X

Paired Early Career Fellowship in Applied Research (PECFAR)-FAQs

  • What is the PECFAR?
  • PECFAR is a fellowship that facilitates a two-way exchange of young early-career Indian and German researchers through short visits for networking and exploring avenues for collaboration and innovation in applied research.

  • Who is eligible?
    • Early career researchers holding regular position in academia/research institutions/industry or holding a long-term nationally recognized fellowship.
    • Minimum Qualification: Master’s in Science/Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (4 years).
    • Only a pair of 1 German and 1 Indian early career researcher who shall submit a joint application.
  • What are the steps of the PECFAR application process?
  • Is it mandatory to form a Pair to apply for the fellowship?
  • Yes.

  • Is a PhD student eligible to apply for this fellowship?
  • No.

  • I am an Indian working at a German academic/research institute. Can I apply for this fellowship?
  • Yes, you can apply as a German fellow in pair and vice-versa.

  • Can I submit separate/multiple applications?
  • No.

  • Will IGSTC provide any assistance in forming the Pair?
  • No. Applicants are solely responsible for identifying and forming their respective pairs and acquiring acceptance letters from institutes/organizations of the paired fellows.

  • Is it mandatory for both the fellows in pair to visit their respective paired institute/organization?
  • Yes. It is mandatory for both the fellows in the pair to visit their respective paired institute/organization. The duration of fellowship visit is up to 2 months with mandatory minimum stay of 3 weeks.

  • Can the fellows in pair travel to India/Germany at different times?
  • The two fellows can choose to travel to India/Germany at different times but within a time gap of 9 months. They should by all means not travel at the same time.

  • What is the age limit for applying?
  • 35 years

  • What is the nature of the support under this scheme?
    • Fellowship: € 2300 per fellow/month.
    • The fellowship will be provided on pro-rata basis depending on the duration of the stay.
    • Single round trip economy class airfare including visa fees and medical/travel insurance up to ₹ 1 lakh (for Indian fellow) and € 1500 (for German fellow).
  • What do you mean by parent organization and mentor at the parent organization?
  • The parent organization is the organization in which the fellow is working currently. Mentor will be his/her supervisor/head of the organization.

  • Can the fellowship be extended?
  • No.

  • Can anyone apply for this fellowship while holding another long term fellowship?
  • Yes, provided the other fellowship doesn’t have any restrictions.

  • How much time does the evaluation take?
  • IGSTC will normally complete the evaluation process within 8 weeks approximately after the deadline.