Procedure and Guidelines

Research Themes

Social Inclusion Research Fund (SIRF) has envisaged providing two types of research grants to Nepali researchers on the indicated themes by announcing call for proposals at least once a year.


Harka Gurung Research Fellowships (Code No. SIRF/HGRF/2011/….)


 Amount of the HGRFs

Maximum of NPR 500,000.00



18 months



Matthias Moyersoen Research Apprenticeships (Code No. SIRF/MMRA/2011/….)


Amount of the MMRAs

Maximum of NPR 200, 000.00



1 Year

Research Themes 2011

1.    Identity Politics: Class, Regional and Caste / Ethnic Identity

2.    Identity and Gender based Discrimination and Violence

3.    Governance, Political Culture and Excluded Groups, Youth and Women

4.    Demands, Aspirations and Challenges of Regional / Ethnic Identity Politics and Resource Sharing

5.    Linguistic Diversity, Language Rights Movement, Exclusion and Identity

6.    Implementation of international instruments related to non-Discrimination and Equality

7.    Impact of remittance economy on excluded and marginalized communities

8.    Income and Livelihood of marginalised and excluded communities

9.    Issues of access, ownership and benefit sharing of State and Natural Resources

10.    Representation and Participation of Women and Excluded Groups

11.    Proportional Representation, Affirmative Action, Reservation and Special Rights

12. Secularism, Religious Processes and Intra/Inter- Communal Harmony
Group – Specific Themes


1.    Comparative Study of Women’s Status by Class, Religion, Social Groups and Geographical Regions

2.    Status of Migrant Women Workers (International and Domestic Migration for Work)

3.    Impact of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Laws and Policies

4.    Implementation of Female and Disadvantaged Group Education Scholarship

5.    Intersectionality of Women’s Rights and Their Social Identity


1.    Landless Muslims and Minorities

2.    Status of Muslim Women in/and Public Spaces

3.    Reproductive Health Rights of Muslim Women

4.    Muslim Women’s Access to Citizenship

5. Muslim Children Education and Issues of Mainstreaming in National Education


1.    Indigenous Knowledge, Institution, Language and Cultural Dynamics

2.    Endangered Indigenous Peoples and Unlisted and Unrecognised Groups

3.    Discourse on Indigenous Peoples : A Historical and Comparative Perspective4.    Relationship and Interdependence of Linguistic, Cultural and Bio-diversity

5. Interpretation and Implementation of ILO 169 in Nepal


1.    Caste/Ethnic Diversity in Madhes and Madhesi Identity

2.    Status and Issues of Other Backward Communities (OBCs) in Nepal

3.    Socio-cultural Traditions Negatively Impacting Women and Children in Madhes

4.    Chure-Bhabar Region: Population, Poverty and Deforestation

5.   Impact of Migration in Madhes (Highland to Lowland; Cross border)


1.    Incentive for Inter-caste Marriage with Dalit

2.    Views and Practices of Dalit and Non Dalit on Untouchability and Caste Hierarchy

3.    Dalit and Identity issues: Caste Mobility among Dalits

4.    Land and Dalit Rights

5.  Religious and Cultural Processes in Dalit Society

G. MARGINALIZED REGION AND GROUPS  - Remote/Karnali Region, Physically Disabled/Differently Abled, LGBTI and Other Minorities

1.    Socio-Economic Status, Physical Infrastructure and Family Condition of Physically Disabled

2.    Social and Legal Perspectives - on People with Disability, Sexual, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, Internally Displaced People (IDPs)

3.    Lifestyle, Status, Social Relationship and Mapping of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (LGBTI) Communities in Nepal

4.    Impact of Kalipari – Low Skilled Migrants to India

5.  Feudal and Caste Based Relation in Karnali Region


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