The Fellowship scheme of the council awards different categories of Fellowships to assist the scholars to engage in research on full time basis on themes of contemporary relevance and those that fit in with the following selected major areas of the council.
Theories of Truth and Knowledge
The council invites application for Fellowships (excluding the National Fellowships) through advertisements in National dailies. Copies of the advertisements are also sent to the Heads of Philosophy Departments of all the Universities of the country. Fellowships are generally awarded for a period of two years except in the case of Short-Term Fellowships and Residential Fellowships. The Fellowships offered by the council are of the following categories:
The council organises refresher courses which are attended by the teachers and scholars of philosophy from all over India. Eminent scholars are appointed as resource persons for delivering lectures on different themes at these courses. Organisations may ask for financial assistance for conducting Refresher Courses on a prescribed application form.
RESEARCH SCHOLARS' MEET THE EXPERT
This is a new scheme of the council under which Research Scholars' Meet the Expert programme is being organised at the Academic Center, Lucknow . Under this scheme, Junior research fellows are invited to participate and interact on their research findings and work.During this time lectures are delivered by eminent scholars to help the JRFs in their work.
SEMINARS / SYMPOSIA / WORKSHOP / DIALOGUE
In order to provide an opportunity for scholars to express their views and interact with other scholars, ICPR organises National and International seminars on a variety of themes in the field of philosophy and interdisciplinary studies. In addition, the council gives grant by way of partial assistance to various other organisations and departments of Philosophy in Indian universities to organise seminars / symposium / workshops / dialogues.
ESSAY COMPETITION-CUM-YOUNG SCHOLARS' SEMINAR
To enable the young scholars of the country, to think critically and philosophically, the council has instituted a scheme of Essay Competition-cum-young scholars' seminar under which young scholars in the age group of 20-25 years are invited through advertisements to participate in Essay Competition on a current topic of relevance to the need of our time. Based on the performance of the scholars in the competition and seminar, prizes of Rs. 5,000, Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 2000 are awarded to the scholars adjudged first, second and third respectively.
Essay competitions held so far, the details of which are given below :
NATIONAL LECTURES BY EMINENT INDIAN AND FOREIGN SCHOLARS
With a view to acquaint Indian scholars with the recent thoughts of leading philosophers as well as to provide opportunities for interaction with them, the council organises every year national lectures by two leading Indian philosophers and two eminent scholars from abroad. Under this scheme, the lecturers deliver a series of three lectures in at least three universities in India, one of which has to be Council's Academic Centre, Lucknow. The universities are given a grant of Rs. 20,000 by the council to invite the interested scholars from their region to attend the lectures and participate in the discussions. Besides making travel arrangements as well as providing local hospitality to the invited lecturers, the council pays them a token honorarium of Rs. 5,000.
The Indian Council of Philosophical Research has instituted a scheme of travel grant in order to provide financial assistance to scholars in philosophy and allied disciplines, irrespective of their age and status, for attending international Academic Conferences, seminars, symposia etc abroad, to present their papers resulting from their research work, or to act as Chairman / Convenor of such conferences etc., on one or more panels thereof.
provided that no person will be given assistance under this scheme more than once in three years.
Provided further that for the same conference not more than one scholar shall be assisted by the council. This condition may, however, be relaxed by chairman taking into consideration the nature and size of the conference.
Pattern of Assistance
Normally the council shall meet only 50% of the to and fro air fare by economy class from airport in India to the nearest air port in the country where the conference is held. In case , the teachers or scholars avails of excursion ticket for air travel, the Council shall meet 50% of the excursion ticket air fare if the remaining 50% is provided by some other sources. In case the teacher or the scholar is not able to get assistance for air travel from any other source the council may consider-reimbursement of actual expenditure on excursion ticket air travel. In exceptional circumstances the chairman will have the discretion to decide to meet 100% of the actual to and fro economy air travel fare. Air port tax, registration charges, daily allowance or maintenance allowances shall not be payable by the council under this scheme.
The persons concerned should travel in economy class by Air India on the sectors where it operates and even on sectors where it does not operate, air passage should be booked through Air India. The scholar should also avail of excursion ticket for air travel which requires a minimum stay of 14 days wherever it is considered economical compared to normal fare for fewer days stay abroad.
Procedure for obtaining Grant
The proposal should be sent on a Application Form, to the council's office along with the following documents through the institution where they are employed, well in advance, so that it reaches the council's office within 90 days before the date of the conference:
Report after attending the conference etc.
Each scholar shall furnish a report of his / her visit within a month after his / her return from abroad. A certificate regarding utilisation of the travel Grant shall also be furnished by the grantee.
The chairman may in exceptional and deserving cases relax any of the provisions of the scheme.
ICPR has a programme of international collaboration between India and overseas nations to facilitate exchange of views among scholars in the field of philosophy and other related disciplines.
CONTINGENCY GRANTS FOR PROJECTS
The Council has a scheme of awarding contingency grant of a maximum of Rs. 10,000 to scholars who are not receiving any fellowship or financial assistance from any other source. This was mainly to enable such scholars to persue their studies on the topic / areas of their interest.