ICSSR-NIHSS (South Africa) Joint Call for Research Proposals 2021

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General Information:

In pursuance of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), South Africa, the research proposals are invited for grant for joint research projects between Indian and South African researchers in the field of Social Sciences. Proposals may only be made by researchers affiliated to research institutions / university faculties and departments recognised by the respective Indian and South African funding organisations.


Programme objective:

The objective of this programme is to promote and strengthen the research cooperation in the field of humanities and social sciences between the two countries, by providing funding to allow joint research activities for internationally excellent research in relevant areas of mutual interest and benefit. Publication outputs emanating from this research can include the following:

  • Books, journal articles, research papers, and monographs;
  • Opportunities for bilateral collaboration; and
  • Hosting of conferences, annual general meetings, workshops, seminars, dialogues, colloquia and similar academic events.


Priority Areas:

Applicants should be scholars who wish to develop a joint research project with a counterpart from South Africa in the following priority areas:

  • Discrimination, Equity, Social Justice and Social movements;
  • Southern theories and conceptual frameworks including concepts and strategies for development;
  • Maritime networks: pre-colonial post-colonial– Old histories, New geographies; Indian Ocean studies;
  • Migration/ urbanisation;
  • Industrial, Land; Agrarian and Labour Studies;
  • Media, Arts, Performance and Popular Culture Comparative socio-political and economic histories;
  • Democratic practices; Language and Identity politics;
  • Policies, Black Economic Empowerment, Affirmative Action Policies;
  • Pandemics (COVID-19) experiences, lessons learnt and the future.



Faculty, researchers and academicians having permanent positions and belonging to publically funded universities, deemed universities and research institutes can apply. They must also hold a PhD or equivalent qualification, and have held this for at least three years.


Grant amount: 

  • Funding for this grant is at a maximum amount of Rs. 14, 00,000 (Rupees Fourteen Lakh only) each up to 5 projects.


Selection criteria:

The following criteria will be used to assess the proposal:

  • Quality of the proposal:  Originality; Relationship to existing research in the field; Scholarly importance of the research proposed; Capacity building.
  • Quality/attributes of collaboration: Feasibility of the proposed research; Intended outcomes; Track record of the applicant and host.
  • Applications will be considered based on the following criteria:
    1. Collaboration that would be established by the project with relevant institutions and universities;
    2. Interdisciplinarity of the project;
    3. Coherency and feasibility of the project;
    4. Contribution of the project to the body of knowledge in the field;
    5. Innovative use of the thematic rubric and methodologies;
    6. Capacity building; and
    7. Publications.
  • The project must be completed within a period of 12 -24 months from the date of the commencement, and progress report and final reports must be submitted to the ICSSR



Applications must be submitted electronically (or hard copy) in the given application form to ICSSR on or before 10th March 2021 by the Indian researchers.  click here to download application format.

Applications must be submitted to (Contact Details):

ICSSR, New Delhi: Mr. M.P.Madhukar, Deputy Director, In-charge IC Division, Indian Council of Social Science Research, JNU Institutional Area, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi – 110 067, Tel: ++ 91 (0) 11 - 26742832, Email, adinchargeics@gmail.com

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