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 USD One Million  Follow up: SYLFF Plus Programmes: SRA,SYLFF prize, SYLFF Leadership, Voices  Source: Nippon Foundation  Administered by : Tokyo.

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2  USD One Million  Follow up: SYLFF Plus Programmes: SRA,SYLFF prize, SYLFF Leadership, Voices  Source: Nippon Foundation  Administered by : Tokyo Foundation  First Indian University  44 countries 69 institutions

3  Each year 3-4 fellowships are given  29 fellowships given till date  Highest valued fellowship in India  Governed by the SYLFF Steering Committee  Fellows are guided by SYLFF Mentors  Office

4  Research  Course work participation by fellows  Regional Forum  Workshop  Seminars  Exchange Visits  Social Outreach Programmes

5 Joyashree Roy Project Director JU-SYLFF Programme

6  FAQ + FOC (frequently observed confusion)  Enthusiasm because of the opportunity  But lack of orientation/training  Confusion  Essay? Report? What topic? How to select the topic?

7  PORUA THEKE GABESAK  Taught mind vs.  Research mind  Some time-tested special techniques to be followed  To ask questions, contradict, provide new explanation, analysis, views, and directions…..

8 How to Write a Convincing SYLFF (Research) Proposal

9  To address the Mission/Objective of the SYLFF project  DO YOU KNOW?  This is an Interactive Session  This Research Orientation Session is about asking insightful questions

10  Thinking mind  Unending questioning…  Questioning our existing realities  Do we accept them as they are and live in complacence? Or, do we start questioning them?

11  To encourage independent research projects  To identify and understand social problems  Thinking within and going beyond disciplinary boundaries  To nurture Leadership qualities: vision, innovation, proactive thought processes  Problem solving attitude  Good peer-reviewed publishable analysis

12 The purpose of research is to answer “a” question.  “A question” that is interesting  Not to collect information without “a question”

13 1. Identify a problem 2. Ask a clear question 3. Limit the scope of the research 4. Say what is known and not known about the problem 5. Identify the skills and information needed to answer the question 6. Select the methods needed to collect & analyse the data/information 7. Explain the kind of results expected and how they will be presented 8. Specify the timeline of research

14  [Interactive]  [Show multi-disciplinary elements]

15 Some examples  Violence against women  Confusion around Economic system’s functioning  Growing Social conflicts  Inequality in growing affluence  Growing environmental problems  Rights vs. Access to basic services  Governance: Democracy  Migration  Globalisation

16 Interaction with JU-SYLFF fellows to discuss their research questions  Choose only one question that deserves special attention  Will be interesting to larger audience  Will produce results that will be new  This is essentially what drives the goal of research; the hypothesis needs to be tested…

17  Environment induced migration  Investment situation? What is in it for West Bengal?  Migrants and cultural identity: Punjab and Bengal  Globalisation and changing retail supply chain in India and Africa  Access to Health services : Prevention vs. cure  Globalisation and Indian youths

18  Literature review  Only relevant ones Relevant literature Show what is said Identify gaps Show your proposed contribution Interactive sessions to discuss some examples Decide the goal of study Decide the objective of the study

19  Subject skill, methodology  Types of information needed:  Research Design: Quantitative, Qualitative, Ethnographic, Archival  Source of information  New skills needed/training required?  Discussion with existing SYLFF Fellows to learn from their experience

20  Policy implication  Prescriptive vs implicative  Expected result  Possible user  Contribution to the existing literature  Deliverable: Journal/ Paper

21  Make a chart  To follow work with rigorous discipline  To show value addition at each step  To focus on the scope of the research  Monthly/quarterly/biannual/annual review of research  To guarantee a timely completion of research work undertaken

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23 General Writing Tips Writing to Inform -- Writing to Persuade

24  Appeals to the Goal of your readers!  This means you have to know about SYLFF (look up JU- SYLFF website/ contact existing fellows/ get in touch with the program assistant) as much as you can.  You can find out more at

25  Think about your readers before and while you are writing

26 You need to identify their interest by:  finding out the SYLFF Focus  finding out SYLFF Priorities You can find this information by visiting JU- SYLFF website, other SYLFF websites, TKFD website, talking to Project Director, and the SYLFF Fellows

27  Make your writing as easy to read as you can: use simple words use short, direct sentences use short paragraphs use sub-heads use bullets

28  Put points positively -- avoid negatives  Write as briefly as you can  Re-read and edit your work

29  Projects can have a theoretical or an applied orientation

30  Projects can be Desk Studies (e.g. modelling work, case studies), or On-Site Activities.

31 Interactive Session– Discussions with SYLFF Fellows

32  Social Change?  Contemporary or allied to contemporary issues?  Tradition ?  Sustainability of developmental (economic, political, social, cultural….) process in general?  Multidisciplinary approach? E.g. past Fellows’ work

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34  Try the colon trick:  A colon makes a title short, snappy, easy to say Some examples are:  Impact of Coastal Inundation: Case of Sagar Island  Small and Medium Enterprises in India:An Analysis of Funding Risks, Risk Mitigants and Sustainable Development

35  Inter-state River Water Disputes in India: Institutions and Mechanisms  Performing the Political: Left Culture in West Bengal  Negotiating Informality: Changing Face of the Footpaths in Kolkata, 1975 – 2005  Coffee House to Barista: A Study of Cultural Change  Un-gendering Sports:Towards a Revaluation of the Female Athletes in India

36 Offer a moderate, realistic timeline within which you can deliver the promised outputs and thereby contribute to the existing literature.

37  Use each day from today to write the proposal  Sleep on draft, then re-read, and edit it  Think, think and think…  Write, read, re-write, re-read…  Make final revisions  Get approvals from peers  Fill up form with immense care  Keep to the deadline and submit the Application Form on time

38   eepsea.org  columbia.edu/cu/cup  worldbank.org/rad  nber.org  wider.unu.edu  ssrn.com  ideas.repec.org

39  iber.berkeley.edu  ipcc.ch  unfccc.it  worldbank.org  developmentgoals.org

40  Publication in International and National Journals.  Presentations at Seminars  Winning Erasmus Mundus, Fulbright Scholarships, etc.  Chance to conduct advanced research in Mexico, Canada, Australia, Japan, US, Egypt, Netherlands, England, Sri Lanka, etc.  Representations in the Global SYLFF Council

41  Any questions, please?  A Researcher/Potential Researcher has an infinitely long list of questions…


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