Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Overview:  The Visiting Scholar Programme (VScP) has been instituted at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) as one of its outreach activities with the objective of supporting research being conducted by Ph.D. Scholars and junior faculty members of colleges and universities in India and abroad.  The scholarship will enable up to five selected scholars to spend three months at a stretch at IGIDR anytime during July 2014 – March 2015 to work on a proposal that can be satisfactorily completed during their stay.
Eligibility:  At the time of application, applicants should possess a Masters degree in any field and be registered for Ph.D. on a topic broadly involving any area of economics including energy and environmental policy.  Applicants are required to submit their curriculum vitae (CV), a research proposal and two letters of recommendation.  One of the letters of recommendation should be from the concerned Ph.D. supervisor in the case of a Ph.D. student, and the principal of the College/University in the case of a junior faculty member.  Recommendation letters should clearly give the contact details of the Referee.  Candidates should clearly mention in the application the preferred three-month period of stay at IGIDR.
Research Proposal:  The proposal should involve economic issues including those related to energy and environment.  It should be strictly within 1,500 words, and its scope should be such that the project can be completed in three months.  Proposals in both theoretical and empirical issues will be considered.  The research proposal should be accompanied by a signed certification by the applicant as well as by the concerned thesis supervisor/Principal, stating that the research proposal is original work of the applicant, and has not been submitted to any journal for publication.
Selection will be based on a joint evaluation of the CV, letters of recommendation and the quality of the research proposal submitted at the time of application.
Emoluments:  Selected scholars will be paid a stipend of Rs.9000/- per month, to and fro three-tier AC train fare, and provided free accommodation on campus for their duration of stay.  Foreign scholars residing outside India, however, will have to bear the transportation expenses on their own.
Requirements:  Selected scholars will be required to submit a progress report of the research project at the end of six weeks and a complete research report along with a seminar presentation of the research findings at the end of three-month stay.  Failure to submit a progress report on time may lead to the termination of the scholarship programme.  Once the research project is completed and published, the scholar should acknowledge IGIDR in an appropriate way.
Application Deadline & Notifications:  Applications can be sent electronically or by post to reach IGIDR by 4th June 2014.  Letters of recommendation should be sent by the concerned persons directly to IGIDR via email/post.  The subject head for email and top of the envelope for post should indicate APPLICATION FOR VISITING SCHOLARS PROGRAM 2014.  Selected applicants will be notified via email/post by 15th June 2014.  Those selected will have to accept the offer latest by 30th June, 2014   
Address for Communication:
Visiting Scholars Program 2014
Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR)
Gen A. K. Vaidya Marg, Goregaon (E), Mumbai 400 065 (INDIA)
For Specific queries contact: Ms. Jayashree Borkar - 28416586

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