Application Process

DIRI is pleased to announce the Call for Ideas for the 2017 DIRI Research Fellowship. During 2018-2019, we would grant 10-15 research fellowships. All submissions to Research Fellowships must include an online application form.

Important Dates
Ideas submission November 6, 2017
Declaration of selected ideasFourth week of November, 2017
Draft proposal submissionJanuary 15, 2018
DIRI Winter CampJanuary 17-23, 2018
Final proposal submissionSecond week of February, 2018
Declaration of selected proposalsMarch 31, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions 

Who is eligible to apply for the programme?
Research faculty from any academic institution in India or researchers at a civil society organisation interested in the area of digital identity are eligible to apply for the programme.

How many Research Fellows will be selected for 2018-2019?
10-15. Given the high level of personalized coaching and mentoring each fellow receives, we will be able to accommodate a limited number of participants each year.

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

If my proposal is not accepted in one funding cycle, may 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.

Is my Division Chief / Department Chair’s signature required?
Your Division Chief / Department Chair will be required to allow time for you to participate in the programme.

What all expenses would be supported by DIRI?
Grant awards will cover the field work expenses, including travel and hiring for surveys, if any. It will also cover the costs associated with database subscription and purchase.

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 for the DIRI to use such materials for its own publications and for posting on 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 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 research, it is mandatory for the researcher include this disclaimer: “This research was funded in part by the DIRI Research Fellowship programme of the Indian School of Business.” 

Will I receive comments from the reviewers?
No. Unfortunately, the high volume of proposals we receive, makes it unviable for us to share reviewer comments.

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 the DIRI Research Fellowship.