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JNIAS Fellowship

JNIAS Fellowship



Three Categories of Fellowships are offered at the JNIAS.

(a) General Fellowships: Fellowships ranging from 2-6 months. Research proposal from all academic disciplines are invited. Scholars from natural Sciences are especially encouraged to apply

(b) Distinguished Scholar Fellowship: JNIAS awards short term (less than two months) fellowships to eminent and distinguished scholars whose presence in the campus for even a short period would be of great value to the community. Distinguished Scholars are invited by the Director to the JNIAS.

(c) Thematic Fellowships: Fellowships that enable a small group to undertake interdisciplinary research on a specific theme.


Applications for Fellows for 2022-23 are open now. The last date to apply was 30th September 2022.


Please download the application form here.


Guidelines for JNIAS Fellowship:

• Fellowships are open only to scholars from abroad.

• Fellowships are given throughout the year.

• Fellows cannot have any coterminous affiliation or fellowship at any other institution in India.

• Fellows are expected to reside in the Institute during the tenure of the Fellowship.

• Fellows are expected to participate in the activities of the JNIAS and give one presentation in the institute Colloquium.

• Fellows can interact with faculty and students of JNU through formal or informal lectures/seminars and/or by conducting workshops.

• Fellows, however, have ample time to pursue their own research interests and present their work through regularly held colloquiums.

• Fellows may, if invited, teach part of the course in the various Centers or be part of research projects in the labs of the university.

• Fellows for the 2022-23 will be provided accommodation (fully furnished studio Apartment), office facility, department/centre attachment, library access, free Wi-Fi, participation in University’s seminars, conferences, etc.

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.