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Indo-Australian Career Boosting Gold Fellowships 2015-16

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open20-Oct-2015
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Award Monthly Associateship of Rs. 1.5 lakh , One time grant of Rs. 20,000/- and Travel
EligibilityEmployed Indian researchers
RegionAll India
Scholarship provider contact details

Dr. Suraksha S. Diwan

Scientist ‘D’

Department Of Biotechnology

Ministry of Science & Technology

Block No. 2, 7th Floor, Rom No. 726

CGO Complex, Lodi Road,

New Delhi – 110 003 INDIA



What is Indo-Australian Career Boosting Gold Fellowships 2015-16?

Under the Indo-Australia Collaboration between Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the Australian Government, Indo-Australian Career Boosting Gold Fellowships (IACBGF) are announced. Under this initiative, the Government of India will fund ten (10) researchers from India. The fellowships will be supported to undertake a collaborative research project at a leading science institute or university Australia for a period of up to 24 months, commencing in 2015-16. Call opening on 20th August, 2015 Last date of Submission 20th October, 2015

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  1. The Fellowships are open to Indian researchers who are currently employed on a full time basis (need not be a permanent employee) but have not accrued more than five years experience as a research scientist since being awarded their PhD.
  2.  Eligible applicants include persons employed in a:
  • Indian Government agency, statutory body or government owned corporation; 
  • Indian based university, institute, or other national research organisation; or
  • Indian private sector research and development organisation. 
  • Age limit 35 years

      3. Indian applicants must be Indian citizens with their principal place of residence being India.

      4. Unsuccessful applicants in any one round are eligible to re-apply in subsequent rounds.

      5. Fellowships are awarded on an individual basis only. Therefore, interdependent or joint applications will             not be considered.

      6. The decision of the IACBG-Fellowships Secretariat regarding applicant eligibility is final.

How can you apply ?

  1. Applications must be submitted using the Application Form for the 2014 call for applications provided on the following websites: India:

          Applicants are required to complete all sections of the form and attach/enclose the documents                         outlined in Section 9 of the Application Form.

     2. Applicants must obtain and submit written reports from at least two different referees who will be able to            provide input to the Selection Panel regarding the project’s feasibility, significance, and value, the                    applicant’s personal qualities and the international host institution’s potential contribution to the project.            Further comment from these independent referees may be sought by the selection Panel.

     3.  Applicants must also provide letters of support from their respective employer/home institution and their           Australian host(s) which endorse their application and confirm the commitments made to the proposed             collaborative project.

     4.  Applications may be withdrawn within 10 days of the closing date of a call, but are not allowed to be                 amended and re-submitted.

     5. The Department may seek further information from the applicant, or their nominated referees, to clarify              details provided in the application.

     6. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

     7. Canvassing in any form shall lead to fore-termination of Candidature

Terms and Conditions

1. The Indo-Australian Career Boosting Gold Fellowships (IACBG-Fellowships) is an initiative of the Government of India through the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology; with in kind support from the Australian Government, Australia, through the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. Under this initiative, the Government of India will fund ten (10) researchers from India. The fellowships support travel to undertake a collaborative research project at a leading science institute or university in the Australia for a period of 24 months, commencing in 2016.

2. This Program is open to applicants based in India who are employed on a full time basis (need not be permanent employees) but have not accrued more than five (5) years employment in a research role since being awarded their PhD.

3. Ten (10) Fellowships will be awarded in total annually, for applicants from India who have identified an opportunity to undertake a high quality, technically feasible and strategically valuable research project with a collaborating organisation in Australia.

4. In the first call, priority will be given to projects that are relevant to one of the following thematic areas and topics:

Agricultural Biotechnology

  •  abiotic and biotic stress tolerance in crops
  •  crop improvement for nutrition and biomaterials
  •  germplasm sources for adaptability to climate extremes
  •  disease resistance.
  •  biofuels                                                                                                                                          

Medical biotechnology

  •  bioresourcing of novel antimicrobials from natural resources 
  • developing novel & improved vaccines delivery platforms 
  •  diagnostics - affordable and rapid diagnostics for genetic and infectious diseases; and
  •  drug discovery and delivery system
  •  biomedical devices & implants for therapeutic applications.
  •  stem cells/regenerative medicines

5.  However, applications that identify an opportunity to collaborate with a leading Australia research institution/university in another research area not listed will be considered for support under this program

6.  Applicants will need to demonstrate that access to the requisite knowledge/expertise, skills and facilities has been agreed by their host, the value of such access and the prospects for ongoing development of the partnership and the benefits this will bring to India.

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