Sir Ratan Tata Post-doctoral Fellowship

The Sir Ratan Tata Fellowship is available to scholars with experience researching on South Asia in the social sciences. The Fellowship is for a period of six months.

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 Economic and Social Development in India and South Asia.

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 their research prior to their visit to LSE.

The Fellow will receive a monthly subsistence allowance of up to £1,750 a month, and will 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 be early career post-doctoral researchers working on social science with a focus on South Asia.

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 in permanent employment with an established institution in the SAARC region which includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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Sir Ratan Tata Fellows


Dr Niyathi Krishna

Topic: 'Narrative Ethnography of Interstate Seasonal Migrant Women in Punjab, India'


Dr Ashish Dongare

Topic: Multidimensional tool for assessment of social protection framework


Dr Malvika Tyagi

Topic: Political Economy of Crime: An Empirical Exploration


Dr Soundarya Iyer

Topic: Lived experiences of land reforms in Karnataka


Dr Abodh Kumar, Central University of South Bihar

Topic: Slums - Settled Settlement in Cities in Transition


Dr Anwar Sadat, Indian Society of International Law, Delhi

Topic: Constraints and Opportunities in Designing Emissions Trading in India - An Exploration of Feasibility of Launching Emissions Trading in Gujarat


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: Macro economic changes, 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

Working Paper: Environment And The Aging Experience Among South Indian Hunter-Gatherers


Dr Samapti Guha, Institute for Rural Management Anand

Working Paper: Impact of Competition on Microfinance Beneficiaries - Evidence from India


Dr Praveena Kodoth, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram

Working Paper: Producing a Rationale for Dowry? Gender in the Negotiation of Exchange at Marriage in Kerala, South India


Dr Sushil Aaron

Working Paper: Contrarian Lives - Christians and Contemporary Protest in Jharkhand


Dr Minakshi Das

Working Paper: Taliban's War on Women - Live Experiences of Afghan Women in Transit and Ethnicity and their Indentity


Dr Santanu Gupta

Working Paper: On the Allocation of Public Goods to Villages in India


Dr Haripriya Gundimeda, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai

Working Paper: Implications of the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol to Rural Livelihoods in India


Dr Biswamoy Pati

Working Paper: Identity, Hegemony, Resistance - Conversions in Orissa, 1800-2000


Dr Geetangali Gangoli

Working Paper: Silence, Hurt and Choice - Attitudes to prostitution in India and the West


Dr Mehtab Karim, Aga Khan University, Karachi

Working Paper: Effects of Migration, Socioeconomic Status and Population Policy on Reproductive Behaviour


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

Working Paper: Consumer Food Subsidies - What needs to be done in India?