Study Grant

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Objectives :

The purpose of the study grant is to provide financial assistance to Ph.D. scholars in the field of social sciences for consulting libraries/archives/data centers in different cities/towns in India for collecting research material.


A scholar should be enrolled for Ph.D in social sciences in one of the

recognized Universities in India.

A scholar who is not receiving any financial assistance from ICSSR, UGC, any

other agency is entitled to get financial assistance under this scheme.

Social Scientists who want to revise their doctoral thesis for which a degree has

already been awarded are not eligible to get financial assistance under this scheme.

Selection Procedure:

The Scheme is administered by concerned Regional Centres of the Councillocated at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Shillong. The Scheme for the Northern Regional Centre is processed at NASSDOC, ICSSR , New Delhi.

The Statewise jurisdiction of each of these Regional Centres may be Seen at annexure II.

A Ph.D scholar is to apply to the Director of the Regional Centre within whose jurisdiction he is registered for a Ph.D. in a university. The Ph.D. students studying at a place which come under the jurisdiction of Northern Regional Centre should apply to the Director, NASSDOC, ICSSR, 35, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi-110001.

Applications for the financial assistance under this scheme are to be sent in the prescribed form along with the recommendation of the Head of the University Department/Research Institution. Format of application form is given at annexure I . The application for a grant under this scheme can be made throughout the year but will be placed before a committee which will meet four times in a year i.e. January, April, July and October. The students are required to send their applications sufficiently in advance of their proposed visit keeping this calendar in mind.

Details of Entitlement:

An applicant availing this facility is entitled to the following:

To and fro reimbursement of Second Class/Sleeper rail fare/bus (a combination of both is also permissible) from the place of his/herresidence/university where scholar is registered for Ph.D. to theplace of visit (where libraries are located).An applicant isallowed to visit two cities by round trip via shortest route.

A fixed daily allowance @ Rs.400/- to meet boarding and lodging expenses during the visit for a maximum period of 30 days in a financial year. An additional amount of Rs.1000/- to meet local conveyance and other miscellaneous expenses.

Duration of stay.

  • The sanctioned period of the Study Grant would be mentioned in the sanction letter issued to each study grantee.
  • The sanctioned period of the Study Grant can be utilized by the scholar in more than one trip, if required, with the prior approval of the Centre concerned.
  • The travel cost will be reimbursed for only one round trip from the place of residence/university


  • Payment of the sanctioned grant for a visit is made direct to the awardee on receipt of bills and copies of tickets.
  • Payment will be made through cheque by the respective Regional Centres and NASSDOC.

Final Report:

Scholars who get this assistance are required to submit a ‘Grant Utilization Report at the end of their stay. Following documents should be attached with this report:

  • Name of the library(ies) or archive(s) visited in the area for collecting material for research.
  • Attendance Certificate from the library(ies)
  • List of publications consulted in library(ies)
  • A brief account on how the visit has benefited the awardee.


The Application Forms are available with the Regional Centres and Director, NASSDOC. It can also be downloaded from the ICSSR website: under the heading-‘Various Application Forms’. Photocopies of the form can also be used.


  • The Ph.D. scholar should immediately acknowledge the receipt of the sanction letter and intimate probable date of arrival to the concerned ICSSR Regional Centre/NASSDOC-ICSSR.
  • The Ph.D. scholar should indicate the name and address of a principal library/institution, he or she wants to visit, so that the concerned Regional Centre/NASSDOC can send a request to the institutions for providing all necessary assistance/guidance.
  • Reimbursement of Second Class Sleeper Rail Fare/Bus Fare from place of residence/university where scholar is registered for Ph.D. and payment of per diem of Rs.400/- and also the additional amount of Rs.1000/- to meet conveyance and other miscellaneous expenses will be made against bills, copies of tickets etc submitted in the prescribed forms.

For other details please contact:


National Social Science Documentation Centre,


35,Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi-110001.

Telephone No. : 011-23385959(Direct),


Fax : 011-23383091. E-mail: