Best Paper Award and Fellowship

Every year ISLE gives Ruddar Datt Memorial and L K Deshpande Awards for two best papers presented in the Conference, and Surjit Singh Fellowship, to a young scholar below 40 years.

Surjit Singh Fellowship

Since 2015, the Society has been giving one Fellowship to a young labour economist below the age of 40 years for undertaking research in the field of labour and employment studies. The research paper should be related to one of the identified themes for the ISLE conference of the year. It should be an original work and not be based on the applicant’s earlier works; including PhD thesis of the applicant. An Expert Committee would scrutinize the applications and select the candidate for awarding the Fellowship. The awardee is expected to prepare an empirical paper in about 10,000 words (including tables and appendices) and present at the ISLE Conference during that year. The revised paper/monograph would be submitted by the awardee after two months of the ISLE Conference. Apart from a certificate, the award would include an amount of Rs 40,000.

Interested scholars may please share their proposal along with a cover letter to ISLE Secretary at

Best Paper Award

The Ruddar Datt Memorial Award and L. K. Deshpande Labour Economist Awards (each carrying an award of Rs.10,000) will be awarded to the authors of the best papers at the Conference. Only authors who are below 40 years of age will be considered for these awards. The papers on any of the Conference themes to be considered for the award should be presented by the paper writers themselves. Contributors who wish to be considered for these awards are requested to furnish proof of their age along with their paper.

Interested scholars may please follow the link for their paper submission or write to us as at