Paired Early Career Fellowship in Applied Research (PECFAR)

The Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC), established as a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Government of Germany invites applications for Paired Early Career Fellowship in Applied Research (PECFAR) from early-career Indian and German researchers to explore, connect and network for research collaboration.

Overview of the Fellowship

  • This fellowship intends to facilitate a pair of early career researchers to have a short visit to India/Germany for networking and exploring avenues for collaboration and innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).
  • The pair* will be formed by an Indian and a German early career researcher who shall submit a joint proposal for availing the fellowship.
  • The duration of the fellowship will be 1-2 months (minimum 3 weeks).
  • One-time grant will be provided to cover the travel, accommodation and daily expenses.
  • The paired fellows can jointly plan the fellowship visits to the partner country (India/Germany) accordingly.
  • The fellows may also utilise this award to connect and travel to other institutions in India/Germany and strengthen their network.

*Applicants are solely responsible for identifying & forming their respective pair and acquiring an acceptance letter from the institute/organization of the paired fellow. For more information, please visit Basic guidelines.

Who can Apply?

Early career researchers holding regular position in academia/research institution/industry or holding a long-term nationally recognized fellowships.

Minimum Qualification: Master’s in Science/Bachelor’s in Engineering (4 years).

Age Limit

35 years

Nature of the Support

The financial support shall be provided as one time grant and it will be limited to:

  • Fellowship: € 2300 per month/fellow.
  • Single round trip economy class airfare including visa fees and medical/travel insurance approximately ₹ 1 lakh (for Indian fellow) and € 1500 (for German fellow).

How to Apply?

Applications must be sent jointly via email to pecfar@igstc.org as a single document. The application format can be downloaded here.

Applicants can also build his/her pair through networking and 1:1 matching using B2 Match.


Application deadline has been extended to 29th April 2022

For more information, please visit Basic Guidelines and FAQs.


For queries
Phone: +91-011-26543500
E-mail: pecfar@igstc.org

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