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Post Doctorate Fellowships

General Information : Submit an application if you are a researcher   with above average qualifications, at the beginning of your academic career and only completed your doctorate in the last four years. WAIMS Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers sanctions you to carry out long-term research (6-24 months)  .Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host.
Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the WAIMS fellowship for postdoctoral online at any time. Short-term study visits, participation in congresses and training courses cannot be financed. Academics from developing and emerging countries may be eligible to apply for a WAIMS Fellowship.

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowships are awarded to scholars, below the age of 45 years, who have  significant academic background and potential for research. There shall be a relaxation of 5 years in the age limit for SC/ST candidates. They should have been awarded their doctoral degree at time of their application.
  • Scholars who are in regular teaching/research faculty positions in publicly funded University (including government funded or aided Colleges), or publicly funded research institutions,  may apply under the salary protection scheme.
  • Not more than 20 % of the post-doctoral fellowships shall be awarded to in- service scholars.
  • Candidates will be required to be affiliated to public funded university or academic/research institution.
  • The selected fellow has to work under the guidance of a senior social scientist (not below the level of an Associate Professor). The supervisor should not be superannuated and should be in employment at the affiliating institution. The selection of the supervisor is subject to the approval of the Council.
  • The selected fellows are expected to do full time research in India. They could however undertake field trip outside India, if the Expert Committee finds it to be necessary for their research.
  • While accepting any fellowships from the Council, a fellow should not accept fellowship from any other organization. A fellow would not be eligible for another fellowship from the Council for five years from the date of termination of fellowship.
  • Defaulters of any previous grant under any scheme will not be eligible for consideration until the applicant has obtained the clearance of the relevant administrative division.
  • Besides, a conscious effort shall be made to favorably consider while sanctioning grants to women, minorities, differently abled persons and persons belonging to educationally backward districts as declared by Govt. of India.

How to apply ?

  • Applications will be invited through advertisements in leading newspapers, Economic and Political Weekly and on the Website of the WAIMS.
  • All applications for Post-Doctoral fellowship have to be made on the prescribed Application Form, as attached with these guidelines, along with all the following annexures and enclosures:-
    Annexure-I   Abstract of the Proposal on the Prescribed Format.
    Annexure-II   Brief Academic CV of applicant, along with two passport size photos
    Annexure-III   Two copies of Summary of Research Proposal in about 750 words
    Annexure-IV   Two copies of Detailed Research Proposal in about 3000 words [Please use the Guidelines for Research Proposal provided in this document.
    Annexure-V   Institutional Profile of the forwarding institution.
    Annexure-VI   Salary certificate and no-objection from the employer, if applying under salary protection scheme
    Annexure-VII   Forwarding letter from the affiliating institution
    Annexure VIII   Consent letter from the supervisor and his/her brief bio-data
    Annexure-IX   Duly attested SC/ST certificate, if applicable.
  • All application forms have to be submitted in soft copy either through e-mail or online as the case may be. Subsequently, a hard copy of the application along with two hard copies of the proposal, duly forwarded on the prescribed format with signatures and seal of the Head of the Institution where the fellowship is to be financially administered, is required to be sent to regional office.
  • Incomplete applications and those not duly forwarded shall not be considered for fellowship.

Procedure for Award of Post-Doctoral Fellowship

All applications are initially short-listed by the WAIMS  and partner research organization. The applications are thereafter evaluated by committee of experts, set up by partner research organization. The Committee may invite the scholars for interaction, if necessary. The recommendations of the Expert Committee are placed before the Research Committee and Council for approval.

Conditions of the Fellowship

  1. The duration of fellowship is 2 years.
  2. The amount of Fellowship is Rs.28,000/- p.m. (consolidated) for those not currently employed.
  3. In addition, a contingency grant of Rs.20,000/- p.a. is admissible during the entire period of fellowship to a fellow, irrespective of whether a Fellow is employed or not.
  4. Under salary protection, a fellow is entitled to salary and allowances admissible at the parent institution. Also, the leave salary and pension contribution/ employer’s share of CPF contribution will be borne by the Council. The allowances and salary protected would not be more than the equivalent UGC scales/allowances.
  5. Salary protection will be applicable to scholars who fulfill the eligibility criteria laid down in clause 2.2 of these guidelines. The selected awardees shall have further, however, put in at least two years continuous 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 fellowship and allow them to return to it after the period of fellowship is over.
  6. The sanction of the fellowship is issued initially for one year effective from the date of joining. Each year’s grant is released in three installments of 40%, 40% and 20%. The third installment is released only on receipt of the annual progress report and the duly audited Statement of Accounts. The same procedure is followed for the second year.
  7. The last installment is released on receipt of the final satisfactory report, a Summary of the report (2000 to 5000 words), and Audited Statement of Accounts and Utilization  needs to be provided in prescribed manner.

