Application Process

DIRI is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 DIRI fellowship Request for Proposals. During the year 2018-2019 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. 

Important Dates
Deadline for receipt of applicationsNovember 14, 2017
Notification of decision to all applicantsFebruary, 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.?

When is it expected that the applicants will finish their dissertation?
The dissertation fellowship would start no later than May 2018 and the field work must be completed by April 2019.

What is the amount of funding and what all will it cover?
Fellows will receive a monthly stipend during their fellowship period, upto a maximum of $18,000. Grant awards 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, grant 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 will 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 the DIRI to use such materials for its own publications including the DIRI website. This includes the right to post an electronic copy or link to an electronic copy of the full research. In furtherance of this license, the researcher will represent and warrant that the submitted materials are original work with the researcher and do not infringe on or violate the intellectual property or privacy rights of any person or entity. DIRI fellowship will also use the biography and photograph of the researcher in promoting an ecosystem of research to apply for future fellowships and to promote research events.

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 include this disclaimer: “This research was funded in part by the DIRI Dissertation Fellowship programme of the Indian School of Business.” 

Will I receive comments from the reviewers?
Yes. We will share comments, although it would take a few weeks to respond, considering the volume of the proposals.

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 2017 is the inaugural year of DIRI Dissertation Fellowship.