BCIS, in its function of being one of Sri Lanka’s premier educators, treats the accumulation and expansion of knowledge with the same importance, as that of its dissemination.

Ongoing Research

‘Democracy and Democratization in Sri Lanka: Paths, Trends and Diverse Imaginations

This research project is an initiative of Her Excellency President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Chairperson of the BCIS. The BCIS has invited Prof. Uyangoda, Senior Professor of Political Science and a member of the BCIS’ Academic Board to lead this project.

The core objective of this initiative is to construct a corpus of critical and reflective knowledge on Sri Lanka’s and South Asian experience of democracy since independence. The project proposal covers six thematic areas and 28 chapters. The BCIS expects to publish the chapters in two volumes after a review process of the chapters.

Lakshman Kadirgamar Research Award 2021

BCIS Announces the Establishment of a Research Award in Honour of Lakshman Kadirgamar

Lakshman Kadirgamar (1932-2005), international lawyer, statesman and foreign minister of Sri Lanka made an outstanding contribution to a range of issues in politics and international relations. An alumnus of Trinity College, Kandy, the University of Ceylon, Ceylon Law College and the University of Oxford, Kadirgamar served as foreign minister in the governments of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga during the period 1994-2001 and later from April 2004 to August 2005.

During his career as Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar laboured to deepen relations with a number of countries that were of importance to Sri Lanka. He was particularly keen to strengthen the cordial relations Sri Lanka shared with her South Asian neighbours. A man of wide interests, Kadirgamar took a keen interest in music, theatre and the arts. He would often say that Sri Lanka had much to offer the world besides, “tea, tourism and terrorism” and was always ready to lend a helping hand to literary causes.

As Chairman of the Council of Management of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) from 2002-2005, Kadirgamar breathed new life into the institution. He forged links with similar organisations in South Asia and founded International Relations in a Globalizing World, the journal of the BCIS.

With the establishment of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Research Award (2021), the BCIS seeks to celebrate Kadirgamar’s commitment to the promotion of global peace, understanding and solidarity among nations and peoples.

The Objective of the Research Award

The primary objective of this award is to support policy advocacy by fostering new knowledge and fresh insights into contemporary issues in international relations that mesh with the core goals of the BCIS: Re- thinking and re-conceptualizing international security imperatives, multilateralism in South Asia and the policies of non-alignment.

The recommended areas of research for the award are:

  1. Prevention of violent extremism, terrorism and military hostilities at intra-and inter- state levels;
  2. Promotion of democracy, human rights, peace and reconciliation as well as equitable development amidst increasing inequalities;
  3. Measures to combat climate change and its impact on development and human security; and
  4. Fresh approaches in responding to the global health crises.

The research paper based on the above traditional and non-traditional security issues should ultimately help to strengthen regional political stability and socio-economic cooperation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants should be between 25 and 35 years of age. All applicants must include a copy of his/her curriculum vitaeand a research proposal which must:

  • Not exceed 2500 words;
  • Indicate the research problem and its context;
  • Include a brief literature review;
  • State the objectives of the proposed research and its scholarly or policy relevance; and
  • Outline the research methodology and a work plan not exceeding nine months.

Research proposals that offer fresh insights related to the themes detailed above will be considered for the award.

One research award of nine-months duration will be awarded annually. Nationals of South Asia will be eligible for this award. 

Submission of Research Proposals

  • The closing date for the submission of research proposals has been extended to Thursday, March 31, 2022. The research proposals should be sent to
  • These proposals should be originals and not those accepted elsewhere.
  • LKR 300,000 will be offered to the award winner to conduct his/her research.

Submission of the Research Paper

  • The research paper must be the original work of the award winner and not published elsewhere.
  • The length of the research paper must be 80 double-spaced or 50 single-spaced pages with a minimum of 40,000 and a maximum of 50,000 words.
  • The policy series editor and the publications committee will peer review the final manuscript and determine its status for publication.

BCIS Emerging Scholars Symposium (ESS)

The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS), the pioneering think tank in Sri Lanka for International relations have been organizing Emerging Scholars Symposium (ESS) since 2017. The BCIS Emerging Scholars Symposium offers opportunities for discussion within conference sessions, providing a platform for the both young graduates and under-graduates to contribute new knowledge to the discipline.

Contact Details - Organizing Committee

BCIS Emerging Scholars Symposium 
Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS)
BMICH | Bauddhaloka Mawatha | Colombo 07 | Sri Lanka.

+94 11 269 7355 



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