Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship Scheme for PhD students

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Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship Scheme for PhD students

Designation/Position- Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship (SERB-OVDF)

Purdue University, US invites application for Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship from eligible and interested candidates

About- Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a Statutory body of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India has launched SERB Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship (SERB-OVDF) Scheme for creating a talented pool of internationally active and trained manpower.

The Scheme offers opportunities for PhD students admitted in the Indian institutions for gaining exposure and training in overseas universities / institutions of repute and areas of importance to country for period up to 12 months (extendable up-to a maximum of six months on case-to-case basis, based on performance evaluation) during their doctoral research.

The selected fellows will be paid a monthly fellowship amount equivalent to US $ 2000, one-time Contingency / Preparatory allowances of Rs. 60,000/- to cover visa fee, airport transfer charges, medical insurance etc. The selected fellows will also be provided shortest route economy class air fare from their place of work in India to the place of the host institute and back. One additional to and fro travel cost would also be provided to the fellow, if the period of stay is one year or more. Students should make their own arrangement for accommodation etc. One visit, each by the Indian supervisor to the Overseas Institution where the student is working and overseas faculty to the host Indian Institution of the student during the tenure of the fellowship is also admissible under the Scheme.

Research/Job area

Applications are invited from Ph.D. students in two modes-

  1. Indian Ph.D. supervisors who had made research collaboration with foreign counterparts in their individual capacity .
  2. Indian/Overseas Institutions who had signed an Agreement / MoU with SERB for student mobility.

Applications will be sought twice a year. The selection would be made among students who obtained an offer letter from overseas institution to carry out research in chosen areas of interest to India. The applicants belonging to mode (i) above should apply directly to SERB through www.serbonline.in . In case of mode (ii) the application / recommendation should reach SERB through the Institute / University concerned. Students intend to undertake research visit to the following Universities to whom SERB had signed MoU should apply directly to the University: 

Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
Contact Person: Mrs. Heidi Arola ([email protected].edu), Managing Director for Global Partnerships. 
More Details available at: http://www.purdue.edu/india/

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Contact Person: Mr. Dan Fredrick ([email protected]), Manager, Sponsored Student Program 
More Details available at: https://www.ualberta.ca/graduate-studies/prospective-students/apply-for-admission/visiting-exchange-applications

Eligibility/Qualification-

  • The scheme is open to Indian nationals only.
  • The applicant should have registered for full-time Ph.D. Degree in any of the recognized Institutions / Universities in India in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (including Medicine, Pharma, Agriculture and related S&T areas) disciplines.
  • Should have received an offer letter from a reputed overseas institution to carry out research for a specified duration. The host supervisor should provide an official confirmation that they will host the student detailing the period of stay and other requirements.
  • Part-time and sponsored students are not considered under the Program. Also students who have submitted their thesis for award of the Degree of Ph.D. are not eligible to apply.

Job/Position Description- The selected fellows will be paid a monthly fellowship amount equivalent to US $ 2000, one-time Contingency / Preparatory allowances of Rs. 60,000/- to cover visa fee, airport transfer charges, medical insurance etc. The selected fellows will also be provided shortest route economy class air fare from their place of work in India to the place of the host institute and back. One additional to and fro travel cost would also be provided to the fellow, if the period of stay is one year or more. Students should make their own arrangement for accommodation etc.

While formulating the proposal, the host overseas scientist should clearly mention the level of fees that their Institute charge for undertaking the research training of the student. If necessary, a nominal grant is provided as Bench fee / tuition fee / consumable cost / overhead charge to the overseas host institution.

One visit, each by the Indian supervisor to the Overseas Institution where the student is working and overseas faculty to the host Indian Institution of the student during the tenure of the fellowship is also admissible under the Scheme. The following provisions are made for them to undertake research visits

How to Apply- For successful online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

  • Applicants should first register into the online website   click here to register
  • After log-in, applicants are required to fill all the mandatory fields in Profile Detail section under User Profile. which includes Bio-data, Photo, Institute Address etc.
  • Details including Project Title (max 500 characters), Project summary (max 3000 characters), Keywords (max 6), Objectives of project (max 1500 characters), Outcome of the proposal (max 1500 characters) should be provided online at the time of submission of the application.
  • Work Methodology and Research plan has to be uploaded in single PDF file not more than 4 pages (max 10 MB).

Documents required –

  • Copy of the Ph.D. registration certificate
  • Bio-data of the Indian Supervisor 
    ( Including Academic & Research Qualifications, Publications list , Patent list, Details of research projects being implemented/ completed/ submitted, if any)
  • Bio-data of Overseas Host Scientist 
    (Including Academic & Research Qualifications, Publications list , Patent list, Details of research projects being implemented/ completed/ submitted, if any)
  • Certificate from the applicant Download Template
  • Endorsement letter from the head of the Indian institution Download Template
  • Letter of acceptance of research plan by the Host Scientist and Indian Supervisor
  • Letter of acceptance from Overseas Host Institution
  • Recommendation letter from the Indian supervisor along with undertaking Download Template

Last Date for Apply– 19 February 2020

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