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Raman Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research for Indian Scholars in USA, 2015

University Grants Commission of India is offering approximately 300 Raman Fellowship for the year 2015. The fellowship is open for young Indian researchers to carry out a clearly defined research project and/or acquire newly emerging research techniques and technologies at a place of their choice in USA. The minimum period of the fellowship would be 6 months and maximum period of fellowship would be 12 months. The application deadline is august 16, 2015.

Study Subject(s): The fellowship is for young Indian researchers to carry out a clearly defined research project and/or acquire newly emerging research techniques and technologies at a place of their choice in USA.
Course Level: 
The fellowship is available for pursuing research program in USA.
Scholarship Provider: 
University Grants Commission
Award can be taken at:
USA

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Eligibility: The eligibility to apply for this application is as follows:
the applicant should be a permanent teacher in a university/institution recognized by UGC under 2(f) and 12B of UGC Act.
-The applicant should possess at least 60 per cent marks or equivalent in the post-graduate degree.
-The applicant should possess a Ph.D. degree in respective academic discipline (Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Science, Engineering, Technology, and Agricultural Sciences) or MD/MS/Ph.D. in Medical Sciences.
-The Applicant must provide proof of having carried out independent research work published in peer reviewed journals preferably indexed.
-The applicant should be of age up to 40 years as on 1st June, 2015.
-The reservation will be available in accordance with the national norms.

Open for International Students: The fellowships are open for Indian students.

Description: These awards will provide an excellent opportunity to young Indian researchers (permanent faculty), under the age of 40 years to interact with the American academic/scientific community and get first-hand information of the developments taking place at the international level and acquaint themselves with new academic and scientific research methods and to participate in collaborative research projects. It will enable young Indian researchers to carry out a clearly defined research project and/or acquire newly emerging research techniques and technologies at a place of their choice in USA for a period of up to 12 months. This fellowship would be called a Post-Doctoral Fellowship to be awarded by University Grants Commission, India. The Post-Doctoral Fellowships for the year 2015 to be awarded by University Grants Commission, India for the young Indian scholars is to provide them an opportunity to have international collaborative research opportunities, training in advanced techniques and technologies in emerging fields, thereby furthering their research capacity and ability to contribute to higher education with global perspective and forging long-term relationships with distinguished experts in these fields in USA.

Number of award(s): The numbers of fellowship is 300 (Three Hundred).

Duration of award(s): The fellowship is for six month period from the date of award announcement.

What does it cover?
The Fellow will be entitled to fellowship amount of US $ 3000 per month. The minimum period of the fellowship would be 6 months and maximum period of fellowship would be 12 months. Fellow will also be entitled to a one time personal contingency grant of up to a maximum of Rs. 50,000 to cover for visa, airport transfer, medical insurance etc. Medical insurance expenses, visa fee, airport transfer charges will be met by the fellow from out of this personal contingency grant. Fellow will also be permitted to travel within USA to attend conferences or visit other institutes of interest with the approval of the advisor at the host institute. The Fellow will be entitled to avail one of the following grants for this purpose.
i) Grant of $ 600 for fellowship period up to 6 months
ii) Grant of $ 1200 for fellowship period beyond 6 months
Air-tickets for the entire selected Fellow would be purchased by the respective university/institution by economy class for shortest route Directly By Air India and not by any other Airline from their place of work in India to the place of the American host institute and back. The actual ticket amount would be reimbursed by UGC to the institution for the same on submission of all relevant documents duly certified by the competent authority of the institution. Rules governing payment of salary, leave, medical, gratuity, GPF and pension etc. of the organization/ institution/ university to which the fellow belongs would continue to be applicable. No liability on any of these accounts will be borne by UGC.

Selection criteria: The nominee should have been accepted by a US university/scientific/technological/ research institution, which is internationally recognized as an outstanding institution where major work in the area of study identified by the nominee is in progress. There should be willingness on the part of the American institution to accept and extend necessary support to the candidate for the work proposed. No bench fee will be charged by host institution in US. The candidate should himself/herself correspond with the proposed host institution of US for placement. Candidate is required to produce evidence for this minimally, in the form of electronic communication, with the US institution to be visited along with merits/uniqueness of that host institute in the proposed area which satisfies the selection panel about the acceptance of the candidate if he/she is selected.

Notification: Not known

How to Apply: Application in the prescribed format may be submitted only through online mode.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is august 16, 2015.

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