Online Seminar/ Conference/ Research Methodology Course

Guidelines for Applicants

The ICSSR- SRC in its endeavor to encourage and promote Social Science Research in the Southern Region on important issues of social sciences, provides partial financial assistance to organize State, Regional, National Seminars/Conferences/Workshops/ Symposiums / Research Methodology Courses in Online Mode. The proposal should be of relevance in terms of Research Development and Policy.

The grants are given to the social science faculties for organizing the said programs in various social science disciplines is as under:

  • Economics
  • Management
  • Commerce
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Social Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Socio-Sanskrit Studies
  • Socio-Philosophical Studies
  • Social Linguistics
  • Gender Studies
  • Health Studies
  • Political Science
  • International Studies
  • Public Administration
  • Diaspora Studies
  • National Security and Strategic Studies
  • Education
  • Social Psychology
  • Legal Studies
  • Social Geography
  • Environmental Studies
  • Modern Social History
  • Media Studies
  • Library Science


1. General Guidelines


1.1 Objectives

1.1.1. To provide partial financial assistance for organizing Seminars/Conferences/ Workshops/Symposia / Research Methodology Courses in Online Mode on the themes of contemporary relevance and policy-oriented issues in different disciplines of social science and interdisciplinary social science areas with national or international participation and perspective.

1.1.2. The overall objective is to promote the online Seminars/Conferences/ Workshops/Symposiums/ Research Methodology Courses that facilitate the exchange of views among research scholars and contribute to and enhance the quality of existing social science research.

1.2. Nature and Scope of the Proposal

1.2.1. The theme of the online State, Regional, National Seminars/Conferences/ Workshops/Symposiums / Research Methodology Courses proposal must be within the purview of social sciences. The proposals that do not have significant social science content and perspective shall not be considered.

1.2.2. The proposals on relevant social science themes should be focused, coherent and realistic in their coverage and scope. The academic background of the convener and paper presenters must conform with the theme of the proposed Seminar. The paper presenters and key speakers must be largely social science researchers and academicians.

1.2.3. The Concept Note must specify (a) Background (b) Objectives (c) the research questions being addressed in the seminar (d) Main Themes (e) the sub-themes (f) possible contribution of the Seminar outcome to the existing body of social science research/policy relevance.

1.2.4. As a whole the proposals should be well-conceived on themes of significant social science concerns, inviting broad, interdisciplinary and national, regional level participation and debate.

Eligibility Criteria for Award

2.1 The organizing institution, to which the grant shall release, should be from either of the following categories from Southern Region

a. A government/public funded university/Institution/college recognized by the UGC

b. A government/ public funded research institution recognized by ICSSR

c. A Government Aided institution /College recognized by UGC

d. In case of Private Universitites/College/Institution, it is mandatory to submit UGC 12B Status.

e. If Others, please provide the details

2.2. An applicant is an individual scholar applying through his/her Institution, he/she can apply only once in a financial year.

2.3. The Centre shall not consider for funding the proposals received from Adhoc/Contract Faculty from the Universities

3. How to Apply

The Applicants need to fill the Online Application Form for organizing seminar/ conferences/workshop. The Online Application Form link is given in the last page of the guidelines.

The applicant needs to upload the following documents in PDF Format:

1. The Forwarding Letter and Undertaking from the Registrar/Principal/Director/ Head of the Department of host University/Institution (Format Enclosed)

2. Detailed Concept Note (500-1000 words) with Main Themes, Sub-themes along with the research questions being addressed in the seminar and the possible contribution of the seminar outcome to the existing body of social science research, as Annexure IA. The tentative session-wise program, mentioning the topic of each session and its presenters as Annexure IB. The lists of national and international paper presenters and speakers with their respective affiliations as Annexure IC.

3. A brief CV of the Convener/Director of the Seminar (in 3-4 pages) as Annexure II.

4. A 'Caste Certificate' or 'Person with Disability Certificate' from the competent authority in case the seminar convener belongs to the SC/ST category or a Person with Disability as Annexure III..

Requests for financial assistance of Rs.1.5 Lakh and above the proposal should be sent to the ICSSR office in New Delhi.

Note: Applicants need not to submit the hard copy of the application and other documents to ICSSR - SRC.

4. Procedure for Award of Grant

4.1. All the proposals that are complete as per the prescribed format, shall be evaluated by an Expert Committee nominated for the purpose by the Chairman, ICSSR-SRC. Approvals/rejections of proposals shall be as per the recommendations of the Committee.

4.2. The Centre extends financial support up to the maximum period of 3 days even though the program is designed for more than 3 days.

4.3. The Centre shall not consider funding the proposals received from other than social sciences disciplines.

4.4. The seminar director needs to share the meeting link to the SRC for monitoring the online Seminars / Workshops/ Conferences / Symposia / Research Methodology Course

4.5. In the case of the online Research Methodology Course, the seminar director need to share the soft copies of the course material/lecture material collected from the resource persons to the participants in advance

4.6. Budget Head

4.6.1. Online Seminar/ Conferences/Round Table

Table No. 1: Budget Head wise funds Allocation for conducting online seminar (per day)

S. No. Expenditure Head Description Unit Cost Maximum Limit In Rupees
1 Honorarium to Key invited Paper Writers, Chairs, Co-Chairs and Panel Speakers (Maximum 6 Resource Persons per day) Honorarium   Outside the State / Within the State Resource Persons per session  Rs.2,500/- per session Rs.15,000/- per day
Local Resource Person per session Rs.2,000/- per session
3 Purchase of digital platform (example- Google Meet, Microsoft Team, etc.)   Rs.2,000/-  Rs.2,000/- per entire Programme
4 Technical Support    Rs.500/-  Rs.500/- per day  
5 Contingency (including Stationery, Course Material, Online Publicity, Audit Charges)   Rs.5,000/-  Rs.5,000/- per entire Programme

Note: The duration of each session is one and a half hours (90 Minutes). There shall be a maximum of 4 sessions per day.
1. Momentums, Shawls, Bouquets, Garlands and Printing of Souvenir are not permissible.
2. The amount need to be booked against the percentages mentioned above.

