Research Topics for 2016-2018 & Guidelines for submission of Research Proposals

Research Topics for 2016-2018

(a) Strategic Studies

  • Evolution of Strategic Culture in India
  • Strategy and Warfare
  • Defence Studies
  • Internal Security Including Maoist Insurgency
  • International Terrorism
  • International Relations
  • Neighbourhood Studies
  • Socio Political and Military Developments in China.
  • Developments in Middle East and North Africa
  • Eurasian Studies
  • South East Asian Studies
  • Global Economy and its Impact on Security
  • Counter Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
  • Strategic Intelligence
  • Net Assessment Studies
  • Military Strategy
  • BRICS – Where is it Headed?

(b) Security Studies

  • National Security Strategy
  • Good Governance
  • Financial and Economic Security
  • Energy Security including Nuclear Energy
  • National Security Challenges and Opportunities
  • Nuclear Issues
  • Arms Control and Disarmament
  • Maritime Security
  • Social Networking : A Threat to Military Ethos

(c) Defence Management

  • Higher Defence Management
  • Indian Industry Profile
  • International Industrial Profile
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Management
  • Resource Management
  • Defence Procurement Management
  • Defence Logistics

(d) Defence Technology Studies

  • Information Technology Warfare
  • Cyber Warfare
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computer Software Administration
  • Developments in Military Science and Technology
  • Technology Forecasting
  • Space Warfare

Detailed procedure for submission of proposals and their processing is given in the succeeding paragraphs


The Fellowship Programme at the USI is open to all serving and retired Service officers, members of the Institution, officers from ministries and departments of the Government of India, other institutions, and members of the academic community. Officers planning to undertake research in technical fields must have requisite technical background.

  1. Senior Research Fellowships

    Are usually awarded to officers of the rank of Colonel or equivalent and above. Minimum desirable qualification for a 'Senior Fellowship' is PhD, with research experience and published work.

  2. Research Fellowship

    Officers of the rank of Lt Colonel or equivalent and below. Minimum qualification for 'Fellowship' is Ph. D and experience or demonstrated expertise in the chosen subject, backed by good analytical skills.

  3. Associate Research Fellow

    Generally Ph.D

  4. Research Associates

    M. Phil acceptable.

  5. Research Interns

    Generally MA.

Submission of Proposals

The procedure for award of 'Fellowships' is as under:

  • A synopsis of the research proposal in quadruplicate is to be submitted to the Director USI by 31 Mar each year, either directly or through the respective Service Headquarters, for the consideration of the BOM. The proposal should contain the focus and scope of the project, a framework in the form of chaperisation, a bibliography, details of fieldwork, if any, together with the methodology of research. It should also indicate the precise contribution the project is expected to make to the existing body of knowledge and its relevance in terms of both military and national security policy.
  • A copy of the researcher's bio-data should accompany the proposal.
  • CS3 also reserves the right to seek proposals for specific projects that it wants to promote or undertake as a sponsored activity. Details of these projects will be indicated in advance and proposals will follow the same procedure as outlined above.
  • Serving officers will route their proposals through their respective Headquarters (Training Directorate). Retired officers and members can send them directly to the Director, USI. Similar procedure will apply for scholars and officers from other ministries and institutions. In case of proposals routed through the Service Headquarters, an advance copy of the proposal may be endorsed to the Director, USI.

Processing and Decision on Award of Fellowship

The following procedure will be adopted:

  1. The Service HQ will be requested to comment on proposals and forward a panel of names together with their recommendations for consideration by the BOM, by 30th April every year.
  2. Applications will be screened by the BOM, who will examine and short-list these proposals. Short-listed scholars will be called for interview where they will be required to make presentation of their synopsis. BOM may suggest modifications to original proposals if necessary.
  3. After detailed consideration of all the proposals, BOM will decide which of the proposals are to be accepted for the fellowship programme.
  4. In case of research subjects sponsored by the CS3, the Service HQ will be asked to sponsor names of officers with requisite experience and background to undertake studies in those areas. Selection and nomination procedure will remain the same as outlined above.

Research Proposal Formulation

  1. Research Scholar should furnish a research proposal covering the following :-

    1. The focus and scope of the project, a framework in the form of chapterisation, a suggested bibliography, details of proposed field work and the methodology of research.
    2. A synopsis of not more than a thousand words giving the existing state of knowledge in the field, original hypotheses, intended means of collecting information and checking the hypotheses.
    3. A descriptive note on source-material to be used, the language(s) of the sources and whether applicant has knowledge thereof.
  2. A research proposal should be sort of a blueprint. The following characteristics are common to all research proposals :-

    1. Formulation of the problem for research.
    2. Delimiting the boundary of the proposed research and elaboration of its substantive components.
    3. Source and method of data collection.
    4. Data analysis.
  3. Illustrative guidelines for formulation of a research design are as follows :-

    1. The title of the research proposal.
    2. Statement of the problem. In the opening paragraphs of the research proposal, the flaws and inconsistencies to be addressed should be stated clearly and briefly. The key question in the theoretical context should be specified. The significance of the problem, the contribution that the proposed study is expected to make, known historical facts and its national relevance should be specifically indicated.
    3. Overview of existing literature.
    4. Broad framework.
    5. Research parameters.
    6. Data collection.
    7. Time Frame : The project should be broken up in suitable stages and the time required for completion of each stage of work should be specified. Stages could cover the following :-

      • Preparatory work.
      • Drawing of samples.
      • Data collection.
      • Data analysis.
      • Report writing.


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