The Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) is actively looking for a highly creative and talented English Commentary Writer (ECW). The work focuses on The Guru Granth Sahib Project (TGGSP) and knowledge of the Sikh faith is required. ECW will draft commentaries from Guru Granth Sahib’s compositions, both in long and short form, for a global audience. ECW must thoroughly understand the context of a given material to provide commentary that will support TGGSP’s strategic initiative in reaching a broader audience. ECW must be keenly interested in working on TGGSP commentaries with curiosity and reverence while reflecting on real-world applications without prescription or closed interpretations. ECW will report directly to the Project Lead and will work closely with Commentary Lead and Editor.

This is a part-time contract position. At a minimum, completion of one "sabad" (on average 8-line unit) commentary every week is required.

Commentary Writer Responsibilities:

  • Read and study the compositions before and during the writing process
  • Draft version after weekly discussion with Lead Commentator
  • Prepare final version for publications
  • Ensure the logical flow of all writing produced
  • Attend feedback sessions and making revisions as suggested
  • Attend training sessions and workshops as required

Commentary Writer Requirements:

  • Degree in humanities, religious studies, or creative writing
  • Knowledge of world religious systems and mysticism
  • Mindset of a seeker, thirst for knowledge and growth
  • Critical reading, thinking, and writing skills
  • Resilience and the ability to accept constructive feedback
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Evidence of writing experience (submit 1500-2000 creative writing sample)
  • Technology proficiency in Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace
  • Proficiency in English required, additional proficiency in Panjabi preferred