India’s Political Economy Fellowship


Visiting Fellowships for PhD Students and Postdoctoral Researchers on India’s Political Economy

Deadline: May 19, 2014

Applications are invited for two visiting fellowships from advanced PhD students and early-career postdoctoral researchers working on themes related to the political economy of contemporary India.

The fellowships are offered under the auspices of a trilateral partnership between the three institutions funded by the UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI). The fellowships are to be held at one of the following institutions: Institute for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley; King’s India Institute, King’s College London or Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR, Mumbai).

  • DURATION: The visiting fellowships will be of up to one month in duration and worth up to £4000 each. 
  • RESIDENCY: Applicants must be based at a university in India, United Kingdom or the United States, and should propose to spend time at one of the three institutions located in a country other than their place of residence.
  • OBLIGATIONS: While in residence, visiting fellows will be invited to make a presentation of their research and to take part in other activities at the relevant institution. 
  • TIMELINE: The visit should take place between September 2014-March 2015.

To APPLY please send

  1. a cover letter setting out the candidate’s research, which institution they propose to visit, and proposed use of the visiting fellowship
  2. a full CV
  3. a single-authored writing sample (of up to 10,000 words).

Applications should be sent to Dr Louise Tillin ( by the deadline of May 19th 2014. (decisions are expected by mid-June).

Background to the trilateral partnership on India’s Political Economy (King’s India Institute, ISAS at UC Berkeley and IGIDR, Mumbai)

Political economists focus on the distribution of political and economic power in a given society and how that influences the directions of development. The work of Professor Pranab Bardhan, the institutional lead at Berkeley, defined the political economy of development in India for a generation of scholars (Bardhan 1984) and remains one of the most compelling explanations of the failures of the Indian ‘developmental’ state in the 1960s and 1970s. However we urgently need new frames of analysis through which to understand transitions in India in the context of post-1991 economic reforms, the unprecedented pace of economic growth since 2003 and the deepening of democracy. This partnership intends to foster advanced research and debate in this field by bringing together senior and junior academics, and centrally involving PhD and postdoctoral researchers who will shape this field in the future. The partnership will focus on two major themes: 1) evolving structures and varieties of capitalism in post-reform India; 2) the political economy of development. The main activities of the partnership will be two annual thematic workshops, staff exchanges to bring together faculty members of all three partners and the mobility of PhD and postdoctoral researchers working on political economy themes from India, the UK and US.

DateActivityWeb links
Dec 13, 2014

Media coverage: Pranab Bardhan, the development economist was interviewd by Mint newspaper. Here he talks on the Modi government’s initiatives and his stand on them, and MGNREGS
by Pramit Bhattacharya
Dec 13, 2014, LiveMint.

Subsidies Must Give Way to a Universal Basic Income

Nov 20-21, 2014Conference: A conference on the Political Economy of Contemporary India, organized by R. Nagaraj and Sripad Motiram, in the  Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in Mumbai, India on Nov 20-21, 2014. Please click the link on the right for the conference agenda, list of participants, and papers presented. Conference Website
May 2013

An Economic and Political Weekly report on the UKIERI workshop
held in King's India Institute, London that sought to move beyond
narrow disciplinary approaches in understanding the Indian
economy that took place in May 2013

Varieties of State-Capital Relations in India
By Louise Tillin
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol - XLVIII No. 39
September 28, 2013