Advertisement for the Position of Associate Fellow [Last date: February 28, 2018]
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  • Job Number IDSA/0224/2018
    Job Title Associate Fellow
    Centre All Centres. For the complete list of centres please visit the following link:
    Job Family Research
    Number of Positions Total- Six (06)
    • General (GEN)-1
    • Scheduled Castes (SC)-2
    • Scheduled Tribes (ST)-1
    • Other Backward Classes (OBC)-2
    Salary and Other Emoluments
    • Pay band- 3 (Rs. 15600- Rs. 39100) + Grade Pay Rs. 5400/-
    On-Campus Accommodation
    • Residential accommodation is available at IDSA for scholars but not adequate to accommodate all
    • If available, the accommodation will be offered and the scholars will need to occupy or forfeit the HRA
    • In case, accommodation is not available, HRA will be permissible
    Hours Full-time
    Contractual For fixed term of three years including a probationary period of initial one year  from the date of joining the Institute and this will not confer any right of permanence or extension
    Age Limit

    As on May 01, 2018

    • Gen: 45 years
    • OBC: 48 years
    • SC/ST: 50 years
    Educational and Professional Qualifications

    Ph.D. or M.Phil. (atleast B+) or M.A/ BE/MSc/ M Tech degree (atleast second class) with a minimum research experience of 02, 03 or 04 years respectively (minimum qualifications)


    • Candidates who are interested to work in the fields of Cyber Security/ Energy/ Artificial Intelligence (AI)/ Space, and their applications for defence purposes. Candidates specialising in International Relations may also apply
    • Candidates with longer research experience and better educational qualifications
    • Candidates who have completed the doctorate degree in a related subject and have published peer- reviewed work of high order
    • Candidates with requisite work and research experience in think tanks, research institutes or universities
    Overall Purpose and Role
    • Shall be associated with the selected Centre and will contribute to research at the Institute and to take suitable initiatives in the centre’s work, in consultation with the Centre Coordinator
    Job Description*
    • Two Policy/Issue briefs and one web commentary/book review per year
    • Publish five Fellow Papers during the period of Fellowship
    • Publish a monograph of approximately 20,000- 25,000 words
    • Alternatively choose to publish four Fellow Papers and one book instead of five Fellow Papers and one monograph clear two months before the completion of the three years term
    • Organise round tables, workshops, seminars, conferences, meetings under the aegis of the Centre/ Institute as and when required
    • Individually carry out research activities related to own focussed area of research
    • Lead a project undertaken at any time by the Centre and/ or that undertaken individually
    Desired Skill-Set
    • Keen interest in analysing current national and international developments in related areas
    • Provide leadership to younger scholars
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to attend to detail
    • Work under strict timelines
    • Pro-active
    • Flair for team work
    Documents Required
    • Covering Letter (Please mention the name of the category under which applying)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Research Proposal (maximum 2000 words) stating the purpose of the Research, its relevance, research questions and literature review etc. on the subject matter. (Please check the following link for the format of Research Proposal to be submitted)
    • Two letters of references including one by the Head of the Institute currently working with. Reference Letters must be sent separately in confidence by the person writing the Reference Letter; and addressed to DDG, IDSA
    • Two published writing samples (Research articles preferably in Refereed journals)
    • List of Articles/ Books/ Monographs published
    • A copy of the Caste Certificate issued by a competent authority as stipulated by Government of India in the Central List in case of SC / ST / OBC category
    • Those applying under the OBC category reserved posts should also enclose a certificate of not belonging to 'CREAMY LAYER' signed by a competent authority
    Mode of Application
    • Interested candidates may send in their documents by e-mail with the subject titled as “Application for the Position of Associate Fellow -(mention name of the Centre/Subject)” to the HRD Cell at
    • Alternatively, hard copy of the application with the envelope titled as “Application for the Position of Associate Fellow- (mention name of the Centre/Subject) ” can also be sent to:

    Human Resource Cell

    Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), 1, Development Enclave, Rao Tula Ram Marg, Delhi Cantt., New Delhi-110010

    Last Date of Application
    • February 28, 2018 by 5:00 PM
    • Institute will not be responsible for the postal delays or technical issues with internet
    General Information
    • Short listed candidates will be invited to attend interviews at Delhi and would be informed of the dates
    • Candidates presently serving with the Government sector or Universities and shortlisted for Interview must provide a ‘NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE’ from the present employer before/ at the time of Interview
    • Shortlisted outstation candidates will be paid AC- II tier rail fare, by the shortest route, on production of tickets
    • The Institute reserves the right to restrict the number of candidates for interview to a reasonable limit on the basis of qualifications and experience higher than the minimum prescribed in the advertisement and other academic achievements and feedback on past performance
    • The Institute reserves the right to fill or not to fill any or all the positions advertised or cancel recruitment procedure at any stage without assigning any reason
    • In case of non-availability of suitable candidates with prescribed qualifications, IDSA reserves the right to relax the prescribed qualifications for candidates found more suitable for the position with relevant experience and expertise in the specified field
    • Candidates belonging to OBC category but coming under the 'Creamy Layer' and/ or if their caste does not find place in the Central List are not entitled to OBC reservation. They should indicate their category as 'General (GEN)’
    • Candidates called for the Interview will be required to produce the originals of all the documents of which copies are enclosed with the application at the time of the Interview
    • In case a candidate joins the Institute accepting the Terms and Conditions contained herein, she/he will be required to give an undertaking in writing that she/he will not apply for any appointment or course, part-time or full-time, without obtaining the written permission from the competent authority of the Institute. Also, while in service of the Institute, she/he will not engage in any trade or business or undertake any other full-time or part- time appointment and submit list of assets, both moveable and immovable, at the time of joining, as laid down in the Lokpal Bill
    • The selected candidate shall be subjected to other rules and regulations as applicable to IDSA Scholars and Staff

    *The job duties and responsibilities listed are intended to describe the general nature of the role. The duties and responsibilities and the balance between the elements in the role may change or vary over time depending on the specific needs of the Institute at a specific point in time or due to changing needs of the Centre. Candidates should note that there may not be an immediate requirement to carry out all the activities.