UKIERI Visiting Fellowships for PhD Students and Postdoctoral Researchers on India’s Political Economy  


Applications are invited for two visiting fellowships from advanced PhD students and early-career postdoctoral researchers working on themes related to the political economy of contemporary India. The fellowships are to be held at one of the following institutions: Center for South Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley; King’s India Institute, King’s College London or Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR, Mumbai). The visiting fellowships will be of up to one month in duration and worth up to £4000 each. The fellowships are offered under the auspices of a trilateral partnership between the three institutions funded by the UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI).


Applicants must be based at a university in India, United Kingdom or the United States, and should propose to spend time at one of the three institutions located in a country other than their place of residence. While in residence, visiting fellows will be invited to make a presentation of their research and to take part in other activities at the relevant institution. Applications should consist of a) a cover letter setting out the candidate’s research and proposed use of the visiting fellowship; b) a full CV; c) a writing sample (of up to 10,000 words). The visit should take place between September 2013-March 2014. Applications should be sent to Dr Louise Tillin  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by the deadline of June 16, 2013 (decisions are expected by early July).


Background to the trilateral partnership on India’s Political Economy (King’s India Institute, UC Berkeley and IGIDR, Mumbai)


Political economists focus on the distribution of political and economic power in a given society and how that influences the directions of development. The work of Professor Pranab Bardhan, the institutional lead at Berkeley, defined the political economy of development in India for a generation of scholars (Bardhan 1984) and remains one of the most compelling explanations of the failures of the Indian ‘developmental’ state in the 1960s and 1970s. However we urgently need new frames of analysis through which to understand transitions in India in the context of post-1991 economic reforms, the unprecedented pace of economic growth since 2003 and the deepening of democracy. This partnership intends to foster advanced research and debate in this field by bringing together senior and junior academics, and centrally involving PhD and postdoctoral researchers who will shape this field in the future. The partnership will focus on two major themes: 1) evolving structures and varieties of capitalism in post-reform India; 2) the political economy of development. The main activities of the partnership will be two annual thematic workshops, staff exchanges to bring together faculty members of all three partners and the mobility of PhD and postdoctoral researchers working on political economy themes from India, the UK and US.