Fellows are selected on the basis of the research project submitted by them. The Fellowship is awarded by the Governing Body on the recommendation of the Fellowship Award Committee (FAC) which comprises experts from various disciplines. There is a two-tier selection process in place—all applications are placed before a Screening Committee which shortlists scholars for presentation before the FAC where the scholars are asked to elaborate on their research project. Scholars of eminence may be exempted from personal appearance before the FAC. There is, however, a multiplicity of approaches in the selection of Fellows, and
this is not necessarily confined to those who respond to advertisements. It is open to the Institute to consider the names of eminent scholars suggested by the Director, Members of the Governing Body and the Society. Talent is also identified through efforts on a regional and sub-regional basis. The period of Fellowship ranges from a minimum of three months to a maximum of two years.
Dr. Sandili Maharaj-Ramdial is a practicing psychologist who has lived and studied in Trinidad, England and Canada, and whose interdisciplinary research interests revolve around social, developmental and clinical psychology, religion, history and health care, and how research in these fields can be tangibly translated into clinical practice.
Prof. P Madhavan teaches at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, in the Department of Linguistics and Contemporary English, School of Language Sciences. His areas of specialization are syntax, semantics and philosophy of language. He did his Ph D at CIEFL, Hyderabad (1987) on the structure of cleft and pseudo cleft sentences, within the Chomskyan syntactic theory.