4.6.2. Online Research Methodology Course / Workshop

Table No. 2: Online Research Methodology Course (per day)

S. No. Expenditure Head Unit Cost (Rs.) Maximum Limit In Rupees
1. Honorarium Outside the state Resource Persons per session
Within the state Resource Persons per session
Local Resource Persons (from the same city) per session
2,500/- per session
2,500/- per session
2,000/- per session
 7,500/- Per day
Course Director
Co-Course Director
500/-per day
400/-per day
500/- per day
400/- per day
2. Purchase of digital platform (example- Google Meet, Microsoft Team, etc.)   2,000/- 2,000/- for entire programme
3. Technical Support   500/- per day   500/- per day
4. Contingency (including Stationery, Course Material, Online Publicity, Printing of Certificates, Audit Charges.)  5,000/- 5,000/-for entire programme

Note: Note:
1. Momentums, Shawls, Bouquets, Garlands and Printing of Souvenir are not permissible.
2. The amount need to be booked against the percentages mentioned above.
3.  The duration of each session is one and a half hours (90 Minutes). There shall be at least 3 lectures per day followed by a detailed discussion/interaction with the participants in the case of an online Research Methodology Course. Resource person may be assigned to a maximum of 2 sessions in the entire course. However, one resource person can be assigned more than two sessions in the entire program in case the resource person has expertise in dealing with some statistical packages or models, where there is a need for earmarking more than two sessions such as SPSS.

5. Monitoring/Release of Funds

The financial and other terms and conditions will be as follows:

5.1 The Institution/Organization should inform the Southern Regional Centre about any financial assistance received from other sources.

5.2. The approved funds will be released in two installments. The first installment of 80% of the sanctioned amount will be released on receipt of the Advance Receipt Grant-In-Aid Bill. (The Advance Receipt for the amount of funds to be released should be signed by the authorized finance officer (e.g. Registrar, Principal, Finance Officer, Director, etc., of the Organization where money is to be released).

5.3. The second and final installment of 20% or less, as the case may be, will be released after the conclusion of the Online on receipt of a) A Brief seminar Report and b) A Detailed seminar Report (2 copies, hard-bound and also email the soft copy in word format at, c) List of Resource Persons & Participants (hard copy and soft copy in word format) d) photographs (hard copy and soft copy) e) Audited head-wise statement of accounts and utilization certificate (on 12-A Form) of the entire sanctioned amount, duly certified by the auditor/ finance officer, in case, the grantee organization is a central university, along with the either original or photocopy of the supporting bills. These must be by the prescribed format as specified in the concerned Sanction Order. The submission of reports and audited accounts as per the prescribed format mentioned in the concerned Sanction Order is mandatory and should be submitted within 10 days of completion of the Seminar/Conference in Online Mode.

5.4. The accounts relating to the seminar grant will be made available for internal as well as external audits.

5.5. The grantee organization shall be liable to refund the entire grant amount together with the interest @ 10% from the date of encashment of the cheque in case the event did not take place within the stipulated period or the financial year for which the grant had been released.

5.6. The decision of the Honorary Director, ICSSR-SRC on the question of whether there has been breach or violation of any of the terms and conditions mentioned herein as well as in the sanction order/letter, shall be final and binding on the grantee.

6. Obligation of the Forwarding Institution

6.1. The forwarding institution, through which the ICSSR-SRC grant will be administered, has to provide, an undertaking to administer and manage the ICSSR grant, as per the terms and conditions of the grant as prescribed by ICSSR and provide logistical support for the execution of the grant under the format given in the approval/sanction letter.

6.2. The institution should ensure that the Convener/Director of the seminar submits a detailed report within 10 days after the Seminar/Conference/ Workshop/ Symposium in Online Mode.

6.3. The forwarding institution must submit in the prescribed format a utilization certificate and audited statement of accounts for the total expenditure incurred on the Seminar/Conference/Workshop/Symposium in Online Mode along with the original or photocopy of the supporting bills and refund the unspent amount of the grant if any.

6.4. In case of non-fulfillment of any of the Terms & Conditions, the applicant/ organization will not be eligible for further support under any of the schemes of ICSSR-SRC.

Applications, complete in all respects, should be addressed to:


The Honorary Director
Indian Council of Social Science Research
Southern Regional Centre
(Ministry of Education, Govt. of India)
2nd Floor, New Building, OUCIS Premises
Adjacent to OUCIS
Osmania University Campus, Hyderabad - 500 007


Note:- Please keep ready the uploading of the following documents before filling the Online Application Form


  • Passport Size Photo (JPEG)
  • CV (PDF)
  • Detailed Concept Note with main and sub-themes (PDF)
  • Tentative Session-Wise Programme Schedule (PDF)
  • Tentative List of National and International Paper Presenters and Speakers (PDF)
  • Caste Certificate for reserved categories (if applicable) (PDF)
  • Person with Disability Certificate (if applicable) (PDF)
  • Digital Signature (JPEG)
  • Forwarding Letter (PDF)
  • Budget Estimation (PDF)

Application Form

Format of Forwarding Letter

Format of Budget Estimation


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Concept Note / Main Themes / Sub-Themes