Obligation of the Affiliating Institution

  1. Post-Doctoral Fellows are expected to affiliate themselves to a public funded university or academic / research institution / recognized institution of their choice with the approval of the Council. Funds are disbursed by the WAIMS through the affiliating institution and administered by it.
  2. The affiliating institution is required to provide the requisite research infrastructure to the scholar and maintain proper accounts including deduction of income tax as may be required under the rules. For this, the Council shall pay to the institution, overhead charges of seven and a half percent (7.5%) of the total Fellowship (fellowship amount plus contingency).
  3. The affiliating institution where the proposed fellowship research is to be undertaken is required to give an undertaking in the prescribed format Every six months the affiliating institution is required to submit a simple statement of accounts to the Council so that the next installment of funds may be released.
  4. The affiliating institution will be under obligation to ensure submission of the final report and an Audited Statement of Accounts and Utilization Certificate the overhead charges shall be paid only after the completion of the fellowship and on receipt of the final Statement of Accounts.

Guideline for Research Proposals

Other than the mandatory information accompanying each application, candidates should submit their research proposal in two parts:

  1. A concise summary of the research proposal in about 750 words giving in brief:
    1. Statement of the problem and context of the study
    2. Its aims
    3. Research questions & hypotheses
    4. Proposed methodology
    5. Time frame
    6. Relevance of the study and proposed outputs
  2. A detailed research proposal in about 3000 words. An indicative outline for the detailed research proposal is given below:
    1. Introduction and / or Statement of the Problem
      The research proposal should begin by clearly stating the research problem to be investigated in the light of its theoretical and/or empirical context in the relevant area.
    2. Overview of Literature
      The proposal should summarize the current status of research in the area and major findings, including the researcher’s own work in the area. Existing empirical findings may also be discussed. The overview should clearly demonstrate the relevance as well as inadequacy of existing findings or approaches and provide a rationale for the proposed study.
    3. Aims &r Objectives of the Study
      The general aim of the study as well as well as its specific objectives should be clearly stated in the proposal.
    4. Conceptual Framework
      Given the problem and the theoretical perspective for investigation of the problem, the proposal should clearly bring out the concepts to be used and demonstrate their relevance for the study. Besides, the dimension of empirical reality that needs to be explored for investigating the problem should also be specified.
    5. Research Question or Hypotheses
      Given the conceptual framework and the specification of dimension, the specific questions to be answered through the proposed research should be sharply formulated. In the case of an explanatory research design, specification of variables and positing of relationship among them through specific hypotheses must form a part of the research proposal.
    6. Scope and Methodology
      The researcher must describe in detail
  1. The scope and coverage of her/his study
  2. Approach and methodology with adequate justification. Emphasis should be given to bringing out innovativeness in approaches proposed to be followed. The detailing of the methodology may include her/his proposed research design and all aspects of survey design including sampling design and sample size (wherever relevant), data to be collected, empirical and analytical methods to be used. The description of the methodology must be clearly linked to the aims of the research and the research questions/hypotheses of the study.

  • Relevance, Anticipated Outcomes and Proposed Outputs from the Research The proposal should include a statement on the relevance of the study and the anticipated outcomes. It should bring out the significance of the research problem, the contribution which the proposed study is expected to make to theory and to methodology as well as its practical importance and national relevance. It should also describe the proposed outputs from the study (Books, research papers, occasional papers with themes etc.)
  • Time Frame
    The research proposal should include a phased time frame for different components of the study.
  • Estimated Budget the budget for the study should be formulated within the guidelines and parameters in a prescribed manner. It should be clearly linked to other elements of the proposal and must include a detailed justification of each item that is proposed.
  • References
    all references used in the proposal should be listed.


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