MIDS Malcolm and Elizabeth Adiseshiah, Doctoral Fellowship


The Malcolm and Elizabeth Adiseshiah Doctoral Fellowships were initiated to impart required training and opportunities for scholars with outstanding talent. However, It is expected that the scholars would organise high quality research work by focusing on developmental issues connected primarily with Tamil Nadu.

MIDS was established by Dr. Malcolm S Adiseshiah and Mrs. Elizabeth Adiseshiah in the year 1971. Dr. Malcolm S Adiseshiah was the Director General of UNESCO

The Government of India explored the possibility of elevating MIDS to a national institute of social science research and sent a team of experts from the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) for organising, an in-depth study of the institute's academic and administrative activities. On receiving a favorable report from the team of experts, the Government of India conferred the status of a national institute on the Madras Institute of Development Studies in March 1977. The Government of India, ICSSR and the Government of Tamil Nadu have became the sponsors of MIDS.

The MIDS aims to:

  • To organise studies and research in development related problems with prime focus on the agricultural sector of the villages of the state of Tamil Nadu. It also resolves to evaluate the causes for the backwardness of a large percentage of the population of our country.

  • To hold symposiums, seminars and conferences on progress related issues focusing specially on Tamil Nadu.

  • To enhance sense of co-operation among the social scientists of the universities of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

  • To promote research activities and propagate details on desired subjects.

Doctoral Fellowship

  • It is a full-time program for students and scholars indulged in teaching.

  • Prime focus of the program is on the quality of research work and not on the number of scholars registered under the program.

  • Fully flexible program and all the institutional facilities are available to the scholars.

  • The theses compiled under the Doctoral Program is reputed for its all round excellence.

Doctoral Fellowship Categories

The Doctoral Fellowship of the MIDS is given under the 3 categories stated below:

  • ICSSR Doctoral Fellowships.

  • RBI Doctoral Fellowships.

  • Malcolm and Elizabeth Adiseshiah PhD Merit Scholarship.


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