Deadline: 8th July, 2022.
2022-23 Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Doctoral Fellowship Program
ICSSR —The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) has opened its 2022-23 Doctoral Fellowship Program from Indian scholars registered for Ph.D. in UGC recognized universities / deemed universities, institutes of national importance, ICSSR research institutes and colleges having approved Ph.D. programme. The research proposal should be in a social science discipline or may be interdisciplinary in nature having significant social science content.
The broad disciplines of study within the domain of social sciences identified by ICSSR are:
- Economics / Development Studies
- Social Work
- Social Anthropology
- Cultural Studies
- Sanskrit Studies
- Socio-Philosophical Studies
- Social Linguistics
- Gender Studies
- Health Studies
- Political Science
- International Studies
- Public Administration
- Diaspora Studies
- National Security and Strategic Studies
- Social Psychology
- Legal Studies
- Social Geography
- Environmental Studies
- Modern Social History
- Media Studies
- Library Science
ICSSR is providing Doctoral Fellowships under its three ‘Centrally-Administered Doctoral Fellowship Schemes’ and ‘Institutional Doctoral Fellowship Scheme’ in accordance with the prescribed guidelines. In case of Centrally-Administered schemes, the fellowships are awarded and monitored directly by ICSSR and the concerned doctoral fellows are affiliated to a university or college. Under the Institutional Fellowship Scheme, the doctoral fellows are affiliated to and monitored by an ICSSR sponsored / recognized research institute. The scholar can avail anyone of the fellowships under the following categories:
- Centrally Administered Full-Term Doctoral Fellowship
- Institutional Full-Term Doctoral Fellowship (administered by the ICSSR research institutes)
- Centrally Administered Short-Term Doctoral Fellowship
- Centrally Administered Contingency Grant
Eligibility for the 2022-23 Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Doctoral Fellowship Program
A) Centrally Administered Full-Term Doctoral Fellowship
2.1 The candidate must have a confirmed Ph.D. registration (Research Degree Committee (RDC) approved) at any of the institutions mentioned at 1.1. It includes the requirements of clearance of Research Entrance Test (RET); The Ph.D. topic must have been confirmed.
2.2 The candidate must not be more than 40 years of age on the last date of application. There shall be an age relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST candidates & persons with benchmark disability.
2.3 The candidate must have secured a minimum 45% marks in Graduation and 55% in Post-Graduation or equivalent grades in any social science disciplines. Five per cent (5%) relaxation of marks will be given to SC/ST candidates & persons with benchmark disability. The submission of marks sheets, particularly of Graduation and Post-Graduation are mandatory otherwise the candidate shall be considered as Not Eligible.
2.4 NET/SLET will carry weightage in the assessment of research proposal. But NET/SLET qualification is not mandatory for eligibility purposes. However, the submission of the NET / SLET Certificate is mandatory to secure weightage in assessment.
2.5 Candidates who have already availed UGC Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) / Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF) / Maulana Azad National Fellowship (MANF) / ICSSR / ICAR / CSIR / ICPR / ICMR / ICHR / Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Foundation Fund Fellowship (JNMF) or any such major doctoral fellowship are not eligible to apply. Candidates drawing UGC Non-NET Fellowship are eligible.
B) Institutional Full-Term Doctoral Fellowship
2.6 All the conditions of the Centrally Administered Doctoral Fellowship (2.1 to 2.5) shall apply to this category also and the fellowship shall be administered through the ICSSR research institutes.
C) Centrally Administered Short-Term Fellowship
2.7 All the conditions of the Centrally Administered Doctoral Fellowship (2.1 to 2.5) shall apply and, in addition, the candidate should have completed at least two years of research work for Ph.D degree at any of the institutions mentioned at 1.1 above.
D) Centrally Administered Contingency Grant
2.8 Under this scheme, a one-time grant is awarded to a registered Ph.D scholar at any of the institutions mentioned at 1.1 above, who is at an advanced stage of his/her research work. The candidate meeting all conditions of the Centrally Administered Doctoral Fellowship (2.1 to 2.5) is eligible to apply for Contingency Grant for the purposes of field trip, stationery and computer consumable related expenses.
How To Apply for the 2022-23 Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Doctoral Fellowship Program
A. Centrally Administered Full-Term Doctoral Fellowship
3.1 Applications will be invited through open advertisement on ICSSR website and should be received before the deadline mentioned in the advertisement.
3.2 The candidates shall submit an online application which includes the Research Proposal Format, namely, ‘Section IV: Details of Research Proposal’ given in the Application Form. The proposal must be submitted in the given proforma only.
N.B. At this stage, the candidates need to upload only the prescribed documents referred at the end of the application form at Annexures A & B (Annexure ‘C’ is not mandatory at the time of application).
All scholars are required to keep the hard copies of their application and annexures ready, duly forwarded by the competent authorities of the university/ college/ institute so that they may submit the required hard copies, within 15 days of asking by ICSSR. It is being done for the sake of convenience of the applicants so that they get more time for preparing the hard copies.
In case, the hard copy of application is not received within 15 days of asking by ICSSR, the candidature of the applicant shall be treated as withdrawn / cancelled.
3.3 The Research Proposal should be either in English or Hindi or Sanskrit (for proposals in Sanskrit Studies) (Use Unicode 8 (UTF-8) to fill the form in Hindi and Sanskrit)
3.4 One applicant can apply only once under a particular Doctoral Fellowship scheme. However, he / she can apply separately for another scheme.
B. Institutional Doctoral Full-Term Fellowship
3.5 The applicants seeking consideration under Institutional Doctoral Fellowship scheme must apply at the respective ICSSR research institute against their Call for Applications for Institutional Doctoral Fellowship in the prescribed format along with the annexures within the given deadline.
3.6 The ICSSR research institutes are required to follow the guidelines of the ICSSR Centrally Administered Doctoral Fellowship. The institutes must send the applications of their short-listed candidates to ICSSR for evaluation by ICSSR Expert Committee(s) within the specified timeline.
C) Centrally Administered Short-Term Doctoral Fellowship
D) Centrally Administered Contingency Grant
3.7 The Application procedure for the these shall also be the same as per the conditions at Clauses 3.1 to 3.4