Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Doctoral Fellowships 2021

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EligibilityPh.D. degree holders
AwardUp to INR 20,000 p.m. and contingency grant

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About the Program


Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Doctoral Fellowships 2021 is a research opportunity offered to Indian scholars who are registered for Ph.D. in UGC-recognized institutes. The main aim of the ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship is to empower and hold young Indian social science researchers. The selected fellows will receive a fellowship of INR 20,000 per month and a contingency grant of INR 20,000 per annum.

  • Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Doctoral Fellowships 2021

    To be eligible, an applicant must-

    • Not be more than 40 years of age at the time of application
    • Have a confirmed Ph.D. registration in UGC-recognized institutes of national importance, universities/deemed universities, ICSSR research institutes, and colleges having approved Ph.D. programme
    • Have obtained a minimum of 45% marks in Graduation and 55% in Postgraduation or equivalent grades in any social science disciplines

    (Note: Age relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability will be given)

    Note: NET/SLET and M. Phil from a recognized university will carry weightage in the assessment of the research proposal. NET/SLET qualifications are not mandatory for eligibility purposes, however, the submission of the NET / SLET Certificate is mandatory to secure weightage in the assessment.

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    The selected candidates will receive the fellowship in the following way - 

    Centrally Administered Doctoral Fellowship -  INR 20,000 per month and the contingency grant is INR 20,000 per annum (for 2 years)

    Institutional Doctoral Fellowship - INR 20,000 per month and the contingency grant is INR 20,000 per annum (for 2 years)

    Short-term Doctoral Fellowship -  INR 20,000 per month and a contingency grant of INR 10,000 for the duration of the fellowship (for 6 months or till the date of Ph.D. submission, whichever is earlier)

    Contingency Grant - A one-time grant not exceeding INR 62,500 incurred during the period of joining the fellowship and date of submission of thesis at the university.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: 14th August 2021

Selection Criteria
  • Applications are scrutinized and initial screening is done for eligibility and other conditions of the fellowship. Subject Group(s)/Expert Committee(s) shortlist the eligible proposals for the next stage of interaction/presentation.
  • The shortlisted applicants are then invited for an interaction/ presentation (in person or through technology) before an Expert Committee.
  • After the interaction, the Expert Committee/s makes the recommendation for the award by the ICSSR.


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Terms and Conditions
  • The fellows have to stay and work full time at the affiliating University/Institute. However, they have to go for fieldwork sometimes.
  • The fellowship is only for two years and can be extended under some exceptional circumstances.
  • The contingency grant can be utilized for books, stationery, computer-related costs, and fieldwork expense.
  • The ICSSR has all the rights to publish the Ph.D. thesis.
  • The fellow must not receive the fellowship from any other source.
  • Privilege will be given to the less represented sections such as women and persons belonging to Educationally Backward Areas/Districts, minority communities, etc.
  • The ICSSR reserves the right to cancel any application without prior notice.

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