Most Fellowships are meant to diversify students’ interests or are meant to offer them a specific social service experience. Jindal Fellowship is unique as it enables students to go deeper into one area/discipline of their interest, and exposes them to research designs and thinking processes. It is designed to encourage students to sculpture informed judgment and become independent thinkers.
No. The programme is definitely going to be very useful for research-based careers and may act as a useful skill building exercise before going on to masters or doctoral programmes afterwards. It is however more than that. Students can use the skills learned through this programme to perform better even in their corporate or other organizational careers. The thrust of the programme is to learn how to think creatively, effectively and to articulate the findings meaningfully. The programme has a huge promise for any career that students want to pursue after their undergraduate careers.
It should be, yes, unless the foreign university has their own interpretation regarding it. We will award a certificate, with a transcript bearing courses and marks. We do not want to call it a ‘fourth’ year programme, because it can be done by anyone who has finished an undergraduate degree.
No. The programme awards a certificate at the end to all the students who have satisfactorily completed the requirements.
Yes, and more. Anyone who has completed undergraduate degree is welcome to apply, even if s/he has some work experience. The programme is essentially graduate level, and helps build research profile of the student. Therefore, it will welcome anyone who wants to undertake graduate level, research based courses.
There is no restriction on that front, but we think those who have a social science or arts/humanities degree will find this programme more useful. This is simply because disciplinary strength of JGU does not exist in STEM courses. But students in science are welcome (in fact highly encouraged) to apply though as long as they want to do research on issues related to philosophy of science, science and technology studies (STS) or knowledge systems. In fact, many graduate programmes in the sciences and technology give additional merit to students who have incorporated liberal arts courses in their studies.
It can be anywhere, depending on where you get a chance to work closely with your supervisor and work on a real life research project. It is important that you have an active role in the internship which leads to a substantive learning experience. In-house at JGU, you will have access to a large number of active research centres to work in. But you are free to work outside as well, as long as your mentor, or Dean approves the choice.
Some of the research centres at JGU include Centre for New Economic Studies, Jindal Institute for Research in IP and Competition, Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences, International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building, Environment Sustainability and Human Development, Asia Pacific Business Research Economics and Innovation
Yes, indeed. Since the internship is a compulsory part of the programme, JSLH and the Office of Career Services will work very closely with each Fellow and extend all possible support in securing them an internship
Yes. Residence requirement is compulsory since a good part of learning will be through classroom experience, as well as from peers. The ecosystem of learning is best exploited if the students are present. Surely there may be conferences/seminars in Delhi or otherwise where students will be encouraged to go, but by and large, all classes will take place in the campus.
There are provisions of merit cum means scholarship, and it will depend on the quality of application.
We are looking to attract some of the brightest and most outstanding students to become fellows in the programme. We will evaluate their selection based on their application form, particularly their essays, and their commitment to take the study. The Admissions team will shortlist candidates on their curiosity, creativity and flexibility. Previous research experience is not important, but reasons for a strong interest in the programme should be highlighted. In addition, our team will also conduct an interview and that will count towards your candidature.
Fellows will be divided based on their disciplinary interests, in which they want to locate their research in. These cohorts will undergo some common training, although a majority of their courses and exposure will be related to their own disciplines.
In the first semester, students will undergo five courses.
Two of these courses will be common, while the other three will be specific to fellows’ interests.
The two common courses are
(a) Introduction to Future Studies,
(b) New Trends in Research Methods.
The specific courses are
(b) Advanced Writing, and
(c) Optional Language Study. Each course in this semester is worth 4 credits.
The second semester comprises of two course-equivalents, both specific to disciplines, namely
(a) internship (8 credits),
(b) research report (6 credits).
The course on research methods will be common across all students because the aim of this course is to expose students to a range of research methods used in various social science subjects. This helps in cultivating an interdisciplinary penchant for research, and enables students to think deeply about a range of complex issues.
This course will contain emerging, advanced trends in research, for instance the digital qualitative methods, online interviews and focus groups, applied and qualitative anthropology, complexity theory methods, qualitative research practice with sciences (big data for e.g.), design-based research, critical race theory to quantitative methods.
These are only indicative, and signify the frontier of research method paradigms. One of the aims of the fellowship is to expose all students to these newly emerging cutting-edge research methods in social sciences.
Read the next question for specific discipline based research methods.
This will be done through individual mentors. The idea is that in the course on research methods, students become aware of new ways in which research is being done. But it is with their mentors that they learn research methods required for their own research report. The role of the mentor will be to act as a research guide and tutor to the student. S/he will instruct and guide the student to learn the research method needed for her/his research during the fellowship. This training is also expected to continue during the internship. The JFP adheres to a belief that individuals working together even at various levels of knowledge and experience are capable of creating “new knowledge”.
Each fellow will be assigned a mentor, either from within Jindal faculty or a professional from outside. The role of the mentor will go beyond the traditional guide. S/he will assume a much large role of being a tutor, in some sort of an Ox-bridge model. Mentors will be working with their students closely in driving their research methods training, research output and also the internship.
Introduction to Future Studies is a unique course created to think and conceive probable worlds of the future, drawing insights from history, design, psychology, economics and technology. It is a course geared to develop clarity in thinking skills and consider new, innovative and complex disruptions taking place through an interdisciplinary lens. How world shapes and adapts to uncertainty and how do inputs of technology and society interplay to form alternative visions of the future, will become an important aspect of the course. Another aspect will be to study theory of complexity which observes the world comprising not of individuals, but of systems which constantly adapt to their inputs, making predictions fruitless. The ideas discussed in the course lie at the frontier of several branches in social sciences and will act as a fodder for valuable research for the fellows.
While we strongly encourage students to take a language course, it will be possible for students to replace it with another ‘advanced study’ course.
Advanced Study shall be a subject student will take based on their research interest, and which is taking place within any of the school in JGU. The student will decide on this course with their mentors and the Dean of JSLH. For this, the student will have access to all the courses taking place in JGU along with the schedule to help her/him make the choice better. Ideally, this course should offer the research inspiration to the fellow on her/his potential area of work.
The course on Advanced Writing shall be instructed through the Language Centre of JGU. We will be very much open to hiring new talent in the centre should there be a need. Mentor meetings will also be useful aspect of writing skills. In addition, frequent workshops will be organized purely focusing on enhancing writing skills of the fellows.
No. You can distil your topic with your mentors after joining, but you should have a rough idea of the discipline you want to locate your work in.