Global Fellowship


Located in the heart of Berlin, the WZB Berlin Social Science Center is one of Europe’s largest non-university research institutes conducting basic social science research with a focus on problems of modern societies in a globalized world. Among the 160 German and international scientists are sociologists, political scientists, economists, legal scholars, and historians. The WZB offers a modern working environment where both equal opportunities and the compatibility of work and family are highly valued.

Through the Global Fellowship Programme, the WZB and the ISSC aim to build a new generation of outstanding social scientists in developing countries who are willing and able to to solve current global problems. The WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme enables an outstanding early-career social scientist from a developing country to spend four to six months in the exciting and stimulating environment of an exceptional social science research organisation in the heart of Germany. Besides allowing the Fellow to focus entirely on a dedicated research project, he/she is invited to participate in the intellectual life at the WZB. The Fellow will also become a member of the network of early career scientists the ISSC is building with its World Social Science Fellows programme.

Sujoy Dutta is the first Fellow of the WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Program. From August 2014, he will spend six months researching at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center on “The struggle for employment guarantee and role of civil society: the case of Nrega in India.”

This project will focus on the role civil society, together with local organizations, will play in reforming the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in India, as well as how the reforms will impact on the rural communities affected by them.

Dutta is currently Associate Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Studies, Hyderabad, India. His main research interests include agrarian structure, peasant economy and society, differentiation of peasantry and strategies of mobilization, and resistance amongst peasants. He holds a PhD in South Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore.

During his residency at the WZB, Dutta will be affiliated to the Inequality and Social Policy research unit.