Frequently Asked Questions
Can undergraduate or masters students apply?
No. The individual fellowship is for individuals with several years of relevant professional research experience.
Can a group of individuals apply for a fellowship?
No, we accept only individual fellowships. The only exception is if you and a colleague already work at a grassroots-based small nonprofit and wish to apply as a group.
Who is eligible to apply as a group working for an NGO?
Only staff already working with small grassroots nonprofit organisations are eligible to apply for a shared fellowship as part of that nonprofit. Staff should have several years of working experience.
Can individuals from multiple NGOs apply together?
No. You either apply as an individual for an individual fellowship or as a member of staff of a small grassroots nonprofit organisation.
Can I apply if I already have a job or am faculty / doctoral student /post-doc?
You may apply provided that you can make at least 60% of your time available during the workweek for working on the project AND your employer/university provides us with a NOC before taking up the fellowship. (The NOC is not required at this stage).
Will you respond to all applicants that have applied?
No. Unfortunately, due to the expected large number of applications, we will only respond to successful applicants that go through to the second round.
Will you let me know if my application is not complete?
No, we will only consider completed applications and will not let you know if your application has not been completed. Please read the instructions carefully. Please also note that you need to put “Research Fellowship Application” as the subject line for your application. If you don’t, we cannot guarantee that we will see, or consider your application.
Will you cover research costs on top of the monthly stipend?
There is some scope for covering specific additional research costs. However, these will be decided on a case by case basis, and primarily for research infrastructure. We will not entertain additional funding for research assistants, for example.
Should my proposed research topic cover both philanthropy and giving?
No. The list of themes is a guide as to what areas that are of interest to us this particular year, so you don’t need to cover all themes. Pick one from the list that you would like to work on.
I have an idea that is not included in the of relevant list themes – can I submit it instead?
The shortlisted topics were drawn up after careful consideration and align with our priorities this year. It is unlikely that a topic that does not closely link to the list of themes, will align as well with our priorities.
Do you have an upper or lower age limit?
No, we don’t.
Can I live anywhere in the world?
No, you need to live full-time in India and have the right to work in India.
Are the workshops optional?
No, the workshops will be mandatory.
Can you complete the research fellowship in a shorter period of time?
No, we expect fellows to be part of the fellowship for the full duration.
What will I get at the end of the fellowship?
You will get a certificate from CSIP and your working paper will be published on our website.
Will you actually respond to all email queries?
We will respond to all queries that have “Research Fellowship Query” in the subject line. We cannot guarantee that we will see and respond to other messages.
How much is the fellowship amount?
The stipend will be INR 1 lakh per month per fellowship, for both individual and group fellowships. When two or three persons share a fellowship they also share the INR 1 lakh stipend.