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Post-Doctoral Research – isec

Post-Doctoral Research

Post-Doctoral Research Programme (PDRP)

Ground Rules


The PDRP shall be for a period of one year extendable by one more year considering external evaluation of the performance of PDRP. No extension beyond two years will be admissible.


Only candidates who have completed Ph.D. degree during the last 10-year period, as on the date of application, with atleast two publications in refereed national/international journals are eligible to submit their applications by 1st to 31st of January and 1st to 31st of July every year. The aspirants shall forward applications through their employers or sponsors, if applicable, in the prescribed format (downloadable from along with a Curriculum Vitae, a copy of the research proposal and a Demand Draft for Rs. 1,000/- in favour of Registrar, ISEC towards non-refundable application and processing fee. The proposal of about 5 to 6 pages covering - Introduction, Brief Literature Review identifying the Gaps, Objectives, Methodology and Data Source, should be submitted. The applications shall be addressed to the Registrar of the Institute.


The proposals received along with applications will be sent to an internal referee and based on the comments of the internal referee the same will be sent to an external referee if recommended by the internal referee.


The qualifying proposals after review by both internal and external referee will be considered by a Selection Committee comprising Director, Vice-Chairperson of APC, Vice-Chairperson of RPC and Head of the concerned Centre through interaction of the applicants by the Selection Committee.


A research proposal under PDRP once rejected, the applicant will not be entertained to apply again on the same topic. 


Selected applicants shall be attached to a faculty member in ISEC. The faculty may not be designated as Supervisor. However, s/he shall facilitate the work of the scholar.


The selected candidate needs to pay an affiliation fee of Rs.20,000/- per year (for Indian Scholars) and Rs.30,000/- per year (for international scholars) from the date of joining the Programme.


The Scholar shall give an initiation seminar before commencement of the programme, bring out his/her academic outcome in the form of ISEC Working Paper or ISEC Monograph after presenting a completion seminar at ISEC.


ISEC shall issue a certificate of completion of the PDR Programme. The PDR fellow should bring out at least one publication in a refereed journal including ISEC monograph out of his/her PDR works.

Application Form
Application form for post-doctoral research programme (*.pdf)

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