Takshashila Institution Announces NASP Fellowship

NASP Fellowship has been announced by Takshashila Institution, India’s top independent centre for research and education in public policy.

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The Network for Advanced Study of Pakistan (NASP) Fellowship has been announced by the Takshashila Institution, India’s top independent centre for research and education in public policy.

This innovative program aims to foster the next generation of analysts in academia, think tanks, the media, and industry in order to produce high-quality scholarship and knowledge of Pakistan.

According to Nitin Pai, co-founder and director of the Takshashila Institution, “the multi-year program will create a cross-disciplinary community of scholars and a body of knowledge that will inform policy, strategy, economics, technology, and society.”

Researchers with a passion for conducting original research on Pakistan are encouraged to submit applications to NASP. These researchers may come from universities, research institutions, media outlets, government agencies, or private industry.

The NASP Fellowship gives fellows the chance to work with top experts in the field and work towards publication in the top journals and publications in the field. Additionally, each of the five top papers, as determined by the jury, will receive a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh.

Pranay Kotasthane, Takshashila Institution’s Deputy Director, stated that NASP fellows will conduct research in one or more of the following fields: economy, defence, geopolitics, environment, education, technology, society, and sub-national politics.

Prospective fellows must have at least a bachelor’s degree, be fluent in English, and either be employed or enrolled in school in India.

Now accepting applications for the Pioneer NASP Fellowship Cohort:

Feb. 15: Call for Indication of Interest
March 31st: Research proposal submission deadline (if selected).
April 31st: Evaluation and notification of selected research proposals
May 7th: Start of the NASP fellowship
June 31st: Review of the interim draft paper (by mentors)
September 1st: Review of the final draft paper
October 1st: Selection and award of the top 5 paper submissions by an independent academic panel.

Prospective fellows must submit a research proposal (maximum of 2,000 words) demonstrating their interest in and capability to complete the project. The proposal should clearly state the current gaps in research and how the author(s) would approach the issue.

Up to three authors can submit a joint proposal. After evaluation and screening, selected applicants will be invited to join the fellowship with assigned mentors and projects. The best research outputs will be rewarded with cash prizes and commendations.

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