The broad disciplines recognized for such support are: Economics, Commerce, Education, Management, Business Administration, Psychology, Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration, Sociology, Social Work, Criminology and Social Science aspects of Anthropology, Demography, Geography, Law and Linguistics.
The priority areas for consideration are: (Health, Education, Environment and Sustainable Development, Information/Communication Technology, Library Science, Gender Studies, Centre-State Relations and National Security).
Centrally Administered Doctoral Fellowships are awarded by the ICSSR on the basis of selection through an interview to be held at the office of the ICSSR, New Delhi and also at ICSSR North-Eastern Regional Centre, Shillong.
Norh East category of fellowships are earmarked for candidates from North-East Region or who are registered in North Eastern Universities.
B. Institutional Doctoral Fellowships
Some of the ICSSR Institutes have Ph.D Programmes and ICSSR gives grants for fellowships. The total number of Institutional Coctoral Fellowships are 76. These fellowships are awarded by the Institutes on the basis of selections made by the institute concerned.
For details of the list of research institutes and the number of fellowships from ICSSR at each institutes, visit our website: www.icssr.org.
Scholars are advised to directly contact the Institute for application procedure.
Eligibility for Centrally Administered Doctoral Fellowships:
Postgraduate in Social Sciences with at least 55% marks.
The candidate should have cleared National Eligibility Test (NET for JRF/ Lecturership)/ M.Phil/ or two research articles published in reputed social sciences journals (reprints to be attached).
The applicant must be registered for Ph.D Those who are not registered NEED
Age:- The upper age limit for a doctoral fellow is below 35 years as on 1st July 2010 (relaxable by 5 years in case of SC/ST).
For teachers and professional staff of research institutes holding regular posts the upper age limit would be 45 years.
In exceptional cases, where a candidate is found to have outstanding ability, the age limit may be relaxed marginally at the discretion of ICSSR.
Value :- The selected candidates will be paid a fellowship amount of Rs.6,000/- per (For NET candidates and Rs. 5,000/- per month for Non-NET candidates.) for two years extendable by one year in exceptional cases only, plus Rs.12,000/- per annum as contingency grant.
A proposal to revise the rates of fellowship is pending with the Government of India.
Fellowships with Salary Protection :
The applicants shall have put in at least two years continues service in the institution before they apply and the institution shall certify that it will maintain their lien on the post during the period of the fellowship and allow them to return to it after the period of fellowship is over.
In case of an employed scholar his/her salary will be protected.
In addition, a contingency grant of Rs.12,000/- per annum will also be paid. Duration of a salary-protected fellowship will, in no case, be more than two years.
Only short listed candidates will be called for interview. Applicants not in receipt of call letters NEED not correspond unnecessarily.
The names of short listed candidates as well as the dates of interview will be put on our website: www.icssr.org
The Council reserves the right to reject any application without assigning any reason. The Council is also not responsible for any postal loss/delays in communications.
Prescribed application forms are available in our website: www.icssr.org.
Completed application forms must be sent to:
Director, Research Fellowships,
Indian Council of Social Science Research,
Post Box No. 10528,
Aruna Asaf Ali Marg,
New Delhi-110 067
Last date of receipt of applications: 30th June 2010
Indian Council of Social Science Research - ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship 2010