Friday, November 7, 2014

IDSA-NPIHP Nuclear History Fellowships

Visiting Fellowships

IDSA-NPIHP Nuclear History Fellowships

The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) invites applications for the IDSA-NPIHP Nuclear History Fellowships. The Fellowship offers the opportunity for scholars and researchers from outside India to pursue short-term research at IDSA on themes pertaining to nuclear history. IDSA offers world-class facilities for research in its residential campus in New Delhi.

About the Fellowship

The IDSA-NPIHP Fellowship entails a limited number of financial grants (to cover travel and expenses), administered by the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP) at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars, Washington, D.C. The selected fellows could contribute to the IDSA-NPIHP research agenda while pursuing their individual research project related to nuclear history. The Fellowship is an opportunity to explore various archival resources in and around New Delhi and also to interact with personalities and experts associated with India's nuclear history.   

The Fellowships are open for three categories:

  1. Senior academics and eminent scholars with specialization or with ongoing research projects in nuclear history related areas;
  2. Mid-career scholars, policy analysts and faculty members working in reputed international think tanks, policy research institutes and universities with a minimum experience of five years, and with proven interest or expertise in nuclear history;
  3. Doctoral candidates in universities working on nuclear history related areas. Researchers planning to enroll for a doctoral programme with research plans on nuclear history related themes could also be considered, based on their fellowship proposals.
  • The Fellowship amount will be determined by NPHIP based on experience, nature of the research theme and proposed duration of the research work.

Duration of fellowship

The duration of the Fellowships would be three to six months. In exceptional cases, the term could be extended or shorter terms could be considered depending on the nature of the research theme and the availability of residential and office space in IDSA.

Areas of research

  • Fellows are expected to undertake research on a theme that is directly or indirectly associated with the history of India's nuclear programme.
  • In cases where the primary research area of the Fellow pertains to the nuclear history of any another country or region or about larger systemic or conceptual issues, the Fellowship proposal should be on a theme that relates to an Indian connection or case study, so as to justify the visit to New Delhi.

Programme requirements

  • Fellows must be affiliated to IDSA full-time during the course of the Fellowship.
  • Fellows are expected to write an original research paper and present the paper as part of the IDSA's Fellows' Seminar.
  • The paper will be reviewed for publication in the Institute's peer-reviewed journal, Strategic Analysis. Other publishing options like an Occasional Paper or Monograph could be considered depending on the theme and duration of the Fellowship.
  • Fellows are encouraged to write commentaries for online publication on the IDSA website, and also expected to participate in IDSA discussions, seminars and any other relevant events.
  • Fellows are expected to participate in the ongoing archival mining, oral history, publishing and other activities of the IDSA-NPIHP programme.
  • Fellows are also encouraged to share the documentary, archival and other relevant resources they collect during the course of their Fellowship with the IDSA-NPIHP programme.

Facilities to be provided

  • IDSA will offer residential facilities, office space and access to the Institute's information services.
  • There is a limited number of on-campus accommodations provided to IDSA-NPIHP Fellows during the period of their fellowship (subject to availability and usually restricted for a period of three months).
  • The Electricity/Energy charges will be charged on actual consumption basis. Fellows are required to deposit Rs 5000 as security amount.

Mode of Application

  • Applications should carry an 800-1000 word Research Proposal which explains the topic to be researched, its relevance for the IDSA-NPIHP programme, the primary research questions, methodology and timeline, etc.
  • A 500-word Statement of Purpose and Intent explaining how this Fellowship will benefit the scholar and the IDSA-NPIHP programme. The Statement should clearly state the intended fellowship period sought by the applicant.
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae
  • One published paper as writing sample (for mid-career and junior level applicants)
  • Two professional/academic references (for mid-career and junior level applicants)
  • Candidates would require a research visa for the duration of the Fellowship. If selected, IDSA will provide a letter of affiliation to enable this process. Candidates are advised to get in touch with the Indian consulate in their host countries to get more information about the process and timeline.
  • The Fellowship scheme will be an open programme during 2014-15 and beyond, depending on the availability of funds. The deadline for the first round of applications will be November 30, 2014.

Completed applications are to be mailed or emailed to:

The Director-General
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
1 Development Enclave, Rao Tula Ram Marg
Delhi Cantonment
New Delhi 110 010

(Keep a copy of your email to the IDSA-NPIHP coordinator at:

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