Indian Council of Social Science Research Senior Fellowships


The Indian Council of Social Science Research established in 1969 and aims to boost research activities in social sciences in India. It provides scholarships in different areas of social sciences to accelerate research.

The Indian Council of Social Science Research Senior Fellowship is one among them that is granted to bright social scientists, who meet with all eligibility requirements of the Council.

Eligibility Criteria for the ICSSR Senior Research Fellowship is stated below

The Senior Fellowships of the ICSSR are granted to social scientists that are professionals in their desired scopes of study. Other eligibility criteria are quoted as follow:

  • Candidate must have a PHD degree.

  • Must have published research papers of proven quality in journals.

  • Awardees may also be social workers or journalists or even civil servants who have a proven track record in the relevant subject and have also published research papers.

  • No age limit is there, for the ICSSR Senior Fellowships.

  • The research work done under the Fellowship is a full time program.

  • Awardees may also carry out their research activities outside India.

  • Awardees may also be research scholars from abroad who wants to carry out research work in India in any different branch of social science.


The Senior Fellowships of the ICSSR are for a maximum time period of 2 years.

Application Procedure of the ICSSR Senior Research Fellowship

Applications for the Senior Fellowships of the Indian Council of Social Science Research are called for through notifications in the Economic & Political Weekly (EPW), University News as well as official website of the ICSSR. This generally takes place during the month of March every year and applications, duly completed and should reach Council by 15th June.

Value of Scholarships

  • The scholarship is a monthly allowance of Rs. 8, 000/-per month for research scholars who are not employed or have retired from normal service.

  • In case of research scholars in employment the Fellowship secures their salary during the period of the Fellowship. The research Fellow will be eligible for grants and contributory allowances which he was receiving at the institute from which he has applied for the scholarship.

  • The Fellowship also provides for a grant of Rs. 36, 000/-to unemployed, retired and employed research scholars during the full tenure of the grant.

  • The grant is given for an initial period of 1 year which comes into effect from the date of joining.

  • The grant for the 1st year is given in 3 break-ups with the 3rd installment being 10% of the entire grant for the 1st year.

  • The two other installments are 60% and 40% of the remaining installments.

  • The third installment is however, provided after the submission and successful evaluation of the final research report.


Indian Council of Social Science Research

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  • Phone: 91 − 11 − 26179849/50/51
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