The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India and UNESCO’s World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) are inviting applications for their joint Postgraduate Fellowship Programme 2023. This programme is targeted at foreign scholars from developing countries interested in pursuing research toward a PhD in the emerging areas of science and technology. The areas should have adequate facilities available in CSIR laboratories and institutes in India.
About the Fellowships
The TWAS-CSIR Postgraduate Fellowships can be pursued in CSIR research laboratories and institutes in India for a maximum duration of four years. The fellowship types available include:
- SANDWICH Fellowships: These are designed for those registered for a PhD in their home country. The Fellowship can be granted for a minimum period of six months to a maximum of three years as decided by the host institute.
- FULL-TIME Fellowships: These are for those not registered for a PhD in their home country. The Fellowship can be granted for a maximum duration of four years.
CSIR will provide a monthly stipend covering living costs, food, and health insurance. The stipend cannot be converted into foreign currency. Additionally, fellowship awardees are entitled to subsidized accommodation.
Applicants for the TWAS-CSIR Postgraduate Fellowships must meet the following criteria:
- Be a maximum of 35 years old as of 31st December of the application year.
- Be a national of a developing country (other than India).
- Not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in India or any developed country.
- Hold a Master’s degree in science and technology.
- Be regularly employed in their home country and hold a research assignment there.
- For SANDWICH Fellowships: Be registered PhD students in their home country and provide the “Registration and No Objection Certificate” from the HOME university.
- For FULL-TIME Fellowships: Be willing to register at a university in India within the first year, if agreed to by CSIR.
- Provide an official acceptance letter from the CSIR host institution.
- Provide evidence of proficiency in English if the medium of education was not English.
- Provide evidence of intent to return to their home country upon completion of the fellowship.
- Not take up other assignments during the period of the fellowship.
- Be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.
Those already registered for a PhD in their home country should ensure that the Vice-Chancellor or Registrar of the HOME university signs a copy of the “Registration and No Objection Certificate”, which should then be sent to both CSIR and TWAS.
The acceptance letter from a CSIR institution must be submitted to CSIR and TWAS when applying or by the deadline at the latest. Applications without preliminary acceptance will not be considered for selection.
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