Thursday, December 13, 2012

Call for Applications: Girish Sant Memorial Young Researcher Fellowship 2013

Girish Sant Memorial Young Researcher Fellowship 2013

Prayas and several friends and well-wishers of Girish Sant, a pioneering policy researcher and public interest advocate in the energy sector who passed away unexpectedly in February 2012, have set up a Young Researcher Fellowship (YRF) to encourage young researchers to imbibe his values and approach of high quality analysis, commitment to social equity and emphasis on policy impacts. Applications are invited from interested candidates to avail of the fellowship, whose details are given below.

The objectives of the fellowship are to encourage young Indian researchers to take up public interest oriented research and advocacy in the Indian energy sector, and to provide some financial and professional stability to youngsters at an early stage of their career.

Details of the Fellowship
1. One fellowship would be awarded each year.
2. The fellowship work would be mentored by a senior researcher at Prayas (Energy Group).
3. The researcher receiving the fellowship will primarily be based at Prayas (Energy Group) and would also be encouraged to develop additional affiliations and spend time at other institutes and with other mentors to develop diverse perspectives. However, at least four months of the fellowship must be spent at Prayas (Energy Group).
4. The fellowship amount would be Rs. 30,000 per month plus some provision for other expenses such as travel.
5. The fellowship would be for one year and is likely to begin around April 2013.
6. The fellowship program would be managed by the Girish Sant Memorial Committee and administered by Prayas (Energy Group).

Eligibility Criteria
1. The fellowship would be open to all Indians below the age of 30.
2. Applicants should have at least an under-graduate degree in a relevant discipline.
3. We are looking for candidates with strong analytical skills, multi-disciplinary interests and ability and willingness to learn.
4. Upon selection, applicants should be willing to work full-time on the fellowship.

Selection Process
1. All applications for the fellowship must be submitted electronically to
2. Applicants for the fellowship must submit the following information as part of the application:
a. A complete bio-data giving the candidate's date of birth, contact details, details of education, work experience, research and other interests, and list of publications.
b. Names and email addresses of two respected researchers from the energy and/or development sectors who can be contacted for references
c. A detailed research proposal, not exceeding 1500 words, describing the proposed problem statement, its relevance and importance, outline of research activities, and expected outputs and outcomes.
d. Applicants are also encouraged to include a rough schedule in the proposal indicating the various other potential collaborator institutions.
3. Complete applications as described above should reach this email address by the midnight of 13th January 2013. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
4. Applicants would be judged on the basis of their bio-data, references and research proposal. They may also be asked to appear for an interview, possibly over telephone or skype.
5. The successful applicant would be announced in February, following written acceptance of fellowship by the successful candidate.

For more information
You may visit the website of Prayas (Energy Group) at to know more about the work of Girish Sant and Prayas (Energy Group). Please contact with any queries regarding the fellowship.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Tejeshwar Singh Memorial Fellowships for 2013

The Tejeshwar Singh Memorial Fellowships for 2013

Theme for this year: POVERTY


SAGE instituted the Tejeshwar Singh Memorial Fellowships in 2009 to honour Tejeshwar Singh, Managing Director of SAGE India for 25 years and doyen of the publishing industry in South Asia. SAGE invites applications for the award of The Tejeshwar Singh Memorial Fellowships for 2013 in the following categories

  • Social Sciences
  • Business & Management
  • Media & Communication Studies

Starting this year the fellowships will have a central theme. This year's theme is POVERTY.

Presiding Panel: T N Madan, Surendra Munshi and Romila Thapar

Duration: One year

A stipend of Rs. 50,000 a month (50,000 X 12) with an additional amount of Rs. 50,000 can be claimed for travel during the tenure of the fellowship. Total value of the Fellowship is Rs. 6,50,000.

Eligibility: Open to nationals of South Asian (SAARC) countries, including those currently resident overseas. Candidates must be below 40 years of age as on 1 April 2013.

Submission Guidelines: Applicants are invited to submit their curriculum vitae, a research proposal and a 5000 word sample of their writing. The last date for receipt of applications is 31st March 2013.

Award of Fellowship: The applications for each fellowship will be vetted by a jury of four experts including one representative of SAGE. The award of the fellowships will be announced on or before 30th June 2013.

