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.

About the Program

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. 

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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


  • This grant is open to scholars or practitioners interested in studying the intersections between philanthropy and social justice, and how philanthropy can serve to advance access, equity, dignity, inclusion and sustainability in India.
  • Any and all disciplinary perspectives are welcome. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. 
  •  A master’s degree is not required for this fellowship.
  • Open only to citizens and residents of India.
  • Individuals must have the capacity to conduct rigorous research and produce/co-create new knowledge in the field. Researchers possessing strong research aptitude on issues pertaining to social justice philanthropy are encouraged to apply. 
  • Applications from underrepresented and marginalised groups such as women, LGBTQIA+, dalits, adivasis, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Selection Process

  • Selections will be made based on the applicants’ research capabilities, research relevance, strength of the research proposal, feasibility, and alignment with CPSJ’s values and interests.

Important Deadlines

  • Email queries: April 12- Apr 20, 2022
  • Submission deadline: May 15, 2022
  • Review of Proposals: May 15 – June 15, 2022
  • Announcement of results: June 20, 2022
  • Commencement of First cohort: July 15, 2022

How to Apply

  • Please submit the Expression of interest (EOI) containing the research proposal and two writing samples using the form link available here
  • Structure of Research Proposal
    • A two-page research proposal, single spaced and in 12-point Times New Roman font, should include the following:
      • Research objective and questions
      • Expected contribution to the field of study
      • Expected contribution to individual learning plans for dissemination such as peer reviewed journals, conference presentations, workshops, training programs etc. 
      • References in APA style
      • Two writing samples (in paper, article, or report form)
  • The last date of submission of the detailed proposal is 15th May 2022.


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

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