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As part of Azim Premji University’s efforts to strengthen and elevate the state of understanding

of societal processes and outcomes we are launching the second round of our Research Grant
Programme. This is designed to promote inquiry into areas of particular interest to the
Foundation and to explore possible responses for some of them.

We invite high quality research proposals that examine significant questions of public concern in
the areas of education, public policy and governance and development and sustainability. For
this cycle, we invite high quality proposals in the following 5 areas that address important issues
of public concern

Education and Allied Areas

Law and Legal System in India
Policy and Governance
Urban Governance and Sustainability
Labour, Livelihoods and Employment

The grant programme is designed to strengthen and supplement our existing efforts in these
areas. While we are open to any broad consideration within the area, the research should be
empirically grounded, and be able to inform practice and policy.

The duration of projects can range from 1 to 3 years, and the size of the research grants
from Rs.5 to 20 lakhs.

Interested applicants should submit the following via the online portal below which will be open
on January 1st, 2018:

 CV for all investigators

 Short concept note of not more than 3 pages
 Budget Breakdown
 Anticipated timeline

Please note that the portal will remain available until the January 30th 2018, the last date for
submissions. This deadline is strict.

The concept note and proposal should both indicate why the study is needed, highlight its
significance, clearly identify the research objectives/questions, and outline the methodology to
be employed. In particular, it should indicate why the research is of general significance and
addresses the particular concerns laid out in the terms of reference. Applicants should have
demonstrated competency and qualifications to undertake the research in the proposed area.
Applicants should read the terms of reference for each area before applying and ensure that the
proposal aligns with the specifications. Please note that a proposal that is outside the scope of
the specific areas of research will not be considered further. Accordingly please ensure that
your proposal addresses the concerns highlighted in each theme and indicate how your proposals
specifically seeks to engage with them.
All proposals will undergo an internal review at the outset. Those deemed to be
particularly promising will then be sent for an extensive external review that may take up
to 2 months.

Grants will be awarded primarily to individuals or teams affiliated with academic institutions,
think tanks, NGOs and other centers of vital research both in India and elsewhere. We encourage
scholars and researchers in the fields of education, public policy, economics, political science,
sociology, anthropology, history, law and the sciences to submit grant proposals.


Last date for submission of Concept Notes January 30th, 2018

Indication of initial interest February 28th, 2018

Last date for submission of Full Proposal March 30th, 2018

Proposals sent for review March 30th - May 30th, 2018

Decisions Made May 30th, 2018

Projects Start date July, 2018

APPLY HERE - This link will work between 1st and 30th January, 2018.

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