Scope of the Fellowships

Proposal Presentation:

  • The proposal must be understandable with clear aims and scope
  • The proposed methodology must be sound

Substantive Merit:

  • There must be conceptual and theoretical clarity
  • Relevance to South Asia
  • It must make a potential contribution to the concerned subject area

Publication Potential:

The proposal must be such that the required research can be completed in a year. It should have the potential to be published as a book. The final book manuscript can be completed in 12 months subsequent to the end of the Fellowship. The book may be published by the scholar's choice of publisher with due acknowledgement to the Tejeshwar Singh Memorial Fellowships for supporting the research.


All applications should be addressed to: Ms Smrithi Sudhakaran, SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd, B1/I1 Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi 110 044. Tel: 4053 9222, Extn: 256; email:,



Fellowships for 2010 in the respective categories have been awarded to the following:

  • Social Sciences: Ms Mehreen Zahra-Malik, Assistant Editor, The News International, Pakistan
  • Media & Communication: Dr Santanu Chakrabarti, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
  • Business & Management: Dr Ajai S Gaur, Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, USA

The fellowships for 2011 and 2012 were not announced due to unavoidable reasons.


Further Details

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Call for applications “South Asia 2020” Conference in Dubai, 2013; due date Dec 10

South Asia 2020
Friday, January 18, 2013 - Sunday, January 20, 2013
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The New America Foundation is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for participants in our "South Asia 2020" conference in Dubai in January 2013, hosted by Steve Coll and Peter Bergen.
The aim of the conference is to bring together a total of 30 "new voices" from Pakistan and India to discuss issues of common interest such as trade, business, IT, water, energy, microfinance, climate change, public health, and media.
The intent of the conference is to encourage the collaboration of a new generation of experts from both nations in order to develop greater regional integration in South Asia.

TO APPLY: Please send your resume and a letter of intent describing how and what you would contribute to the conference to no later than Monday, December 10, 2012.
New America will cover economy airfare, as well as hotel costs and meals.

New America Foundation
Washington, DC
Phone: 202-986-2700
Fax: 202-986-3696

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Requesting Contributions for the Journal of Scientometric Research, Special Issue-II

Dear Colleagues,


Greetings from the Journal of Scientometric Research!

You will be glad to know that a new journal Journal of Scientometric Research ( has been launched. This journal comes from SciBiolMed. Org.which has around 20 journals with 16 journals in Scopus and 1 in SCI. From the second issue onwards, it will be published with MedKnow which has merged with Kluwer Health. The objective of this journal is to provide a platform for scholarship in Scientometrics and also act as an exchange between Scientometrics and other closely connected research domains i.e. Science Technology Studies, Innovation studies etc.  To attract scholars from interdisciplinary research traditions and also keeping in view that scholars within Scientometrics are themselves from heterogeneous disciplinary traditions, we have created different categories for contributions. Along with Research Paper and Review Paper, the journal has Perspective, and Commentary, Webliography and Research-in-Progress paper for providing platform to young promising researchers or scholars announcing important work in progress.

We are bringing out two special issues of the journal. They will be inaugural issues. We are inviting peers/experts and promising researchers to publish in the Special issue. The first special issue is now online (please visit

I am writing this letter to you for inviting you to publish your work in the second special issue January-April 2013.

I look forward to your contribution in any of the sections for the Second Special Issue (deadline Feb 15, 2013).

Journal Flyer, Call for Paper and Notes for Contributor and the table of contents of the first special issue is enclosed.  

We will make sure that work accepted after peer review gets a broad audience by announcing the issue through many different channels like newsgroups, mail lists, flyers at conferences.

I look forward to your submission in this journal. Thanks for your support.

Submission can be done through website. However for publishing in the second special issue (January-April, 2013), we would prefer email submission at


Journal of Scientometric Research:

Manuscript Submission:

Current Issue:


Warm Regards


Sujit Bhattacharya (Editor-in-Chief)

Anup Kumar Das (Assistant Editor)

Dr. Sujit Bhattacharya, Ph.D
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Scientometric Research
[An Official Publication of SciBiolMed.Org]
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