Rajya Sabha Fellowships: Research on Parliamentary Democracy, Grant of 3 Lacs, Apply by Feb 28

The Council of States (Rajya Sabha), Parliament of India has instituted two Rajya Sabha Fellowships with the objective of promoting an indepth inquiry and research on different aspects of parliamentary democracy in India.

This initiative is intended to create a critical mass of academic research with a body of knowledge on the functioning of parliamentary democracy.


The tenure of the Fellowships will be one year.

The Fellows will be required to get the research output published in the form of a book/monograph.

The Fellowship grant is Rs. 3 lakh to be paid in instalments.

The person selected, if already employed, will be required to produce a ‘No Objection Certificate‘ from his/her institution for taking up the assignment.

There would be two Fellowships on Parliamentary Studies.

The Fellows selected would work out their research project in consultation with the Search and Advisory Committee and subject to the approval of the Chairman, Rajya Sabha.


The Fellowship is open to academics and experts who have relevant experience and aptitude for undertaking original research in Indian democratic system and parliamentary institutions and their functioning.

Due consideration would be given to individual’s qualifications, past experience, research publications, while making the selection.


The Fellowships will be for a period of one year (extendable upto six months) from the date of award of fellowship.


The Fellow will be required to provide research output in the form of a monograph or a book.

He will also be required to make a presentation after six months about the status of the work before the Search and Advisory Committee.

Mode of Selection

The proposals received shall be considered by the Search and Advisory Committee which shall recommend a panel of the names to the Chairman, Rajya Sabha for grant of Fellowships.

The Committee may also suggest on its own name(s) of eminent scholars for the Fellowships.

Fellowship Grant

The total amount of each Fellowship Grant will be Rs. 3 lakh for a period of one year. The schedule of the release of the funds will be as follows:

  1. 20% of the amount payable at the time of the selection;
  2. 30% of the amount after the submission of the first draft of the article/project report;
  3. 30% of the amount after the submission of the final draft of the article/project report. The final draft shall be submitted not later than two months before the end of the tenure; and
  4. the remaining amount shall be paid after approval of article/project report by the Chairman, Rajya Sabha.

The entire cost of the research project shall have to be met by the Fellows out of the Fellowship Grant mentioned above.

Project Specifications

Further details and specifications can be accessed HERE. (See Part C)


Please find the Application Form HERE

Applications may kindly be sent to Shri S.D. Nautiyal, Director, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Room No. 147, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi – 110001 on or before February 28, 2014. Applications can also be forwarded through e-mail at sd.nautiyal@sansad.nic.in

Other details can be accessed HERE.

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