ICSSR Senior Fellowship 2023: Application Form, Eligibility, Last Date

Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Education has initiated ICSSR Senior Fellowship Program. This program is specially designed for outstanding Indian Social Scientists for conducting full-time research on themes and issues of national and social concern. Interested scientists may apply for the program by filling out the application form online mode. Before filling out the form, you must check the eligibility criteria. To check the eligibility and grab much other important information about the program including the last date of application you have to read this article carefully.

ICSSR Senior Fellowship 2022
ICSSR Senior Fellowship

What Is ICSSR Senior Fellowship 2023?

ICSSR Senior Fellowship is awarded to Indian Social Scientists who are going to perform research work on national and social concern issues. The research of the fellows is going to contribute to theoretical and conceptual advancement in different disciplines. Moreover, the research of the fellows will help in generating fieldwork-based empirical data and contribute to policymaking. Ph.D. degree holders who meet the eligibility may apply. The application form will release by the authorities on the official portal of ICSSR very soon. Till then you may check the other relevant details available in this article below.

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Highlights Of ICSSR Senior Fellowship

  • Name of the scheme: ICSSR Senior Fellowship
  • Launched by: Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Education
  • Launched for: students
  • Mode of application: Online
  • Official site: ICSSR

Disciplines of Study

  • Economics
  • Management
  • Commerce
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Social Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Socio-Sanskrit Studies
  • Socio-Philosophical Studies
  • Social Linguistics
  • Gender Studies
  • Health Studies
  • Political Science
  • International Studies
  • Public Administration
  • Diaspora Studies
  • National Security and Strategic Studies
  • Education
  • Social Psychology
  • Legal Studies
  • Social Geography
  • Environmental Studies
  • Modern Social History
  • Media Studies
  • Library Science

Fellowship Amount

  • Unemployed and superannuated scholars will get a fellowship amount of Rs.45,000 per month and a contingency grant is Rs.40,000/- per annum
  • Employed scholars will get salary and allowances admissible as per rules and a contingency grant of Rs.40,000/-p.a.

Selection Process

Selection will be made on the basis of the following:

  • Screening of application will be made first
  • Subject Group(s)/Expert Committee(s) will short-list the meritorious proposals
  • Short-listed applicants are then invited for an interaction/presentation
  • Expert Committee/s makes recommendations for the award

Eligibility Criteria

  • The age of the seeker should not be more than 70 years or less than 45 years
  • An applicant who desires to apply must complete a Ph.D. degree in any of the social science disciplines with outstanding research publications at the time of application
  • Applicant must be an affiliate to an ICSSR Research Institute/ Institutes of national importance, approved by MoE or government research institute or public-funded university including deemed university

Documents Required

  • Research Proposal in the prescribed format
  • Forwarding Letter by the Affiliating Institution
  • Scanned image
  • Scanned photograph
  • Academic Marksheets
  • Experience Proof
  • No objection certificate from the previous and the proposed university/institute
  • Another document as needed
Research Proposal

Candidates have to submit a research proposal in about 3000 words. The research Proposal must include the following:

  • Title of the Research Proposal
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Major Research Works Reviewed
  • Identification of Research Gaps
  • Objectives of the Study
  • Research Questions or Hypotheses
  • Framework and methods proposed for research
  • Innovation/path-breaking aspect of the research
  • Proposed Outcomes of the Study
  • New data to be generated
  • Relevance of the proposed study for policy-making
  • Relevance of the proposed study to Society
  • Milestones set for the study for Quarterly Timelines
Important Dates
  • Online application form filling: commenced soon
  • Online application form filing ends on an update soon 

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ICSSR Senior Fellowship 2023 Application Procedure

Applicants have to submit the online application form once released by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Education. You have to follow the below-mentioned steps:

ICSSR Senior Fellowship 2022 Application Procedure
ICSSR Senior Fellowship Official Website
  • Look for the Senior Fellowship-related link under Tender/ Advertisement
  • Hit the apply link and fill the application form open on the screen
  • Attach the signed documents with the application as needed
  • Review the application form and submit it
  • Take a print of the filled application for further use

Note: Candidates have to keep the hard copy along with the documents to forward to the competent authorities of the university/institution on-demand, within one week after the completion of the screening process. In case the candidate fails to submit the application his/ her candidature shall be treated as withdrawn/canceled.

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What is the duration of the Senior Fellowship program?

The duration of the program is 2 years only. Fellowship beyond two years will not be considered in any case. However, an extension of the duration for submission of the final report of the research work will be given in exceptional circumstances without any additional financial commitment by ICSSR.

To cover which expenses I can use a contingent grant?

You can use the grant for research and office assistance, books, stationery, computer-related costs, research assistance, and fieldwork expenses related to the research work.

Is the amount given under the fellowship program is taxable?

Yes, the amount is taxable as per the Government of India rules at the level of the affiliating/ administering institution.

Can I apply for the fellowship program again?

No, you can apply for the fellowship once only. You can not apply again or 

Research proposal should be in which language?

You can submit the proposal in English or Hindi language. Your Proposal should be in the prescribed format. 

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