Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Post Doctoral Fellowship 2021

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EligibilityPh.D. degree holders
AwardINR 31,000 per month and contingency grant of INR 25,000 p.a.

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About the Program


Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Post Doctoral Fellowship 2021 is a research opportunity offered to Ph.D. degree holders. The main aim of the ICSSR Post-Doctoral Fellowship is to empower and hold young Indian Social Science Researchers. The selected fellow will receive INR 31,000 per month and a contingency grant of INR 25,000 per annum.

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

    To be eligible, an applicant must-

    • Be below 45 years of age at the time of application
    • Hold a Ph.D. degree in any discipline of Social Science
    • Affiliate to an ICSSR Research Institute/Institutes approved by MHRD/ Government Research Institutes/UGC recognized Indian University


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

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    • The selected fellow will receive a fellowship of INR 31,000 per month and a contingency grant is INR 25,000 per annum.
    • A fellow is entitled to salary and allowances admissible at the parent institution under Salary Protection.
    • The ICSSR will also pay the leave salary and pension contribution or contribution towards CPF and gratuity for the two years period.
Important Dates

Application Deadline: 26th August 2021

Selection Criteria

The candidate will be selected in through following way - 

  • 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.

Note - For more details of the fellowship, kindly check the 'Fellowship Details'.

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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.


Note - For more details of the fellowship, kindly check the 'Fellowship Details'.

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