Call for Applications; Research Fellow (Environment)

Vidhi invites applications for the post of a Research Fellow for its office in New Delhi.

About Vidhi

The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy is an independent think tank doing legal research and assisting government in making better laws. Vidhi is committed to producing legal research of the highest standard with the aim of informing public debate and contributing to improved governance. Vidhi works with Ministries of the Government of India and State Governments, as well as other public institutions, providing research and drafting support at various stages of law-making. Vidhi also conducts and freely disseminates independent research in areas of legal reform which it believes is critical to India’s future.

Vidhi is an equal opportunity employer and neither practices nor tolerates any kind of discriminatory behaviour.

Role Description:

Vidhi is interested in hiring a Research Fellow who will work under its ‘Vidhi Aid Initiative’. Vidhi Aid is a team that works in the areas of health, environment, and education. The Fellow will be staffed on a project on the implementation of environmental laws in India.

The work will include;

  • legal research (analysis of judgments, documenting legislative developments and executive action),

  • coordinating meetings with other stakeholders,

  • conducting interviews,

  • and writing reports.

A key component of the work will involve carrying out ground truthing exercises, which will include travel and field visits to different parts of India.

Eligibility criteria:


Essential requirements:

  • a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline,

  • at least 3 years demonstrable experience in the areas of environmental law and policy research in India,

  • good research and writing skills in English, and

  • excellent communication skills.


Desirable requirements:

  • a postgraduate degree in environmental studies/social sciences/public policy will be preferred,

  • familiarity with environmental legal issues,

  • knowledge of vernacular language(s),

  • familiarity with computer and mobile applications,

  • experience in field work.

This is a full-time position based out of Delhi. The Fellow will be engaged in this position for a duration of one year. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Process

Interested candidates should send only electronic copies of the following to careers@vidhilegalpolicy.in with the subject line “Application for Research Fellow- Environment”

1) Latest Curriculum Vitae (CV) in not more than two A4 pages;

2) A brief statement of motivation in applying for the position (not to exceed 500 words);

3) Names and contact details of two referees who may be contacted for references;

The deadline to submit applications is 26th February 2019.

Queries may be sent only through e-mail, addressed to careers@vidhilegalpolicy.in. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.