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The LSE India Observatory


London School of Economics and Political Science

The LSE India Observatory was set up in partnership with the Reserve Bank of India and State Bank of India. The LSE India Observatory is involved in multi-disciplinary research focused on sustainable development, growth and inclusion related to India and beyond.

The LSE India Observatory invites applications for the following Fellowships:

Sir Ratan Tata Post-doctoral Fellowship 2016-17

The Fellowship will be for a period of eight months in the academic year 2016-17.  Applicants should be working on social science research on India and South Asia. The Fellow will be expected to engage in social science research on a topic under the following themes: Growth and Inclusion; Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability; Social and Human Security; Population and Development; Governance and Democracy. Preference will be given to topics that focus on contemporary social, political and economic concerns of South Asia. This 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.

Subir Chowdhury Post-doctoral Fellowship on Quality and Economics 2016-17

The Fellowship will be for a period of three months in the academic year 2016-17. Applicants should be working on research examining the economic impact of poor quality on the economies of South Asia, prioritizing but not restricted to, India and Bangladesh. This Fellowship allows for any scholar to participate in the programme regardless of ethnicity or national origin. The Fellowship is supported by the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation.


All Fellowships are based at the India Observatory, LSE. Fellows receive a monthly subsistence allowance, the exact amount depending on qualifications. Shared work space is provided together with access to research facilities at the School.  Applicants for the Fellowships should have completed a PhD - the Fellowships are not intended for students registered for a degree or diploma, nor are they intended for senior academics. All Fellows will be expected to complete a paper of publishable quality during their stay and make a presentation at a seminar or lecture arranged by the India Observatory. Further information can be found at:

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 Applications should include a covering letter of no more than one page, a curriculum vitae of no more than three pages and an outline of proposed research of no more than three pages. Please use A4-sized plain paper only. Applicants should also give the names and addresses of two referees, familiar with their work, to be contacted by the Committee.

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.

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