Financial Aid and Facilities

You will be offered stipend for a period upto 5 years.

Rs 35,000/month during the first year

Rs 38,000/month during the second year

Rs 40,000/month during the third year

Rs 45,000/month during the fourth & fifth year

The JPAL Fellowship

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) was established in 2003 as a research centre at the Economics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL South Asia is based at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in Chennai. J-PAL South Asia seeks to improve the effectiveness of poverty programmes by providing policymakers with clear scientific evidence.

This Fellowship is awarded to PhD students who will focus on development economics or finance and plan to conduct field research through impact evaluations, preferably, RCTs. As part of the sponsorship, the doctoral student will be required to intern with J-PAL South Asia for any two summers for duration of 8-10 weeks each before their graduation to have the opportunity to develop hands-on experience in the field.

Other Facilities

Support to attend one national and one international conference during tenure.

Reimbursement of expenses incurred to attend 2 training workshops during the tenure, subject to a maximum of Rs. 10,000 per programme.

Rewards for publications similar to faculty members (currently an A* publication qualifies for a reward upto Rs. 2 lakhs to be divided among authors).

Further, you will have the opportunity to work as TA/RA to various professors at the institute. Plus, you will be required to take tutorials which will train your teaching capacity.

Hostel Accommodation

Free student accommodation (a single room) is provided on campus. Wi-Fi connectivity is available for all students.

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