What we offer

KDU offers significant financial support and resources to help faculty engaging in research. Funding for carrying out research, financial support for publishing in high impact journals, and financial support for participating in conferences local as well as overseas. Further, KDU researchers are recognized through granting a Research allowance and awarding Research excellence awards. They further have won countless awards, fellowships and prizes from external sources for their meaningful contributions to society.

KDU Research Grant scheme has been introduced to support research work by academic staff members of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. Each grant is provided with up to a maximum of Rs 2,000,000 for 3-years. These funds can be utilized to initiate new projects by the academic staff. It can further be utilized as supplementary funding for ongoing research funded by other grants. Call for applications for grants will be advertised each year. The PI of the project should be an academic staff member of KDU. However, investigators from other universities/ institutes can be co-investigators or collaborators. One academic member should have been awarded only 2 grants at a given time.
The KDU Research Committee undertakes the evaluation of the proposals submitted by the investigators, and will make recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for approval of the award of the grant. The funds will be released year by year. The grantees are expected to submit progress reports once in every six months, upon receiving the grant, with an account summary of the funds utilized up to that date, signed by the bursar, which will be evaluated by the KDU Research Grant Committee. The disbursement of funds for the following year will depend on the progress made in the previous year.
At the completion of the project, the investigators are expected to submit a final report with the final account summary to the KDU Research Grant Committee.

Guideline and Application

This Grant scheme has been introduced to support publication of research findings by academic staff of KDU in open access high impact index journals. To be eligible to apply;


a. Applicants should be either the first author or a corresponding author of the Research Article and the applicant’s affiliation on the article should be KDU.

b. Where the corresponding author of the article is affiliated to KDU, the email address for correspondence, as shown on the title page, should be of KDU.

c. If, email addresses are shown on the article for all authors, the email addresses of the authors affiliated to KDU should be of KDU.

d. Publications should arise in a journal indexed in

(i) Science Citation Index Expanded (™) (Web of Science) (Clarivate Analytics)

(ii) www.scopus.com (Elsevier publishers)

(iii) www.ncbi.nim.nih.gov/m/pubmed (PubMed, MEDLINE)

(iv) Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) (Clarivate Analytics)

(v) Social Sciences Citation Index® (Web of Science) (Clarivate Analytics)

(vi) Arts and Humanities Citation Index® (Web of Science) (Clarivate Analytics)

(vii) Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA)

(viii) Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA)

(ix) Education Resource Information Centre (ERIC)

(x) Engineering Index

e. The Journal should have a Minimum Impact Factor of 1.0, according to a recognized journal indexing body such as Clarivate Analytics

    • One applicant can receive the funds for any number of publications up to a maximum of $2000.00 in total, in a given year.
    • Applications should accompany the supporting documents.
    • Applications can be made anytime of the year.
    • Funding will be disbursed on re-imbursement basis of the publication costs incurred.
    • Applications will be evaluated by the KDU Research Committee and will make recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for approval of the funds.
Guideline and Application

Financial assistance is provided for participating in conferences locally as well as overseas.
Financial Assistance is also provided for participating in local courses / seminars / training programme / workshops or other study programmes conducted Higher Educational Institutions and recognized associations acceptable to KDU at relevant to the course of study.
Support is provided towards reimbursing the expenses on Air fare / Airport taxes, Visa fees, Living expenses during the overseas visit, Course / Conference / Training / Workshop registration fee etc. up to the limits as given under the guidelines.
In the case of training programmes, priority would be given to those who are in the junior categories, i.e. up to Probationary Lecture and to those who have not had an opportunity for overseas study / training before.
Priority is given to the senior categories, i.e. Professors and Senior Lecturers, for attending seminars / conferences / symposia / and for presenting papers.


A monthly allowance of 35% of the basic salary is granted to all academic staff based on the research output in a given year. A total of Rs. 25,710,843.97 and 24,588,302.36 has been granted as research allowance in the year 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Guideline and Application