The Institute provides substantial financial and infrastructural support to Fellowship students.
No tuition fee is charged. Currently, each student is given a stipend that starts at Rs. 30,000 per month, and goes up to Rs. 35,000 per month with the student's academic progress. In addition, each student can avail of contingency grants of up to Rs. 65,000 for the first year of study, and of up to Rs. 25,000 per year for subsequent years; these grants can be used to buy books and personal computers, to engage in field research, and to attend academic conferences. The stipend and contingency grants are given for four years of study, and can be extended for up to one more year by demonstrating satisfactory progress in thesis work.
Additional financial support is available for Fellowship students in their dissertation phase in the form of extra funds of up to Rs.50,000 for field research (if needed). Further, such students can take up Teaching Assistantships as and when available, which pay up to Rs.11,000 per month (in addition to the stipend).
The Institute also provides full financial support to students to attend up to three international conferences. Students can also participate in one international workshop in lieu of a conference.
Fellowship students are expected to be residents in the Institute campus in order to pursue their studies and research. The Institute provides single-room accommodation to all students, and has limited family accommodation for married students. Nominal fees are charged for such accommodation.
Other infrastructural support include access to the well-endowed B. C. Roy Memorial Library of the Institute, access to several National and International databases, dedicated computing labs for Fellowship students, and wireless internet connectivity.