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Thank you for your interest in the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi!

The Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi receives research scholars that come as interns, in a program that is operated round the year, for a period that varies from two to three months.
The internship is primarily intended for research scholars working on China and the East Asian region. The program helps them gain work experience, and sharpens their research, writing and other organizational skills, giving them exposure to high-quality scholarship that may further encourage them to pursue higher studies.

Virtual Internships

ICS has now expanded the Internship Programme to receive ‘virtual interns’, those who may not be able to come to Delhi, but wish to connect with the Institute through the internet, email and other online channels, to pursue projects or short assignments that fit into their study programs, and receive guidance from the ICS faculty. Preferably, applicants must have completed their Bachelors and pursuing their Masters. However, we are open to accommodating final year Bachelors students as well.
This is to be run initially as a pilot program for a year, and depending on the result, may be modified as necessary. The broad terms are as follows:
  1. The Virtual internship may be for a period of two to three months and may be extended by up to two months, if necessary.
  2. The scholar will be required to present a project proposal which will be assessed by ICS in terms of its suitability, and the availability of ICS research staff to guide the scholar as needed.
  3. An ICS Faculty, Fellow or Associate will be requested to mentor the intern. The scholar will be expected to work closely with her mentor and other concerned faculty members. The intern will be involved in various activities of ICS as feasible.
  4. The intern will be required to submit a progress report on a fortnightly basis to the mentor and the designated ICS faculty member.
  5. The end product of the internship should be a paper that can be offered for publication, or a report that fits into the scholar’s research agenda. That document may be published in one of the series of ICS publications, including Occasional Papers, Analyses and Research Blogs. Papers of exceptionally high quality may be offered for publication to the ICS journal, China Report: A Journal of East Asian Studies. Such publication is recommended but is not mandatory.
  6. ICS will provide the scholar a certificate on successful completion of the virtual internship.

Interested scholars are invited to write to ICS. We accept applications all through the year. Please apply with an updated Curriculum Vitae, a one-page research proposal (500 words), a writing sample of up to 2,000 words (if available), and two letters of recommendation (of which one must be from a faculty member) to

Other Internships

If you are interested in regular internships at ICS, you can email your application with a short cover letter with the below-mentioned documents to Specify email subject as ‘Application for Internship’.
The cover letter (in the main text of the email) must provide a brief introduction to the applicant’s area(s) of interest, relevant experience and skills and also indicate the period of availability.
Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview (in person or telephonic).
General Requirements
  1. Preferably, applicants must have completed their Masters. However, we are open to accommodating students pursuing their Masters as well.
  2. Applicants must possess a keen interest in China and/or the East Asian region.
  3. Language proficiency in any of the related areas in the East Asian region would be an added advantage. Language students in their BA final year are encouraged to apply.
  4. Applicants must be interested in and demonstrate the ability to take up research as well as organisational tasks.
  5. Social media and website management related skills would be of added advantage.
Application requirements
  1. Send in a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. A writing sample of not more than 2000 words if available
  3. One page (500 words) research statement/proposal
  4. Two letters of recommendation (of which one must be from a faculty member)
Before submitting your application, we would urge you to go through our website and browse through our various programmes and publications to not only familiarize yourselves with our mission and work but also to be sure that ICS is where you want to spend an important part of your academic and professional life.
Note:  Following is a list of things ICS cannot provide:
  1. Support with travel or visa-related issues.
  2. Information on possible external sources of funding.

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