Call of Award of Research Fellowships 2013-14

The International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, in partnership with The Kusuma Trust (UK) and The Kusuma Foundation (India) invite applications from Indian citizens currently working in the social/education and development sectors for award of five (5) research fellowships during 2013-14


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IIPS & Kusuma Foundation Research Fellowships

Currently, the Institute runs three masters courses (two in Population Studies-another in distance learning mode, and one in Bio-Statistics & Epidemiology) and research degrees (M.Phil and Ph.D)

The Institute has a unique standing as the only university in the world solely dedicated to population sciences

With well-qualified faculty drawn from various disciplines, the Institute has some exemplary research to its credit, including two very large-scale surveys, namely the National Family Health Surveys (NFHS) and District Level Household Surveys (DLHS) (both completed three rounds)

The Kusuma Foundation (India) is a registered non-profit company based in Delhi and part of the Kusuma Trust (UK), an independent, charitable grant making organization, with a mission to facilitate and increase access to education and other life opportunities

The main objective of the partnership is to train and impart research skills to young professionals and faculty working in NGOs and colleges who have the potential but not the opportunity, to conduct research on education issues of national importance and relevance to Kusuma’s strategic priorities

The Fellowship will enable participants to carry out independent studies and publish in national and international peer reviewed journals

Fellowship: A fellowship amount of Rs. 150,000 (Rupees one lakh fifty thousand only) each for a period of one year will be awarded to five successful candidates

The fellowship has no separate contingent grant or fund earmarked for different items such as data collection, but it excludes tuition fees, travel, and accommodation expenses during training at IIPS, Mumbai

The fellowship will consist of four training modules on research methodology, each with one week duration (five working days) at IIPS

The five selected fellows will attend a training module once every quarter during the course of the trainings fellows will identify and define an area of research relevant to secondary and higher education and employment in India, and then carry out the research over the course of the year

Research will primarily focus on two districts, viz. Sambalpur (Orissa) and Hardoi (Uttar Pradesh), and the fellows will work on issues relevant to Kusuma’s strategic priorities

The training modules have been prepared by experts in the field, keeping in mind the mission of the Foundation and the selected fellows

Experienced mentors from IIPS will support fellows to carry out their research. Mentors will also guide Fellows in writing the papers and help them to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals

During the fellowship tenure, fellows need not take study leave but must compulsorily attend all the four one-week training modules at IIPS

Extension of fellowship tenure maybe entertained only in exceptional cases and at IIPS discretion

The fellowship is scheduled for launched on 18th November, 2013 and training for the first batch of successful fellows will be held during 18th November, 2013 to 22nd November, 2013

Eligibility Criteria

Any person currently working in colleges or development sectors, preferably below 40 years, with at least 55% in Masters degree in Education, Social Sciences, Statistics, Mathematics, Demography and any other relevant discipline with prior experience in research or those currently involved in research and evaluation and want to upgrade their skills can apply

Preference maybe given to candidates who are currently teaching or working in colleges/development sectors and possessing higher degrees such as M.Phil and/or currently enrolled in Ph.D programme

Selection: A panel of experts constituted by IIPS & Kusuma Foundation will select the candidates through written test and personal interviews to be conducted at IIPS, Mumbai, on 13th September, 2013

Application Process

All Fellowship applications must be sent to IIPS, Mumbai, by the first week of September 2013

Only applications completed in all respects will be screened and called for test and personal interviews

Each application must have the following documents:

A filled-in application form, with proof of age and educational qualifications
A brief research proposal
A short curriculum vitae (resume)
Two letters of recommendation (one from current employer)
No objection certificate (NOC) from employer
All copies of certificates submitted must be self-attested

Interested persons may submit their applications along with self-attested copies of certificates age, education, works addressed to The Director, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Govandi Station Road, Deonar, Mumbai-400088, Maharashtra, by 5.00 p.m. on 05th September 2013, Thursday
No application will be accepted or entertained after the due date

Application may also be posted via email ([email protected]) followed by hard copies through post/courier

For further more information visit at the website

Last date of receipt of filled in applications: 05th September, 2013 till 05.00 p.m. Thursday