The First Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant Awarded to Thisali de Silva

29 June 2018
Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo

The first Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant, established to honour Dr. Saman Kelegama’s legacy of independent research and public policy engagement in the arena of socio-economic development in Sri Lanka and the wider South Asian region, was awarded to Thisali de Silva, a student of the University of Colombo.

Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe awarded the grant to Ms. de Silva at the inaugural session of the Saman Kelegama Memorial Conference on 29 June 2018.

She was awarded a one-time research grant of Rs. 150,000 to carry out her research into the tuktuk culture of Sri Lanka and a six-month internship at the IPS.

The Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant is an annual, merit-based grant awarded to an outstanding undergraduate studying in a university in Sri Lanka. The grant aims to promote policy entrepreneurship among undergraduate students by encouraging policy relevant, rigorous, and innovative socio-economic research.