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ICSSR Doctoral Fellowships 2021-22: Apply by Aug 14: Expired


The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), invites applications for Doctoral Fellowships for the year 2021-22 from Indian scholars. The research proposal should be in the field of social science discipline or may be interdisciplinary in nature having significant social science content.

Doctoral Fellowships are awarded to selected scholars, who are registered for Ph.D. in UGC recognized institutes of national importance, universities/ deemed universities, ICSSR research institutes and colleges having approved Ph.D. programme with requisite infrastructure as defined by MoE /UGC to pursue and complete their doctoral research in any social science discipline.


The broad disciplines of study within the domain of social sciences identified by ICSSR are:

  1. Economics
  2. Management
  3. Commerce
  4. Sociology
  5. Social Work
  6. Social Anthropology
  7. Cultural Studies
  8. Socio-Sanskrit Studies
  9. Socio-Philosophical Studies
  10. Social Linguistics
  11. Gender Studies
  12. Health Studies
  13. Political Science
  14. International Studies
  15. Public Administration
  16. Diaspora Studies
  17. National Security and Strategic Studies
  18. Education
  19. Social Psychology
  20. Legal Studies
  21. Social Geography
  22. Environmental Studies
  23. Modern Social History
  24. Media Studies
  25. Library Science

ICSSR is providing Doctoral Fellowships under its three ‘Centrally-Administered Doctoral Fellowship Schemes’ and ‘Institutional Doctoral Fellowship Scheme’ in accordance with the prescribed guidelines. In the case of Centrally-Administered Schemes, the fellowships are awarded and monitored directly by ICSSR and the concerned doctoral fellows are affiliated to a university or college. Under the Institutional Fellowship Scheme, the doctoral fellows are affiliated to and monitored by an ICSSR sponsored/ recognized research institute. The scholar can avail anyone of the fellowships under the following categories:

  • Centrally Administered Full-Term Doctoral Fellowship
  • Institutional Full-Term Doctoral Fellowship (administered by the ICSSR research institutes)
  • Centrally Administered Short-Term Doctoral Fellowship
  • Centrally Administered Contingency Grant
Eligibility Criteria
  • The candidate must have a confirmed Ph.D. registration (Research Degree Committee (RDC) approved) at any of the institutions mentioned at 1.1 above on the last date of application. It includes the requirements of clearance of Research Entrance Test (RET); The Ph.D. topic must have been confirmed.
  • The candidate must not be more than 40 years of age on the last date of application. There shall be an age relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST/Person with benchmark disability;
  • The candidate must have secured a minimum of 45% marks in Graduation and 55% in Post-Graduation or equivalent grades in any social science discipline. Five percent (5%) relaxation of marks will be given to the SC/ST candidates; The submission of Marks Sheet, particularly of Graduation and Post-Graduation is mandatory otherwise the candidate shall be considered as Not Eligible.
  • NET/SLET and M. Phil from a recognized university will carry weightage in the assessment of the research proposal. But NET/ SLET qualifications are not mandatory for eligibility purposes. However, the submission of the NET / SLET Certificate is mandatory to secure weightage in assessment.
  • Candidates who have already availed UGC Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)/ Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF)/ Maulana Azad National Fellowship (MANF)/ ICSSR/ ICAR/ CSIR/ ICPR/ ICMR/ ICHR or any such doctoral fellowship are not eligible to apply.
Duration & Value

The duration of the fellowship is strictly for two years or till the date of Ph.D. submission at the university, whichever is earlier. The value of the fellowship is Rs.20,000/- per month and contingency grant is Rs.20,000 /- per annum.

How to Apply?

Interested candidates can apply online by clicking here. The last date to apply is August 14, 2021.

All scholars are required to keep the hard copies of their application and annexures ready, duly forwarded by the competent authorities of the university /college/ institute so that they may submit the required hard copies, within one week after the completion of the process of screening. It is being done for the sake of convenience of the applicants so that they get more time for preparing the hard copies.

Click here to view the official notification for the ICSSR Doctoral Fellowships 2021-22

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