Sunday, June 26, 2011

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Doctoral Student Research Fellowship 2012-2013


Doctoral Student Research Fellowships are awarded to students enrolled in Doctoral programs outside India with a significant India Studies focus, to enable them to conduct research in India towards their degree. Students must be affiliated with an Indian institution.


All fellowships include:

  • One round-trip excursion airfare from the place of affiliation in Canada to the place of affiliation in India by the most direct and least expensive route
  • A living allowance of Rs 21,600 per month
  • An accountable research allowance of Rs 5,400 per month (receipts and expenditure statements required)
  • A reimbursement of affiliation fee up to a maximum of Rs 8,000 (to be reimbursed by the Shastri India Office on presentation of receipts)


Doctoral Student Research Fellowships are for a minimum of three months to a maximum of twelve months. The awards are made for the April 1st, 2012 – March 31st, 2013 period. Fellowships for successful applicants are subject to approval of their research topics/areas by the Indian Consulate or High Commission closest to their city of residence.


1. Eligible areas of study are restricted to:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Archival Science
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Distance Education
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Geography
  • Indian History
  • Indian Films
  • International Relations, Development and Trade
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Law
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Management, Business Administration
  • Medical Sciences
  • Modern Languages And Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban and Regional Studies

2. Eligibility is restricted to citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are a minimum of 18 years of age.
3. Students must be registered in a graduate program. Canadian citizens enrolled in graduate programs outside Canada are eligible for student fellowships.
4. Applicants who have accepted a grant or award from the Shastri Institute within the last 12 months are not eligible to apply.
5. Individuals who have received previous grants or awards from the Shastri Institute and have yet to submit their final reports are not eligible to apply.

Processing Time:

Processing applications at the Institution to obtaining an Indian visa may require the following tentative timeframe:

  • Adjudication of applications: *End of December *
  • Notification to the applicants: *End of January *
  • Contracts sent to successful applicants: Early February
  • Obtaining Certificate of Affiliation: End of March (about 6-8 weeks)
  • Obtaining Indian Visa: Student Visa (3-4 weeks) Research Visa (4-6 weeks)

Application Requirements:

Please note that only complete applications will be considered.

1. One original copy of Shastri application form (with original signature)
2. One electronic copy of the application form (please sent by e-mail)
3. Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status
4. At least two letters of recommendation from academic supervisors and/ or current or recent instructors. The applicant should request his/her supervisor to clearly describe how the proposed research is relevant to the Post Graduate program.
5. Transcripts sent by the applicant
6. Proof of registration in a Post graduate program

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated primarily on the basis of the:

  • Originality of the proposed research and its potential intellectual contribution to knowledge
  • Competence of the applicant including linguistic competence in the relevant Indian language(s)
  • Soundness of the proposed methodology and clear demonstration of knowledge of relevant scholarship on the topic
  • Feasibility of the project as designed and clear demonstration of necessity to carry out the work in India
  • Strategies for dissemination of project outcomes

Conditions of Tenure:

  • All awards are subject to approval by the Government of India. The Government of India does not permit research in strategic areas or on sensitive regional, political and social themes. Please visit the following web link for an idea of areas which might be restricted:
  • All fellows must be affiliated with an Indian institution.
  • All fellows are required to submit interim and final reports on forms provided by the Institute.
  • The Institute must be notified if there are exceptional circumstances that necessitate an interruption in the tenure of the award. Deferral of fellowship tenure beyond March 31, 2013 will require approval by the Executive Council and is granted only in exceptional circumstances.
  • The Institute must be notified if changes occur in the training or research of substantial nature from the parameters outlined in the awardee’s original application.
  • Certificate of Ethical Approval: It is mandatory to obtain this certificate if the applicant is proposing research involving human subjects, including interviews, focus groups and access to documents affecting the privacy of individuals. This requirement applies whenever living persons or communities may be affected by the proposed research regardless of the discipline(s) involved, and could include such areas as oral history. (Must be received by February 2012).

Application Deadline:

Extended to July 30th, 2011
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged not to submit unrequested materials with their applications since we will not send such supplementary information out to our evaluators.
Applicants will be informed of the outcome by the end of January 2012.

Application Form:




Report Form:

Please note that the fellows are required to submit their progress report to India office at the midpoint of their research/training in India. The final report is due within six weeks of completing the fellowship and to be submitted to the Canada office.

Also, a detailed itemized financial report is required for the research/training allowance. The accountable research grant should include the costs related to fellow’s research work in India including the cost of travel (ground and domestic airfares), accommodation and hotel costs, etc.(related to research work only). All original receipts must be submitted to the Canada Office. A photocopy of the receipts should be left with the India Office.



Program Officer, India Studies
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
Room 1402, Education Tower
2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
Phone: (403) 220-7467
Fax: (403) 289-0100

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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