2018 National Parliamentary Fellowships Program: India

Kapaleeshwarar Temple

The National Parliamentary Fellowship Program (NPFP) will select up to two fellows for a three-month foreign policy-focused research stay in New Delhi, India, to commence in September, 2018.

The NPFP aims to identify and foster the development of a new generation of leaders, promoting investment in Australia-India relations through the networks which fellowship holders create. For a period of up to three months, from September – November, 2018, fellows will assist a member of India’s Parliament in developing policy advice, and will have the opportunity to attend public policy hearings and briefings.

Fellows will also be affiliated with a research mentor at the NPFP partner in New Delhi, PRS Legislative Research, pertinent to their primary policy research interest, and will attend relevant events offered through PRS and other leading Indian research institutes and think tanks in New Delhi.


To be eligible to apply for the program, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be a graduate of, or enrolled in a postgraduate program at a Go8 university, and in excellent academic standing (A-levels, graduated with distinction) at the time of the fellowship
  • be under the age of 35 at the time of the fellowship
  • have a strong interest and demonstrated previous research or professional experience in international relations, particularly vis-à-vis India, or in India’s economic policy or security affairs
  • hold an Australian passport that has at least six months’ validity when the fellowship commences.

To apply

Selection for NPFP is highly competitive.

To apply for the India fellowship, candidates are required to submit:

  • an application form along with their resume
  • a statement of purpose including the proposed research topic
  • most current academic transcript, and
  • contact details for two references, with at least one of them being an academic reference.

Selection will be based upon the following criteria:

  • academic history and performance
  • relevance and importance of proposed research topic
  • previous academic or professional experience in India
  • background in international relations or policy study
  • personal motivation; involvement in University and community activities

All applications are to be submitted electronically as a single Adobe Acrobat PDF file (including application form and attachments), an e-mail addressed to: will.zou@anu.edu.au.

Applications must be received by 5pm AEST, on 26 June, 2018.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview, and successful candidates will be notified by 10 July, 2018.


Successful applicants will be enrolled in a six-unit postgraduate academic course at ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.

Under this course they will be required to:

  • attend pre-departure briefings and a reception in Canberra
  • participate in regular meetings with the research mentor at PRS
  • attend Australian High Commission functions in New Delhi
  • write an online article about their research topic
  • submit a formal report on their experience to ANU and PRS within one month of returning to Australia, and
  • submit a 3,000-word research paper on an agreed upon research topic by 30 November, 2018.

Indicative assessment

  • Final research paper 60%
  • Formal report 15%
  • Feedback from PRS mentor and hosting MP 15%
  • Online article 10%

Fellowship funding

The fellowship will cover the cost of an economy round trip airfare between Australia and India, and private accommodation in New Delhi, and a monthly scholarship of AUD 800. All other costs will be covered by the student.

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Updated:  26 June 2018/ Responsible Officer:  SARI director/ Page Contact:  SARI director