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Sir Ratan Tata Post-doctoral Fellowship

Applications for the 2017-18 Fellowship are now being accepted.

The Sir Ratan Tata Post-doctoral Fellowship was established in 1997 at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) in partnership with the Sir Ratan Tata Trust.

The Sir Ratan Tata Post-doctoral Fellowship is for a period of eight months during each academic year, based at the LSE India Observatory.

The Fellow is expected to engage in social science research broadly on the themes of Economy and Society in South Asia with a particular focus on the following themes:

  • Growth and inclusion
  • Climate change and environmental sustainability
  • Social and human security
  • Population and development
  • Governance and democracy

The Fellow is expected to finish a research paper of publishable quality during their stay and make a presentation at a seminar arranged by the India Observatory. All data collection and any material required for the research should be secured before coming to the LSE.

The Fellow will receive a monthly subsistence allowance of up to 1,500 a month, and will also be provided with shared work space and access to research facilities at the School. Assistance will also be provided towards the cost of travel and related expenses. No additional grant is available for fieldwork or any other costs.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should have been awarded their PhD - the fellowship is not intended for students registered for a degree or diploma, nor is it intended for senior academics.

Applicants should be early career researchers working on social science with a focus on South Asia. Applicants should be employed with established institutions in the SAARC region which includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The Fellowship is open to candidates residing in South Asia, that is, the SAARC region.

How to Apply

Applications should be addressed to: The Fellowships Selection Committee, India Observatory, London School of Economics & Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK, and submitted by email as a Word or PDF document to India.Observatory@lse.ac.uk.

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter of no more than one page
  • curriculum vitae of no more than three pages
  • an outline of proposed research of no more than three pages
  • the names and addresses of two referees, familiar with their work, to be contacted by the Committee

The final date for receipt of applications is Monday 24th April 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. The successful candidate will be informed of the decision by the end of July 2017.

Sir Ratan Tata Fellows

2016-17

Dr Anwar Sadat, Indian Society of International Law, Delhi

Topic: Constraints and Opportunities in Designing Emissions Trading in India - An Exploration of Feasibility of Launching Emissions Trading in Gujarat

2015-16

Dr Shalina Mathew, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Topic: To Work or not to Work - Labour Market Vulnerabilities and 'Adverse Inclusion' among Women in Kerala, India

2014-15

Dr Saswata Ghosh, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata

Topic: Exploring Routes to Second Demographic Transition in Kolkata District of West Bengal, India.

Working Paper: Second Demographic Transition or Aspirations in Transition - An exploratory analysis of lowest-low fertility in Kolkata, India

2013-14

Dr Uzma Hanif, Forman Christian College, Lahore

Topic: Climate Governance - A Case Study of Indus River Basin of Pakistan - People, Agriculture and Renewable Energy Resources.

2012-13

Dr Satyapriya Rout, University of Hyderabad

Topic: Inclusion, Equity and Sustainability in India's Water Sector Reforms - A Study of Policy changes in Rural Drinking Water Supply.

2011-12

Dr Manju Singh, Symbiosis International University

Topic: Gender inclusivity in public employment programmes in India.

2010-11

Dr Deepita Chakravarty, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad

Topic: Macroeconomicchanges, labour market and the institution of collective bargaining in India.

2009-10

Dr Sanjay Kumar Bhardwaj, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Topic: Nationalism in Bangladesh - A Study of Secular and Islamist Identities in the Post-Military Regimes.

Working Paper: Contesting Identities in Bangladesh - A Study of Secular and Religious Frontiers

2008-09

Dr Sumita Sarkar, YMT College of Management

Topic: Youth in Hardcore Crime - A Case Study of Mumbai Metropolis.

2007-08

Dr Seetha Kakkoth, Kannur University

2006-07

Dr Samapti Guha, Institute for Rural Management Anand

Working Paper: Impact of Competition on Microfinance Beneficiaries - Evidence from India

2005-06

Dr Praveena Kodoth, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram

Working Paper: Producing a Rationale for Dowry? Gender in the Negotiation of Exchange at Marriage in Kerala, South India

2004-05

Dr Sushil Aaron

Working Paper: Contrarian Lives - Christians and Contemporary Protest in Jharkhand

2003-04

Dr Minakshi Das

Working Paper: Taliban's War on Women - Live Experiences of Afghan Women in Transit and Ethnicity and their Indentity

2002-03

Dr Santanu Gupta

Working Paper: On the Allocation of Public Goods to Villages in India

2001-02

Dr Haripriya Gundimeda, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai

Working Paper: Implications of the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol to Rural Livelihoods in India

2000-01

Dr Biswamoy Pati

Working Paper: Identity, Hegemony, Resistance - Conversions in Orissa, 1800-2000

1999-00

Dr Geetangali Gangoli

Working Paper: Silence, Hurt and Choice - Attitudes to prostitution in India and the West

1998-99

Dr Mehtab Karim, Aga Khan University, Karachi

Working Paper: Effects of Migration, Socioeconomic Status and Population Policy on Reproductive Behaviour

1997-98

Dr Madhura Swaminathan, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai

Working Paper: Consumer Food Subsidies - What needs to be done in India?