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Research Training Fellowship for Developing Country Scientists (RTF-DCS) in India, 2016-2017

The Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) had initiated a Research Training Fellowshipss for Developing Country Scientists (RTF-DCS). Up to 50 fellowships will be awarded to young scientists for conducting research at Indian R&D/academic institutions.

To promote mobility of scientists and researchers from the developing countries into India and provide them the opportunity to work at Indian R&D/academic institutions to upgrade their research skills and expertise. To facilitate the exchange of information and contacts between the scientists and researchers of India and other developing countries and create a network for building research collaborations.

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Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Course Level: Fellowships are available to young scientists for conducting research at Indian R&D/academic institutions.

Study Subject: Fellowships will be offered for working in research topics under any of the following broad disciplines:

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Biological and Medical Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • Earth Sciences
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Materials, Minerals, and Metallurgy
  • Multi-disciplinary and Other Areas.

Scholarship Award: Full financial assistance will be provided to the selected Fellows which will include the following:-

a. Round trip international airfare by excursion/economy class and by the shortest route from the international airport in the home country to the international airport nearest to the host institution.
b. A consolidated Fellowship amount of Indian Rupees (INR) 35,000 [about US$525 at the current exchange rate] per month (non-taxable) for accommodation, meals, and other miscellaneous expenses.
c. A one-time grant of INR 30,000 [about US$450 at the current exchange rate] for research contingency expenses and domestic travel for airport transfers and visiting research institutions, attending scientific /events and field trips within India. The allowance as in (b) and the actual expenditure as in (c) will be released to the host institution for disbursement to the RTF-DCS Fellow. The host Institution will arrange appropriate accommodation for the Fellow on payment basis. The host institution will also be suitably compensated for its services for implementation of the programme.

  • The selected Fellow will take an appropriate policy for health insurance coverage for the period of stay in India. The cost for taking the insurance policy is not reimbursable by the NAM S&T Centre. The NAM S&T Centre will purchase the air ticket for his/her travel to India only after receiving the insurance policy document of the selected Fellow. The selected Fellow must take vaccinations (such as Yellow Fever, Polio etc.) as may be required under Government of India guidelines.
  • Individual Fellow, or his/her government / institution, is required to bear the following costs:
    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.
    b. Salary and other related allowances in the home country, if applicable, during the Fellowship period.
    c. Cost towards the medical insurance to cover the period of Fellowship in India.
  • Neither the NAM S&T Centre nor the host institution in India will assume any responsibility whatsoever for the following expenditure of the Fellows during the tenure of the Fellowship:
  • Visa Fee.
    b. Insurance, medical bills or hospitalization fees.
    c. Compensation in the event of death, disability or loss of personal belongings or compensation for damage caused by climatic or other conditions.
    d. Travel and other costs incurred by the dependents, who might accompany the Fellows.

Scholarship can be taken in the India

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for these fellowships:

  • Applicant should possess at least a Post Graduate Degree in any Natural Science subject or an equivalent degree in Technology / Engineering / Medicine / allied disciplines.
  • Applicant should be working in a national R&D or academic institution in his/her home 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.
  • The upper age limit for the applicant is 40 years as on 1st January 2016.
  • Indian nationals are not eligible for the Fellowship.

Nationality: Citizens of Developing countries except India (Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African, Republic Chad, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint- Vincent and the Grenadines, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe) can apply for these fellowships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Scientists/researchers from any developing country (except India) below 40 years of age (as on 1st January 2016) and possessing at least a Post Graduate Degree in any Natural Science subject or an equivalent degree in Technology / Engineering / Medicine / allied disciplines.

English language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Research Scholarships

How to Apply: Applications should be sent via e-mail. Check List for Enclosures to be attached with applicants Email [in separate files]:

  • Application Form, completely filled in without leaving any blank column in Typewritten or Capital Letters with a passport size photograph (Paste on the space given before scanning the application) and Endorsement from the Employer in the Application Form; To be scanned and attached to the Email
  • Passport – Copy of relevant pages of the Passport.
  • CV – Curriculum Vitae (Maximum two Pages), Including Professional and Research Experience and a List of Maximum Five Recent Scientific Publications (Annexure – 1)
  • Research Proposal: Detailed Proposal with Title, Objective(s), Scope of Work, Plan of Action, Methodology & Deliverables. (Annexure – 2)
    Consent Letter: Consent letter from Indian institution, if obtained.

Application Form Link

Application Deadline: The last date for submission of completed application form along with required enclosures is 17th June 2016.

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