Inviting Applications for the SpicyIP Doctoral Fellowship!

Inviting Applications for the SpicyIP Doctoral Fellowship!

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On attributes of a researcher, Prof. Basheer said here As a researcher, you need to keep asking yourself why? You cannot take anything for granted. So you must be curious about everything in the world…

Along with our launch of the SpicyIP Empirical Database series today, on Prof Basheer’s 47th birth anniversary, we are also very happy to open up applications for the recently announced SpicyIP Doctoral Fellowship. Please see all details as below: 


Candidate must be a current doctoral candidate at a university located in India, or a candidate who has received an admission offer for a doctoral programme that is to start prior to Dec 31st, 2023, at a university located in India; AND
2. The candidate’s doctoral research must be in the broad area of intellectual property rights and/or innovation policy, and, with a focus on public interest, transparency and accountability, or socially beneficial legal and policy levers. 


  1. The SpicyIP Doctoral Fellowship will cover tuition and university fees up to INR 1,50,000 per year. In addition, it will consist of a quarterly stipend of INR 45,000 for the duration of the fellowship.
  2. If the selected candidate’s doctoral research requires fieldwork or has other research-related expenses, an additional compensatory amount of up to INR 1,00,000 can be made available subject to scrutiny of how the expense fits into the candidate’s research proposal, the SpicyIP team’s approval of research methods, and data and funding requirements, as well as funding availability.  
  3. As a condition of the Fellowship, the selected SpicyIP Doctoral Fellow will be required to do the following:
    • In consultation with the SpicyIP team, prepare an action plan and timeline for research and dissemination of findings and analysis with regular publications on the blog for the duration of the fellowship. This will consist of at least 2 blogposts per month. As far as possible, this research and research plan will overlap with the student’s existing research plan for their doctoral programme.
    • In addition to the above, the SpicyIP Doctoral Fellow will also assist the SpicyIP team with research or writing connected to a separate research project of SpicyIP’s choosing. This will be chosen with due consideration to the candidate’s experience and interests, and where possible, this subject matter will be closely associated with the Fellow’s existing research focus. The doctoral student’s existing academic commitments will be kept in mind while laying out a workplan related to this assistance. At minimum, it will require dissemination of research or analysis in the form of blogposts once a month, or the equivalent amount of work towards an on-going report.
  4. The Fellowship will ordinarily be for a period of one year (12 months) only. In certain situations, this may be extended at the discretion of the SpicyIP Team.  
  5. The quarterly stipend release will be subject to satisfactory performance by the candidate in accordance to the terms and conditions set out.
  6. If the Fellow is not performing adequately or is not abiding by the terms and conditions of the Fellowship, they will be given one warning, or up to a limited period of time to demonstrate improvement. If, after this, sufficient improvement is not demonstrated as per SpicyIP, the Fellowship can be rescinded by SpicyIP. In cases of serious breaches, the Fellowship may be rescinded directly.

Application Requirements:

  1. Applicant Name & detailed resume
  2. University and Programme Details, along with University ID (for current candidates), or Letter of Acceptance (candidates who are to start their doctoral programme this year). 
  3. Any other scholarship or fellowship or fee waiver currently present including those funded by public or private organisations, along with a copy of the terms of such scholarship or fellowship or fee waiver.
  4. Any other scholarship or fellowship or fee waivers currently being applied for, including those funded by public or private organisations.
  5. Any conflict of interests to be declared regarding research topic, or anything else that may be relevant for the Fellowship.
  6. Working Title of research topic: (with the understanding that the exact title may change during the course of your programme)
  7. Research Proposal: 800 word (max) note on your proposed research. It should clearly articulate the aims, objectives, research questions, originality and contribution to the field. It should note the appropriate literature, methods and address potential implications. In particular, it should explain how the research contributes to the public interest, or transparency and accountability of the Indian IP eco-system, or the understanding of socially beneficial legal or policy levers. It should also propose a timeline or plan of completion.
  8. Personal Statement: 500 word (max) personal statement. Among other things, it should comment on your motivation and suitability for doctoral research, as well as any inequity resultant challenges you may have had to deal with in your journey.
  9. Any previous research/academic positions:
  10. Any relevant training/experience in research methods and/or quantitative methods:
  11. Any other training/experience that the candidate views as relevant to the doctoral research or this fellowship application:
  12. Any prior fieldwork:
  13. Any special circumstances or reasonable accommodations that the candidate wishes to inform SpicyIP about:
  14. Email contact details of 2 references along with description of why the candidate has selected them to be their reference. (Only candidate’s reasons, and contact details are required. Letter of reference is not required. They will be contacted directly if the candidate is shortlisted). 

Please note: Complete applications must be sent by 11:59pm IST, 23rd June, 2023.  Applications are to be sent to contact [at] spicyip [dot] com. 

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