ISDM-CPSJ Research Fellow Program Description 2022


ISDM-CPSJ Research Fellowship Program 2022

The Centre of Excellence is dedicated to catalysing effective philanthropy for social justice and strengthening the broader philanthropic ecosystem locally and globally. Through a combination of rigorous research, learning programs, knowledge exchanges and convening diverse voices, CPSJ aims to build a community of change-makers for systemic change and become a hub of actionable knowledge for philanthropy for social justice.

Goal of the Program

Philanthropy has long been considered as one of the enablers for creating an equitable and just society for all. The role of philanthropy has been to generate fresh ideas and test new ways of promoting equity, efficiency and humaneness in social programs. However, the extent of social justice is often not explored in existing models of philanthropy. Hence the Centre of Philanthropy for Social Justice (CPSJ) at ISDM has launched a research fellowship in 2022 aimed at studying the various facets of philanthropy for social justice.

Program Description

From July 2022, a cohort of 5 fellows will be spending 1.5 years (18 months) to conduct research on a topic related to social justice philanthropy and its trends, the extent of integration of social justice issues in the philanthropy models, associated challenges, and innovation of new models of philanthropy for social justice.

  • This is a part-time program in which the fellows will be visiting at least twice during the duration of the fellowship
  • At the end of each fellowship period a research showcase will be conducted, during which researchers will present their work and participate in a panel discussion, both of which will be open to ISDM stakeholders and the citizenry
  • Fellows will meet virtually every quarter, share their research, receive peer feedback from subject experts and international faculty and build a supportive community for inquiry
  • Fellows are required to acknowledge/cite CPSJ affiliation in any peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations submitted in the duration of the fellowship
  • Fellows are requested to accredit CPSJ funding on projects initiated during the grant period, even if the project may come to fruition after the fellowship period ends
  • Fellowship alumni are invited and encouraged to attend the quarterly meetings and the annual CPSJ research showcase
  • The total fellowship amount for 1.5 years will be 3 lakhs
  • At the end of the fellowship period, fellows are required to submit a working paper (10,000-15,000 words) on their research project/findings that may be published as a working paper by ISDM under Creative Commons Licensing 4.0 (CC BY 4.0).The copyright of the working paper published under CCL 4.0 will be held by the author, ISDM and any third party supporting the research work pursued by the author.

Research Areas

  • Theoretical foundation and conceptual models of philanthropy for social justice
  • Philanthropy/Corporate philanthropy/Corporate social responsibility for social justice
  • Impact investing/Socially responsible investing/Sustainable investing for social inclusion
  • Philanthropy for social justice through community work
  • Frameworks and tools for enabling philanthropy for social justice
  • Partnerships for philanthropy
  • Management practices for philanthropy for social justice
  • Strategic philanthropy for sustainability and inclusion
  • Innovations in philanthropy for equity, inclusion and justice
  • Models of community philanthropy
  • Generational approaches to philanthropy

Important Deadlines

Email queries: April 12- Apr 20, 2022

Submission deadline: May 31, 2022

Review of Proposals: May 15 – June 15, 2022

Announcement of results: June 20, 2022

Commencement of First cohort: July 15, 2022

Contact Us

For any queries, please write to Dr. Ria Sinha
Email: with the subject line “ISDM-CPSJ Research Fellowship Programme 2022”.

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