Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Post Doctoral Fellowship 2020

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EligibilityPhD holders
AwardFellowship of INR 31,000 pm and contingency grant of INR 25,000 pa

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About the Program

Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Post Doctoral Fellowship 2020 is a 2-years full-time research work program offered only to PhD degree holders in any of the specified discipline of the social science, who wish to seek a regular career in teaching and research. The main aim of the ICSSR Post-Doctoral Fellowship is to empower and hold young Indian social science researchers. The selected fellows will receive INR 31,000 per month and a contingency grant of INR 25,000 per annum.

Fellowship Details
  • Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Post Doctoral Fellowship 2020 DeadlineClosed

    To be eligible, an applicant must-

    • Not be more than 45 years of age at the time of application (age relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability)
    • Hold a PhD degree in any discipline of social science
    • Affiliate to an ICSSR Research Institute/ institutes approved by MHRD/ government research institutes/ UGC recognized Indian university
    • The selected fellows will receive a fellowship of INR 31,000 per month and a contingency grant is INR 25,000 per annum (for two years).
    • Under Salary protection, a fellow is entitled to salary and allowances admissible at the parent institution.
    • The ICSSR shall also pay the leave salary and pension contribution or contribution towards CPF and gratuity for the two years period.
    • Abstract of the research proposal in about 5,000 words
    How can you apply?

    Follow the given steps to apply:

    Step 1: Click here to apply online and register.
    Step 2: Once registered, log in using the registered email id and password.
    Step 3: Fill in all required details and submit the application. 
    Step 4 Take a print out of the application and attach all the relevant documents
    Step 5: Send the hard copy of the application to the address given below

    In-charge, RFS Division,
    Indian Council of Social Science Research,
    Aruna Asaf Ali Marg,
    New Delhi 110067

Important Dates

Application deadline: 21st June 2020

Selection Criteria
  • Applications are scrutinized and initial screening is done for eligibility and other conditions of the fellowship. Subject Group(s)/Expert Committee(s) short-list 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.
Terms and Conditions
  • The selected fellow has to work under the guidance of a senior social scientist (not below Associate Professor with sufficient research supervision, experience and publications).
  • The supervisor should not be superannuated and be in employment at the affiliating institution in the same discipline as that of the applicant.
  • In the case of inter-disciplinary proposals, the supervisor should have proven expertise in the area of research proposed by the scholar.
  • The research proposal should be submitted either in English or Hindi.
  • Regular monitoring is done bi-annually and an annual progress report in the prescribed format submitted by the scholar.
  • The fellowship will be discontinued if found unsatisfactory or any rule is violated.
  • During the fellowship, the scholars are required to publish at least two research papers.

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