multi-faith democracies,

The Center for Global Development and Sustainability (GDS) is an interdisciplinary and multinational group that advances scholarship and applied research on problems of vulnerability in developing countries as well as in advanced economies. Its core faculty and affiliated researchers include those from varied disciplines of the natural and social sciences, development studies and the humanities. GDS engages in partnerships in the U.S. and throughout the world that build understanding and expand capacity for sustainable and emancipatory development.

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management is the only graduate school where the idealism of a social justice mission meets the rigor and prestige of a top-ranked policy school: US News & World Report ranks Heller in the top 10 in the United States for Social Policy. We are a leading community of scholars committed to progressive social policy and development, at a school specifically founded to advance careers committed to social change.

Brandeis University was founded in 1948 as a model of ethnic and religious pluralism. Brandeis embodies the highest ethical and cultural values. Brandeis is the youngest private research university in the United States and the only nonsectarian university in the nation founded by members of the American Jewish community. By welcoming students, faculty and staff of every nationality, religion and orientation, Brandeis renews the American heritage of cultural diversity, equal access to opportunity and freedom of expression. In 1985, Brandeis was elected to the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only group representing the 63 leading research universities in the U.S. and Canada.

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Watch the video of the 1st Bluestone Rising Scholar Prize Award Ceremony 2019

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