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Sir Ratan Tata Post-doctoral Fellowship

Applications 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 Economy and Society in India and South Asia with a particular focus on the following themes:

  • Sustainable growth and inclusion
  • Climate change and environmental sustainability
  • Social and human security
  • 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

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter of no more than one page
  • a curriculum vitae of no more than three pages
  • an outline of proposed research (including detailed methodology and time line) of no more than three pages
  • and 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 23rd April 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. The successful candidate will be informed of the decision by the end of July 2018.

Sir Ratan Tata Fellows


Dr Abodh Kumar, Central University of South Bihar

Topic: Slums - Settled Settlement in Cities in Transition


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


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


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


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.


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.


Dr Manju Singh, Symbiosis International University

Topic: Gender inclusivity in public employment programmes in India.


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

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


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


Dr Sumita Sarkar, YMT College of Management

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


Dr Seetha Kakkoth, Kannur University


Dr Samapti Guha, Institute for Rural Management Anand

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


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


Dr Sushil Aaron

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


Dr Minakshi Das

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


Dr Santanu Gupta

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


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


Dr Biswamoy Pati

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


Dr Geetangali Gangoli

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


Dr Mehtab Karim, Aga Khan University, Karachi

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


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

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