Paired Early Career Fellowship in Applied Research (PECFAR)-Call 2023

Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC), established asa 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 researchersto explore, connect and network for research collaboration in applied research.

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 Researchers who shall submit a joint proposal for availing of the fellowship.
  • The duration of the fellowship will be up to 2 months.
  • A one-time grant will be provided to cover the travel, accommodation and fellowship.
  • The paired fellows can jointly plan the fellowship visits to the partner country (India/Germany) accordingly.
  • The fellows may also connect and travel to other institutions in India/Germany to enhance networking.

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

Who Can Apply?

Early Career Researchers holding regular positions in academia/research institution/industry or holding long-term nationally recognized fellowships (4 years and above).

Minimum Qualification: Masters in Science/Bachelors in Engineering (4 years).

PhD Students/Post-docs affiliated with research institutions/industries may also apply.

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 on pro rata basis.
  • 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?

Apply Online.


31 May 2023.

For more information, please visit Basic Guidelines and FAQs.


For queries
Phone: + 91- 011 -2654 3500
E-mail: pecfar@igstc.org