The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation invites applications for the selection of Inlaks Research Travel Grants in 2020.

Deadline: Monday, 5 October 2020



The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation has been supporting innovative work in research and scholarship for more than four decades. The Inlaks Research Travel Grant assists registered PhD. students at Indian universities to undertake short-term visits to institutions abroad to collect material, use facilities and consult experts.


Eligibility criteria

The applicant must

  • Be a registered PhD candidate at an Indian university for at least two years but not more than four years at the time of the application.
  • Have a first class degree at the Bachelor’s (Honours) and Master’s level.
  • Must be under 35 years of age as on 31 December in the year of application.
  • Be an Indian citizen, currently resident in India.
  • The award is given only in Humanities and Social Sciences related subjects


Application Process

  1. The application form is accessible and downloadable below
  2. A sample of written work (3000-5000 words) on the subject of research should accompany the application. This should preferably be a draft chapter (with full annotation and documentation) as part of the PhD thesis along with details regarding the reading list, surveys or any other work done towards the thesis.
  3. Evidence of positive communication with the resource person or institution abroad and an agreement of the arrangements made.
  4. Written evidence from the applicant’s PhD supervisor stating:
    • The candidate’s ability, focus and progress in the work done under her/his supervision
    • The candidate’s need to go abroad
    • That the funds for the visit abroad cannot be obtained from any other source
  5. Two letters of references.
  6. The duly filled-in forms and the other details must be scanned and sent across to  with the email title Inlaks Research and Travel Grant: [applicant’s name]
  7. Deadline for emailing the application form and other details is on 5 October 2020


Download Application Form Here


Other details

  1. The award offers financial support for a maximum of 3 months at an university/institution/library abroad and includes:
    • An air-fare allowance (reimbursable max GBP 700)
    • Maintenance expenses at a modest rate
  2. The material allowance which includes funds to procure material and to make copies of the relevant literature will be paid on actuals on furnishing details of vouchers/expenses.
  3. Any material collected by the candidate using the said allowance (books, copies, instruments etc.) will become the property of the candidate’s institution for wider use.
  4. All this material must carry a statement regarding the support received from the Inlaks Research and Travel Grant
  5. The grant must be utilized within nine months from the date of award.
  6. The candidate will be expected to go through a two-tier selection process.
    • A first round of short-listing on the basis of the written evidence submitted.
    • An interview either in person or over zoom with a panel of experts
  7. The candidates short-listed for the interview will be informed by mid November 2020. The final interviews will be held either November or December 2020.