Gateway House Fellowship

The Australia-India Council in partnership with Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations is looking for an Australian Fellow to undertake a fellowship in India to enhance the understanding of strategic issues important to India and Australia bilaterally, regionally as well globally.

Gateway House is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, independent, membership-based, foreign policy think-tank established in 2009 in Mumbai, to engage the nation's leading corporations and individuals in debate and scholarship on India's foreign policy and its role in global affairs.


The fellowships can only be granted to Australian citizens with a PhD or equivalent expertise in the field. Applicants will need to demonstrate a strong research and writing background and be able to work independently as well as collaboratively. Applicants will need to address one of the following fields of research:

  • Bilateral Relationship
  • New areas of cooperation between India and Australia
  • science and technology, natural resources management, etc
  • Regional Cooperation
  • Strategic cooperation between the Bay of Bengal community of countries : India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and extending up to Indo-Pacific region (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Singapore and Australia)
  • Maritime Security and Piracy
  • Patrolling and cooperation against piracy, trade routes, oil exploration etc.
  • Naval Cooperation
  • Strategic military partnerships, including exercise, technology exchange and peacekeeping
  • Global Developments
  • Disputes over maritime borders, Investments in Exclusive Economic Zones etc


Fellowships need to be concluded by 30 June 2013.

  • The successful applicant will be required to enter into a funding agreement with the Australia-India Council for a grant of up to $20,000 for airfares ($2,000), living expenses (at the rate of $70/day) and a contribution towards accommodation costs, for a period of up to six months.
  • Fellows must spend at least three months in India working with Gateway House. Final term will be negotiated with Gateway House once applicant is selected. The Fellowship can only be taken in one visit.
  • The airfares will be funded at the full economy rate up to $2,000. Applicants will have to book and pay for airfares from the grant allocated. Successful applicants must take out and pay for their own travel and health insurance (this can also be funded through the AIC grant).
  • Some additional travel within India may be required. Assistance with securing accommodation will be provided by Gateway House.

Selection Criteria

The applicant will be selected on the basis of:

  • The quality and viability of the research project to be undertaken during the fellowship.
  • The likelihood of significant publication or work emanating from the fellowship.
  • Record of academic achievement and experience in the field.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Knowledge of government systems in Australia and India, multilateral institutions or markets (where relevant to the research topic selected)


Expressions of Interest (EOIs) must be submitted by midnight Monday 9 July 2012 (Australian Eastern Standard Time). No extensions to this deadline will be granted. A shortlist of EOIs will be created by the Australia-India Council in consultation with posts in India and policy areas within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Online Expression of Interest Form


For information about the expression of interest or fellowships contact Hari Seshasayee

Gateway House,
Cecil Court, 3rd Floor, Near Regal Cinema,
Colaba, Mumbai, India
Tel + 91 22 2202 3371

Last Updated: 11 October 2012