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IIPS-Kusuma Foundation Research Fellowship

International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, in partnership with The Kusuma Trust (UK) and The Kusuma Foundation (India) launched a three year research fellowship programme to promote research in education in India. The main objective of the programme is to train and impart research skills to young professionals and faculty working in NGOs and colleges who have the potential but not the opportunity, to conduct research on education issues of national importance and relevance to Kusuma’s strategic priorities. The fellowship should also enable the fellows to disseminate their findings at national and international forums.
About the Fellowship
A fellowship amount of Rs. 150,000 (Rupees one lakh fifty thousand only) each for a period of one year will be awarded to five successful candidates. The fellowship has no separate contingent grant or fund earmarked for different items such as data collection, but it excludes tuition fees, travel, and accommodation expenses during training at IIPS, Mumbai. The fellowship amount will be disbursed during the tenure accordingly as the programme progressed. The research fellowship will provide selected candidates with high-level research skills including knowledge of statistics, qualitative research and data analysis. Fellows will be trained in identifying, defining and justifying research problems and carrying out studies of national importance. The Fellowship will enable participants to carry out independent studies and publish in national and international peer reviewed journals.
The fellowship will consist of four training modules on research methodology, each with one week duration (five working days) at IIPS. The five selected fellows will attend a training module once every quarter. During the course of the trainings, fellows will identify and define an area of research relevant to secondary and higher education and employment in India, and then carry out the research over the course of the year. Research will primarily focus on two districts, viz. Sambalpur (Orissa) and Hardoi (Uttar Pradesh), and the fellows will work on issues relevant to Kusuma’s strategic priorities.
Eligibility Criteria
Any person currently working in colleges or development sectors, preferably below 40 years, with at least 55% in Masters degree in Education, Social Sciences, Statistics, Mathematics, Demography and any other relevant discipline with prior experience in research or those currently involved in research and evaluation and want to upgrade their skills can apply. Preference maybe given to candidates who are currently teaching or working in colleges/development sectors and possessing higher degrees such as M. Phil. and/or currently enrolled in PhD programme.
About the Kusuma Foundation
The Kusuma Foundation (India) is a registered non-profit company based in Delhi and part of the Kusuma Trust (UK), an independent, charitable grant making organization, with a mission to facilitate and increase access to education and other life opportunities. The Foundation works to help and support interventions that improve the quality of care for the children at-risk also including those all children who perform poorly or drop out of school, children who are abused or experience domestic violence, orphans and children with behavioral problems, and young people to realize their potential and break the inter-generational cycle of poverty. Its main objects are to undertake, engage, participate in, assist, support, maintain, carry on, encourage and provide educational services to weaker sections of society.
Contact Persons :
Prof. Hemkhothang Lhungdim                Prof. Kailas Chandra Das                     ,
Tel: 022-42372414                                    Tel: 022-42372424
Project Officer
Mr. Bal Govind Chauhan
Tel: 022-42372612

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