Research Interns

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Research Interns

  • Sanjana Dhar

    Research Intern
  • Prahlad Kumar Singh

    Research Intern

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

Why intern with ICS?

The Institute of Chinese Studies is a premier research institute in India pursuing high-quality scholarship on China and the East Asian region on the whole. Within the broad area studies framework, its faculty is engaged in diverse research areas including foreign policy, economy, labour, borderlands, public health, minorities, politics, history, society, leadership and so on.

The internship programme will not only help in gaining professional experience, but also equip one with research, data analysis, writing, editing, communication and organizational skills that are integral to the Institute’s work profile.

One of the objectives of the programme is to provide exposure and nurture interest in China and East Asia, which we hope can sustain a research intern’s interest enough to enable him/her to take up higher studies on East Asia.

Minimum Eligibility

- Preferably, applicants must have completed their Masters. However, we are open to accomodating students pursuing their Masters as well.
- Applicants must possess a keen interest in China and/or the East Asian region.
- 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.
- Applicants must  be interested in and demonstrate ability to take up research as well as organisational tasks.
- Social media and website management related skills would be of additional advantage.

Programme Duration and More Details

ICS accepts applications throughout the year. The internship duration ranges from 2 to 3 months.
ICS is committed to diversity and equal opportunities for all.

Application requirements

- Send in a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- A writing sample of not more than 2000 words if available
- A one page (500 words) research statement/proposal
- Two letters of recommendation (of which one must be from a faculty member)

How to Apply

Mail your application with a short cover letter with the above 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.

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.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview (in person or telephonic).

Note: Following is a list of things ICS cannot provide:

- Support with travel or visa-related issues.
- Information on possible external sources of funding.


Sanjana Dhar
Research Intern

Sanjana Dhar is a Research Intern at Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Diplomacy, Law and Business from O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science from Ramjas College, University of Delhi. In the course of her Master's programme, as a part of her academic requirements, she has written a research paper on ‘South China Sea dispute and the counter-action from Southeast Asian nations’. Her research interests are Geopolitics of East Asia and Southeast Asia, Foreign Policy and Security Aspect of China, China’s role in the Indo-Pacific region, hard power, soft power and smart power diplomacy. Also, she can speak beginner level Mandarin.

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Prahlad Kumar Singh
Research Intern

Prahlad Kumar Singh is currently working as a Research Intern at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He is pursuing M.Phil. from Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. He has completed his MA in Politics with specialization in international Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His major area of interest includes international relation, Civil-Military relations and Political Theory. He is currently working on ‘Civil-Military Relations in China during XI Jinping Era’.  

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