Applications are invited for Indo-Australian Career Boosting Gold Fellowships (IACBGF Fellowships). The fellowships will be supported to undertake a collaborative research project at a leading science institute or university Australia for a period of up to 24 months, commencing in 2015-16. Ten fellowships will be awarded an individual basis. Applications must be submitted by 20th October, 2015.
Study Subject(s): In the first call, priority will be given to projects that are relevant to one of the following thematic areas and topics: Agricultural Biotechnology and Medical Biotechnology.
Course Level: The fellowships will be supported to undertake a collaborative research project at a leading science institute or university Australia.
Scholarship Provider: Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the Australian Government
Scholarship can be taken at: Australia
-The Fellowships are open to Indian researchers who are currently employed on a full time basis (need not be a permanent employee) but have not accrued more than five years’ experience as a research scientist since being awarded their PhD.
-Eligible applicants include persons employed in a:
Indian Government agency, statutory body or government owned corporation;
Indian based university, institute, or other national research organization;
Indian private sector research and development organization.
Age limit 35 years
-Indian applicants must be Indian citizens with their principal place of residence being India. 3.4 Unsuccessful applicants in any one round are eligible to re-apply in subsequent rounds.
-Fellowships are awarded on an individual basis only. Therefore, interdependent or joint applications will not be considered.
-The decision of the IACBG-Fellowships Secretariat regarding applicant eligibility is final.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Researchers from India can apply for these fellowships.
Scholarship Description: Under the Indo-Australia Collaboration between Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the Australian Government, Indo-Australian Career Boosting Gold Fellowships (IACBGF) are announced. Under this initiative, the Government of India will fund ten (10) researchers from India. The fellowships will be supported to undertake a collaborative research project at a leading science institute or university Australia for a period of up to 24 months, commencing in 2015-16
Number of award(s): Ten (10) Fellowships in Australia will be awarded.
Duration of award(s): Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to 24 months, commencing in 2015-16.
What does it cover?
-The fellows would be entitled to:
Monthly Associateship of Rs. 1,50,000/-
Preparatory allowance of Rs. 20,000/- (one time grant) and
Cost of air passage in economy class by Air India for joining the overseas laboratory and back.
The selected candidates may receive the payment of salary and continuance of other service benefits by the institutions to which they belong. However, no liability on any of this account will be borne by DBT.
-Fellows must spend a minimum of 12 months on their project at their nominated international host institution in Australia. An IACBG-Fellowship may not exceed 24 months.
-Eligible applications will be assessed competitively against the following criteria:
Feasibility of the project: technical feasibility of the project and achievability of the project goals; the applicant’s expertise and capacity to carry out the proposed project; and the appropriateness of undertaking the project with the nominated institution(s).
Relevance and value of the project: contribution to the future work of the applicant; advancement of knowledge and skills relevant to the field; potential for ongoing interchange of knowledge and skills between the applicant and collaborators in India or Australia; and benefit to both India and Australia as a result of the project.
– Each selection criterion has equal weighting.
-No weighting will be given to an applicant’s prior international experience.
Notification: Applicants will be notified in March, 2016.
How to Apply: Applications can be sent by post or via email. The following copies of the application must be submitted:
-one unbound, single-sided original copy (clipped, not stapled)
-Ten (10) spiral bound copies
-soft copy as a Microsoft Word file by email.
Scholarship Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by 20th October, 2015.