The CSDS Fellowships Programme began in 2003 and comprised a certain number of Ph.D. fellowships, an internship scheme, and an experimental component that included writing fellowships for activists and study visits for teachers. The Programme is working to develop a doctoral research training component as well.
The Ph.D. scheme grew out of the provision of fellowships financed by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) that were routed through the CSDS and substantially enhanced by the Centre’s own contribution. The ICSSR has subsequently revised its fellowship rates, bringing them at par with the University Grants Commission’s. There are a total of four ICSSR-supported fellowships available with the CSDS annually, one of which is a salary-protected teacher fellowship. The duration of the fellowships is two years extendable to three.
The selection for the fellowships takes place through an open process. Candidates apply with samples of their written work and research proposals. If shortlisted, they appear for an interview.
Selected candidates are expected to closely work with any our faculty members, who will formally be their co-supervisors. They are also expected to attend a Ph.D. scholars’ workshop held every year at the Centre, where they present their own work and discuss the work of their peers. These workshops have a teaching component as well, which is organized around specific prescribed readings. Fellows are also expected to attend the courses taught by the CSDS faculty under the rubric ‘Researching the Contemporary’ at least once during their tenure.
Doctoral Fellowships 2015-16 (Click for Details)
For the year 2015-16, six PhD scholars have been awarded the ICSSR-CSDS fellowship. They are: Sana Kochak, Ajmal Khan, C. Yamini Krishna, Preeti, Rose Sebastian and Banekar Tushar Vinayak. All these scholars have been selected for a period of two to three years. Another scholar, Ranjana Saha has been selected for a period of one year CSDS fellowship for pursuing PhD. The scholars are chosen across disciplines and institutions, on criteria of academic merit and affirmative action. They work under the co-supervision of at least one CSDS faculty member and are also required to participate in the ‘Researching the Contemporary’ teaching course and submit six-monthly work-reports and writing samples to CSDS.