Call for SpicyIP Research Fellows: Application Deadline Extended to March 15, 2018

As announced last month, this year apart from the (blogging) Fellows, SpicyIP is also looking for at least two (2) Research Fellows. If you have an interest in IP law and love legal research and writing, look no further! Apply immediately to become a SpicyIP Research Fellow!  The deadline for submitting applications for the ‘Research Fellow’ position has now been extended to March 15, 2018.

Who We Are Looking For?

We are looking for Research Fellows who can provide high-quality research as well as writing assistance for various initiatives undertaken by SpicyIP with the aim of fostering a more transparent, collaborative and productive IP/innovation ecosystem in India. These initiatives include book projects, research papers, public interest petitions, reports, advocacy campaigns etc. One of the main projects that the Research Fellows will be required to work on is the compilation of the first Open Access IP Dictionary, a joint initiative of the Institute of Law, Nirma University  and SpicyIP.


Anybody is welcome to apply. Sex no bar, age no bar, caste no bar, ideology no bar. So long as you are committed to the craft of research and writing, and possess a keen mind willing to learn, this is the place for you!

How to apply? 

Interested candidates are required to e-mail the following to [email protected] with a cc to [email protected] (with “Application for the position of Research Fellow” in the subject line) by March 15, 2018:

  1. CV (not exceeding 2 pages);
  2. Two (2) writing samples (published or unpublished);
  3. A statement of purpose (not exceeding 500 words);
  4. A concise, original and well-researched explanatory note on the meaning and scope of any 3 IP words/phrases/concepts of one’s choice e.g. moral rights, inventive step, passing off (kindly avoid using the words/phrases used as examples). The word count must not exceed 500 per word/phrase/concept (excluding footnotes).

We may also conduct a telephonic or Skype interview of the shortlisted candidates before making the final selection.

Evaluation criteria

  • Authorities cited
  • Brevity
  • Coverage of key points
  • Clarity of language
  • Structure
  • Presentation style

Terms and conditions

  • Once selected, Fellows will be on a probationary period for the first month of the fellowship. The probationary period may be extended if more time is required to assess the performance of the Fellows.
  • Fellows will be required to spend at least 2 hours every day (including on weekends) on the work allocated. However, exemption can be granted for weekdays during the period of internship (maximum twice a year) and during the entire period of exams (maximum twice a year), provided the dates are notified to us in advance.
  • The expected tenure of the fellowship will be from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.
  • Once the probationary period is over and the fellowship is confirmed, the Fellow will be paid a monthly stipend (based on their performance) and awarded a certificate upon successful completion of the fellowship.


  • If the Fellow does not diligently fulfill his/her obligations as set out above or is otherwise deemed unfit for the blog during the probationary period, we will not confirm the fellowship.
  • After confirmation of the fellowship, if a Fellow is found to not diligently fulfill his/her obligations at any time during the fellowship period, we reserve the right to terminate the fellowship at any point in time.
  • If the fellowship is so terminated, the Fellow will not be provided with a certificate and he/she will receive no more stipend than what he/she has already received up to that point.

If there are any queries in relation to the Fellowship, please drop us an e-mail at <[email protected]>. We look forward to receiving your applications!


About The Author

Leave a Comment

Scroll to Top