Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Senior Research Fellowship 2021

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EligibilityPh.D. degree holders
AwardINR 45,000 p.m. and contingency grant of INR 40,000 p.a.

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About the Program


Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Senior Research Fellowship 2021 is a research opportunity offered to Ph.D. degree holders. The senior fellowships are awarded to outstanding Indian Social scientists to undertake full-time research on subjects and issues of national and social concern. The selected fellow will receive a fellowship of INR 45,000 per month and a contingency grant of INR 40,000 per annum.

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

    To be eligible, an applicant must-

    • Not to be less than 45 years and more than 70 years of age
    • Hold a Ph.D. degree in any discipline of Social Science with outstanding research publications
    • Affiliate to an ICSSR Research Institute/ Institutes approved by MHRD/Government Research Institutes/UGC recognized Indian University


    Note: Senior Government and defense officers (not less than 25 years of regular service) and persons with proven Social Science expertise possessing a Ph.D. degree in any social science disciplines and demonstrable research experience through publications of books/research papers/reports can also apply.

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    • The selected fellows will receive a fellowship of INR 45,000 per month and a contingency grant of INR 40,000 per annum (for two years).
    • 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
  • 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 scholar will acknowledge ICSSR’s support in all publications resulting from the research output of the fellowship and should submit a copy of the same to the ICSSR.
  • Any post-award change in research design or methodology will require ICSSR’s approval.
  • A certificate of having received books, software, equipment, etc. purchased out of the contingency grant to be issued by the affiliating Institution.
  • A fellow is not entitled to the same fellowship or pay protection more than once.

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