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Ph.D. Fellowship Announcement

The Department of Sociology, University of Delhi announces a doctoral scholarship in the research project Indian Cosmopolitan Alternatives: Ritual Intersections and the Proscription of Religious Offense”.


The overall purpose of the project is to examine the supposedly cohesive implications of ritual engagement across religious communities as well as of the regulation of expressions that offend religious sentiments. The candidate will be part of an international group of eight researchers exploring these issues in various locations in contemporary India, each researcher undertaking a relevant case study based on independent fieldwork. The successful candidate will work on a discrete but related project based in India and has autonomy in choosing the case study and the field site.


The research project is anchored at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, and funded by the Research Council of Norway. However, this scholarship is based at the University of Delhi, Department of Sociology.


As well as writing a Ph.D. dissertation, the successful candidate is expected to participate in the project workshops and conferences, contribute an article to at least one of the joint project publications, and write occasional op-ed length articles for our planned project website.


Applicants for the scholarship must also apply to be admitted to the PhD degree of the University of Delhi.


·       Eligibility criteria are prescribed by the University of Delhi.

·       Selection of candidates will be on the basis of eligibility, interviews as well as the strength of the submitted proposal.

·       Fellowship will be according to the rules and norms prescribed by the UGC.

·       One candidate will be selected.

·       The Phd scholarship is for a period of four years from 2014-2018.  



A research proposal of 8-10 pages must accompany the application. The proposal should outline a case study that operationalizes the main questions raised in the “Indian Cosmopolitan Alternatives: Ritual Intersections and the Proscription of Religious Offense»” project. Alongside presenting a topic, the proposal must specify research problem(s), the relevance to the “Indian Cosmopolitan Alternatives” project, choice of theoretical perspectives and methods as well as indicate the candidate’s qualifications for undertaking the suggested case study.


Selection Criteria

·       As prescribed by the University of Delhi 

·       Research proposal relevant to the project

·       Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team

·       Fluency in the language at the proposed research sites

·       Familiarity with current theoretical debates pertaining to religious diversity in South Asia and beyond.

·       Desirable: Fieldwork experience




Additional information

For additional information about the position and the please contact Dr. Radhika Chopra, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi



Contact Information

Telephone: 91(0)11 27667858
Address: Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, 
University of Delhi (North Campus)
Delhi - 110007

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