This fellowship is designed primarily for Master’s and early-stage PhD students. We are interested in proposals from students in a variety of disciplines in the tradition of humanistic social sciences, including Development Studies, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Public Policy, Economics and Finance, Science and Technology Studies, and cognate epistemic communities. A diversity in backgrounds, skills, and interests will be considered an asset to the program. Applicants need not have a specific skill-set or training to apply, but we will take account of applicant’s background in considering the fit of the applicants with our research objectives. Interest in digital identity in India especially Aadhaar is necessary, and training or experience in quantitative and qualitative or ethnographic approaches to social science research is desirable. Familiarity with research methods is mandatory and previous fieldwork experience in India is helpful but not necessary. It goes without saying that fellows must be willing and able to endure difficult living conditions associated with fieldwork, including intense summer heat in India.

The fellowship will be administered by Digital Identity Research Initiative (DIRI) at the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad, India. We will host two workshops at ISB during the fellowship period, during which fellows will work with invited faculty mentors to design and refine their projects. Fellows should expect to spend a majority of the fellowship period in the field. In keeping with the objectives of the fellowship, we are only able to support research that is conducted in India.

The fellowship will be start on May 16, 2018 and culminate on August 15, 2018. At the beginning of the fellowship period, we will host a workshop at ISB on research design that will provide an opportunity for fellows to refine their proposed projects with the help of invited senior researchers. After a two-week reconnaissance visit to the field sites, fellows will return for a shorter workshop to recalibrate their projects based on initial findings and to plan for the rest of the fellowship period. At the end of the fellowship, we will organize a one week sharing and writing workshop where fellows will synthesize findings, provide and receive feedback to/from their peers, and produce a draft working paper. After further edits, DIRI will publish these papers in our working paper series. We also hope to submit these papers for special issues of peer-reviewed journals or edited volumes from reputable academic presses.

The fellowship will provide a stipend of $1000 to cover basic living expenses for the duration of the program, in addition to support for travel to and from field sites within India. For those in need, we will also provide limited financial support for global travel to and from India for fellows residing outside India.


Applications must be submitted before 5pm IST on March 6, 2018. We will notify the results on or before March 31, 2018.


Please click on the below link to apply for the Summer Fellowship: 

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission of proposals March 6, 2018
Declaration of selected proposalsMarch 31, 2018


*For any questions, please email Merlyn Jude at /