Lok Sabha Research Fellowships on Parliamentary Themes in India, 2018

The Lok Sabha Secretariat now wishes to invite applicants for its Research Fellowships to undertake research of high standards on Parliamentary themes. The fellowships are exclusively open to Indian students.

The purpose of the fellowships is to support Indian students with the maximum of Rs.10 lakhs (plus Rs.50,000 as contingency allowance) will be awarded to encourage and support original studies on subjects relating to Indian Parliament.

The Parliament of India is the supreme legislative body of the Republic of India. The Parliament is composed of the President of India and the houses. It is bicameral with two houses: the Rajya Sabha (Council of States) and the Lok Sabha (House of the People).

Scholarship Description:

  • Application Deadline: January 10, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue research.
  • Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded to support original studies on subjects relating to Indian Parliament.
  • Scholarship Award: The total amount of each Fellowship for writing Books will be a maximum of Rs.10 lakh (Rupees Tenlakhsh only), plus Rs. 50,000/- (Rupees Fifty thousand only) as contingency allowance. The contingency allowance may be utilized for meeting costs such as purchase of books, journals, stationeries, photocopying, typing, travel expenses and related expenditures. The amount sanctioned to a Fellow will be disbursed in instalments, subject to the satisfactory progress of the project and recommendation of the Fellowship Committee to that effect.
  • Nationality: Indian applicants are eligible to apply for the fellowship.
  • Number of Scholarships: The Lok Sabha Secretariat will grant twenty-five Research Fellowships every year.
  • Scholarship can be taken in India

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Eligible Countries: Applicants from India are eligible to apply for the fellowship.
  • Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have a master degree in any of the social science disciplines with outstanding research publications.

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Application Procedure:

How to Apply:

  • Applications may be sent in hard copy as well as by email.
  • While submitting the proposal, the format may broadly be according to the following order of points and conform to the guidelines given under:
  • (a) Title of the Project
  • (b) Statement of the Problem: In the opening paragraphs of the research proposal, the problem to be investigated should be stated clearly and briefly. The significance of the problem in the theoretical context of the discipline concerned should be specified.
  • (c) Overview of Literature: Summarizing the current status of research in the area, including major findings, the project proposal should clearly demonstrate the relevance of the findings or approaches for the investigation of the problem at hand.
  • (d) Conceptual Framework: Given the problem and the theoretical perspective for investigation of the problem, the proposal should clearly indicate the concepts to be used and demonstrate their relevance for the study. It should further specify the empirical dimension, if any, that needs to be explored for investigating the problem.
  • (e) Research Questions/Hypotheses: Given the conceptual framework and dimensions of the problem, specific questions to be answered and hypotheses to be tested through the proposed study should be explicitly formulated, compatible with the research design.
  • (f) Coverage: In the light of the questions raised or the hypotheses proposed to be tested, if sampling becomes necessary, full information on the following points should be given: (i) Universe of the Study, (ii) Sampling Frame, and (iii) Units of Observation and Sampling size. (i) If the study requires any control groups, they should be specifically mentioned. An explanation of the determination of size and type of the sample shall also be necessary. Proposals not requiring a sample selection should specify their strategy appropriately and describe the rationale. (ii) Methodology: A suitable description of the methods of research for the study may be given. (iii) Data Collection: The different types of data that are proposed to be gathered should be specifically mentioned. The sources for each type and the tools and techniques that will be used for collecting different types of data should also be specified. (iv) Time Budgeting: The project should be broken up in suitable stages and the time required for the completion of each stage of work should be specified. (v) Bibliography

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