ABCD-Index Chapter
Region: INDIA

Research Project Post Doctoral Fellowship

Funding / Fellowship

Last Date 27-04-2025

 The main objective of ICSSR Post-Doctoral Fellowship is to encourage and retain young Indian Social Science scholars who have completed their Ph.D. and wish to pursue a regular career in teaching and research. They should have a high potential and promise for conducting full time research on specific themes and issues. These studies are expected to contribute to theoretical and conceptual advancement in different disciplines, help to generate field work based empirical data and contribute towards policy making.


2.1 The scholar should not be more than 45 years of age as on the last date of application. There shall be an age relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability candidates;

2.2 The scholar must possess Ph.D. Degree at the time of application and have, in the opinion of the ICSSR, the necessary competence to conduct research in social sciences or social aspects of other disciplines.

2.3 A fellow must affiliate himself/herself to an ICSSR Research Institute/Institutes of national importance, approved by MHRD/government research institutes/public funded Indian university including deemed university/college having approved Ph.D. programme and requisite research infrastructure of his/her choice. Funds are disbursed through the affiliating/administering institution.

2.4 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 must be in regular employment at the time of application and should belong to the affiliating institution in the same discipline as that of the applicant. In case of inter-disciplinary proposals, the supervisor should have proven expertise in the area of research proposed by the scholar. The selection of the supervisor is subject to the approval of the ICSSR.

2.5 Faculties with regular service in public funded universities/colleges and research institutes getting UGC pay-scales may be considered for pay protection in exceptionally meritorious cases which is to be decided by the Expert Committees of the ICSSR. The Expert Committee of the ICSSR also reserves the right to convert a fellowship proposal into a Project Proposal.

 Duration and Value

5.1 Post-Doctoral Fellowship is a full time research work.

5.2 The duration of the fellowship is strictly for two years.

5.3 The value of the fellowship is Rs.31,000 per month and contingency grant is Rs.25,000/- per annum.

5.4 Under Salary protection, a fellow is entitled to salary and allowances admissible as per rules and contingency grant of Rs.25,000/-p.a. However, special allowances like children education allowance, medical reimbursement, LTC, etc. are not admissible from ICSSR. The parent institution may, however, pay/reimburse the same as per its rule.

5.5 The ICSSR shall also pay the leave salary and pension contribution or contribution towards CPF and gratuity for the period for which he/she holds the ICSSR’s fellowship as per rules of the parent institution.


10.1 The post-doctoral research work should not be the same as Ph.D. work.

10.2. The duration of full time regular fellowship shall be strictly for two years. In no case the fellowship beyond two years will be considered. However, extension for submission of final report may be granted on justified reasons without any additional financial commitment of the ICSSR.

10.3 The applicants under salary protection should have been in regular service for two years in an public funded academic institution. The institution shall certify that it will maintain their lien on the post during the period of fellowship and allow them to return after the fellowship period.

10.4 The contingency grant may be utilized for books, stationery, computer related costs, and the field work expenses related with the research work.

10.5 The Copyright © of the manuscript will rest with the ICSSR. The ICSSR reserves all rights to publish the fellowship report funded by it, provided the work is recommended for publication by Expert/Experts. The scholars can get it published themselves only after seeking permission from ICSSR.

Get More Details at: