The International Centre for Human Development invites applications for the 2014 Fellowships which aim to encourage both mid-career and young professionals (academics, civil servants, and civil society practitioners) to analyze critical development issues from the human development perspective.
The Fellowship for young professionals (25-35 years of age) is a residential Fellowship offered at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla, India. The research supported under the 2014 Fellowship programme must focus on a well-defined aspect of human development under the theme of social security for the global South. The research to be conducted during the Fellowship period should not involve empirical data collection and fieldwork. It is expected that such work would already have been done.
Worth of Award

  • The Fellowship covers the living expenses for the Fellow as well as a return airfare to the country of residence as per the most economical and direct route by air.
  • In addition, the selected fellows will receive an amount of INR 50,000 per month.
  • Free furnished residential shared accommodation will be provided at IIAS.

Nationals of the countries listed below are eligible to apply in their individual capacity:

  • Botswana, Cameroon, The Gambia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia
  • Arab States: Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia
  • Asia & the Pacific: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Maldives, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Palau, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam
  • Europe & the Commonwealth of Independent States: Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey,
  • Latin America &the Caribbean: Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela
  • Must be citizen of an eligible country
  • Masters degree in relevant discipline is desirable
  • Should be between 25 and 35 years of age (at the time of the closing date of the applications)
  • Should have 35 years of relevant working experience
  • Should not be a UN staff member or an Indian Institute of Advanced Study staff/Fellow
  • The other selection criteria, which will be considered to shortlist applications, include:
  • Exceptional creativity in choice of topic
  • Value addition or new direction to the human development concept, methodology, analysis, application and policy relevance
  • Track record of past accomplishments
  • Time needed for completing the work

How to Apply

  • Project proposal, not exceeding 1,200 words (which does not involve fieldwork with data collection) that highlights the main contours of the research to be undertaken during the tenure of the Fellowship which is residential. The questions that the research aims to address, in line with the theme of the Fellowship, and the reasons behind their selection should be clearly stated.
  • Other key features of the IC4HD Fellowships Scheme are the following:
  • Each Fellow will work towards writing a working paper that would make policy recommendations. The length of the paper shall be about 5,000 to 8,000 words. Before the completion of her/his term, the Fellow will make a presentation on the working paper.
  • A concise policy brief (3-4 pages), based on the working paper, will also be prepared by the Fellow.
  • Between 10 to 15 days of joining the Fellowship, each fellow will prepare and present a research outline at a workshop. This outline will delineate the work to be undertaken during the term of the Fellowship and provide a timeline for its completion. Feedback received during the workshop will be incorporated and a revised outline will be shared with IC4HD within ten days thereafter.
  • A mentoring system will be available to the awarded Fellows during the fellowship period.
  • A first draft of the working paper will be shared for feedback according to the timeline agreed upon during the workshop in which the outline is presented.
  • The IC4HD will evaluate the final versions of the working papers and might consider them for publication based on the expert review process.
  • The last installment of the Fellowship will be released only after the final version of the paper is received by IC4HD.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are expected to have the ability to write and converse fluently in English. All candidates must complete a formal application in English.
  • Completed applications should be sent to: [email protected]

Deadline: Applications should be submitted by June 15, 2014. Incomplete applications or those received after the due date will not be processed.
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