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ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF) for ASEAN Researchers, 2019

Applications are invited for ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF) for ASEAN Researchers supported by ASEAN-India Science & Technology Development Fund (AISTDF).

In order to support and facilitate mobility among young talented researchers of ASEAN MS, India and ASEAN instituted the scheme “ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship” (AIRTF) Scheme for ASEAN young researchers to work at any of the Indian research/ academic Institution



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The AIRTF scheme is a fellowship scheme with the following objectives: To promote mobility of scientists and researchers from the ASEAN Member States to India and provide them opportunity to work at Indian R&D/ academic institutions to upgrade their research skills and expertise and to facilitate exchange of information and contacts between the scientists and researchers of India and ASEAN Countries and create a network for building research collaborations.


  • Application Deadline: 30th June and 31st December each year
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue research training program.
  • Study Subject:  The area/ topic of research for availing AIRTF must be ASEAN centric and must be aligned with the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI)-2016-2025. A copy of the APASTI is placed at Appendix-I. Fellowship will be offered for working in research topics under any of the following broad disciplines:

    1. Agricultural Sciences
    2. Biological and Medical Sciences
    3. Chemical Sciences & Engineering
    4. Computer Science & Engineering
    5. Physical Sciences and Mathematics
    6. Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
    7. Engineering Sciences
    8. Materials, Minerals and Metallurgy
    9. Science Policy / IPR Management / Technology Transfer & Commercialisation
    10. Other multi-disciplinary areas of Science, Technology and Innovation in alignment with APASTI.
  • Award: 
    1. Full financial assistance will be provided to the selected Fellows which will include the following:-
        • All international travel related expenses ie round trip international airfare by excursion/ economy class by shortest route from the international airport in the home country of the applicant to the international airport nearest to the host institution in India; visa fees, overseas medical insurance etc.
        • A consolidated Fellowship amount of Indian Rupees (INR) 50,000 per month (non-taxable) for accommodation, meals and other miscellaneous.
        • One-time grant of INR 40,000/- for 6 months period for research contingency expenses, airport transfers, domestic travel (by road) for attending scientific /events and field-trips within India, and Institutional overhead charges @ Rs. 2,500/- per month.
      • The allowance as in (a), (b) and (c) will be released to the host institution in India for disbursement to the Fellow. The host Institution will arrange appropriate accommodation for the Fellow on payment basis.
      1. The selected Fellow is advised to take an appropriate policy for health insurance coverage for the period of stay in India. The cost for obtaining overseas insurance policy is covered and reimbursable under AISTDF.
    1. Individual Fellow, or his/ her government / institution, is required to bear the following costs:
        1. All expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure incurred to obtain passport and visa and for medical examinations and vaccinations as may be required as well as other miscellaneous expenses such as internal travel to/ from the international airport of departure in the home country.
        2. Salary and other related allowances in the home country, if applicable, during the Fellowship period.
    2. Neither the AISTDF nor the host institution in India will assume any responsibility whatsoever for the following expenditure of the Fellows during the tenure of the Fellowship:
      1. Compensation in the event of death, disability or loss of personal belongings or compensation for damage caused by climatic or other conditions.
      2. Travel and other costs incurred by the dependents, who might accompany the Fellows.
  • Number of Awards: Initially to start with 100 (One Hundred) Fellowships per year shall be awarded to young scientists and researchers from ASEAN Member States to get affiliated with Indian academic and R&D institutions. These Fellowships shall be equally distributed among ASEAN Member Country. Initially, 10 Fellowship shall be allocated for each ASEAN country. However, this number could be re-adjusted in accordance with the number of applicants from respective each ASEAN MS.
  • Nationality: Nationals of any of the ASEAN Member State
  • The award can be taken in India


  • Eligible Countries: Nationals of any of the ASEAN Member State are eligible to apply for this fellowship program.
  • Entrance Requirements:
    1. Applicant must be holding nationality of any of the ASEAN Member State.
    2. Possess at-least a Masters Degree in any Natural Sciences or an equivalent degree in Technology / Engineering / Medicine / allied disciplines.
    3. Applicant should be working in a national R&D or academic institution in his/ her home ASEAN Member country. The application should be endorsed by the Head of his/ her institution confirming that if selected, he/ she will be sanctioned leave for the Fellowship period and will join his/ her duties back in the institution on completion of the Fellowship in India.
    4. The upper age limit for the applicant is 45 years as on date of submission of application.
    5. Fluency in English language
    6. Indian nationals are not eligible for the Fellowship.
  • English Language Requirements: Fluency in the English language is required.

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Application Procedure:

How to Apply:

    1. The Applicant should submit the application, through email, to the Science & Technology Division of ASEAN Secretariat with a copy to IMRC Division, Department of Science & Technology in the enclosed format along with the following enclosures:
        1. Application Form (Annexure-II)
        2. Copy of Relevant Pages of Passport
        3. Copy of an endorsement from present employer, duly filled in and signed, along with Signature of the applicant. Take a print out of the format of Endorsement of Present Employer appended at the end of the Application format and attach a scanned copy of the appropriately filled up document along with the application form).
        4. A copy of the letter / email from any Indian scientist/ institution with consent to accept you to work with them, if you get selected.

The application form must be filled up only in typed script (Not Hand Written). Incomplete and illegible applications will be rejected.

All the enclosures as above must be submitted along with the application. Applications without any of the enclosures as mentioned at i. to v. above will be rejected.

    1. Only electronic communication will be accepted and therefore, the complete application, in soft form, should be sent as attachment to the e-mail addresses dimas [dot] adekhrisna [at] asean [dot] org and sharma_rk [at] nic [dot] in after scanning the documents wherever required, only in a single soft file (Ms word format or pdf format)Hard copies of the application by post/ courier/ FAX are neither required nor will be considered.
    1. It is strongly advised that the applicant, in his/ her own interest, should make a prior contact with an Indian institution, where work is in progress in his/ her area of interest, or with a concerned scientist in India, and obtain consent that the applicant, if selected for the Fellowship, will be accepted to work in the institution on the proposed research project. A copy of such consent letter should be enclosed with the application.In this connection, a suggestive list of Indian academic and R&D institutions has been enclosed with this Announcement to help the applicant, but the applicant is free to contact any other institution in India for his/ her affiliation.If the applicant is not able to secure such prior consent, the IMRC Division DST will facilitate to connect the applicant with a suitable matching Indian institute on the basis of the information provided by the applicant and the research proposal submitted along with the application.
    1. Securing a prior consent from an Indian institution/ scientist does not guarantee the selection of an applicant. All applications received will be scrutinised by ASEAN Secretariat which in turn shall recommend /forward the application to IMRC Division DST for consideration and support. IMRC Division DST shall make final decision based on the quality of the research proposal submitted by the applicant, applicant’s academic merit and available slots in the Fellowship scheme.

The applications can be submitted at any time during the year. The completed applications/proposals can be submitted online throughout the year in two cycles ending 30th June and 31st December each year.

Application Form

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