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Indo-Australia S&T Visiting Fellowship Programme

Updated On: 13-Jul-2013, 04:55 PM IST

Applications are invited from Indian Early Career Researchers and Senior Professional Scientists to visit Australia between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013 to collaborate with Australian researchers.

 

Programmes: Early Career and Senior Scientists Visiting Fellowship Programme for Australia-2012

Administered by: Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi with support from Department of Science & Technology, Government of India

Criteria:

  • The applicant should be a scientist living in India, holding a regular position in a recognized S&T Institution/University and actively engaged in research work in frontline areas.
  • The candidates who have availed any other overseas fellowship for a period of more than three months under any Government/public funding agency during last three years will not be considered for this fellowship.
  • The applicant should have been accepted to work in any Institute/Laboratory in Australia to be visited and this should be supported by a letter of invitation from the host Institution(s) commenting on the proposed collaboration.
  • The applicant should submit a detailed programme of his/her collaborative research work to be conducted in consultation with the host scientist(s) in Australia.
  • All applications should be forwarded through proper channel by the employer/Head of the Institution.

Evaluation & Rules:
Proposals will be assessed on the scientific merit of the research, the demonstrated achievements of the applicant in the context of the candidate's career to date, the appropriateness of the work being done in Australia, the value of the expected outcome of the research project to Indian Science, and whether the visit will improve Indian access to global leading-edge science and technology.
A collaborative research project, or a specific activity developed in consultation with host scientist(s) in Australia has to be projected.
The grant scheme is not to supplement or extend either study or sabbatical leave that is being conducted overseas.
The proposed visit should initiate or consolidate long-term collaborations and facilitate the development of the applicant’s career.

Field of Research:
Proposals in any field of natural science, basic and applied, and engineering science, mathematics, statistics and health will be considered. Applicants engaged in multidisciplinary research are invited to apply but should note that proposals for research solely in humanities, social or behavioural science are not eligible to apply.

Duration

  • The duration for the Early Career Visiting Fellowships must be for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 12 months.
  • The duration of the Senior Visiting Fellowship must be for a minimum of 1week and a maximum of 2 Weeks. The program does not provide funds for bench fees and managerial costs.

Eligibility
Early Career Visiting Fellowships must hold a PhD degree or equivalent, which has been received within 10 years of submitting the grant application. An extension to this limit may be approved due to significant career interruptions.

Senior Visiting Fellowships must be a senior scientist, university professor or other researcher with substantial professorial experience e.g. have been engaged in research at a university or research institute for at least 10 years, following completion of a PhD degree or equivalent, and should not be more than 55 years as only last date of submission (30th September, 2012) at the time of submitting the grant application. Age may be relaxed in special cases based on merit.

Scope of Finance:

(a) Early Career Researchers

  • Number of Fellowships : 20 Fellowships
  • Duration of Fellowship : 3-12 months
  • Fellowship amount per month : USD 3000
  •  Contingency grant (to cover visa charges : Rs. 20,000/- and medical insurance etc.)
  • Cost of to and fro air passage in economy As per actual
  • Class from the place of working in India to
  • the place of overseas host institute in Australia.
  • Fellows will also be permitted to travel within the host country for attending conference/workshop or visit other institute with the approval of host institute. For this purpose, the fellows will be entitled to a grant of USD 600 for fellowship duration up to six months and USD 1200 for fellowship duration beyond six months. The claim should be supported with vouchers.

(b) Senior Scientists

  • Number of Fellowships : 10 Fellowships
  • Duration of Fellowship : 1-2 weeks
  • Fellowship amount : USD 250 per day (per-dim@ USD 100 per day and accommodation charges @ USD 150 per day supported by vouchers)
  • Contingency grant (to cover visa charges : Rs. 10,000 and medical insurance etc.)
  • Cost of to and fro air passage in economy As per actual
  • Class from the place of working in India to
  • the place of overseas host institute in Australia.
  • The Fellows will be entitled to a grant of USD 500 for travel within the host country for attending conference/workshop or visit other institute with the approval of host institute. The claim should be supported with vouchers.

Reporting Requirements
Successful applicants are required to submit two reports of their visit, one within 30 days and one 12 months after returning to India. It is anticipated that the latter report will indicate how the collaboration has progressed.

Documents needed for Submission:

  • Application form
  • Copy of PhD Degree
  • Proof of Indian citizenship
  • Letter of invitation from each host being visited
  • Letter of support from department/division head
  • Detailed publication list
  • One A4 page curriculum vitae

Note: Three(3) sets of the application duly completed along with one set as soft copy in Word Document must be submitted to the following :
The Executive Director
Indian National Science Academy
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
New Delhi – 110 002
Email: esoffice@insa.nic.in, intacademy@insa.nic.in

Application deadline:  30th September, 2012.

For details, visit the website: http://insaindia.org

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