Application Process

DIRI is pleased to announce the release of the 2018-19 DIRI Dissertation Fellowship Request for Proposals. During the year 2018-19, we will grant 5-10 Dissertation Fellowships to Ph.D. or other Doctoral students to support their dissertation in the area of Indian Digital Identity - Aadhaar and its implications.

Each submission to the DIRI Dissertation Fellowship must include a completed online form and a pre-proposal. Initial reviewers would select the strongest applications, who would then need to share a proposal. The selection committee would review the submitted proposals and the selected final proposals would qualify for funding.

Important Dates
Deadline for submission of pre-proposals December 24, 2017
Declaration of selected pre-proposalsJanuary 5, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

Are students pursuing doctoral degrees from universities outside of India eligible for this fellowship?
Yes. We invite applications from all over the world.

May I submit more than one proposal at a time?
No. Researchers are requested to submit only one proposal per review cycle.

If my proposal is not accepted in one funding cycle, can it be re-submitted in subsequent rounds?
Yes. Proposals may be resubmitted in subsequent funding cycles.

Can more than one researcher apply per research project?
No. Only one applicant is allowed per proposal.

Can more than one researcher apply per academic institution?
Yes. There is no limit on how many researchers may apply from a single institution.

My research is already being supported by another fellowship. Am I still eligible to apply even though my research is already being funded by another fellowship / grant / etc.?

What is the amount of funding and what all will it cover?
Fellows will receive funds upto a maximum of $18,000. Funds may be used to pay for costs associated with the student’s dissertation, including data collection and analysis, travel, and course buy outs. In addition, funds may be used to purchase databases. The individuals who are selected as Dissertation Fellows will receive their monies directly, not through their affiliated institutions. (Note: Dissertation proposals accepted for funding through the DIRI Dissertation Fellowship must also be approved by the applicant’s dissertation committee before any funds can be disbursed.)

How will the research be published and disseminated? 
All documents, forms, and other materials prepared in connection with this grant will be the property of the grant recipient; however, scholars receiving these awards will grant an irrevocable, royalty-free license in perpetuity to DIRI to use such materials for its own publications including the DIRI website. Further, the researchers are recommended to license their work at Creative Commons. This license would let others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the researchers’ work, even commercially, as long as the researchers are given credit for the original creation. This will enable maximum dissemination and use of the material, which is one of the objectives of DIRI.

Do I need to acknowledge DIRI in my research publication?
In any publications and papers that result from this fellowship, it is mandatory for the fellow to include : “This research was funded in part by DIRI Dissertation Fellowship programme of the Indian School of Business.” 

Will I receive comments from the reviewers?
Yes. We will share comments from the reviewers.

Can DIRI tell me if my proposal topic is appropriate for this fellowship?
No. Proposals submitted for the DIRI Dissertation Fellowship must address research issues of theoretical and practical aspects of applications and implication of Indian Digital Identity System - Aadhaar. Emphasis will be on proposals that can address questions on relevance of digital identity in welfare programmes, banking and financial inclusion, challenges in large scale adoption of new technology, privacy and data security aspects of digital identity. 

Can I receive a copy or copies of successful proposals from previous years?
No. The proposals cannot be disseminated since 2018-19 is the inaugural year of DIRI Dissertation Fellowship.