Application Invited for Short Duration Research Projects at ICSSR-SRC

Applications are called for Short Duration Research Projects (6 Months) in Social Sciences from the faculty of Social Sciences of the UGC recognized Indian University/Deemed University/Colleges from Southern Region (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Telangana & Union Territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry).

  • The last date for submission: 20-04-2024
  • Short Duration Research Project Duration up to 6 months with a budget up to a maximum of Rs. 1.5 lakh

Project Director has to bring out a Publication in Peer reviewed Journal along with the submission of the final Project report. The Project Director should also acknowledge the contribution of SRC in all the publications coming out of the project.

Themes and Sub-themes (SDRP)

Economic Prosperity and Sustainability

  • Natural Resource and Regional Development
    • Sustainable Agriculture Practices
    • AI for Agriculture and Rural Development
    • Agritech-Transforming Indian Agriculture
  • Economic Prosperity
    • Green and Blue Economy
    • India in Global Trade and Finance
    • Industry 4.0
    • Sustainable Livelihood and Rural Transformation

Human Resource, Holistic Growth and Development

  • Inclusive Social Development
    • Demographic Shifts
    • Nari Sashaktikaran: Women Empowerment and Entrepreneurship
    • Social Security and Ageing Population
    • Equitable and Inclusive Society; Children, Divyangjan, Transgender, Senior Citizen and Vulnerable Sections
  • Education and Skilling
    • Employment Generation, Skills Development

Effective Governance

  • Vishwa Mitra Bharat
    • India in the Global Market
    • Innovative Partnership
  • Law and Governance
    • Upscaling Local Self Government

Research, Innovation and Development

  • Technology and Innovation
    • Innovations for Social Development
    • Access to Clean and Affordable Energy
    • Digital Transformation and Building Resilient Eco-Systems
    • Empowering Startups Ecosystem

Guidelines for Applicants

One of the important objectives of the ICSSR-SRC is to promote and disseminate Social Science Research knowledge in Southern India. In this context, the primary objective of the awarding research grants for projects of short duration within the region is to provide financial assistance to the faculty of social sciences to conduct cutting edge research in various fields of social sciences that have theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and policy implications. The Research Projects may belong to any of the social science disciplines or may be multi-disciplinary. The broad disciplines of study, within the domain of social sciences, are:

  1. Sociology and Social Anthropology;
  2. Political Science / Public Administration;
  3. Economics;
  4. International Studies;Social Geography and Population Studies
  5. Commerce and Management;
  6. Social Psychology;
  7. Education;
  8. Social Linguistics / Socio-Cultural Studies
  9. Law / International Law
  10. National Security & Strategic Studies;
  11. Other allied Social Science disciplines (Library Science, Social Work, Media Studies, Gender Studies and Environmental Studies, Diaspora Studies, Area Studies, etc.) to promote interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research.

Research Projects

The ICSSR-SRC awards research project based on the scope, duration of the study, and budget:

(a) Short Duration Research Project Duration up to 6 months with a budget up to a maximum of Rs. 1.5 lakh.


  • Professional social scientists who are regularly employed as faculty in a UGC recognized Indian university/deemed university/colleges with requisite research infrastructure/institute of national importance and ICSSR Research Institutes, and possessing a Ph.D. degree or equivalent research work in any of the social science discipline and demonstrable research experience through publications of books/research papers/reports are eligible to apply.
  • In case of Private Universities/College/Institution, it is mandatory to submit UGC 12B Certificate.
  • Those availing ICSSR PDF/Senior fellowship are not eligible to apply.
  • Those who have an ongoing research project (ICSSR) is not eligible to apply.
  • The Applicant will be allowed to take up only one research project/program at one point in time.
  • No scholar will be allowed to take up a research project along with any ICSSR fellowship.
  • There will be a gap of a minimum of one year between two ICSSR-SRC Short Duration Research projects.

How to Apply

The applicant needs to fill in the online Google form from our website i.e., and also upload the following requisite documents:

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  • Passport Size Photo
  • Brief academic CV of Project Director and Co-Project Director, if there is and (not more than five pages including (1) educational qualifications (2) list of ten best publications in the form of books/research papers/reports with bibliographical details (3) details of scholarship received).
  • Forwarding Letter from the Head of the affiliating institution duly stamped and signed on the letter head (file link at the end, upload in Google form).
  • Research proposal & Budget estimation format is enclosed (link at the end, fill all the details save it and upload in google form).
  • UGC 12B certificate (if applicable)
  • Self-attested BC/OBC, SC/ST Caste Certificate for reserved categories (if applicable) issued by the respective competent authority.
  • Person with Disability Certificate (if applicable)
  • Self-attested Matriculation Certificate for Date of Birth
  • Self-attested copy of PhD Degree.
  • Digital signature of the Project Director.

Note: Incomplete applications and applications without requisite enclosures shall not be considered for funding.

Procedure for Award

  • Applications are initially scrutinized by the ICSSR-SRC Secretariat.
  • Thereafter the Expert Projects Committee constituted by ICSSR-SRC will short-list the meritorious proposals. To maintain up objectivity and transparency in the scrutiny process, two experts on the committee will be taken from outside the region. The scrutiny of the proposal shall be based upon the strength of the proposal and relevance to the Social Science subject.
  • Such applicants would then be sent to two subject experts in respective subject areas for evaluation.
  • The recommendations of the Subject Experts are then placed before the Project Committee for its final approval.
  • The allocation of funds shall be based on the availability of funds and the number of applications received during the financial year.
  • The final authority related to the interpretation of the guidelines or any issue left is vested with the Honorary Director, ICSSR-SRC.

Duration and Value

  • The duration of the Short Duration Research Project is four to six months
  • The budget for Short Duration Research Project will be upto a maximum of Rs.1.5 lakh only. The Proposal with above 1.5 lakh budget estimation will not be considered.
  • The budget estimates for Short Duration Research Project are to be prepared based on the guidelines given as under.


The Honorary Director
Indian Council of Social Science Research
Southern Regional Centre
(Ministry of Education, Govt. of India)
2nd Floor, New Building, OUCIS Premises
Adjacent to OUCIS
Osmania University Campus, Hyderabad – 500 007

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