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Sir Ratan Tata Post-doctoral Fellowship

This Fellowship is now open for applications.

The Sir Ratan Tata Foundation and the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) invites applications for the Sir Ratan Tata Post-doctoral Fellowship, now in its twentieth year. Applicants should be early career researchers working on social science research focusing on South Asia.

Applicants should have completed a PhD - the fellowship is not intended for students registered for a degree or diploma, nor is it intended for senior academics.

About the Fellowship

The Sir Ratan Tata Post-doctoral Fellowship will be for a period of eight months during the 2016-17 academic year and will be based at the LSE India Observatory.

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 research materials.

The Fellow will be expected to engage in social science research broadly on the themes of Economy and Society in South Asia with a particular focus on the following themes:

  • Growth and inclusion
  • Climate change and environmental sustainability
  • Social and human security
  • Population and development
  • Governance and democracy

The Fellow will be expected to finish a piece of research of publishable quality during their stay and make a presentation at a seminar or lecture arranged by the India Observatory.

The Fellowship is open to candidates from South Asia, that is, the SAARC region which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Fellowship is supported by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust.

Application Details

Applications should be addressed to The Fellowships Selection Committee, India Observatory, London School of Economics & Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK, and may be submitted by post or emailed to India.Observatory@lse.ac.uk.

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 of no more than three pages
  • names and addresses of two referees, familiar with their work, to be contacted by the Committee

Please use A4-sized plain paper only. Please do not staple your application.

The final date for receipt of applications is Monday 9th May 2016. Late applications will not be accepted. The successful candidate will be informed of the decision by the end of July 2016. 

Sir Ratan Tata Fellows


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


Dr Praveena Kodoth, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram


Dr Sushil Aaron


Dr Minakshi Das


Dr Santanu Gupta


Dr Haripriya Gundimeda, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai


Dr Biswamoy Pati


Dr Geetangali Gangoli


Dr Mehtab Karim, Aga Khan University, Karachi


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