Researching Reality 2024
About the Researching Reality Training Program

Are you looking to improve your public policy skills? Do you want to delve deeper into the complexities of economics, public policy, law, and primary research? Then look no further than Researching Reality (RR), a premier research training program offered by Centre for Civil Society, New Delhi.

At RR, we aspire to attract participants from diverse backgrounds who will bring their unique perspectives and problem-solving skills.  The program will create a melting pot where RR scholars will have the opportunity to brainstorm and come up with novel insights and potential solutions to deal with current policy challenges.

Theme for 2024

This year’s program will explore the theme of ‘Policy Challenges in School Education’. This is in response to the urgent challenge of stagnating learning outcomes in school education in India. While student enrollments in India have been going up, this has not translated into an improvement in learning outcomes. This will adversely affect the emotional and economic well-being of children as well as have disastrous long-term consequences for the country. Hence, the participants will explore the current challenges and discover solutions.

Capstone Project

Scholars will get to work on a capstone project. These capstone projects will be compiled and published in a compendium. Trainees will have access to CCS' extensive library and resources.

Duration: Three months

  • Full-time engagement of 40 hours per week in June and July 2024.
  • Virtual engagement of 40 hours per week in August 2024.

Expectations from the scholars

  • Attend all training sessions and workshops, and actively participate;
  • Conduct field research on a chosen thematic area of ‘Policy Challenges in School Education’;
  • Complete the capstone project under the supervision of the research mentor.

Deadline: Apply here by 11:59 pm, 28th May 2024. We strongly encourage you to apply at the earliest as selections will be on a rolling basis. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable experience and contribute to the field of public policy. Apply today!

Please reach out to Mr. Ghanshyam Sharma at if you have any questions.

Application Deadline
11:59:59 PM, 28th May 2024


  • Fresh graduates or PhD scholars
  • Interest in public policy and comfort with conducting field research
  • Inquisitive and adept at basic research skills, including conducting literature reviews
  • A team player who has strong analytical skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong writing skills, published writing is desirable but not necessary
  • Available for work in Delhi

Application Requirements

  • Updated Resume
  • A writing sample (preferably a research paper or essay)

Selection Process

  • Initial screening of candidates based on suitability as reflected by resumes and writing samples.
  • Selected candidates will be asked to do a short assignment.
  • Final screening will be done based on the quality of the assignment.
  • Please note that we are looking to build a pool of candidates with diverse backgrounds.

What's in it for you?

  • 120+ hours of training sessions on Research methods, primary research, research ethics, drafting questionnaires, writing, critical thinking and data visualization
  • Introduction to basics of law, economics, and political economy
  • Research mentorship
  • Opportunity to publish the research
  • Access to CCS socratic reading groups (closed group) and Baithaks (invite only)
  • Opportunity to network with some of the brightest minds in the public policy space
  • Certificate of completion and a letter of recommendation for exceptional candidates
Frequently Asked Questions
  • What facilities will be available to me?

    You will receive access to our extensive library and network of scholars.

  • Does CCS provide accommodation for outstation applicants?

    The scholars are requested to make their own living arrangements in New Delhi for the training period.

  • Will I be working in a group or individually?

    All scholars will work in groups of 3-4 members. Peer learning is a crucial part of the training program.

  • Is CCS flexible with the timeline of the program?

    While April and May are self paced and flexible, June and July are full-time in Delhi. We are unable to offer flexibility during those two months. August would focus on wrapping up the capstone project; it would be remote and part-time.