The Highland Fellowship seeks to attract world-class scholars actively engaged in both research and teaching in conjunction with partner institutions and granting agencies. Often based in staff positions in other universities around the world they engage in both short and long term research projects in South and Southeast Asia, and often work closely with postgraduate and early career researchers at the Institute in collecting, processing and publishing data and findings. Fellows may spend several weeks to several months engaged in fieldwork, and organise as well as present their ongoing work in the regular calendar of seminars, meetings and activities organised by the Highland Institute. Time permitting they engage in intensive or term-length modular teaching at primarily the postgraduate and early career research levels, and occasionally conduct research training workshops in local partner colleges and universities.

Jonathon Keats

Jonathon Keats is an artist, writer and experimental philosopher whose participatory thought experiments adapt methods from the sciences and the humanities to explore societal conditions and planetary futures.

Dharamsingh Teron

Dharamsing Teron is an independent researcher (graduated in History from Diphu Government College, Gauhati University) from Diphu, Karbi Anglong.

Edward Moon-Little

Dr Edward Moon-Little is an anthropologist with a lifelong fascination with museums. He has assisted in the curating of various exhibitions in Northeast India and on Northeast India's cultural history.

Don Duprez

Don Duprez holds a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, and holds an MA in Anthropology from California.

Christian Poske

Dr Christian Poske is an ethnomusicologist whose research interests include the performing arts of eastern and north-eastern India and Bangladesh, music and conflict, ecomusicology, oral history, and community engagement with archival recordings.

Aditya Kiran Kakati

Aditya is a doctorate in International History and (with Minor in Anthropology and Sociology), from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (IHEID).

Margaret Lyngdoh

Margaret Lyngdoh is pursuing a Post Doctorate at The Highland Institute under the supervision of Professor Arkotong Longkumer.

Rhelo Kenye

Rhelo Kenye submitted his PhD thesis at the Department of Cultural Studies, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.

Senganglu Thaimei

Senganglu Thaimei is an Associate Professor of English in Delhi University, and currently a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow.

Roderick Wijunamai

Roderick Wijunamai is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology, Cornell University.

Lester LaCombe

Lester is an independent researcher and entrepreneur residing in Maine, United States whose current studies are focused on underrepresented pathogens and historical approaches to combating their resulting diseases.

Bertrand Lefebvre

Bertrand Lefebvre holds a PhD in geography from the University of Rouen, 2011.

Les Joynes

Dr Les Joynes (US) is a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar on South Asian Cultures and an editor for ProjectAnywhere in Australia). He explores how art, oral traditions, and community index South Asian identities.

Suryasikha Pathak

Suryasikha Pathak is a faculty in the Centre for Tribal Studies, Assam University, Diphu Campus, KarbiAnglong.

Nigel Shakespear

Nigel Shakespear is a writer, editor and former soldier with a higher educational background in anthropology, history and development management.

A. Sentiyula

A. Sentiyula is currently the Head of Department of English, Dimapur Government College, Dimapur. She holds a PhD from Nagaland University.

Tiatoshi Jamir

Dr Tiatoshi Jamir is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of History & Archaeology, Nagaland University, Kohima Campus. His primary interest includes Early Holocene to Late Holocene prehistory of NE India, hunter-gatherer archaeology, and community-based Indigenous archaeology.

Wayne Talbot

Wayne, an environmental science graduate, is experienced in the creation of mass participation projects involving partnerships between academic, commercial and voluntary organisations at international, national, and local levels. He holds an MPhil, obtained through research into education programme evaluation.

Bisakha Goswami

Dr Bisakha Goswami is an Assistant Professor of Musicology at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, where she has taught since 2012, and Founder Secretary of Muktabodha, a centre for Indological studies and research.

Kadiguang Panmei

Kadiguang Panmei is a researcher and musician studying the culture of northeast India and its people through various lenses, including culinary anthropology, migration, geopolitics, and the arts.

Akumjung Pongen

Akumjung Pongen is currently pursuing his postgraduate studies in Philosophy and Theology at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.


Ketoukhrieü (Ph.D.) is currently working as an Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Kohima College, Kohima under Nagaland University, Nagaland.

Alison Betts

I specialise in the archaeology of cultural contact across Asia from prehistory to early antiquity. Key aspects of my work include nomadic peoples, hunting traps, early Zoroastrianism and dispersal of early plant domesticates.

Anna Notsu

Anna Notsu is a junior lecturer in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University in The Netherlands. Her upcoming research concerns regenerative practices and land usage in North East India.