Indo-US Research Fellowships
Applications have been invited from Indian Researchers for the award of Indo-US Research Fellowships aimed at introducing Scientists and Engineers in the early stages of their careers, to international collaborative research opportunities, thereby furthering their research capacity and global perspective and forging long-term relationships with Scientists, Technologists and Engineers in USA.
Indo-US Research Fellowship Program for Indian Researchers is jointly launched by the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) of Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF). These awards provide an excellent opportunity to young Indian Scientists and Technologists of all disciplines, under the age of 40 years, to interact with the American scientific community and get first hand information of the developments taking place at the international level and acquaint themselves with new scientific research methods and to collaborate in a larger research project. It will enable young Indian researchers to carry out a clearly defined research project at a place of their choice in USA for a maximum of 12 months. The individual availing this fellowship would be called as an IUSSTF Research Fellow.
Applicants should have Master's Degree in Engineering/Technology/equivalent or Ph.D in Science/Technology/equivalent or M.D Degree in Medicine or equivalent, should be holding a permanent position in a public funded R&D Lab/ S&T Institution (Non-Private)/Recognized Universities/Colleges in India and can be up to 40 years of age as on 31st December 2009. Applicants must provide proof of independent research work in internationally recognized Academic Journals.
Areas covered under the Fellowship include Atmospheric and Earth Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, Mathematical and Computational Sciences and Physical Sciences. Promising applications in areas other than the above areas may also be considered. The Fellow should be accepted by the US Scientific/Technological Institution, which is internationally recognized as an outstanding institution where major work in the identified area 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.
Candidate should himself/herself correspond with the proposed host institution abroad for placement. Candidate is required to produce evidence, in the form of a letter of acceptance from the US institution to be visited along with merits/uniqueness of that host institute in the proposed area.
Those who have availed any other overseas fellowship to USA for a period of more than three months through any Government/public funding agency during last two years will not be considered for this fellowship.
The IUSSTF Fellow will be entitled to fellowship amount of US $ 3000 per month, a personal contingency grant of up to a maximum of Rs. 50,000 to cover Visa Fee, Airport Transfer charges, Medical Insurance Fee etc. The 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 a Grant of $ 600 for fellowship period up to 6 months or Grant of $ 1200 for fellowship period beyond 6 months for this purpose.
Air-tickets for all the selected IUSSTF Fellow would be provided directly by the IUSSTF travel desk by economy class and shortest route from their place of work in India to the place of the American host institute and back. As a rule, reimbursements will not be provided for air tickets purchased directly.
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 IUSSTF.The candidate selected for the award of the fellowship should commence their research with six month period from the date of award announcement. Failure to do so would render the fellow forfeit the award.
Application should be submitted electronically as single word/ pdf file to 'Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), at firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Smriti Trikha, Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, 12, Hailey Road, Fulbright House, New Delhi- 110 001 may be contacted over Phone 91-11-42691700; Fax: 91-11-23321552 for any queries.
Details can be had from http://www.indousstf.org/fellowship.htm