ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowships (AI-RTF)

This scheme has been launched with the objective to promote mobility of scientists and researchers from the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Member States to India and provide them opportunity to work at Indian scientific / academic institutions to upgrade their research skills and expertise. It also intends to facilitate exchange of information and contacts between the scientists and researchers of India and ASEAN Countries and create a network for building research collaborations. As a spin-off, the awardees may also have opportunity to get co-supervisors from India for their research projects for Ph.D. or Masters degree on their return to their home countries. The area/ topic of research for availing AIRTF must be ASEAN centric and aligned with the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI)-2016-2025. Initially, 50 Fellowships per year would be awarded to young scientists and researchers from ASEAN Member States to get affiliated with Indian academic and scientific institutions. These Fellowships shall be equally distributed among ASEAN Member Country with initially 10 Fellowship for each ASEAN country. However, this number could be re-adjusted in accordance with the number of applicants from respective ASEAN Member States. The duration of the Fellowship would usually be upto 6 months with minor variations allowed depending upon the actual requirement of the research project. The age limit is upto 45 yrs. The Fellowship includes consolidated amount of Rs. 50,000/- per month (non-taxable) for accommodation, meals and other miscellaneous expenses. One-time grant of Rs. 40,000/- for 6 months period for research contingency expenses, airport transfers, domestic travel (by road) for attending scientific events and field-trips within India, and Institutional overhead charges @ Rs. 2,500/- per month is also given. The Fellows are entitled to round trip international airfare by excursion/economy class, visa fees, overseas medical insurance etc.

Funding Agency: Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India; Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Govt. of India

Area:All Science Disciplines

Purpose: Capacity Building, Research

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