There are currently no open positions at RAMBLE. Please check back for future updates.

& Volunteering

The Banni grassland offers a unique opportunity to study a rich bio-cultural landscape. We welcome volunteers, interns, artists, and others to spend time in residence. Please contact us for more information on when we might be able to accommodate you.

Jaikrishna Indraji Thaker Research Opportunity

Jaikrishna Indraji was a senior botanist who produced the first ecologically informed monographs on the fora and fauna of the Banni landscape in the late nineteenth century. The Jaikrishna Indraji Thaker Research Opportunity, supports researchers who wish to work in the Banni landscape. The socio-ecological system of Banni offers numerous possibilities of conducting research on subjects ranging over a broad spectrum including grassland ecology, environmental science, economics, history and social-anthropology. In addition, the research centre in Hodka provides logistic support that includes accommodation, basic equipment, travel and field assistance.
We invite applications for field studies on the interactions amongst pastoral practices, ecological responses, social context and economic outcomes in the Banni ecosystem. More specific themes include:

• Long term faunal and vegetation dynamics under changing climatic, edaphic, and grazing regimes.
• Biomass, Prosopis juliflora and soil interactions following restoration works with selected villages of Banni.
• Long term survey and participatory conservation of three iconic species in Banni i.e. Spiny-tailed Lizard, Houbara Bustard and Chinkara.
• Furthering our understanding of the socio-economic, cultural and political contexts of pastoralism in the Banni.

Funding &

Based on support provided by the Axis Bank Foundation, 3 fellowships will be provided per year for the next five years. These funds are meant to support field research that uses facilities at the RAMBLE field station. The budget should not exceed INR 200,000, including costs that are charged for the use of the Banni field station (please visit the field station facilities tab for more details).
The RAMBLE research committee is the final authority to decide on all fellowship applications and considers applications around the year.
Applicants can include those working on a masters or PhD thesis, as well as others not part of a degree programme. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, names of 2 referees and a one-page note on the applicant’s proposed work. Prior work in the Banni is NOT a prerequisite.
To apply, send mail to: banniresearch@gmail.com with the specific subject line “Application for Jaikrishna Indraji Thaker Research Opportunity”. 

Please indicate if you would like to work with any particular mentor while sending your application. Click here to know about available mentors.

Visit the Projects section to learn more about past and current projects undertaken at RAMBLE.

Salim Mama 
Fellowship (Upcoming)

Select pastoral youth who have passed through the Salim Mama course on Pastoral Ecosystems will be encouraged to apply for the Salim Mama Fellowship. This will provide financial support and mentorship for students to undertake independent research in the Banni. More details on this opportunity will follow.

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Field station located at:
Banni Research Centre,
Hodko village, Bhuj,
Gujarat 370510
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