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Organisation : ICAI Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of India
Scholarship Name : ICAI Doctoral Scholarship Scheme 2021
Applicable For : Membership of the ICAI
Last Date : 31.08.2021 (Date is Extended)
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ICAI Doctoral Scholarship

ICAI invites applications for Doctoral Scholarship Scheme for the year 2021.

Related/Similar Scholarship : ICAI Doctoral Scholarship Scheme 2022


Doctoral scholarship will be awarded to registered Ph.D. Scholars from UGC recognized Indian Universities/ Deemed Universities/ Colleges, IIMs having University/IIMs approved Ph.D. Programme to pursue and complete their Doctoral Research in Auditing, Taxation, Commerce, Management and Accounting Discipline.

The candidates must have confirmed Ph.D. Registration at any of the institutions mentioned above on the last date of application. It includes the requirements of clearance of Research Entrance Test (RET).


** Membership of the ICAI with minimum 75% marks/grade in 10th and 12th standard.
** NET/SLET and M Phil from a recognized university will carry weightage in the assessment of research proposal.
** The scholar should not be more than 40 years of age on the last date of application.

** Candidates who have already availed UGC Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)/Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF)/ Maulana Azad National Fellowship (MANF)/ICSSR/ICAR/CSIR/ICPR/ICMR/ICHR or any such doctoral fellowship awardees are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply?

Following documents must be sent to:
Research Committee
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
ICAI Bhawan
8th Floor, Administrative Building,
A-29, Sector 62, NOIDA-201309, UP.

1. Application Form
2. Research proposal & abstract (3000 and 300 words respectively)
3. Relevant Enclosures (Details given in Application Form

All the documents should be received before 15th June 2021 duly signed and stamped by Supervisor of the candidate for Ph.D. or any other competent signing authority of the University/ College/Institution.

Procedure for the Award of Scholarship

** Applications are initially scrutinized by the Research Committee Secretariat.
** Thereafter, Shortlisting Committee will short-list region wise meritorious proposals from the eligible applications.

** Such applicants may also be invited for a presentation before Shortlisting Committee.
** The recommendations of the Shortlisting Committee will then be placed before the Research Committee for its final approval.

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Amount of Scholarship

** Rs. 50,000 per month Scholarship to be awarded to 5 scholars annually for the maximum period of 36 months.
** Contingency grant will be admissible at the rate of Rs. 50,000 per annum.

Suggested Scholarship Topics

The following topics are suggested:
1. Human Resource Accounting
2. Simplification of Human Resource Laws
3. Government Sector Accounting
4. Integrated Reporting
5. International Taxation Laws
6. Water Audit
The Research Committee will decide the suitability of the topics from time to time.

Research Proposal Format

Other than the mandatory information accompanying each application, candidates should submit their research proposal in two parts
a) abstract of the research proposal (about 300 words)
b) detailed research proposal (about 3000 words) an indicative outline for the detailed research proposal is given below

Title :
The research proposal should have a clear, meaningful and concise title reflecting the scope of the investigation.

Introduction :
The research proposal should begin by clearly stating the research problem to be investigated in the light of its theoretical and/or empirical context in the relevant area.

Objectives of the study :
The general aim of the study as well as its specific objectives should be clearly stated in the proposal.

Research questions or hypothesis :
Given the conceptual framework and the specification of dimension, the specific questions to be answered through the proposed research should be sharply formulated.

In the case of an explanatory research design, specification of variables and positing of relationship among them through specific hypothesis must form a part of the research proposal.

Review of literature (National & International) :
The proposal should summarize the current status of research in the area and major findings, including the researcher’s own work in the area. Existing empirical findings may also be discussed.

The overview should clearly demonstrate the relevance as well as inadequacy of existing findings or approaches and provide a rationale for the proposed study.

Research Methodology :
The researcher must describe in detail
(a) the scope and coverage of her/his study; and
(b) approach and methodology with adequate justification.

Emphasis should be given to bringing out innovativeness in approaches proposed to be followed. The detailing of the methodology may include research design, data to be collected and empirical and analytical methods to be used.

The description of the methodology must be clearly linked to the aims of the research and the research questions/hypothesis of the study.

Relevance and anticipated outcomes :
The proposal should include a statement on the relevance of the study and the anticipated outcomes.

It should bring out the significance of the research problem, the contribution which the proposed study is expected to make to theory and to methodology as well as its practical importance to society and policy making.

It should also describe the proposed outputs from the study (books, research papers, occasional papers with themes etc.)

Tentative Characterization :
Details chapterisation should be clearly spelt out in the research proposal
Bibliography :
Bibliography should be prepared in chicago manual style.

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