The Australian National University (ANU) in association with PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi, is offering an exciting opportunity for postgraduate students or recent postgraduates from premier Indian universities with a strong interest in Australia and Australia-India relations. The National Parliamentary Fellowships Program (NPFP) will select up to two fellows for a three months foreign policy focused research stay in Canberra, Australia, to commence in February 2020.

The NPFP aims to identify and foster the development of a new generation of leaders, promoting investment in Australia-India relations through the networks which fellowship holders create. For a period of up to three months, from February to April 2020, fellows will assist a member of Australia’s Parliament in developing policy advice and will have the opportunity to attend public policy hearings and briefings. Fellows will also be affiliated with a research mentor at the Australian National University pertinent to their primary policy research interest, and will attend relevant events offered through ANU and other leading research institutes and think tanks in Canberra.

NPFP Australia Brochure   (471 KB)            Application Form               Deadline for Applications: 12 November, 2019



    To be eligible to apply for the program, you must

  • Be a recent post-graduate or be enrolled in a postgraduate program (Master level or equivalent) and in excellent academic standing (first class, preferably with distinction) by the time of the fellowship;

  • Be under the age of 35 years at the time of the fellowship;

  • Have a strong interest and demonstrated previous research or professional experience in international relations, particularly vis-à-vis Australia, or in Australia’s economic policy or security affairs;

  • Hold an Indian passport that has at least six months validity when the fellowship commences;

  • Be fluent in English; NPFP adheres to the ANU English language admission requirements as outlined under: https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_000408

To apply

Selection for NPFP is highly competitive. To apply for the fellowship, candidates are required to submit a completed online application form that is available at this link.

Please note the application form has to be submitted along with a most recent resume, most current academic transcript, and a short statement of purpose including the proposed research topic.

Selection will be based upon the following criteria:

  • Academic history and performance

  • Relevance and importance of proposed research topic

  • Previous academic or professional experience in India-Australia relations

  • Background in international relations or policy study

  • Personal motivation; involvement in university and community activities

 Applications must be received by 11:00pm India Standard Time, on 12 November, 2019.

 Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview at PRS and successful candidates will be notified by 29 November, 2019.


  Successful applicants will be required to:

  • Attend pre-departure briefings and a reception at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi

  • Participate in regular meetings with the research mentor at ANU

  • Attend Indian High Commission functions in Canberra

  • Submit a formal report on their experience to the ANU and PRS within one month of returning to Australia,

  • Present research findings to other fellows in a public event at ANU during the last week of the assignment in Canberra, and

  • Submit a 3,000 word research paper on an agreed upon research topic one month after the programme end date.

Fellowship Funding

The fellowship will cover the cost of an economy round trip airfare between India and Australia, a pre-arranged single room in a shared apartment for two fellows on ANU campus, and a monthly scholarship of AUD 800. All other costs, such as visa fee and overseas travel health insurance will be covered by the fellow.

Inquiries and Submissions

  PRS Legislative Research
  Institute for Policy Research Studies,
  3rd Floor, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya,
  212, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg,
  New Delhi - 110002
  Tel: (011) 2323 4801/ 4343 4035
  Email: npfp@prsindia.org