Application Invited for Sir Ratan Tata Post Doctoral Fellowship

Org-The London School of Economics and Political Science
Closing Date-29 April 2019

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 six 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 any of the following themes, such that it is integrated with the ongoing research of the India Observatory:
  • 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. The selected candidate should have secured all data and any material required for the research prior to their visit to LSE.
The Fellow will receive a monthly subsistence allowance of up to £1,750 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 research, to be contacted by the Committee.
The final date for receipt of applications is Monday 29th April 2019. Late applications will not be accepted. The successful candidate will be informed of the decision by the end of July 2019.


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