IGSTC Industrial Fellowships - Basic Guidelines

  • About IGSTC
  • Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) was established by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Government of Germany to foster innovation through Indo-German R&D networking including industrial research partnership in PPP mode.

  • Aim of the Programme
  • The proposed programme aims to:

    • Encourage and enable Indo-German collaboration between industry-academia and industry-industry linkages through outstanding researchers.
    • Expose researchers to industry and industrial R&D enhancing interest towards applied research.
    • Create avenues for capacity building through doctoral and early career researchers in applied research through networking with industry.
  • Programme Details
  • The programme supports two levels of Fellowships:

    • PhD Industrial Exposure Fellowships (PIEF) – PhD students (science/engineering) enrolled in any research institution/university in India and have completed at least one year of their PhD curriculum can apply for the Fellowship. Young researchers with high quality research projects that combine innovative approaches towards new concepts and technological development in chosen industrial research set up in Germany may be considered. The duration of the Fellowship is 3-6 months.
      Age limit: 28 yrs.
    • Post Doctoral Industrial Fellowships (PDIF) – Postdoctoral researchers/fresh PhDs who have been awarded their PhD degree in science/engineering within 2 years of the application deadline any research institution/university in India are eligible to apply. Outstanding researchers not holding a permanent position or having a career break are eligible to apply. Those who have submitted their PhD thesis are also eligible to apply. The Fellowship is granted to work in any industrial research set up in Germany. The duration of the Fellowship is 6-12 months.
      Age limit: 35 yrs.
  • Financial Support
  • The financial support will be limited to:

    • PhD Industrial Exposure Fellowship: € 1500 per month;
    • Post Doctoral Industrial Fellowship: € 2500 per month;
    • Single round trip economy class airfare including visa fees andtravel insurance: up to € 1000.
    • Health Insurance: As per actuals with a maximum limit of € 100/month
  • Proposal Submission
  • IGSTC will advertise the Fellowship call once a year through the IGSTC website (www.igstc.org) and other means. The prospective candidates must apply online in the application portal along with the required attachments within the deadline as mentioned in the Advertisement / Call text.

  • Evaluation
  • Applications will be evaluated by a Scientific Committee based on merit and compliance with the eligibility conditions. The decision of the Committee will be considered as final and binding.

  • Fellowship Requirements
    • The applicant must be an Indian citizen.
    • The application should be submitted through the online portal at the IGSTC website:- www.igstc.org. Submissions by other mechanisms will not be accepted.
    • The applicant must define a detailed activity plan containing objective, execution strategy and expected outcome for the fellowship duration.
    • In both fellowships, the awardee will be hosted by the industry/industrial research organization for the duration of the Fellowship. Choice and acceptance from the industry/industrial research organization is the sole responsibility of the applicant. The applicant should ensure endorsement/consent letter from the host industry/organisation at the time of the application.
    • The applicant having institutional affiliation shall submit NOC from the Head of the institution at the time of application.
    • Applicants shall submit recommendation letter from the mentor at parent organisation.
    • PDIF applicants not having affiliation with an institution may submit 2 letters of reference.
    • The awardee will abide by the conduct, Rules & Regulations of the German host organisation and the country. IGSTC will not be responsible for violation of any Rules & Regulations by the awardee.
    • IGSTC grant is only for supporting monthly fellowship, round-trip airfare, visa fees and medical/travel insurance.
    • IGSTC will disburse grant to the Indian bank account of the awardee/parent institution in INR.
    • The awardee shall commence his/her visit within 3 months from the date of the award letter.
    • Extension in duration of Fellowship shall not be entertained.
    • The awardee/host mentor must intimate IGSTC through email/letter if the awardee discontinues the Fellowship before the completion of the tenure.
    • Within 4 weeks of completion of the Fellowship, the awardee must submit a detailed Fellowship completion report endorsed by the host mentor in the prescribed format along with representative photos to IGSTC.
    • The awardee must recognise and acknowledge IGSTC Industrial Fellowship in all online/print documents, communication, reports, publications, PhD thesis, etc. on work resulting from the Fellowship.
  • Documents required for application submission
    • Consent Letter from the Host Institution.
    • The applicant having institutional affiliation needs to submit NOC from the Head of the institution at the time of application. NOC Format
    • Applicants need to submit recommendation letter from the mentor at parent organisation.
    • PDIF applicants not having affiliation with an institution need to submit 2 letters of reference.
    • Proof of Date of Birth (Scan copy of Passport/ Aadhar Card).
    • Proof of Education Qualifications arranged in reverse chronological order.
    • Proof of Employment.
  • Contact
  • For queries
    Phone: +91-011-26543500
    E-mail: industrial.fellowship@igstc.org

    Mailing Address
    Indo-German Science & Technology Centre
    Ground Floor, Block – II, Technology Bhavan,
    New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi – 110016, India