Centre for Development Practice and Research, Patna

Mentoring Young Researchers Programme


Date and time: June 13, 2018 9:00AM - July 20, 2018 11:00PM

Venue: TISS Patna Centre DPS Senior Wing Village: Chandmari, Danapur Cantonment Area Patna - 801 502 (Bihar)

Announcement of Mentoring Young Researchers Programme for 2018-19

Call for Applications

Theme: Mentoring in Social Science Research

Applications are invited under Mentoring Young Researchers Programme for the year 2018-19.  Those who are eligible and interested in enrolling may send their application form by e-mail to patnacentre@tiss.edu. For the application form, click here.

Eligibility and Selection Process

Following a call for applications, a group of fifteen (15) young research scholars will be selected from among the applicants. The applicants may be regular students enrolled in Masters, MPhil or PhD programmes in a university from across the state of Bihar. Applicants belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. The selection committee will comprise of faculty members from the TISS Patna Centre.


Deadline for application submission: 20th July 2018 

Announcement of selection: 31st July 2018

Registration: 1st to 10th August 2018

Masterclass: 27th August to 2nd September 2018

First Workshop: 5th November to 9th November 2018

Second Workshop: 4th March to 8th March 2019

Symposium and Closing Ceremony: 1st and 2nd June 2019


Mentoring in Social Science Research

Concept Note



Located in Bihar, one of the objectives of the Patna Centre of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences is provide academic support to students of Bihar in carrying research in various fields of social sciences. Towards this end, the TISS Patna Centre is committed to promoting critical research in the field, deploying varied theoretical perspectives and addressing multiple issues. As a facilitator of critical research, the TISS Patna Centre has also been making strategic yet regular interventions in academia by organising lectures, conferences, publications and training young researchers in academic writing and research methodology. To further deepen its pedagogical intervention, the TISS Patna Centre proposes to start a programme of Mentoring Young Researchers in social science research. Such mentorship is crucial for the health of social science research as space for dialogue and sharing within university system is rapidly shrinking. In this manner, we hope to both supplement the resources provided by the traditional university system and also transcend them in terms of addressing emerging issues and experimenting with form.


  • To promote critical social science research among young researchers;
  • To provide a platform for sustained mentorship of young researchers over a long period;
  • To bring together young researchers and the professional scholars working on common areas and with common concerns;
  • To build a network of young social science researchers;
  • To provide an environment for experimentation with form of research, inculcate a spirit of empirically rigorous and theoretically sound social science research;
  • To provide academic support in the form of readings and lectures;
  • To encourage public rendition of work through email based discussion forum and through the use of new media technologies;
  • To encourage a culture of peer review among young researchers by inviting researchers to comment on postings and drafts of fellow researchers; and
  • To generate a corpus of publishable critical social science research through this process.
To achieve these objectives:
  • A group of 15 young researchers will be selected consisting of both university students as well as early career professionals.
  • They will work on their proposed topic for the entire period of one year of the programme.
  • Researchers will be provided academic resources to carry out research, present their work and interact with the wider academic community.
  • Apart from organizing workshops, the TISS Patna Centre will also be coordinating with the group throughout the period and will facilitate public rendering of their research in print form.

TISS Patna Centre will reimburse the travel cost of the participants and also take care of their accommodation and food during the masterclass, workshops and symposium. Besides, the participants will receive reading material in print form as well as through the Courseware specifically designed for the Programme.

Masterclass, Workshops and Symposium

It is proposed that TISS Patna Centre will conduct a seven-day masterclass, two workshops each of five days, and a two-day symposium. The faculty of the workshops will involve in-house and external resource persons who will be scholars of repute in social theory, research methodology and academic writing.


In the very beginning of the programme, a masterclass, will be organized with the following objectives:

  • To discuss the overall architecture of the research mentorship programme.
  • To hold preliminary discussion on the research interests of the participants.
  • To give rigorous orientation on social theory including classical as well as contemporary social theory.

First Workshop

The first workshop will be conducted within two months of the masterclass. The activities will include:

  • Group discussions in which researchers will be divided into small groups. Each group will be assigned a resource person who would be expert on their specific research topics. Researchers will discuss their proposals with the expert and will receive detail comments specific to individual proposals. This close dialogue may continue for the entire period of the programme. 
  • Lectures on areas of common learning such as research methodology, field work and literature review.
  • A lecture on new media tools for doing research in contemporary times and also on how to use web based forums, i.e. blogs and email discussion forums to disseminate research and network with global community of researchers.
An email based discussion forum will be created and researchers will be encouraged to share their research experiences with the fellow researchers on this forum. The group will be moderated by the coordinator of the programme.
Second Workshop

This will be conducted in the sixth or seventh month of the programme. In this workshop, apart from detailed review of work progress of the participants,  will be carried out. Mentors will   The activities will include:

  • A thorough discussion of the work in progress
  • Presentation of at least one book review by each researcher on a book of significant merit in his/her area of research.
  • Academic writing workshop with practical exercises to learn how to write a research paper.

At the culmination of year-long programme, researchers will make public presentation of their works to an audience consisting of academicians, researchers and members of civil society. A publication plan will be drawn during the symposium.

In order to keep the dialogue between researchers and resource persons a continuous exercise, the structure of the programme will be kept flexible having provisions for facilitating the publication of research articles in vernacular and English journals.