Internship opportunities for Postgraduates at MP-IDSA

Are you a Postgraduate or a final year student of a Postgraduate program and willing to learn about how the defence and security policies of India are formulated? The Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (MP-IDSA) is offering internship opportunities in various areas related to their research for both Indian and foreign nationals. This article has the details about the program, the research areas of MP-IDSA, eligibility criteria and the procedure to apply for the internship program


The Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (MP-IDSA) is the principal think-tank on policies related to defence and security issues in India and a truly multidisciplinary body that researches various aspects related to the defence and security of the country. Formerly it was known as Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and was established in 1965. The faculties of research are from various backgrounds like defence, civil service and educationists and because of this, a multidimensional viewpoint is taken into account to formulate policies on national and international security. MP-IDSA also conducts training programs for military and civilians every year and is funded by the Ministry of Defence.

Categories of research

The topics of research are selected based on the relevant issues concerning India's security and special attention is paid to the research works under progress so that the topics are not duplicated. It also finds out the fields to be explored that require specific attention. They prioritize the research under two categories – Area Studies and Thematic Studies.

Area Studies deal with issues/concerns of specific country or region and Thematic Studies are issues related to Military Affairs, WMD & Nuclear issues and Non-Military threats.
Area Studies deal with the countries in the following sections.

  • South Asia

  • East Asia

  • Central Asia and Russia

  • West Asia

  • Africa

  • Americas

Thematic Studies on Military Affairs deal with Defence issues, Maritime Security, Modelling, Simulation, Net Assessment and Risk Assessment.

Thematic Studies on WMD & Nuclear issues deal with strengthening Non-proliferation regime, Civil Nuclear energy cooperation, WMD and international terrorism, analysis on India's nuclear policy, Ballistic Missile Defence, etc.

Thematic Studies on Non-Military threats deal with International Terrorism, Internal Security, Environmental and Energy Security.

Research Centres/Areas

The Research Centres, which are basically the areas of research of MP-IDSA are as follows

  • East AsiaWest Asia

  • South Asia

  • North America

  • Europe and Eurasia

  • Southeast Asia and Oceania

  • Africa, Latin America, Caribbean & UN

  • Military Affairs

  • Internal Security

  • Strategic Technologies

  • Non-Traditional Security

  • Nuclear and Arms Control

  • Defence Economics & Industry

Role of the interns

Since the areas of research are vast, the interns have to efficiently manage the projects assigned to them, help in carrying out administrative tasks, write and edit contents on the web and do other tasks based on the assignment. Motivated individuals having a good grasp over English (both spoken and written) should be able to bear stress during the work, meet the deadline to complete the tasks, interested to work in teams and must have the interest to learn under all circumstances.

Eligibility to apply

A Master's Degree in a discipline relevant to the area of internship or a final year student of a Master's Degree program in the relevant discipline can apply for the internship. The area of research is not related to any specific topic and students of multidiscipline, ranging from Engineering & Technology, Law, Environmental Science, International Relations, Social Science, Finance, etc can apply for the internship program based on the area of interest with a relevant academic qualification.

Benefits of the internship programs

Defence and security of a country are not only about arms and ammunition and a lot of research work is required to formulate effective policy. The main advantage of this internship program is the multiple dimensions with which the interns get an opportunity to attach with. The defence and security policy of a country depends on various aspects and interns get a hands-on experience on how the defence policies of India is formulated and what are the key things kept in mind. Interns willing to make a career in the field of safety and security of a nation will find this program quite beneficial.

Duration of internship

The duration of the internship is six months that may be extended up to one year according to the requirement.

Support to the interns

Interns will be provided with office space and an internet connection to carry out their work. Any other facilities required during the internship will be provided by MP-IDSA.

Honorarium for the interns

For the first two months, this internship is unpaid. According to the performance of the intern, if MP-IDSA thinks that the internship can be increased further then an honorarium of Rs 10,000/- per month will be paid to the interns. However, this honorarium is applicable only for Indian nationals.

How to apply

The interested applicants need to submit their applications via email with the following documents.

  1. Covering letter

  2. CV of the applicant

  3. Two reference letters that include one from the Head of the Institute with which the applicant is presently attached

  4. A Statement of Purpose for the internship that includes the name of the Research Centre with which the applicant wants to be associated along with the start and completion date of the internship

  5. A minimum of two samples of writing (published/unpublished) between 3000-5000 words

The covering letter along with the above documents has to be sent to

Foreign nationals willing to join this internship program should have research visas for the duration of the internship and for that the required letter of affiliation will be provided by MP-IDSA to the selected applicants. Interested applicants should contact the Indian Consulates in their respective country of stay for complete details of the application procedure.

Contact information

Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (MP-IDSA)
1, Development Enclave, (near USI)
Rao Tula Ram Marg,
New Delhi 110 010
Phone: +91-11-2671 7983 (Ext. 7319)

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